Evolutionary Robotics by Stefano Nolfi
Look inside with Google Book Preview
Evolutionary Robotics
By Stefano Nolfi

Evolutionary Robotics

The Biology, Intelligence, and Technology of Self-Organizing Machines

By (author) See other recent books by Stefano Nolfi See other recent books by Dario Floreano
Format: Paperback

Normal Price: $68.32
Your Price: $61.49 AUD, inc. GST
Shipping: $7.95 per order
You Save: $6.83! (10% off normal price)
Plus...earn $3.07 in Boomerang Bucks
Availability: Available Available, ships in 10-12 days, Not for Xmas



Evolutionary Robotics by Stefano Nolfi

Book Description

Evolutionary robotics is a new technique 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.In evolutionary robotics, an initial population of artificial chromosomes, each encoding the control system of a robot, is randomly created and put into the environment. Each robot is then free to act (move, look around, manipulate) according to its genetically specified controller while its performance on various tasks is automatically evaluated. The fittest robots then "reproduce" by swapping parts of their genetic material with small random mutations. The process is repeated until the "birth" of a robot that satisfies the performance criteria.This book describes the basic concepts and methodologies of evolutionary robotics and the results achieved so far. An important feature is the clear presentation of a set of empirical experiments of increasing complexity. Software with a graphic interface, freely available on a Web page, will allow the reader to replicate and vary (in simulation and on real robots) most of the experiments.

Buy Evolutionary Robotics book by Stefano Nolfi from Australia's Online Bookstore, Boomerang Books.


Book Details

ISBN: 9780262640565
ISBN-10: 0262640562
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 178mm x 19mm)
Pages: 332
Imprint: Bradford Books
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Publish Date: 2-Mar-2004
Country of Publication: United States

Other Editions...


Reviews

» Have you read this book? We'd like to know what you think about it - write a review about Evolutionary Robotics book by Stefano Nolfi and you'll earn 50c in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars (you must be a member - it's free to sign up!)

Write a book review


Author Biography - Stefano Nolfi

Stefano Nolfi is research director at the Institute of Cognitive Science and Tecnology and head of the Laboratory of Artificial Life and Robotics. He coordinated the European project ECAgents (Embodied and Communicating Agents) and is team leader of the European Projects I-TALK (Transfer of Action and Language Knowledge in Robots) and Swarmanoid (Towards Humanoid Robotic Swarms Humanoids). Dario Floreano is Director of the Laboratory of Intelligent Systems at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL). He is the coauthor of Evolutionary Robotics: The Biology, Intelligence, and Technology of Self-Organizing Machines (MIT Press, 2000).

Boomerang Bucks close

For every $20 you spend on books, you will receive $1 in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars. You can use your Boomerang Bucks as a credit towards a future purchase from Boomerang Books. Note that you must be a Member (free to sign up) and that conditions do apply.

Recent books by Stefano Nolfi close
»
Recent books by Dario Floreano close
Bio-Inspired Artificial Intelligence by Dario Floreano
Evolutionary Robotics by Dario Floreano
From Animals to Animats by Dario Floreano
From Animals to Animats by Dario Floreano
»
BoomerangBooks.com.au close