The Evolutionary Robotics Homepage


Evolutionary Robotics is a new technique for the automatic creation of autonomous robots. It is inspired upon the Darwinian principle of selective reproduction of the fittest. It is a new approach that looks at robots as autonomous artificial organisms that develop their own skills in close interaction with the environment without human intervention. Heavily drawing from natural sciences like biology and ethology, evolutionary robotics makes use of tools like neural networks, genetic algorithms, dynamic systems, and bio-morphic engineering. (for more information see Nolfi S., and Floreano D. (2000). Evolutionary Robotics: The Biology, Intelligence, and Technology of Self-Organizing Machines. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press/Bradford Books).

Research Groups

G.R.A.L, Institute of Psychology C.N.R., Rome, Italy
Autonomous Agents, Milano, Italy
Evolutionary and Adaptive Systems at COGS, U.K.
Mobile Robots Group, Edinburgh, U.K.
Neurocomputing and Robotics Group (NRG) - University of Sheffield - U.K.
LAMI at EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland
AILab, University of Zurich, Switzerland
Idsia, Lugano, Switzerland
AnimatLab, France
VUB AI Lab, Brussels, Belgium
LegoLab, Aarhus University, Denmark
Department of Computer Science, University of Dortmund, Germany
Sony CSL, Japan
Asada Laboratory, Osaka University, Japan
Fukuda-Vachkov Laboratory, Nagoya University, Japan
Human Information Processing Research Laboratory, ATR, Japan
ElectroTechnical Laboratory (ETL), Japan
U.S.A. and Canada
Autonomous Autonomous Agents Research Group, Case Western Reserve University, USA.
Demo Lab, Brandeis, U.S.A.
Navy Center for Applied Research on Artificial Intelligence, Washington DC, USA
Robotics Research Group, University of Southern California, U.S.A.
Mobile Robot Laboratory, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
Applied AI Systems Inc., Canada/Japan


Adaptive Behavior Journal Society of Adaptive Behavior
Artificial Life Journal MIT Press
Evolutionary Computation MIT Press
Artificial Life and Robotics Springer Verlag
Robotics and Autonomous Systems Elsevier
IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine
IEEE Transactions on Robotics and Automation
IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man and Cybernetics
IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation
Behavioral and Brain Science Cambridge University Press.

Online Resources

Papers on Line by Ezequiel A. Di Paolo
World Internet Robotics Sources by Indiana University USA
Conferences by AILab, Zurich
Robotics in Japan by Uwe Zimmer

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Last Update: July 2000

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Stefano Nolfi
Institute of Cognitive Science and Technologies
National Research Council (CNR)
Via S. Martino della Battaglia 44, 00185, Roma, Italy
Phone.: +39-06-44595233
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