BNR #48 by Pr. Nicolas BREDECHE (Univ. Paris VI) June. 25th @ PM5:00 - C-lounge

Title: Evolutionary robotics: from evolutionary optimization to in silico experimental evolution. 

Evolutionary robotics (ER) takes inspiration from natural evolution in order to provide a set of tools and methods for designing autonomous robots. Over the last few years, several challenging optimization problems have been addressed, from co-evolving both control and morphology, to designing complex cooperative behaviours for swarm robotics. This talk will present the latest advances in the field, discussing the trade-off between optimization and creativity, and giving an overview of the current state of the art and open issues. Beyond engineering, this talk will also discuss the relevance of ER to basic science, as it provides a particularly useful modelling method for addressing open questions in evolutionary ecology.