Evolution of alternate object pushing in a simulated embodied agent: Preliminary report

Razvan V. Florian

Center for Cognitive and Neural Studies (Coneural)
Str. Saturn 24, 400504 Cluj-Napoca, Romania



A push-release-seek reflex is evolved in a simulated simple agent interacting with objects. The agent is controlled by a spiking neural network. Succesful experiments involved a network of 125 neurons and spike-time-dependent synaptic plasticity. Plasticity seems to be actively used by the evolved network in memorizing some aspects of the environment that allow the performance of the task.

Technical Report Coneural-04-02. PDF (221 KB)

Related publications:

R. V. Florian (2005), An evolved spiking neural controller for alternate object pushing by a simulated embodied agent. Proceedings of the Ninth International Conference on Cognitive and Neural Systems, p. 27. Boston University, Boston, MA

R. V. Florian (2006), Spiking neural controllers for pushing objects around. In S. Nolfi et al. (eds.), Proceedings of the Ninth International Conference on the Simulation of Adaptive Behavior (SAB'06), Rome, Italy. Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence 4095, pp. 570-581, 2006. Springer-Verlag, Berlin.

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