Information from natural language rarely contains numeric information, such as coordinates. Nevertheless, human communication successfully conveys location information using complex systems of linguistic tools. Moreover, human cognition is able to draw conclusions from this very simple type of information, e.g. to physically reach the goal of a verbal route instruction. Complex behavior can arise when large numbers of spatially distributed agents use such simple information locally to collaboratively achieve a global task. In this seminar, we study the foundations of distributed spatial reasoning. The seminar has both a theoretical and an experimental part. In the theoretical part, we will study the conceptual and technological foundations. In the experimental part, we will implement selected concepts in a NetLogo simulation environment.
M. Duckham (2013). Decentralized Spatial Computing. Springer.