Critical properties of unlimited gliding: Unexpected flocking behavior driven by the exchange of information

Marta Bigus , Agata Fronczak , Piotr Fronczak

Abstract

Inspired by albatrosses that use thermal lifts to fly across oceans we develop a simple model of gliders that serves us to study theoretical limitations of unlimited exploration of the Earth. Our studies, grounded in physical theory of continuous percolation and biased random walks, allow us to identify a variety of percolation transitions, which are understood as providing potentially unlimited movement through a space in a specified direction. We discover an unexpected phenomenon of self-organization of gliders in clusters, which resembles the flock organization of birds. This self-organization is intriguing, as it occurs thanks to exchange of information only and without any particular rules that could favor the clustering of the gliders (in contrast to the causes well known in literature, like, for example, attractive forces used in the Vicsek-type models or fitness functions used in evolutionary computation).
Author Marta Bigus (FP / PCSD)
Marta Bigus,,
- Physics of Complex Systems Divison
, Agata Fronczak (FP / PCSD)
Agata Fronczak,,
- Physics of Complex Systems Divison
, Piotr Fronczak (FP / PCSD)
Piotr Fronczak,,
- Physics of Complex Systems Divison
Journal seriesPhysical Review E, ISSN 1539-3755, (A 35 pkt)
Issue year2018
Vol97
No3
Pages 032139- 032139
Publication size in sheets0.3
Keywords in EnglishMULTIPLE UAVS; PERCOLATION; COVERAGE
DOIDOI:10.1103/PhysRevE.97.032139
Languageen angielski
Score (nominal)35
ScoreMinisterial score = 35.0, 12-09-2018, ArticleFromJournal
Ministerial score (2013-2016) = 35.0, 12-09-2018, ArticleFromJournal
Publication indicators WoS Impact Factor: 2014 = 2.288 (2) - 2014=2.269 (5)
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