Using Artificial Physics to Control Agents
NAVAL RESEARCH LAB WASHINGTON DC
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We introduce a novel framework called artificial physics, which provides distributed control of large collections of agents. The agents react to artificial forces that are motivated by natural physical laws. This framework provides an effective mechanism for achieving self-assembly, fault-tolerance, and self-repair. Examples are shown for various regular geometric configurations of agents. A further example demonstrates that self-assembly via distributed control can also perform distributed computation.