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Description - Evolutionary Robotics by Stefano Nolfi

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. 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.

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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: 30-Jan-2004
Country of Publication: United States

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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).