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Pages 884-891
First published 30 July 2014

Feedback Control of Evolving Swarms

Jacob Gold, Adam Wang, Kyle I Harrington

Abstract (Excerpt)

We examine the effects of proportional-integral control on the fitness and genetics of an evolving swarm. Introducing controllers with a set point designed to distribute birds equally across the food in a given simulation increases the rate at which the birds accumulate energy, but also increases the rate at which they expire. We find that the amount of food the birds gather is not dependent on the force of the feedback controllers but on the quality of information they transmit. The trends we observe can help to understand and improve the results of a wide variety of systems exhibiting swarm dynamics.