: : Evolutionary Robotics - An Overview

The field of Evolutionary Robotics (ER) emerged as an important recent addition to intelligent robotic research in the early 1990s. It currently deals primarily with the evolution of control software for mobile robots with the goal of developing competent robots that can perform tasks well adapted to the requirements in a given operational environment. ER is also being extended to hardware evolution. This paper is partly based on results of a survey conducted on key Evolutionary Robotic research activities worldwide. Included in the survey are research activities in such institutions as Sussex University, Stanford University, Case Western Reserve University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), École Polytechnique Fédérale De Lausanne (EPFL) and University of Trieste.

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