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Imitation is an example of social learning in which an individual observes and copies another's actions. This paper presents a new method for using imitation as a way of enhancing the learning speed of individual agents that employ a well-known reinforcement learning algorithm, namely Q-learning. Compared to other research that uses imitation with(More)
This paper describes research in which we model social interactions between artificial agents using real robots. We show that variations that arise from embodiment allow certain behaviours , those that are more robust to the processes of embodied imitation, to emerge and evolve during multiple cycles of imitation. We test 3 memory strategies: no memory,(More)
This poster abstract outlines initial results from a multidisciplinary research project called 'the emergence of artificial culture in robot societies' whose overall aim is to investigate the processes and mechanisms by which protocultural behaviours, better described as traditions, might emerge in a free running collective robot system. We accept, as a(More)
This article describes research in which embodied imitation and behavioral adaptation are investigated in collective robotics. We model social learning in artificial agents with real robots. The robots are able to observe and learn each others' movement patterns using their on-board sensors only, so that imitation is embodied. We show that the variations(More)
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