Environmental influence in bio-inspired game level solver algorithms

Abstract

Bio-inspired algorithms have been widely used to solve problems in areas like heuristic search, classical optimization, or optimum configuration in complex systems. This paper studies how Genetic Algorithms (GA) and Ant Colony Optimization (ACO) algorithms can be applied to automatically solve levels in the well known Lemmings Game. The main goal of this work is to study the influence that the environment exerts over these algorithms, specially when the goal of the selected game is to save an individual (lemming) that should take into account their environment to improve their possibilities of survival. The experimental evaluations carried out reveals that the performance of the algorithm (i.e. number of paths found) is improve when the algorithm uses a small quantity of information about the environment.

Publication
Intelligent Distributed Computing VII
Antonio Gonzalez-Pardo
Antonio Gonzalez-Pardo
PhD Computer Science

Lecturer at the Computer Science Department. Main research interests are related to Computational Intelligence and Metaheuristics applied to Social Networks Analysis, and the optimization of graph-based problems.