Cellular automata driven self-evolution in multi-agent environments

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dc.contributor.advisor Prof. E.M. Ehlers en_US
dc.contributor.author Coulter, Duncan Anthony
dc.date.accessioned 2012-02-06T07:31:14Z
dc.date.available 2012-02-06T07:31:14Z
dc.date.issued 2012-02-06
dc.date.submitted 2008
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10210/4363
dc.description M.Sc. en_US
dc.description.abstract Keywords: Multi-agent systems, cellular automata, cellular evolutionary algorithms, overlay networks, knowledge representation, prior art detection. The dissertation explores a set of naturally-inspired meta-heuristics and their application to the improvement of multi-agent based prior art detection techniques within the corpus of patent repositories. The discussion begins with an examination of the family of emergent search algorithms which draw their inspiration from Darwinian evolution. These evolutionary algorithms are examined in terms of the increasing expressiveness of their representations from simple strings, through trees to separate genomic and phenotypic representations. The discussion then examines a class of computational entities known as cellular automata which draw their inspiration from crystalline growth patterns. Cellular automata are examined in terms of their underlying topologies and emergent properties in particular those of computational irreducibility and universality. Cellular automata are related to evolutionary algorithms as both an end product of evolution and as a driver for it. Software agency is then presented as a logical successor to the objectoriented software paradigm. The notion of rational agency is explored in both the single and multi-agent case and then coupled with evolutionary algorithm research. The field of information retrieval is investigated. Particular attention is paid to the imposition of structure onto inherently unstructured textual information. A variety of overlay networks are explored as a basis for the distributed storage of information. The JADE agent development framework is analysed as a special case of overlay network as well as a container for intelligence. The previously introduced topics are then combined into a novel technique for prior art detection in distributed patent repositories. The task of patent mining is decomposed into an agent-oriented model based on subsumption hierarchies. A resource description framework based patent application representation is developed together with the use of appropriate algorithms to analyse it in terms of both structural and content based similarity against a given corpus of patents. A novel multi-agent oriented cellular gene expression system is developed and implemented to improve the effectiveness of the analysis algorithms. Of particular interest is the use of universal elementary cellular automata to coordinate the interaction of individual evolutionary agents. Every possible elementary cellular automaton is evaluated for suitability and the structural analysis algorithm's efficiency is explored for both human and machine generated patents. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Cellular automata en_US
dc.subject Multiagent systems en_US
dc.title Cellular automata driven self-evolution in multi-agent environments en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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