On embodied memetic evolution and the emergence of behavioural traditions in robots

Winfield, A. F. and Erbas, M. D. (2011) On embodied memetic evolution and the emergence of behavioural traditions in robots. Memetic Computing, 3 (4). pp. 261-270. ISSN 1865-9284 Available from: http://eprints.uwe.ac.uk/15313

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Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12293-011-0063-x


This paper describes ideas and initial experiments in embodied imitation using e-puck robots, developed as part of a project whose aim is to demonstrate the emergence of artificial culture in collective robot systems. Imitated behaviours (memes) will undergo variation because of the noise and heterogeneities of the robots and their sensors. Robots can select which memes to enact, and – because we have a multi-robot collective – memes are able to undergo multiple cycles of imitation, with inherited characteristics. We thus have the three evolutionary operators: variation, selection and inheritance, and – as we describe in this paper – experimental trials show that we are able to demonstrate embodied movement-meme evolution.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:Published online before print publication 08/07/11
Uncontrolled Keywords:robot imitation, artificial culture, memetic evolution, collective robotics
ID Code:15313
Deposited By: Professor A. Winfield
Deposited On:19 Jul 2011 08:25
Last Modified:28 Jan 2017 16:44

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