Synthesizing stigmergy for multi agent systems

Grant Biaise O'Reilly, Elizabeth Ehlers

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In order to synthesize stigmergy a model needs to be created that allows a collective of agents to achieve global results through local interactions in some environment. This locality of interactions between the agents and between the agent and the environment allows for the distribution of the entire system without any centralization. Stigmergy is found among social insects in nature. These natural systems show remarkable flexibility, robustness and self-organisation. These characteristics are sort after in modern software systems. Utilizing stigmergy in an artificial system allows agents to interact with one another and with the general topology in a non-centralized manner, thus giving rise to a collective solution when solving of certain tasks. Even though the agents are localized their interaction with the stigmergy layer allows other agents to be affected by the interactions. The methology of mimicking stigmergy into a software system will be described and a description of the model used to synthesize stigmergy will be given. The potential utilization of stigmergy by software agents to interact with each other and to solve certain tasks collectively is also demonstrated.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAgent Computing and Multi-Agent Systems
Subtitle of host publication9th Pacific Rim International Workshop on Multi-Agents, PRIMA 2006, Proceedings
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)3540367071, 9783540367079
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Event9th Pacific Rim International Workshop on Multi-Agents, PRIMA 2006 - Guilin, China
Duration: 7 Aug 20068 Aug 2006

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume4088 LNAI
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference9th Pacific Rim International Workshop on Multi-Agents, PRIMA 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • General Computer Science


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