Evolving Autonomous Agent Controllers as Analytical Mathematical Models

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Artificial Life 14: Proceedings of the Fourteenth International Conference on the Synthesis and Simulation of Living Systems. The MIT Press (2014, July 30) .

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Abstract

A novel Artificial Life paradigm is proposed where autonomous agents are controlled via genetically-encoded
Evolvable Mathematical Models (EMMs). Agent/environment inputs are mapped to agent outputs via equation trees which are evolved using Genetic Programming. Equations use only the four basic mathematical operators: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Experiments on the discrete Double-T Maze with Homing problem are performed; the source code has been made available. Results demonstrate that autonomous controllers with learning capabilities can be evolved as analytical mathematical models of behavior, and that neuroplasticity and neuromodulation can emerge within this paradigm without having these special functionalities specified a priori



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