A bio-inspired artificial agent to complete a herding task with novices

Patrick Nalepka, Maurice Lamb, Rachel W. Kallen, Kevin Shockley, Anthony Chemero, Michael J. Richardson

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Models of robust human-human coordination can guide the design of adaptive and responsive human-robot systems. Here we test an artificial agent that embodies low- dimensional nonlinear dynamic equations derived from human behavior while completing a two-agent herding task, where the goal is to contain reactive spheres to the center of a target region. The model was able to complete the task alongside human novices in a virtual version of the experimental setup used in Nalepka and colleagues (submitted). Not only did the model lead participants to successful performance, but also 12 out of 18 participants reported that they believed their partner was a human participant in another room. The model was therefore able to capture the complex social behavior that defined robust task success in terms of lower dimensional dynamical equations that characterizes the emergent behavioral dynamics of embedded multiagent behavior.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Artificial Life Conference 2016
EditorsCarlos Gershenson, Tom Froese, Jesus M. Siqueiros, Wendy Aguilar, Eduardo J. Izquierdo, Hiroki Sayama
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherMIT Press
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9780262339360
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2016
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Conference on the Synthesis and Simulation of Living Systems (15th : 2016) - Cancun, Mexico
Duration: 4 Jul 20168 Jul 2016

Publication series

NameComplex Adaptive Systems


ConferenceInternational Conference on the Synthesis and Simulation of Living Systems (15th : 2016)
Abbreviated titleALife 2016

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