Playing in the Pheromone Playground: Experiences in Swarm Painting

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Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3449)


This paper is about collective artistic work inspired by natural phenomena, namely the use of pheromone substances for mass recruitment in ants. We will describe two different uncoordinated groups of very simple virtual micro- painters: the Colombines and the Anti-Colombines. These painters have very limited perception abilities and cannot communicate directly with other individuals. The virtual canvas, besides being a computational space for depositing paint, is also a pheromone medium (that mirrors the painting patterns) influencing the painters’ behaviour. Patterns are the emergent result of interaction dynamics involving the micro-painters and their pheromone medium.


Local Perception Neighbouring Patch Painted Spot Attraction Power Computational Space 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de LisboaLisboaPortugal

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