Bragin Prize Entries
2007 Course project presentations.
Applications submitted to the
Bragin Prize Committee.
EVOcuation with Obstacles
emergencies under panic conditions, spaces can be evacuated with maximal
speed and minimal injury by introducing obstacles near the exit. This
highly original and sophisticated project
simulates evacuation with no, one and three obstacles, calculating both
speed and injury. Additionally, both genetic algorithms and random search
may be used to optimize obstacle configurations. Individual agent perceptions
and behaviors are complex.
Bullying Behavior in Japan
Based upon statistical data collected from Japanese schools
in 2005, the maximum probability of bullying occurs in grade 7. Choose
a grade to set the probability. Students who are hit once loose stature
and those who are hit twice cry. The teacher can restore students' esteem.
Statistics are shown as the simulation progresses. In
this project, Nanae provided the foundation which was modified and enhanced
by others to produce dynamically changing visualizations for different
Love Meets Social Psychology
Sternberg's Triangular Theory of Love is used to simulate
agents entering and leaving a complex variety
of romantic relationships. Each agent is assigned a level of intimacy,
passion and commitment and can associate based on four new flocking behaviors.
The "Significant Other" button displays the level of agent interest
and other stats are displayed as the color of the background circle.
Evolutionary Iterated Prisoners Dilemma
addition to Tit-for-Tat, Tit-for-Two-Tats, Cooperate, Random and Defect,
both Kin and Grudge strategies were introduced as well as a
graph to track evolutionary changes in the ecologies of a universe
of 25 players in both an evolutionary and devolutionary mode. A number
of experiments were run based upon a variety of different "seed"
ecologies. Select "Evolve" and/or "Devolve"
before selecting "Graph Evolution."
upon Paul Ekman's theory, there are six primary emotions which can, in
combination, lead to others. These six emotions have been incorporated
into the agents: happiness, sadness, anger, disgust, fear and surprise.
Interaction triggers and associated behaviors
have also been included. Agents may be probed for emotional levels, health
and wealth in this foundation for
more complex behaviors.
ehnancement of our foundational flocking program by introducing a
dynamically growing population anthropoid badgers which ages,
reproduces and subsequently dies from old age or predator attacks, depending
on user-selected behaviors.
highly original creation of 24 agents, with a random mass,
has three destinations and deadlines. Velicities are a function of the
distance to the agent ahead. Each calculates how long it will take to
reach its destination, and leaves at the last moment. The agents' planning
ability is selectable, which results in variable sized emergent groups.
Statistics are displayed on their failures to reach their deadlines for
the targets. Select a "Time per Move"
Personality Based Social Network
of agents of five basic agent personalities
(agreeable, nerdy, funny, social and antisocial) interact with rules specific
to individual combinations of traits. Rules are symmetrical and independent
of which agent initiates the encounter.
Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs
Each agent has
a hierarchy of ten states, represented
by the ten different icons. Under "polarized needs theory" those
higher in the hierarchy will associate with one another. Those lower will
also self associate, but in doing so will reduce their status. Under the
"positive" case, those at the upper tier help those who are
lower. In the "negative" case, those in the lower tier will
reduce the status of those higher.
Yooseon Alice Ham &
Lisa Zhao Liu :
Corporate World / Glass Ceiling
Plenty of activity
with black and red-shirt agents are the manager and assistant manager.
When agents interact with the manager they receive a promotion, the level
of which is represented by the lightness of their collars. Female agents'
promotions are cut short. When agents interact with the assistant manager
they are demoted to the bottom of the corporate ladder. Select
any behavior other than "none."
A Perfect Match
interesting arrangement in which each agent ranks four different
qualities in order of preference. Agents will form couples according to
the degree of agreement in their rankings. Agents who share only the first
quality will couple, but each member of the couple will break away to
join an agent with whom it shares the first two. Agents will thus unite
and reunite until they share all three (four) qualities, until they find
"the perfect match."
Other projects will
be uploaded over the next few weeks...