Implicit fitness functions for evolving a drawing robot

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Bird, Jon; Husbands, Phil; Perris, Martin; Bigge, Bill; Brown, Paul: Implicit fitness functions for evolving a drawing robot. In: EvoMUSART 2008, S. 473-478.



We describe an approach to artificially evolving a drawing robot using implicit fitness functions, which are designed to minimise any direct reference to the line patterns made by the robot. We employ this approach to reduce the constraints we place on the robot’s autonomy and increase its utility as a test bed for synthetically investigating creativity. We demonstrate the critical role of neural network architecture in the line patterns generated by the robot.

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booktitle={Applications of Evolutionary Computing},
series={Lecture Notes in Computer Science},
editor={Giacobini, Mario and Brabazon, Anthony and Cagnoni, Stefano and Di Caro, GianniA. and Drechsler, Rolf and Ekárt, Anikó and Esparcia-Alcázar, AnnaIsabel and Farooq, Muddassar and Fink, Andreas and McCormack, Jon and O’Neill, Michael and Romero, Juan and Rothlauf, Franz and Squillero, Giovanni and Uyar, A.Şima and Yang, Shengxiang},
title={Implicit Fitness Functions for Evolving a Drawing Robot},
url={ },
publisher={Springer Berlin Heidelberg},
author={Bird, Jon and Husbands, Phil and Perris, Martin and Bigge, Bill and Brown, Paul},

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Perris, M.: Evolving Ecologically Inspired Drawing Behaviours. MSc dissertation, Department of Informatics, University of Sussex (2007)


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Paul Brown, Bill Bigge, Jon Bird, Phil Husbands, Martin Perris, Dustin Stokes: THE DRAWBOTS