Evolutionary Robotics as a Tool to Investigate Spatial Cognition in Artificial and Natural Systems

Evolutionary Robotics as a Tool to Investigate Spatial Cognition in Artificial and Natural Systems

Michela Ponticorvo (University of Calabria, Italy), Richard Walker (XiWrite s.a.s., Italy) and Orazio Miglino (University of Naples "Frederico II", Italy)
Copyright: © 2007 |Pages: 28
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-111-7.ch007
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Abstract

This chapter introduces Evolutionary Robotics as a means of studying spatial cognition in artificial and natural systems. It argues that Evolutionary Robotics, used to replicate quantitative observations of spatial behavior in laboratory animals, offers a powerful tool to understand the general mechanisms underlying animal orientation. In particular, authors show that “artificial organisms,” with controller architecture that precludes the presence of “cognitive maps,” can accurately replicate the observed behavior of animals in classical experimental set-ups, thus suggesting that spatial orientation may not require abstract spatial representations and that sensory-motor coordination, in the presence of environment constraints, may be enough, on its own, to generate complex spatial behavior.

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Foreword
James H. Fetzer
Acknowledgment
Angelo Loula, Ricardo Gudwin, João Queiroz
Chapter 1
Alexander Riegler
Interdisciplinary research provides in¬spirations and insights into how a variety of disciplines can contribute to the formulation of an alternative... Sample PDF
The Goose, The Fly, and the Submarine Navigator: Interdiscipliarity in Artificial Cognition Research
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Chapter 2
Guilherme Bittencourt, Jerusa Marchi
In this paper we describe a cognitive model based on the Systemic approach and on the Autopoiesis theory. The syntactical definition of the model... Sample PDF
An Embodied Logical Model for Cognition in Artificial Cognition Systems
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Chapter 3
Leonid Perlovsky
The chapter discusses a mathematical theory of higher cognitive functions, including concepts, emotions, instincts, understanding, imagination and... Sample PDF
Modeling Field Theory of Higher Cognitive Functions
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Chapter 4
Gerd Doeben-Henisch
This chapter outlines a possible research program for computational systems representing humanlike intelligence. After a short historical... Sample PDF
Reconstructing Human Intelligence within Computational Sciences: An Introductory Essay
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Chapter 5
Alexander Mehler
We describe a simulation model of language evolution which integrates synergetic linguistics with multi-agent modelling. On the one hand, this... Sample PDF
Stratified Constraint Satissfaction Networks in Synergetic Multi-Agent Simulations of Language Evolution
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Chapter 6
Paul Vogt
This chapter focuses on recent studies on the origins and evolution of language which have used multiple robot systems as their primary platform.... Sample PDF
Language Evolution and Robotics: Issues on Symbol Grounding and Language Acquisition
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Chapter 7
Michela Ponticorvo, Richard Walker, Orazio Miglino
This chapter introduces Evolutionary Robotics as a means of studying spatial cognition in artificial and natural systems. It argues that... Sample PDF
Evolutionary Robotics as a Tool to Investigate Spatial Cognition in Artificial and Natural Systems
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Chapter 8
Willem Haselager, Maria Gonzalez
The question as to how sign processes can be meaningful to artificial agents has been a fundamental one for cognitive science throughout its... Sample PDF
The Meaningful Body: On the Differences Between Artificial and Organic Creatures
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Chapter 9
Bruce MacLennan
This chapter describes synthetic ethology, a scientific methodology in which we construct synthetic worlds in which synthetic agents evolve and... Sample PDF
Making Meaning in Computers: Synthetic Ethology Revisited
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Chapter 10
Patrick Grim, Trina Kokalis
A crucial question for artificial cognition systems is what meaning is and how it arises. In pursuit of that question, this paper extends earlier... Sample PDF
Environmental Variability and the Emergence of Meaning: Simulational Studies Across Imitation, Genetic Algorithms, and Neutral Networks
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Chapter 11
Lorenzo Magnani
The imitation game between man and machine, proposed by Turing in 1950, is a game between a discrete and a continuous system. In the framework of... Sample PDF
Mimetic Minds: Meaning Formation through Epistemic Mediators and External Representations
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Chapter 12
Roberto Poli
The main thesis defended by this paper is the thesis of the autonomy – i.e., non-reducibility -- of the phenomenic level of analysis of the psyche.... Sample PDF
First Steps in Experimental Phenomenology
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