Monday, March 07, 2005

Part of the collective

One of the things I continually go on about when I talk about agent architectures is the possibilites opened up by the appearance of emerging complexity in even relatively simple systems.

CREDIT: IAS Laboratory/UWE
A U-Bot, used to investigate emergent behaviour

So I was really interested to see a good article about this topic on the BBC News site today talking about the work done by Chris Melhuish and the Intelligent Autonomous Systems Lab at the University of the West of England on U-Bots and their investigations into emergent building behaviour based on algorithms replicating ant and termite behaviour.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous12:38 pm

    Nice to see someone do this as a real world experiment, but the idea is not new. This is just a simple reactive agent architecture, like a simplistic variation of Brook's subsumption architecture...