The effective flock control by two sheepdogs

  • Haruka Watanabe
  • Kaoru FujiokaEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes on Data Engineering and Communications Technologies book series (LNDECT, volume 2)


This paper concerns with the shepherding problem in which a small number of sheepdogs guide a large number of sheep to the target position. A research of a swarm control by external force with a small number of leader is less popular than modeling and simulation of swarm behavior. If we control a flock by comparatively simple systems, we expect to apply the technique such as constructing robots which prevent the spread of oil in sea or prevent the forest fires. In the previous research, it has been shown that sheepdogs use two rules to herd sheep. We come up with a new method with two sheepdogs which share the two rules respectively. Our method is compared with previously proposed methods using computer simulations.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.International College of Arts and Sciences, Fukuoka Women’s UniversityFukuokaJapan

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