Animats: computer-simulated animals in behavioral research.

@article{Watts1998AnimatsCA,
  title={Animats: computer-simulated animals in behavioral research.},
  author={Jon M. Watts},
  journal={Journal of animal science},
  year={1998},
  volume={76 10},
  pages={2596-604}
}
The term animat refers to a class of simulated animals. This article is intended as a nontechnical introduction to animat research. Animats can be robots interacting with the real world or computer simulations. In this article, the use of computer-generated animats is emphasized. The scientific use of animats has been pioneered by artificial intelligence and artificial life researchers. Behavior-based artificial intelligence uses animats capable of autonomous and adaptive activity as conceptual… CONTINUE READING