Special Session on Evolutionary Robotics

IEEE IEEE WCCI - CEC, Vancounver, Canada, 25-29 July 2016

Special Session on Evolutionary Robotics,

Tentative Program

Monday, July 25, 4:30 PM -­ 6:30 PM, Room: 203

4:30 PM Sampling based Mission Planning for Multiple Robots [#16448]
Rahul Kala
Robotics and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, Indian Institute of Information Technology
Allahabad, India
4:50 PM Multi­objective Topology and Weight Evolution of Neuro­controllers [#16724]
Omer Abramovich and Amiram Moshaiov
Tel­Aviv University, Israel
5:10 PM A novel efficient task­assign route planning method for AUV guidance in a dynamic cluttered environment [#16739]
Somaiyeh MahmoudZadeh, David M. W. Powers and AmirMehdi Yazdani
Flinders University, Australia
5:30 PM Noise­Resistant Particle Swarm Optimization for the Learning of Robust Obstacle Avoidance Controllers using a Depth Camera [#16411]
Inaki Navarro, Ezequiel Di Mario and Alcherio Martinoli
EPFL, Switzerland
5:50 PM Effects of Model Parameter Interactions on Naive Creatures Success of Learning to Cross a Highway [#16707]
Anna T. Lawniczak, Leslie Ly, Fei Yu and Shengkun Xie
University of Guelph, Canada; Ryerson University, Canada
6:10 PM An Empirical Study of the Co­Evolution of Utility and Predictive Ability [#16307]
Kevin Korb, Lachlan Brumley and Carlo Kopp
Monash University, Australia


Evolutionary Robotics (ER) aims to apply evolutionary computation techniques to automatically design the control and/or hardware of both real and simulated autonomous robots. Its origins date back to the beginning of the nineties and since then it has been attracting the interest of many research centers all over the world.

ER techniques are mostly inspired by existing biological architectures and Darwin’s principle of selective reproduction of the fittest. Evolution has revealed that living creatures are able to accomplish complex tasks required for their survival, thus embodying cooperative, competitive and adaptive behaviours.

Having an intrinsic interdisciplinary character, ER has been employed towards the development of many fields of research, among which we can highlight neuroscience, cognitive science, evolutionary biology and robotics. Hence, the objective of this special session is to assemble a set of high-quality original contributions that reflect and advance the state-of-the-art in the area of Evolutionary Robotics, with an emphasis on the cross-fertilization between ER and the aforementioned research areas, ranging from theoretical analysis to real-life applications.

Keywords: evolutionary computation, autonomous robots, neural controllers, cognitive behaviour, evolutionary biology, co-evolution, collective behaviour, evolution of morphology.

Topics of interest include (but are not restricted to):

Paper Submission

Submissions should follow the guidance given on the IEEE CEC 2016 conference website: http://www.wcci2016.org/submission.php

When submitting, please select in the submission system the respective special session title under the list of Main research topic: Evolutionary Robotics.

All submissions will be peer-reviewed with the same criteria used for other contributed papers. All accepted papers will be included and published in the conference proceedings.

Important Dates

Paper Publications

Papers accepted to this special session track will be published in the IEEE CEC proceedings.

Best Paper Prize

There will be a vote for best paper among those presented at this special session.
The authors of the winning paper will receive a copy of the book Horizons of Evolutionary Robotics.

Post Conference Publications

Authors of best papers will be asked to contribute to a journal special issue on the topic of "Evolutionary Robotics".

Past Special Sessions

General Chairs

Patricia A. Vargas Joshua Auerbach Micael Couceiro Dario Floreano Phil Husbands