Simulating a Robot Swarm for Solving a Collective Construction Task

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Simulating a Robot Swarm for Solving a Collective Construction Task
status: finished
Student name: student name::Matthijs Tolkamp
Start start date:=2010/02/01
End end date:=2012/07/31
Supervisor: Geoff Nitschke
Second reader: has second reader::Evert Haasdijk
Company: has company::University of Pretoria / VU
Thesis: has thesis::Media:Thesis.pdf
Poster: has poster::Media:Media:Posternaam.pdf

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In the Computational Intelligence Research Group (CIRG), as part of an on-going research effort in collective behavior (Multi-Agent Systems) at the University of Pretoria, South Africa, we have an important research challenge available as an Honours or Masters thesis topic for the academic years: 2009-2010. The topic is an essential component of a larger research context that aims to investigate how various biologically inspired controller design approaches influence emergent collective behavior in simulated robot swarms.

The candidate (or candidates) should be interested in research topics that include: collective behavior, emergent cooperation, emergent specialization, evolutionary computation and artificial neural networks. The thesis topic can be undertaken as part of an honours or masters degree at the University of Pretoria or at another university, provided the candidates home university administration agrees to such an arrangement. In the latter case the candidate may choose to spend some period of time as a visiting student at CIRG or be supervised remotely with occasional visits to CIRG. It is anticipated that the research will take between six months and one year to complete.

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