Spatiotemporal Pattern Matching in RoboCup

  • Tom WarnkeEmail author
  • Adelinde M. Uhrmacher
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9872)


Whereas agent-based models are built on the micro-level, the interesting model output is often observed on the macro-level. In models with agents moving in space this leads to complex movement patterns. We propose a method to describe the simultaneous movement of agents by graphs that encode qualitative spatial relations between object pairs and the change of these relations over time. Movement patterns can then be expressed as graph patterns. We present two approaches to find occurrences of such graph patterns, using a graph database query and using a customized graph algorithm. Based on the example of the RoboCup soccer simulation, we demonstrate the use of our approach to define and find movement patterns in spatial multi-agent systems.



We would like to thank Roland Ewald, Stefan Leye, and Arne Bittig for their valuable input on the concepts developed in this paper. This research is partly supported by the German Research Foundation (DFG) via the research grant MoSiLLDe (UH-66/15-1).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Computer ScienceUniversity of RostockRostockGermany

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