Date of Award

Fall 1997

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Computer Science - (M.S.)

Department

Computer and Information Science

First Advisor

Franz J. Kurfess

Second Advisor

Qianhong Liu

Third Advisor

Ajaz A. Rana

Abstract

Networked agents of the simplest kind offer the power of cooperative problem solving through parallel operation along with tight packaging potential. Such agents are self-contained analog machines capable of only a few primitive intelligent operations. In this thesis, a design will be developed for a simple agent capable of sending, receiving, and processing information in a environment where agents are coupled together. This environment imposes unorchestrated simultaneous input while expecting a useful timely response. Successful collaboration in these conditions is accomplished through sets encoded within pulse ensembles. The simplicity of the set definition is an inviting candidate for message communication and processing. Although its use is restricted to spatial pattern recognition, a predicted side effect of set communication in a multilayer network configuration is the ability to reintroduce the output back into the input layers for further processing.

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