Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Evolutionary Robotics Conference

2010 IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation (CEC)
Special Session on Evolutionary Robotics
Barcelona, Spain. July 18-23, 2010



Patricia A. Vargas (Heriot-Watt University - Edinburgh)
Steffen Wischmann (EPFL - Lausanne)
Dario Floreano (EPFL - Lausanne)
Phil Husbands (University of Sussex - Brighton)



Evolutionary Robotics (ER) aims to apply evolutionary computation
techniques, inspired by darwinian selection, to automatically design the
control and/or hardware of both real and simulated autonomous robots.
Having an intrinsic interdisciplinary character, ER is being 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.

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

- Evolution of robots which display minimal cognitive behaviour,
learning, memory, spatial cognition, adaptation or homeostasis.
- Evolution of neural controllers for robots, aimed at giving an insight
to neuroscientists or advancing control structures.
- Evolution of communication, cooperation and competition, using robots
as a research platform.
- Co-evolution and the evolution of collective behaviour.
- Evolution of morphology in close interaction with the environment,
giving rise to self-reconfigurable, self-designing, self-healing and
self-reproducing robots.
- Evolution of robot systems aimed at real-world applications as in
aerial robotics, space exploration, industry, search and rescue, robot
companions, entertainment and games.
- Evolution of controllers on board real robots or the real­time
evolution of robot hardware.
- Novel or improved algorithms for the evolution or robot systems.
- The use of evolution for the artistic exploration of robot design.

*Important Dates:*

Paper Submission: January 31, 2010
Notification of Acceptance: March 15, 2010
Camera-Ready Submission: May 2, 2010

*Paper Submission:*

Submissions should follow the guidance given on the IEEE CEC 2010
conference website: When submitting, please
select as the main research topic the Special Session on "Evolutionary
Robotics" (S089).
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.

*Post Conference Publication:*

Depending on the quality of the submissions, authors will be asked to
contribute to a journal special issue on the topic of "Evolutionary

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