Feeling the Flow of Time through Sensory-Motor Coordination
Tuci Elio, Trianni Vito, Dorigo Marco


In this paper, we aim to design decision-making mechanisms for a simulated Khepera robot equipped with simple sensors, which integrates over time its perceptual experience in order to initiate a simple signalling response. Contrary to other previous similar studies, in this work the decision-making is uniquely controlled by the time-dependent structures of the agent controller, which in turn, are tightly linked to the mechanisms for sensory-motor coordination. The results of this work show that a single dynamic neural network, shaped by evolution, makes an autonomous agent capable of `feeling' time through the flow of sensations determined by its actions. Further analysis of the evolved solutions reveals the nature of the selective pressures which facilitate the evolution of fully discriminating and signalling agents. Moreover, we show that, by simply working on the nature of the fitness function, it is possible to bring forth discrimination mechanisms which generalise to conditions never encountered during evolution.

Swarm-bots project started
on October 1,2001
The project terminated
on March 31, 2005.
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