Exploiting loose horizontal coupling in evolutionary swarm robotics

Jennifer Owen*, Susan Stepney, Jonathan Timmis, Alan F.T. Winfield

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We describe a theory from Herbert Simon that links the structure of complex systems to increased speed of evolution, and argue the position that this theory can be beneficial to evolutionary swarm robotic research. We propose a way of applying this theory to evolutionary swarm robotic systems by manually designing the robot to robot communication mechanisms and keeping these constant, whilst evolving the rest of the robots' behaviours. This allows for robots to evolve independently of each other without breaking any inter-dependencies that may exist between robots in the swarm. Finally we address potential criticisms of our suggested approach, and outline a course of future research in this area in order to verify our proposal.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSwarm Intelligence - 7th International Conference, ANTS 2010, Proceedings
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Event7th International Conference on Swarm Intelligence, ANTS 2010 - Brussels, Belgium
Duration: 08 Sept 201010 Sept 2010

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume6234 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference7th International Conference on Swarm Intelligence, ANTS 2010
Period08 Sept 201010 Sept 2010


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