Analysing the Relative Importance of Robot Brains and Bodies

M. Jelisavcic, D.M. Roijers, A.E. Eiben

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Abstract

The evolution of robots, when applied to both the morphologies and the controllers, is not only a means to obtain high-quality robot designs, but also a process that results in many body brain-fitness data points. Inspired by this perspective, in this paper we investigate the relative importance of robot bodies and brains for a good fitness. We introduce a method to isolate and quantify the effect of the bodies and brains on the quality of the robots and perform a case study. The method is general in that it is not restricted to evolutionary systems. for the case study, we use a system of modular robots, where the bodies are evolvable and the brains are evolvable and learnable. These case studies validate the usefulness of our method and deliver interesting insights into the interplay between bodies and brains in evolutionary robotics.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication ALIFE 2018 Proceedings of the Artificial Life Conference 2018
Place of PublicationTokyo
PublisherMIT Press Journals
Pages327-334
Number of pages8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018
EventALIFE 2018: The 2018 Conference on Artificial Life - Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 23 Jul 201827 Jul 2018
Conference number: 30
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Publication series

NameArtificial Life Conference Proceedings
PublisherMIT Press
Volume30

Conference

ConferenceALIFE 2018: The 2018 Conference on Artificial Life
Abbreviated titleALIFE 2018
CountryJapan
CityTokyo
Period23/07/1827/07/18
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    Jelisavcic, M., Roijers, D. M., & Eiben, A. E. (2018). Analysing the Relative Importance of Robot Brains and Bodies. In ALIFE 2018 Proceedings of the Artificial Life Conference 2018 (pp. 327-334). (Artificial Life Conference Proceedings; Vol. 30). Tokyo: MIT Press Journals. https://doi.org/10.1162/isal_a_00063