Discussion papers

CPM-98-36 - 20 May 1998

Hierarchical Organization of Robots: A Social Simulation Study

Scott Moss and Kerstin Dautenhahn


There are distinct literatures on the simulation of hierarchical organization of robots and the simulation of emerging or alternative structures of social organizations. The robotics literature does not consider purposive development of organizational structures by robots while the emergence of such structures in simulation models of simple agents is the meat and drink of computational organization theory. In this paper, we motivate and report simulation experiments within a canonical task environment to assess the benefits from introducing richer organizational structures to control essentially simple but fallible robot-type agents.

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