Emergent behavior in an adversarial synchronization and swarming model

Timothy A. McLennan-Smith, Dale O. Roberts, Harvinder S. Sidhu

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    We consider a red-versus-blue coupled synchronization and spatial swarming (i.e., swarmalator) model that incorporates attraction and repulsion terms and an adversarial game of phases. The model exhibits behaviors such as spontaneous emergence of tactical manoeuvres of envelopment (e.g., flanking, pincer, and envelopment) that are often proposed in military theory or observed in nature. We classify these states based on a large set of features such as spatial densities, synchronization between clusters, and measures of cluster distances. These features are used to study the influence of coupling parameters on the expected presence of these states and the - sometimes sharp - transitions between them.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number032607
    JournalPhysical Review E
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - Sept 2020


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