Robot Coverage Control by Neuromodulation

Aug 4, 2013·
Kyle I. Harrington
Emmanuel Awa
Sylvain Cussat-Blanc
Jordan Pollack
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An important connection between evolution and learning was made over a century ago and is now termed 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 regulatory 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.
In Proceedings of the International Joint Conference on Neural Networks (IJCNN-2013)