, Volume 6, Issue 3, pp 497–514 | Cite as

The Concept of Umwelt Overlap and its Application to Cooperative Action in Multi-Agent Systems

  • Maria Isabel Aldinhas Ferreira
  • Miguel Gama Caldas
Original Paper


The present paper stems from the biosemiotic modelling of individual artificial cognition proposed by Ferreira and Caldas (2012) but goes further by introducing the concept of Umwelt Overlap. The introduction of this concept is of fundamental importance making the present model closer to natural cognition. In fact cognition can only be viewed as a purely individual phenomenon for analytical purposes. In nature it always involves the crisscrossing of the spheres of action of those sharing the same environmental bubble. Plus, the incorporation of that concept is vital to understand the complex semiosis that sustains collective tissues, societies, regulating collective cognition and consequently cooperative action. The concept of Umwelt Overlap broadens the range of applicability of the previous model to several distinct domains allowing for example for its application to multi-agent cooperative autonomous systems. In this paper a Middle Size League RoboCup soccer team is used as an example of a possible application.


Cognitive architectures Semiosis of cognition Umwelt Innenwelt Umwelt Overlap Multi-agent systems Cooperative action 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Maria Isabel Aldinhas Ferreira
    • 1
  • Miguel Gama Caldas
    • 2
  1. 1.Language, Mind and Cognition Group, Faculdade de LetrasCentre of Philosophy of the University of Lisbon, University of LisbonLisbonPortugal
  2. 2.IDMEC/ISTTechnical University of LisbonLisbonPortugal

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