EvoFab: A Fully Embodied Evolutionary Fabricator

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  author =       "John Rieffel and Dave Sayles",
  title =        "{EvoFab:} A Fully Embodied Evolutionary Fabricator",
  booktitle =    "Proceedings of the 9th International Conference
                 Evolvable Systems: From Biology to Hardware, ICES
  year =         "2010",
  editor =       "Gianluca Tempesti and Andy M. Tyrrell and 
                 Julian F. Miller",
  series =       "Lecture Notes in Computer Science",
  volume =       "6274",
  pages =        "372--380",
  address =      "York",
  month =        sep # " 6-8",
  publisher =    "Springer",
  keywords =     "genetic algorithms, genetic programming, EHW",
  isbn13 =       "978-3-642-15322-8",
  DOI =          "doi:10.1007/978-3-642-15323-5_32",
  abstract =     "Few evolved designs are subsequently manufactured into
                 physical objects - the vast majority remain on the
                 virtual drawing board. We suggest two sources of this
                 Fabrication Gap. First, by being descriptive rather
                 than prescriptive, evolutionary design runs the risk of
                 evolving interesting yet unbuildable objects. Secondly,
                 in a wide range of interesting and high-complexity
                 design domains, such as dynamic and highly flexible
                 objects, the gap between simulation and reality is too
                 large to guarantee consilience between design and
                 object. We suggest that one compelling alternative to
                 evolutionary design in these complex domains is to
                 avoid both simulation and description, and instead
                 evolve artifacts directly in the real world. In this
                 paper we introduce EvoFab: a fully embodied
                 evolutionary fabricator, capable of producing novel
                 objects (rather than virtual designs) in situ. EvoFab
                 thereby opens the door to a wide range of incredibly
                 exciting evolutionary design domains.",
  affiliation =  "Union College Computer Science Department,
                 Schenectady, NY 12308, USA",

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