Artificial Life and Real Robots

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  title =        "Artificial Life and Real Robots",
  year =         "1992",
  pages =        "3--10",
  author =       "Rodney A. Brooks",
  booktitle =    "Toward a Practice of Autonomous Systems: Proceedings
                 of the First European Conference on Artificial Life",
  editor =       "Francisco J. Varela and Paul Bourgine",
  address =      "Cambridge, MA, USA",
  publisher =    "MIT Press",
  keywords =     "genetic algorithms, genetic programming",
  URL =          "",
  size =         "9 pages",
  abstract =     "The first part of this paper explores the general
                 issues in using Artificial Life techniques to program
                 actual mobile robots. In particular it explores the
                 difficulties inherent in transferring programs evolved
                 in a simulated environment to run on an actual robot.
                 It examines the dual evolution of organism morphology
                 and nervous systems in biology. It proposes techniques
                 to capture some of the search space pruning that dual
                 evolution offers in the domain of robot programming. It
                 explores the relationship between robot morphology and
                 program structure, and techniques for capturing
                 regularities across this mapping.

                 The second part of the paper is much more specific. It
                 proposes techniques which could allow realistic
                 explorations concerning the evolution of programs to
                 control physically embodied mobile robots. In
                 particular we introduce a new abstraction for
                 behaviour-based robot programming which is specially
                 tailored to be used with genetic programming
                 techniques. To compete with hand coding techniques it
                 will be necessary to automatically evolve programs that
                 are one to two orders of magnitude more complex than
                 those previously reported in any domain. Considerable
                 extensions to previously reported approaches to genetic
                 programming are necessary in order to achieve this

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