Self-organising Impact Boundaries in Ageless Aerospace Vehicles

Howard Lovatt*, Geoff Poulton, Don Price, Mikhail Prokopenko, Philip Valencia, Peter Wang

*Corresponding author for this work

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Self-monitoring, self-repairing aerospace vehicles require modular, flexible and adaptive sensing and communication networks. In general, a modular (multi-cellular) sensing and communication network is expected to detect and react to impact location, energy and damage over a wide range of impacts. It is critical that global response emerges as a result of interactions involving transfer of information embedded locally, avoiding single points-of-failure. This work presents mechanisms ensuring self-organisation of autonomous cells into robust and continuously connected impact boundaries. The spatiotemporal stability is demonstrated for a variety of cell shapes in a dynamic environment with varying energy dissipation and damage probability models.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceeding AAMAS '03 Proceedings of the second international joint conference on Autonomous agents and multiagent systems
EditorsJ.S. Rosenschein, T. Sandholm, M. Wooldridge, M. Yakoo
Place of PublicationNew York, NY
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)1581136838
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2003
Externally publishedYes
EventProceedings of the Second International Joint Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems, AAMAS 03 - Melbourne, Vic., Australia
Duration: 14 Jul 200318 Jul 2003


OtherProceedings of the Second International Joint Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems, AAMAS 03
CityMelbourne, Vic.


  • Impact detection
  • Self-organisation
  • Sensor networks

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