Strengths and synergies of evolved and designed controllers: a study within collective robotics

This paper analyses the strengths and weaknesses of self-organising approaches, such as evolutionary ro-botics, and direct design approaches, such as behav-iour-based controllers, for the production of autono-mous robots' controllers, and shows how the two approaches can be usefully combined. In particular, the paper proposes a method for encoding evolved neural-network based behaviours into motor schema-based controllers and then shows how these control-lers can be modified and combined to produce robots capable of solving new tasks. The method has been validated in the context of a collective robotics sce-nario in which a group of physically assembled simulated autonomous robots are requested to pro-duce different forms of coordinated behaviours (e.g., coordinated motion, walled-arena exiting, and light pursuing).

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Baldassarre G.
Nolfi S.
North-Holland, New York , Paesi Bassi
Artificial intelligence (Gen. ed.) 173 (2009): 857–875. doi:10.1016/j.artint.2009.01.001
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