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A brief overview of evolutionary developmental robotics

Bo Xu (School of Software Engineering, South China University of Technology)
Huaqing Min (School of Software Engineering, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou, China)
Fangxiong Xiao (School of Software Engineering, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou, China)

Industrial Robot

ISSN: 0143-991x

Article publication date: 20 October 2014

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Abstract

Purpose

This article aims to provide a brief overview of the field now known as “evolutionary developmental robotics (evo-devo-robo)”, which is based on the concept and principles of evolutionary and development principles such as evolutionary developmental psychology, evolutionary developmental biology (evo-devo) and evolutionary cognitive neuroscience.

Design/methodology/approach

Evo-devo-robo is a new field bringing together developmental robotics and evolutionary robotics to form a new research area. Basic concepts and the origins of the field are described, and then some basic principles of evo-devo-robo that have been developed so far are discussed.

Findings

Finally, some misunderstand concepts and the most promising future research developments in this area are discussed.

Originality/value

Basic concepts and the origins of the field are described, and then some basic principles of evo-devo-robo that have been developed so far are discussed. Finally, some misunderstood concepts and the most promising future research developments in this area are discussed.

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Acknowledgements

This research is supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 61262002). The author thanks Dr Smith who helped modify the manuscript.

Citation

Xu, B., Min, H. and Xiao, F. (2014), "A brief overview of evolutionary developmental robotics", Industrial Robot, Vol. 41 No. 6, pp. 527-533. https://doi.org/10.1108/IR-04-2014-0324

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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