The Biology of Behavior — Criteria for Success in Animals and Robots

  • David McFarland
Conference paper
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (volume 144)


The aim of this paper is to discuss “doing the right thing”. The question is what is the right thing? In animal behaviour studies there is a consensus on this question, and I will start by outlining this. In animal behaviour studies there is no consensus as to how optimal behaviour is achieved, and I will outline some of the problems. In robotics there is no consensus about doing the right thing and I will ask what can be learned from animal behaviour.


Animal Behaviour Autonomous Agent Activity Selection Inclusive Fitness Optimal Decision Rule 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • David McFarland
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  1. 1.Department of Zoology and Balliol CollegeOxfordUK

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