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Title:
Evolutionary robotics : the biology, intelligence, and technology of self-organizing machines
Author:
Nolfi, Stefano.
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Publication Information:
Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, [2000]

©2000
Physical Description:
320 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
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"A Bradford book."
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780262140706
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Book

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Evolutionary robotics is a new technqiue for the automatic creation of autonomous robots. Inspired by the Darwinian principle of selective reproduction of the fittest, it views robots as autonomous artificial organisms that develop their own skills in close interaction with the environment and without human intervention. Drawing heavily on biology and ethology, it uses the tools of neural networks, genetic algorithms, dynamic systems and biomorphic engineering. The resulting robots share with simple biological systems the characteristics of robustness, simplicity, small size, flexibility and modularity.


Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Prefacep. xi
1 The role of self-organization for the synthesis and the understanding of behavioral systemsp. 1
2 Evolutionary and neural techniquesp. 19
3 How to evolve robotsp. 49
4 Evolution of simple navigationp. 69
5 Power and limits of reactive intelligencep. 93
6 Beyond reactive intelligencep. 121
7 Learning and evolutionp. 153
8 Competitive co-evolutionp. 189
9 Encoding, mapping, and developmentp. 223
10 Complex hardware morphologies: Walking machinesp. 241
11 Evolvable hardwarep. 261
Conclusionsp. 277
Notesp. 281
Referencesp. 295
Indexp. 317