Evolutionary Approaches to Neural Control of Rolling, Walking, Swimming and Flying Animats or Robots

Abstract : This article describes past and current researche fforts in evolutionary robotics that have been carried out at the AnimatLab, Paris. Such approaches entail using an artificial selection process to automatically generate developmental programs for neural networks that control rolling, walking, swimming and flying animats or robots. Basically, they complement the underlying evolutionary process with a developmental procedure - in order hopefully to reduce the size of the genotypic space that is explored - and they occasionally call on an incremental approach, in order to capitalize upon solutions to simpler problems so as to devise solutions to more complex problems. This article successively outlines the historical background of our research, the evolutionary paradigm on which it relies, and the various results obtained so far. It also discusses the potentialities and limitations of the approach and indicates directions for future work.
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Jean-Arcady Meyer, Stéphane Doncieux, David Filliat, Agnès Guillot. Evolutionary Approaches to Neural Control of Rolling, Walking, Swimming and Flying Animats or Robots. Duro, R.J.; Santos, J.; Grana, M. Biologically Inspired Robot Behavior Engineering, Springer-Verlag, pp.1--43, 2002, ⟨10.1007/978-3-7908-1775-1_1⟩. ⟨hal-00655476⟩

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