Triangle of Life: A Real-World Evolution of Robot Morphologies

Evolutionary robotics using real hardware has been almost exclusively restricted to evolving robot controllers, but the technology for evolvable morphologies is advancing quickly. We are working towards developing a system in real-time on real hardware. The goal is to demonstrate that real robots can evolve in such a way, and study processes of the robotic (eco)system. Following a general system plan, we implement a robotic habitat that contains all system components in the simplest possible form. We created an initial population of two robots and ran a complete life cycle, resulting in a new robot, parented by the first two. Even though the individual steps are simplified to the maximum, the whole system validates the underlying concepts and provides a generic workflow for the creation of more complex incarnations. This hands-on experience provides insights and helps us elaborate on interesting research directions for future development.

Team

Milan Jelisavcic
PhD Student

Milan Jelisavcic

Prof. dr. Guszti Eiben
Head of the Group

Prof. dr. Guszti Eiben