Stability analysis of social foraging swarms: Combined effects of attractant/repellent profiles

Gazi V. , Passino K. M.

41st IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, Las Vegas, NV, United States Of America, 10 - 13 December 2002, vol.3, pp.2848-2853 identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Volume: 3
  • City: Las Vegas, NV
  • Country: United States Of America
  • Page Numbers: pp.2848-2853


In this article we study the stability of the collective behavior of social foraging swarms, i.e., swarms moving in a profile of nutrient/toxic substances (an attractant/repellent profile) and extend our results in [1]. In particular, we consider a plane profile and also extend our results for the quadratic, Gaussian, and multi-modal Gaussian profiles. Moreover, we analyze the ultimate behavior of the individuals in the social foraging swarm. The paper closes with new simulation studies that give insights into swarm dynamics.