2012.11.27 / Flocking
Students designed animations demonstrating variations of flocking behavior.
Space PiratesKate Cleaveland
The triangular agents are spaceships in busy shipping lanes during a pirate attack. The spaceships will try to form fleets (flocking behaviors) with other ships, because when ships are in each other's line of sight, they can connect their power sources to charge their shields. The more ships are in an area, the stronger they can charge their shields. Ships with weak shields (white or pale shades of blue) will try to evade the red, circular pirate ships, while ships with strong shields (bright shades of blue) have nothing to fear.
The Night SceneJason Ryan
The sparkling streaks of wind/energy toss about in the air effecting any petals they come across, The flower petals are caught in jet-streams, flying through the night sky. They clump together when unhindered, but the crosswinds often blow their friends off course.
The image I decided to work on reflecting was the common image of a moonlit pond with both fish and fowl. The fish are afraid of the hovering birds and shy away from the surface protected by large numbers. The birds though turn out to be completely disinterested in eating the fish and will either playfully hover over a specific fish or try to catch a mirage that appears sequentially in the different reflections of the moon on the pool.
Ferrofluid BubblesNicole Williams
This is a simulation of magnetized ferrofluid droplets floating in a solution of soapy water. The ferrofluid's slow flotation throughout the soapy solution creates an environment of magnetic attraction and repulsion; thus maintaining the constant motion of bubbles and ferrofluid droplets.