Bridges 2012 Regular Paper
Stigmmetry Prints from Patterns of Circles
(Proceedings pages 291–298)
Stigmergy is a form of self-organization that is brought about by
indirect coordination of agents or actions. Urbano proposed a model
based on stigmergy for simulating the nest formation of the species
T. albipennis that occurs from collecting virtual grains of sand.
By making different colonies of the species sensitive to different
colors of virtual sand grains, Urbano produced what he called "sand
paintings". We exploit this technique by carefully assigning centers,
radii, and colors to colonies in such a way that the stigmergy model
self-organizes a uniform density distribution of virtual sand grains
into sand paintings that exhibit various types of color preserving,
and color reversing, symmetry. We call these algorithmic, computer-drawn
compositions "stigmmetry prints".