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Evolutionary Swarm Robotics

Evolving Self-Organising Behaviours in Groups of Autonomous Robots

Book

Part of the Studies in Computational Intelligence book series (SCI, volume 108)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. The Evolution of Self-Organization

  3. Experiments with Simulated and Real Robots

  4. Future Directions

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 173-189

About this book

Introduction

In this book the use of ER techniques for the design of self-organising group behaviours, for both simulated and real robots is introduced. This research has a twofold value. From an engineering perspective, an automatic methodology for synthesising complex behaviours in a robotic system is described.

ER techniques should be used in order to obtain robust and efficient group behaviours based on self-organisation. From a more theoretical point of view, the second important contribution brought forth by the author's experiments concerns the understanding of the basic principles underlying self-organising behaviours and collective intelligence. In this experimental work, the evolved behaviours are analysed in order to uncover the mechanisms that have led to a certain organisation.

In summary, this book tries to mediate between two apparently opposed perspectives: engineering and cognitive science. The experiments presented and the results obtained contribute to the assessment of ER not only as a design tool, but also as a methodology for modelling and understanding intelligent adaptive behaviours.

Keywords

Computational Intelligence Evolutionary Intelligence Swarm Robotics autonom autonomous robot cognitive science intelligence modeling robot robotics

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Istituto di Scienze e Tecnologie della Cognizione00185Italy

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Reviews

From the reviews:

“This book is aimed at engineering and cognitive science researchers interested in evolutionary robotics techniques for the design of self-organizing group behaviors.” (IEEE Control Systems Magazine, Vol. 30, June, 2010)