Synopses & Reviews
Evolutionary robotics (ER) aims to apply evolutionary computation techniques to the design of both real and simulated autonomous robots. The Horizons of Evolutionary Robotics
offers an authoritative overview of this rapidly developing field, presenting state-of-the-art research by leading scholars. The result is a lively, expansive survey that will be of interest to computer scientists, robotics engineers, neuroscientists, and philosophers. The contributors discuss incorporating principles from neuroscience into ER; dynamical analysis of evolved agents; constructing appropriate evolutionary pathways; spatial cognition; the coevolution of robot brains and bodies; group behavior; the evolution of communication; translating evolved behavior into design principles; the development of an evolutionary robotics--based methodology for shedding light on neural processes; an incremental approach to complex tasks; and the notion of "mindless intelligence" -- complex processes from immune systems to social networks -- as a way forward for artificial intelligence.
ContributorsChristos Ampatzis, Randall D. Beer, Josh Bongard, Joachim de Greeff, Ezequiel A. Di Paolo, Marco Dorigo, Dario Floreano, Inman Harvey, Sabine Hauert, Phil Husbands, Laurent Keller, Michail Maniadakis, Orazio Miglino, Sara Mitri, Renan Moioli, Stefano Nolfi, Michael O'Shea, Rainer W. Paine, Andy Philippides, Jordan B. Pollack, Michela Ponticorvo, Yoon-Sik Shim, Jun Tani, Vito Trianni, Elio Tuci, Patricia A. Vargas, Eric D. Vaughan
About the Author
Patricia A. Vargas is Director of the Robotics Laboratory and Lecturer in Computer Science and Robotics at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh. Ezequiel A. Di Paolo is Research Professor at the University of the Basque Country. Inman Harvey is Senior Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Sussex.Phil Husbands is Professor of Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence at the University of Sussex.