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Rolf Pfeifer and Christian Scheier provide a systematic introduction to this new way of thinking about intelligence and computers and derive a set of principles and a coherent framework for the study of naturally and artificially intelligent systems, or autonomous agents.
A mobile robot employing insect strategies for navigation
How the body shapes the way we think - a new view on intelligence
In How the Body Shapes the Way The authors Think, Rolf Pfeifer and Josh Bongard demonstrate that thought is not independent of the body but is tightly constrained, and at the same time enabled, by it.
Self-Organization, Embodiment, and Biologically Inspired Robotics
Robotics researchers increasingly agree that ideas from biology and self-organization can strongly benefit the design of autonomous robots. Biological organisms have evolved to perform and survive in…
Developmental robotics: a survey
This paper elucidates the main reasons and key motivations behind the convergence of fields with seemingly disparate interests, and shows why developmental robotics might prove to be beneficial for all fields involved.
An Autonomous Agent Navigating with a Polarized Light Compass
- D. Lambrinos, Hiroshi Kobayashi, R. Pfeifer, M. Maris, T. Labhart, R. Wehner
- PhysicsAdapt. Behav.
- 1 June 1997
A polarization compass is constructed that was employed successfully on the mobile robot Sahabot and three models for extracting compass information from the polarization pattern of the sky were tested.
Towards a theoretical foundation for morphological computation with compliant bodies
- H. Hauser, A. Ijspeert, R. Füchslin, R. Pfeifer, W. Maass
- Computer ScienceBiological Cybernetics
- 1 December 2011
This work presents a model for morphological computation with compliant bodies, where a precise mathematical characterization of the potential computational contribution of a complex physical body is feasible and demonstrates that simple generic models of physical bodies, based on mass-spring systems, can be used to implement complex nonlinear operators.
Sensory - motor coordination: The metaphor and beyond
Evolving Complete Agents using Artificial Ontogeny
The hypothesis that ontogeny provides artificial evolution with beneficial mutations that have varying degrees of phenotypic effect, depending on their onset of expression during development is supported.
New Robotics: Design Principles for Intelligent Systems
Artificial evolution together with morphogenesis is not only nice to have but is in fact a necessary tool for designing embodied agents and the principles of ecological balance, and sensory-motor coordination, are argued.