Communication within an organism by connecting Echo State Networks

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has title::Communication within an organism by connecting Echo State Networks
status: ongoing
Master: project within::Computational Intelligence and Selforganisation
Student name: student name::Quintin Saijoen
Dates
Start start date:=2012/05/01
End end date:=2012/09/30
Supervision
Supervisor: Guszti Eiben
Second reader: has second reader::Berend Weel
Company: has company::VU
Thesis: has thesis::Media:Thesis.pdf
Poster: has poster::Media:Posternaam.pdf

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Abstract

In previous research robots in a swarm could dock together to form an organism. This organism then appeared to behave as a single robot. However the robots within this organism still functioned as separate robots which were merely stuck together, the only reason the organism appeared to behave as a single robot was because it’s movement was calculated from the desired movement of all it’s component robots. A better approach to this is to have the robots within an organism communicate with each other. Connecting the neural networks (echo state networks) controlling these robots, is one possible approach to obtain communication. This project will assess how well this approach works and how the various ways of connecting these neural networks compare to each other.