External Project at OsloMet: Art through evolutionary robotics
Thymio robots https://www.thymio.org/en:thymio
Swarm robotics art: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=7&v=5ZW_zjExbRU
A swarm of 10 Thymio robots is available at HiOA. This project consists in exploring collective swarm behavior on real robots where evolution happens entirely in on real robots.
The chosen evolutionary method is through HyperNEAT (http://eplex.cs.ucf.edu/hyperNEATpage/).
One implementation of HyperNEAT on Thymio swarms is available here (https://github.com/jvheinerman/NEATThymio) and will be the starting point for further experimentation.
The target application for this project is evolutionary art by a robotic swarm. It will be possible to organize an exhibition of the evolved robot paintings.
- What fitness measures are most suited for the target task?
- What robot interactions/genetic exchanges are beneficial?
- Cooperation vs. competition?
- How does the emergent painting scales with the increase in the number of robots (1 robot, 2 robots, 5 robots, 10 robots)?
Contact for more information: Stefano.Nichele@hioa.no