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Living machinesA handbook of research in biomimetics and biohybrid systems$
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Tony J. Prescott, Nathan Lepora, and Paul F.M.J Verschure

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780199674923

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780199674923.001.0001

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Cooperation in collective systems

Cooperation in collective systems

(p.411) Chapter 43 Cooperation in collective systems
Living machines

Stefano Nolfi

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Cooperative collective systems, such as social insects, display amazing behaviors that combine efficiency, flexibility, and robustness. This chapter on cooperation in collective systems illustrates a fundamental property of natural organisms which operate only occasionally in isolation. The chapter discusses the methods that can be used to synthesize colonies or swarms of cooperating agents and some of the key principles that characterize such types of system such as coordination, generalization, and self-organization. It focuses in particular on collective evolutionary robotics approaches in which swarm of robots are evolved for the ability to solve problems that require cooperation.

Keywords:   cooperation, collective systems, self-organization, generalization, coordination, evolutionary robotics

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