Michela Ponticorvo

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Research paper Purpose of this paper This paper describe an integrated hardware/software system based on Evolutionary Robotics and its application in Edutainment context. Design/methodology/approach The system is based on a wide variety of Artificial Life techniques (Artificial Neural Networks, Genetic Algorithms, User Guided Evolutionary Design and(More)
In the 1930s and 1940s, Edward Tolman developed a psychological theory of spatial orientation in rats and humans. He expressed his theory as an automaton (the "schematic sowbug") or what today we would call an "artificial organism." With the technology of the day, he could not implement his model. Nonetheless, he used it to develop empirical predictions(More)
In this paper we describe a new approach in Evolutionary Robotics according to which human breeders are involved in the evolutionary process. While traditionally robots are selected to reproduce automatically according to a fitness formula, a quantitative and strictly defined measure, human breeders can operate a selection basing on qualitative criteria,(More)
The paper describes Breedbot an edutainment software and hardware system that could be used to evolve autonomous agents in digital (software) world and to transfer the evolved minds in physical agents (robots). The system is based on a wide variety of Artificial Life techniques (Artificial Neural Networks, Genetic Algorithms, User Guided Evolutionary Design(More)