IEEE CEC 2018 — Special Session on Evolutionary Robotics

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 8-13 July, 2018



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 centres 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.

General Chairs:

Renan C. Moioli (ELS-IIN – Brazil)
Patricia A. Vargas (Heriot-Watt University – United Kingdom)
Micael Couceiro (Ingenarius, Ltd – Portugal)
Josh Bongard (University of Vermont – USA)
Phil Husbands (University of Sussex – United Kingdom)

Papers Publication:

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

Paper Submission:

Submissions should follow the guidance given on the IEEE CEC 2018 conference website:

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.

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

. Evolution of robots that display minimal cognitive behaviour, learning, memory, spatial cognition, adaptation or homeostasis.

. Evolution of neural controllers for robots, aimed at giving an insight to neuroscientists, evolutionary biologists 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, self-reproducing, humanoid and walking 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 real-time evolution of robot hardware.

. Novel or improved algorithms for the evolution of robotic systems, including deep artificial neural networks

. The use of evolution for the artistic exploration of robot design.

. Bio-mimetic and hybrid approaches to evolutionary robotics

Important Dates:

Paper Submission: January 15, 2018
Notification of Acceptance: March 15, 2018
Camera-Ready Submission: May 1, 2018


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