Hormonal Modulation of Interaction Between Autonomous Agents

TitleHormonal Modulation of Interaction Between Autonomous Agents
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsLones, J., Lewis M., & Cañamero L.
Name of ProceedingsProc. 4th Joint IEEE International Conference on Development and Learning and on Epigenetic Robotics (ICDL-Epirob 2014)
Date Published10/2014
Conference LocationGenoa, Italy

Epigenetic like mechanism potentially have a critical role to play in the long term modulation of behaviour, interaction and adaptation. In this study we implement an model of these mechanism, the upward and downward regulation of hormone receptors located in a simply hormone driven autonomous agent. We frame this study in a multi agent setup using competition as a way to change the dynamics of the environment and the challenges the agents face. We found that this simply epigenetic mechanism has the potential to significantly alter the behaviour of the agents, allowing them to develop not only unique individual behaviour but also group like structures that permit them to better adapt to the different challenges that the environment presents.