Embodied Evolution: Distributing an evolutionary algorithm in a population of robots

@article{Watson2002EmbodiedED,
  title={Embodied Evolution: Distributing an evolutionary algorithm in a population of robots},
  author={Richard A. Watson and Sevan G. Ficici and Jordan B. Pollack},
  journal={Robotics and Autonomous Systems},
  year={2002},
  volume={39},
  pages={1-18}
}
We introduce Embodied Evolution (EE) as a new methodology for evolutionary robotics (ER). EE uses a population of physical robots that autonomously reproduce with one another while situated in their task environment. This constitutes a fully distributed evolutionary algorithm embodied in physical robots. Several issues identified by researchers in the evolutionary robotics community as problematic for the development of ER are alleviated by the use of a large number of robots being evaluated in… CONTINUE READING

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