Encyclopedia of Complexity and Systems Science

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Embodied and Situated Agents, Adaptive Behavior in

  • Stefano Nolfi
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-27737-5_171-4

Definition of the Subject

Adaptive behavior concerns the study of how organisms develop their behavioral and cognitive skills through a synthetic methodology which consists in designing artificial agents which are able to adapt to their environment autonomously. These studies are important both from a modeling point of view (i.e., for making progress in our understanding of intelligence and adaptation in natural beings) and from an engineering point of view (i.e., for making progresses in our ability to develop artifacts displaying effective behavioral and cognitive skills).


Adaptive behavior research concerns the study of how organisms can develop behavioral and cognitive skills by adapting to the environment and to the task they have to fulfill autonomously (i.e., without human intervention). This goal is achieved through a synthetic methodology, i.e., through the synthesis of artificial creatures which (i) have a body, (ii) are situated in an environment with which they...


Cognitive Skill Complex Adaptive System Control Rule Behavioral Skill Light Gradient 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Cognitive Sciences and TechnologiesNational Research Council (CNR)RomeItaly