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Evolutionary Robotics: What, Why, and Where to

Authors
  • Doncieux, Stephane1, 2
  • Bredeche, Nicolas1, 2
  • Mouret, Jean-Baptiste1, 2
  • Eiben, Agoston E. (Gusz)3
  • 1 UMR 7222, ISIR, Sorbonne Universités, UPMC Univ Paris 06, Paris , (France)
  • 2 UMR 7222, CNRS, ISIR, Paris , (France)
  • 3 Department of Computer Science, VU University, Amsterdam , (Netherlands)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Frontiers in Robotics and AI
Publisher
Frontiers Media S.A.
Publication Date
Mar 03, 2015
Volume
2
Identifiers
DOI: 10.3389/frobt.2015.00004
Source
Frontiers
Keywords
Disciplines
  • Robotics and AI
  • Review Article
License
Green

Abstract

Evolutionary robotics applies the selection, variation, and heredity principles of natural evolution to the design of robots with embodied intelligence. It can be considered as a subfield of robotics that aims to create more robust and adaptive robots. A pivotal feature of the evolutionary approach is that it considers the whole robot at once, and enables the exploitation of robot features in a holistic manner. Evolutionary robotics can also be seen as an innovative approach to the study of evolution based on a new kind of experimentalism. The use of robots as a substrate can help to address questions that are difficult, if not impossible, to investigate through computer simulations or biological studies. In this paper, we consider the main achievements of evolutionary robotics, focusing particularly on its contributions to both engineering and biology. We briefly elaborate on methodological issues, review some of the most interesting findings, and discuss important open issues and promising avenues for future work.

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