The triangle of life: Evolving robots in real-time and real-space

Eiben, A. E. , Bredeche, N. , Hoogendoorn, M. , Stradner, J. , Timmis, J. , Tyrrell, A. and Winfield, A. F. (2013) The triangle of life: Evolving robots in real-time and real-space. In: Advances in Artificial Life, ECAL 2013, Taormina, Italy, 2-6 September 2013., pp. 1056-1063 Available from:

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Evolutionary robotics is heading towards fully embodied evolution in real-time and real-space. In this paper we introduce the Triangle of Life, a generic conceptual framework for such systems in which robots can actually reproduce. This framework can be instantiated with different hardware approaches and different reproduction mechanisms, but in all cases the system revolves around the conception of a new robot organism. The other components of the Triangle capture the principal stages of such a system; the Triangle as a whole serves as a guide for realizing this anticipated breakthrough and building systems where robot morphologies and controllers can evolve in real-time and real-space. After discussing this framework and the corresponding vision, we present a case study using the SYMBRION research project that realized some fragments of such a system in modular robot hardware.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: evolutionary robotics, adaptive systems, artificial life
Faculty/Department: Faculty of Environment and Technology
Depositing User: Professor A. Winfield
Date Deposited: 11 Aug 2015 10:24
Last Modified: 13 Apr 2016 13:35


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