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Investigating Morphological Symmetry and Locomotive Efficiency using Virtual Embodied Evolution

From Animals to Animats: The Sixth International Conference on the Simulation of Adaptive Behaviour, , , 2000


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Abstract: The recent convergence of real-time physicsbased simulation tools, the growing eld of embodied cognitive science, and techniques for evolving complete agents has created a new methodology, which we refer to as Virtual Embodied Evolution. This methodology can be used to explore a wide range of issues related to the interplay between morphology and control in adaptive behaviour research. Here, we explore the intuitive, but previously unexplored correlation between morphological symmetry and locomotive eciency in mobile, simulated agents. By evolving the morphologies and control structures of simulated agents using a genetic algorithm, it was found that agents with a higher degree of bilateral symmetry tended to exhibit greater locomotive efficiency than agents with less bilateral symmetry. This finding lends credence to the argument that for biological organisms …


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