Incremental Evolution of Robot Controllers for a Highly Integrated Task
Christensen Anders Lyhne , Dorigo Marco


In this paper we apply incremental evolution for automatic synthesis of neural network controllers for a group of physically con- nected mobile robots called s-bots. The robots should be able to safely and cooperatively perform phototaxis in an arena containing holes. We experiment with two approaches to incremental evolution, namely behav- ioral decomposition and environmental complexity increase. Our results are compared with results obtained in a previous study where several non-incremental evolutionary algorithms were tested and in which the evolved controllers were shown to transfer successfully to real robots. Surprisingly, none of the incremental evolutionary strategies performs any better than the non-incremental approach. We discuss the main rea- sons for this and why it can be difficult to apply incremental evolution successfully in highly integrated tasks.

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