Interactive simulated robot construction and controller evolution

Paul Beliveau, Greg Hornby, Josh Bongard
2012 Proceedings of the fourteenth international conference on Genetic and evolutionary computation conference companion - GECCO Companion '12  
A robot's morphology affects not only its capabilities, but also its evolvability. Here we introduce an evolutionary robotics platform that will enable us to investigate the ability of non-roboticists to collectively explore the design space of evolvable robot body plans. Users create robots in a simulator using an interactive interface, then let evolution find a controller that enables efficient locomotion. The user can change the morphology of the robot and test the new design iteratively,
more » ... ering the design based on the assessment of the robot's performance after a period of evolution of the controller. We investigate whether there is a correlation between the methods users choose to build robots and the evolvability of the robots.
doi:10.1145/2330784.2330892 dblp:conf/gecco/BeliveauHB12 fatcat:q4bffgpu3zbe7exvz4epzceswm