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Many urban settlements result from a spatially distributed, decentralized building process. Here we analyze the topological patterns of organization of a large collection of such settlements using the approach of complex networks. The global efficiency (based on the inverse of shortest-path lengths), ro-bustness to disconnections and cost (in terms of(More)
A simple model of multi-agent three-dimensional construction is presented. The properties of this model are investigated. Based on these properties, a fitness function is defined to characterize the structured patterns that can be generated by the model. The fitness function assigns a value to each pattern. The choice of the fitness function is validated by(More)
Recent theoretical and empirical studies have focused on the topology of large networks of communication/interactions in biological, social and technological systems. Most of them have been studied in the scope of the small-world and scale-free networks' theory. Here we analyze the characteristics of ant networks of galleries produced in a 2-D experimental(More)
We present a diversity-oriented hybrid evolutionary approach for the graph coloring problem. This approach is based on both generally applicable strategies and specifically tailored techniques. Particular attention is paid to ensuring population diversity by carefully controlling spacing among individuals. Using a distance measure between potential(More)
A simple mechanism is presented, based on ant-like agents, for routing and load balancing in telecommunications networks, following the initial works of Appleby and Stewart (1994) and Schoonderwoerd et al. (1997). In the present work, agents are very similar to those proposed by Schoonderwoerd et al. (1997), but are supplemented with a simplified dynamic(More)