An Evolutionary Approach to Damage Recovery of Robot Motion with Muscles

  • Siavash Haroun Mahdavi
  • Peter J. Bentley
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Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 2801)


Robots that can recover from damage did not exist outside science fiction. Here we describe a self-adaptive snake robot that uses shape memory alloy as muscles and an evolutionary algorithm as a method of adaptive control. Experiments demonstrate that if some of the robot’s muscles are deliberately damaged, evolution is able to find new sequences of muscle activations that compensate, thus enabling the robot to recover its ability to move.


Genetic Algorithm Shape Memory Alloy Finite State Machine Smart Material Robot Motion 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Siavash Haroun Mahdavi
    • 1
  • Peter J. Bentley
    • 1
  1. 1.Dept. Computer ScienceUniversity College LondonLondonUK

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