# Distributed sensing, swarm sensing, adaptive social learning

October 14, 2014 — June 28, 2021

Is this is a real field separate from all the things that looks similar to it? e.g.probability collectives (are they a thing?) and the nature-inspired algorithms people get disturbingly enthusiastic about (ant colonies, particle swarms, that one based on choirs…), distributed consistency, and reliability engineering (Byzantine generals etc), …and quorum sensing? How about that?

## 1 Local versus global design

I’m particular interested in the constraints on what global organising can be done using local information. There are formal approaches to this, e.g. H. Wang and Rubenstein (2020) and more casual, fun ones like Mordvintsev et al. (2020).

## 2 Incentive design

If your network has autonomous agents that need to cooperate, how do you design their private utility? Although this looks a little bit like collective decisions, I am thinking of more incentive design-oriented questions. When we say “multi agent systems” there is usually a presumption that the individual agents are fairly simple, not whole human beings. Special case: flocking. The barriers betwixt these are permeable.

## 3 Graph topology

If the graph topology of connections is not 1:N but something more complicated, what happens to learnability? What if you need to discover something controlling for graph topology? I have arbitrarily filed that under inference on social graphs.

## 4 As metaphor for human systems

See wisdom of crowds versus groupthink, or possible weaponized social media.

## 5 Incoming

- 大トロ, Collective Intelligence for Deep Learning: A Survey of Recent Developments
- Yoav Shoham and Kevin Leyton-Brown’s textbook,
*Multiagent Systems Algorithmic, Game-Theoretic, and Logical Foundations*is downloadable - Distributed information processing in biological and computational systems
- Yujian, Digest: Consensus Filters is a quick intro to signal analysis using consensus filters
- Growing Neural Cellular Automata looks at differentiable automata on a grid for prettiness.

## 6 References

*Dynamic Games and Applications*.

*Proceedings of the Thirty-Seventh Annual ACM Symposium on Theory of Computing*. STOC ’05.

*Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences*.

*Communications Magazine, IEEE*.

*IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control*.

*Proceedings of the Third International Joint Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems-Volume 3*.

*IFAC Proceedings Volumes*, 19th IFAC World Congress,.

*IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing*.

*IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing*.

*IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control*.

*IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing*.

*ICALP*.

*Journal of the American Statistical Association*.

*Proceedings of the Thiry-Fourth Annual ACM Symposium on Theory of Computing*. STOC ’02.

*IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing*.

*2006 45th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control*.

*Decision*.

*Collective Intelligence*.

*IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control*.

*Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences*.

*Three Decades of Mathematical System Theory: A Collection of Surveys at the Occasion of the 50th Birthday of Jan C. Willems*. Lecture Notes in Control and Information Sciences.

*arXiv:2111.13626 [Cs, Eess]*.

*arXiv:1410.4307 [Cs, Math, Stat]*.

*Handbook of Game Theory with Economic Applications*.

*IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing*.

*IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing*.

*arXiv:1611.03899 [Cs, Math, Stat]*.

*Science Advances*.

*Distill*.

*arXiv:2106.03007 [Cs, Econ, Stat]*.

*44th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, 2005 and 2005 European Control Conference. CDC-ECC ’05*.

*Automatic Control, IEEE Transactions on*.

*Proceedings of the IEEE*.

*Networked Embedded Sensing and Control*.

*Automatic Control, IEEE Transactions on*.

*Journal of Economic Theory*.

*Foundations and Trends® in Machine Learning*.

*Proceedings of the IEEE*.

*IFAC World Congress*.

*The Quarterly Journal of Economics*.

*IEEE Signal Processing Letters*.

*IEEE Transactions on Robotics*.

*Advances in Complex Systems*.

*Complex Engineered Systems*. Understanding Complex Systems.

*arXiv:cs/9908014*.

*EPL (Europhysics Letters)*.

*Mathematical Programming*.

*arXiv:1710.04677 [Cs, Stat]*.

*arXiv:1312.5434 [Cs, Math]*.