School of Engineering and Computational Sciences
Engineering: Industrial and Systems
vacancy chain, hermit crabs, cost function, multi-robot task scheduling
Industrial Engineering | Operational Research | Other Engineering | Other Operations Research, Systems Engineering and Industrial Engineering
Miele, Hannah, "Cost Functions of Crabs: Applications of Hermit Crab Shell Exchange Behavior to Vacancy Chain Modelling" (2021). Senior Honors Theses. 1073.
Vacancy chain systems function as a method of resource distribution in domains such as housing and labor markets. Hermit crabs also employ vacancy chains as a method of shell exchange. Application of vacancy chain modelling in engineering has been attempted, but numerous flaws exist in the developed vacancy chain scheduling algorithm. This work addresses the lack of an appropriate vacancy chain cost function by developing a generalizable cost function based on hermit crab shell exchange behavior. The cost function’s purpose is enabling development of realistic engineering experiments and models based on real-world vacancy chain systems.