Evolution of Communication and Language in Embodied Agents

  • Stefano Nolfi
  • Marco Mirolli

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XI
  2. Theoretical Aspects of Communication and Language

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. Domenico Parisi
      Pages 13-35
    3. Edward Hagen, Peter Hammerstein, Nicole Hess
      Pages 55-65
    4. Bernat Corominas-Murtra, Sergi Valverde, Ricard V. Solé
      Pages 83-101
  3. Evolution of Communication

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 103-103
    2. Sara Mitri, Dario Floreano, Laurent Keller
      Pages 123-134
    3. Marco Mirolli, Domenico Parisi
      Pages 135-159
    4. Christos Ampatzis, Elio Tuci, Vito Trianni, Marco Dorigo
      Pages 161-178
    5. Joachim de Greeff, Stefano Nolfi
      Pages 179-214
  4. Evolution of Language

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 221-221
    2. Vittorio Loreto, Andrea Baronchelli, Andrea Puglisi
      Pages 263-281
  5. Conclusion

  6. Appendix: Software and Hardware Tools

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 295-295
    2. Stefano Nolfi, Onofrio Gigliotta
      Pages 297-301
    3. Dario Floreano, Sara Mitri, Julien Hubert
      Pages 303-306
    4. Luc Steels, Martin Loetzsch
      Pages 307-313

About this book


This field of research examines how embodied and situated agents, such as robots, evolve language and thus communicate with each other. This book is a comprehensive survey of the research in this emerging field.

The contributions explain the theoretical and methodological foundations of the field, and then illustrate the scientific and technological potentials and promising research directions. The book also provides descriptions of research experiments and related open software and hardware tools, allowing the reader to gain a practical knowledge of the topic.

The book will be of interest to scientists and undergraduate and graduate students in the areas of cognition, artificial life, artificial intelligence and linguistics.


Adaptive behavior Artificial intelligence Artificial life Babel Chemical communication Communicating agents Complex systems E-puck Embodied agents Evorobot* Grounded communications Human language Language evolution Linguistics Multiagent systems Multirobot systems Robotics Self-organization Swarm robotics Wiener

Editors and affiliations

  • Stefano Nolfi
    • 1
  • Marco Mirolli
    • 2
  1. 1.e Tecnologie della CognizioneCNR Roma, ISTC - Ist. ScienzeRomaItaly
  2. 2.e Tecnologie della CognizioneCNR Roma, ISTC - Ist. ScienzeRomaItaly

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2010
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Computer Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-01249-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-01250-1
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