A quantitative micro-macro link for collective decisions: the shortest path discovery/selection example

In this paper, we study how to obtain a quantitative correspondence between the dynamics of the microscopic implementation of a robot swarm and the dynamics of a macroscopic model of nest-site selection in honeybees. We do so by considering a collective decision-making case study: the shortest path discovery/selection problem. In this case study, obtaining a quantitative correspondence between the microscopic and macroscopic dynamics--the so-called micro-macro link problem--is particularly challenging because the macroscopic model does not take into account the spatial factors inherent to the path discovery/selection problem. We frame this study in the context of a general engineering methodology that prescribes the inclusion of available theoretical knowledge about target macroscopic models into design patterns for the microscopic implementation. The attainment of the micro-macro link presented in this paper represents a necessary step towards the formalisation of a design pattern for collective decision making in distributed systems.

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Reina A.
Miletitch R.
Dorigo M.
Trianni V.
Springer Science + Business Media Inc., Seacaucus, NJ , Stati Uniti d'America
Swarm intelligence 9 (2015): 75–102. doi:10.1007/s11721-015-0105-y
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