First International Symposium on
30th - 31st January 2004, Villa Nobel, Sanremo, Italy

Evolutionary Robotics

Dario Floreano
Autonomous Systems Lab
Institute of Systems Engineering (Director)
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL)
CH-1015 Lausanne, Switzerland
Voice: +41 21 693 5230 , Secretary: +41 21 693 5966 , Fax: +41 21 693 5859 ,

Evolutionary Robotics is an automatic process of generation, selection, and reproduction of artificial brains and morphologies for autonomous robots without human intervention.

I shall describe a series of experiments of increasing complexity where wheeled, legged, and flying robots develop a large variety of smart and often surprising abilities that depend solely on the features and challenges of the environments where they are evolved.

I will then comment on the future of this growing approach to autonomous learning robots and its possible applications.

Draft 18th Jan '04