Information and Self-Organization of Behavior

  title={Information and Self-Organization of Behavior},
  author={Daniel Polani and Mikhail Prokopenko and Larry S. Yaeger},
  journal={Adv. Complex Syst.},
The goal of Guided Self-Organization (GSO) is to leverage the strengths of selforganization while still being able to direct the outcome of the self-organizing process. GSO typically has the following features: (i) an increase in organization (structure and/or functionality) over some time; (ii) the local interactions are not explicitly guided by any external agent; and (iii) task-independent objectives are combined with task-dependent constraints. Over the last few years a mathematical… 

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Self-organized acquisition of situated behaviors

  • R. Der
  • Materials Science
    Theory in Biosciences
  • 2001
Based on a quantitative measure of behavioral situatedness a learning dynamics is introduced which enables the controller to sustain the situatedness of the agent.