Romero's odyssey to Santa Fe: From simulation to real life

Christof Teuscher, Eduardo Sanchez, Moshe Sipper

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Many a researcher in evolutionary robotics would love to have at his or her disposal a real
population of bopping critters. Toward this end, the ultimate goal of our work is twofold:
(1) to build a robot that is cheap, modular, and adaptable; and (2) to use a population of
such robots in evolutionary-robotics experiments. As a frst step in the study of adaptive
robotics using populations of cheap robots, we have designed the Lausanne trail, a real-world version of the simulated Santa Fe trail. We use Lego-based robots equipped with
low-cost sensors and actuators to evolve solutions in the real world to the trail-following
problem. We describe two different sets of experiments and conclude that the real-world
problem exhibits fundamental differences from the virtual one; in particular, the robot's
lack of positional information hinders greatly its performance. We propose to study in
the future collective map building, an important and interesting problem, which will,
among others, provide a solution to the Lausanne-trail problem
Original languageEnglish GB
Title of host publicationRobotic and Manufacturing Systems
Subtitle of host publicationRecent Results in Research, Development and Applications
EditorsM. Jamshidi, A. A. Maciejewski, R. Lumia, S. Nahavandi
Place of PublicationAlbuquerque, NM
Number of pages6
StatePublished - 2000

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NameTSI Press Series


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