Environmental influences on evolvable robots

Karine Miras*, Eliseo Ferrante, A. E. Eiben

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The field of Evolutionary Robotics addresses the challenge of automatically designing robotic systems. Furthermore, the field can also support biological investigations related to evolution. In this paper, we evolve (simulated) modular robots under diverse environmental conditions and analyze the influences that these conditions have on the evolved morphologies, controllers, and behavior. To this end, we introduce a set of morphological, controller, and behavioral descriptors that together span a multi-dimensional trait space. Using these descriptors, we demonstrate how changes in environmental conditions induce different levels of differentiation in this trait space. Our main goal is to gain deeper insights into the effect of the environment on a robotic evolutionary process.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere0233848
Pages (from-to)1-23
Number of pages23
JournalPLoS ONE
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 29 May 2020


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