Biologically inspired heterogeneous multi-agent systems
Haque, Musad Al
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Many biological systems are known to accomplish complex tasks in a decentralized, robust, and scalable manner - characteristics that are desirable to the coordination of engineered systems as well. Inspired by nature, we produce coordination strategies for a network of heterogenous agents and in particular, we focus on intelligent collective systems. Bottlenose dolphins and African lions are examples of intelligent collective systems since they exhibit sophisticated social behaviors and effortlessly transition between functionalities. Through preferred associations, specialized roles, and self-organization, these systems forage prey, form alliances, and maintain sustainable group sizes. In this thesis, we take a three-phased approach to bioinspiration: in the first phase, we produce agent-based models of specific social behaviors observed in nature. The goal of these models is to capture the underlying biological phenomenon, yet remain simple so that the models are amenable to analysis. In the second phase, we produce bio-inspired algorithms that are based on the simple biological models produced in the first phase. Moreover, these algorithms are developed in the context of specific coordination tasks, e.g., the multi-agent foraging task. In the final phase of this work, we tailor these algorithms to produce coordination strategies that are ready to be deployed in target applications.