Evolutionary Intelligence

, Volume 1, Issue 1, pp 47–62 | Cite as

Neuroevolution: from architectures to learning

  • Dario Floreano
  • Peter DürrEmail author
  • Claudio Mattiussi
Review Article


Artificial neural networks (ANNs) are applied to many real-world problems, ranging from pattern classification to robot control. In order to design a neural network for a particular task, the choice of an architecture (including the choice of a neuron model), and the choice of a learning algorithm have to be addressed. Evolutionary search methods can provide an automatic solution to these problems. New insights in both neuroscience and evolutionary biology have led to the development of increasingly powerful neuroevolution techniques over the last decade. This paper gives an overview of the most prominent methods for evolving ANNs with a special focus on recent advances in the synthesis of learning architectures.


Neural networks Evolution Learning 



This work was supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation, grant no. 200021-112060. Thanks to Daniel Marbach for the illustrations and the two anonymous reviewers for their helpful comments.


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  • Dario Floreano
    • 1
  • Peter Dürr
    • 1
    Email author
  • Claudio Mattiussi
    • 1
  1. 1.Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne Laboratory of Intelligent SystemsLausanneSwitzerland

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