Chapter 76 — Evolutionary Robotics

Discrimination of objects through sensory-motor coordination

A Khepera robot provided with infrared sensors is evolved for the ability to find and remain close to a cylindrical object randomly located in the environment. The discrimination of the two types of objects (walls and cylinders) is realized by exploiting the limit-cycle oscillatory behavio,r which is produced by the robot near the cylinder and which emerges from the robot/environmental interactions (i.e., by the interplay between the way in which the robot react to sensory stimuli and the perceptual consequences of the robot actions).
Stefano Nolfi
Laboratory of Autonomous Robots and Artificial Life, Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies, CNR
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