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Foraging theory for decision-making system design: task-type choice

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3 Author(s)
Andrews, B.W. ; Dept. Electr. & Comput. Eng., Ohio State Univ., Columbus, OH, USA ; Passino, K.M. ; Waite, T.A.

Foraging theory is typically used to model animal decision making. We describe an agent such as an autonomous vehicle or software module as a forager searching for tasks. The prey model is used to predict which types of tasks an agent should choose to maximize its rate of reward. We expand and apply these concepts to fit an autonomous vehicle control problem and to provide insight into how to make high-level control decisions. We also discuss extensions of the basic prey model, showing how a risk-sensitive version can be used to alter policies when time or fuel is limited. Throughout the applications, we examine ways an agent can estimate environmental parameters when such parameters are not known.

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Decision and Control, 2004. CDC. 43rd IEEE Conference on  (Volume:5 )

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14-17 Dec. 2004