Evolutionary Optimization of Pheromone-Based Stigmergic Communication

  • Tüze Kuyucu
  • Ivan Tanev
  • Katsunori Shimohara
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7248)


Pheromone-based stigmergic communication is well suited for the coordination of swarm of robots in the exploration of unknown areas. We introduce a guided probabilistic exploration of an unknown environment by combining random movement and stigmergic guidance. Pheromone-based stigmergic communication among simple entities features various complexities that have significant effects on the overall swarm coordination, but are poorly understood. We propose a genetic algorithm for the optimization of parameters related to pheromone-based stigmergic communication. As a result, we achieve human-competitive tuning and obtain a better understanding of these parameters.


Genetic Algorithm Multiagent System Real Robot Unknown Environment Pheromone Concentration 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tüze Kuyucu
    • 1
  • Ivan Tanev
    • 1
  • Katsunori Shimohara
    • 1
  1. 1.Information Systems DesignDoshisha UniversityKyotanabeJapan

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