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Robot Coverage Control by Neuromodulation


An important connection between evolution and learning was made over a century ago and is now termed as the Baldwin effect. Learning acts as a guide for an evolutionary search process. In this study reinforcement learning agents are trained to solve the robot coverage control problem. These agents are improved by evolving neuromodulatory gene regula- tory networks (GRN) that influence the learning and memory of agents. Agents trained by these neuromodulatory GRNs can consistently generalize better than agents trained with fixed parameter settings. This work introduces evolutionary GRN models into the context of neuromodulation and illustrates some of the benefits that stem from neuromodulatory GRNs.
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hal-01147304 , version 1 (30-04-2015)


  • HAL Id : hal-01147304 , version 1
  • OATAO : 12451


Kyle Harrington, Emmanuel Awa, Sylvain Cussat-Blanc, Jordan Pollack. Robot Coverage Control by Neuromodulation. International Joint Conference on Neural Networks - IJCNN 2013, Aug 2013, Dallas, United States. pp. 1-8. ⟨hal-01147304⟩
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