Self organization of formations and swarms

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Authors
  1. Labonté, G.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Ottawa, Ottawa ONT (CAN);Royal Military Coll of Canada, Kingston ONT (CAN) Dept of Mathematics and Computer Science
Abstract
Complex systems behaviour is known to characterize many defence and security scenarios in the modern threat environment. Complex systems are characterized by simple local interactions leading to the emergence of global behaviour patterns. Flocking, comprising of formations and swarms are particularly evocative examples of this phenomenon. The purpose of this study is to provide a better understanding of the local mechanisms that result in self organization. We review the basic flocking principles uncovered by Reynolds in the 1980s and expand those results to include other agent interactions that also lead to flocking. Various self-organized flocking mechanisms are illustrated with two formations and a few particular swarms. This study provides a good understanding of flocking mechanisms and a good basis for future work on the applications of flocking.

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Keywords
Swarms;Flocks;Self-organized flocking;Complex systems behaviour;Complex systems behavior;Formations;Emergence;Self-organising systems;Self-organizing systems;Stigmergic systems
Report Number
DRDC-OTTAWA-CR-2009-244 — Contractor Report
Date of publication
01 Jan 2010
Number of Pages
94
DSTKIM No
CA033619
CANDIS No
533013
Format(s):
Electronic Document(PDF)

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