Advances in Artificial Life

Volume 1674 of the series Lecture Notes in Computer Science pp 173-182

Exploiting the Power of Sensory-Motor Coordination

  • Stefano NolfiAffiliated withInstitute of Psychology, National Research Council (CNR)
  • , Domenico ParisiAffiliated withInstitute of Psychology, National Research Council (CNR)


One important implication of embodiment is that, by acting, agents partially determine the sensory patterns they receive from the environment. The motor actions performed by an agent, by modifying the agent’s position with respect to the external environment and/or the external environment itself, partially determine the type of sensory patterns received from the environment In this paper we investigate how agents can take advantage of this ability. In particular, we discuss how agents coordinate sensory and motor processes in order to (1) select sensory patterns which are not affected by the aliasing problem and avoid those which are; (2) select sensory patterns such that groups of patterns which require different responses do not strongly overlap; (3) exploit emergent behaviors that result from the interaction between the agent and the environment.