Evolving Individual Behavior in a Multi-agent Traffic Simulator

  • Ernesto Sanchez
  • Giovanni Squillero
  • Alberto Tonda
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6024)


In this paper, we illustrate the use of evolutionary agents in a multi-agent system designed to describe the behavior of car drivers. Each agent has the selfish objective to reach its destination in the shortest time possible, and a preference in terms of paths to take, based on the presence of other agents and on the width of the roads. Those parameters are changed with an evolutionary strategy, to mimic the adaptation of a human driver to different traffic conditions. The system proposed is then tested by giving the agents the ability to perceive the presence of other agents in a given radius. Experimental results show that knowing the position of all the car drivers in the map leads the agents to obtain a better performance, thanks to the evolution of their behavior. Even the system as a whole gains some benefits from the evolution of the agents’ individual choices.


Multi-agent systems Evolution Traffic simulation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ernesto Sanchez
    • 1
  • Giovanni Squillero
    • 1
  • Alberto Tonda
    • 1
  1. 1.Politecnico di TorinoTorinoItaly

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