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Emergent construction of a behavior arbitration mechanism based on the immune system

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We have been investigating a new behavior arbitration mechanism based on the biological immune system. The behavior arbitration mechanism and the biological immune system share certain similarities since both systems deal with various sensory inputs (antigens) through interactions among multiple competence modules (lymphocytes and/or antibodies). We have demonstrated the flexible arbitration abilities of our proposed method; however, we have not shown a solution to the problem: how do we prepare an appropriate repertoire of competence modules? In this paper, in order to construct an appropriate immune network without human intervention, we try to incorporate an offline metadynamics function into our previously proposed mechanism. The metadynamics function is an adaptation realized by varying the structure of the immune network. To accomplish this function, we use a genetic algorithm with a devised crossover operator. Finally, we verify our method by carrying out simulations.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/156855398X00163

Affiliations: Department of Computational Science and Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, Nagoya University, Furo-cho, Chikusa-ku, Nagoya 464-8603, Japan

Publication date: January 1, 1997

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