A developmental artificial neural network model for solving multiple problems


A developmental model of an artificial neuron is presented. In this model, a pair of neural developmental programs develop an entire artificial neural network of arbitrary size. The pair of neural chromosomes are evolved using Cartesian Genetic Programming. During development, neurons and their connections can move, change, die or be created. We show that this two-chromosome genotype can be evolved to develop into a single neural network from which multiple conventional artificial neural networks can be extracted. The extracted conventional ANNs share some neurons across tasks. We have evaluated the performance of this method on three standard classification problems. The evolved pair of neuron programs can generate artificial neural networks that perform reasonably well on all three benchmark problems simultaneously. It appears to be the first attempt to solve multiple standard classification problems using a developmental approach.

DOI: 10.1145/3067695.3075976

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@inproceedings{Miller2017ADA, title={A developmental artificial neural network model for solving multiple problems}, author={Julian Francis Miller and Dennis G. Wilson}, booktitle={GECCO}, year={2017} }