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Robust Morphogenesis of Robotic Swarms

By H. Sayama

IEEE Computational Intelligence Magazine, 5.3 (2010): 43-49.


In this paper, Sayama introduces the concept of “swarm chemistry”, so to have swarms of situated agents divided in subsets. A different “recipe” (as collection of parameters regarding interaction rules among the components of the swarm) is assigned to different subsets of the swarm. Sayama demonstrates how mixing recipes allows the formation of shapes or notable patterns; by taking into account that each member of the swarm does not recognize whether its neighbouring components are instructed with the same parameters set or if they feature a different recipe, it is very interesting to note how awareness can emerge as a whole.


Reflections of Consciousness: The Mirror Test

By Pentti O. A. Haikonen

Proceedings of the 2007 AAAI Fall Symposium on Consciousness and Artificial Intelligence.


This paper is very interesting since it discuss how Self-Awareness can be achieved in computational units, starting by the most accepted definition of Self-Awareness as presented by literature in cognitive sciences. Cognitive sciences define Self-Awareness as the ability of an human or animal to recognize itself by looking into a mirror. In this paper, Haikonen shows how easily this can be obtained with robots or machines in general; however, is it all that we need in order to create consciousness in robots? Haikonen answers this question in this article.


Multirobot systems: a classification focussed on coordination

By Farinelli A, Iocchi L, Nardi D.

IEEE Trans Syst Man Cybern B Cybern. 2004 Oct;34(5):2015-28.


In this paper a taxonomy for multi robot system is proposed and analyzed, putting focus on the collaborative and cooperative point of view. It turned out to be an interesting survey in the literature of coordination in robots; the authors were able to construct their taxonomy also taking into account the “aware” capabilities of the collection of robots, and they explain how this awareness is related to the “knowledge” level of their taxonomy.


A Survey of Self-Awareness and Its Application in Computing Systems

By P. Lewis et al.

SASOW ’11: Proceedings of the 2011 Fifth IEEE Conference on Self-Adaptive and Self-Organizing Systems Workshops


This paper provides an overview on the categories of awareness that we can extract by taking inspiration on both biology and cognitive sciences. Awareness is then divided in several levels; these levels have been investigated by the authors for completing a survey regarding the application of these concepts in computational problems.


Final Awareness Newsletter Autumn 2013

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