First published 2 September 2013
The Transmission of Migratory Behaviors
Geoff Nitschke, Olaf Witkowski
In nature, animals rely upon migratory behaviors in order to adapt to seasonal variations in their environment. However, the transmission of migratory behaviors within populations (either during lifetimes or throughout successive generations) is not well understood (Bauer et al., 2011). In Artificial Life research, Agent Based Modeling (ABM) is a bottom-up approach to study evolutionary conditions under which adaptive group behavior emerges. ABM is characterized by synthetic methods (understanding via building), and is becoming increasingly popular in animal behavior research (Sumida et al., 1990). Combining an Artificial Neural Network (ANN) and Evolutionary Algorithm (EA) for adapting agent behavior (Yao, 1993) has received significant research attention (Phelps and Ryan, 2001), (Lee, 2003).