Swarm attack: a self-organized model to recover from malicious communication manipulation in a swarm of simple simulated agents

Giuseppe Primiero, Elio Tuci, Jacopo Tagliabue, Eliseo Ferrante

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Non-centralised behaviour such as those that characterise swarm robotics systems are vulnerable to intentional disruptions from internal or external adversarial sources. Threats in the context of swarm robotics can be executed through goal, behaviour, environment or communication manipulation. Experimental studies in this area are still sparse. We study an attack scenario performed by actively modifying the data between authorised participants. We formulate a robust probabilistic adaptive defence mechanism which does not aim at identifying malicious agents, but to provide the swarm with the means to minimise the consequences of the attack. The mechanism relies on a dynamic modification of the probability of agents to change their current information in view of new contradictory or corroborating incoming data. We investigate several experimental conditions in simulation. The results show that the presence of adversaries in the swarm hinders reaching consensus to the majority opinion when using a baseline method, but that there are several conditions in which our adaptive defence mechanism is highly efficient.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSwarm Intelligence
Subtitle of host publication11th International Conference, ANTS 2018, Rome, Italy, October 29–31, 2018, Proceedings
EditorsMarco Dorigo, Mauro Birattari, Christian Blum, Anders L. Christensen, Andreagiovanni Reina, Vito Trianni
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-00533-7
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-00532-0
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Event11th International Conference on Swarm Intelligence (ANTS 2018) - Rome, Italy
Duration: 29 Oct 201831 Oct 2018

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference11th International Conference on Swarm Intelligence (ANTS 2018)
Abbreviated titleANTS 2018


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