Evolutionary robotics: what, why, and where to

Abstract : Evolutionary robotics applies the selection, variation, and heredity principles of natural evolution to the design of robots with embodied intelligence. It can be considered as a subfield of robotics that aims to create more robust and adaptive robots. A pivotal feature of the evolutionary approach is that it considers the whole robot at once, and enables the exploitation of robot features in a holistic manner. Evolutionary robotics can also be seen as an innovative approach to the study of evolution based on a new kind of experimentalism. The use of robots as a substrate can help to address questions that are difficult, if not impossible, to investigate through computer simulations or biological studies. In this paper, we consider the main achievements of evolutionary robotics, focusing particularly on its contributions to both engineering and biology. We briefly elaborate on methodological issues, review some of the most interesting findings, and discuss important open issues and promising avenues for future work.
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Stephane Doncieux, Nicolas Bredeche, Jean-Baptiste Mouret, Gusz Eiben. Evolutionary robotics: what, why, and where to. Frontiers in Robotics and AI, Frontiers Media S.A., 2015, pp.10.3389/frobt.2015.00004. ⟨10.3389/frobt.2015.00004⟩. ⟨hal-01131267⟩

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