Below you'll find the abstract for Josh's SCRAPS tomorrow, which will
happen as usual in the Decision Theatre of Farrell Hall from 11:30 to
12:30. If you don't come, you shouldn't be surprised if you're
targeted when skynet becomes self-aware...
We'll be having soup and sandwiches from Sugar Snap: yummy. Hope to
see you all there!
"On the Relationship Between Environmental and Morphological
Complexity in Evolved Robots"
The principles of embodied cognition dictate that intelligent behavior
must arise out of the coupled dynamics of an agent's brain, body, and
environment. While the relationship between controllers and
morphologies (brains and bodies) has been investigated, little is
known about the interplay between morphological complexity and the
complexity of a given task environment. It is hypothesized that the
morphological complexity of a robot should increase commensurately
with the complexity of its task environment. Here this hypothesis is
tested by evolving robot morphologies in a simple environment and in
more complex environments. More complex robots tend to evolve in the
more complex environments lending support to this hypothesis. This
suggests that gradually increasing the complexity of task environments
may provide a principled approach to evolving more complex robots.