Epigenetic Adaptation through Hormone Modulation in Autonomous Robots

TitleEpigenetic Adaptation through Hormone Modulation in Autonomous Robots
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsLones, J., & Cañamero L.
Name of Proceedings2013 IEEE 3rd Joint International Conference on Development and Learning and Epigenetic Robotics
Conference LocationOsaka
ISBN Number9781479910366

Epigenetic adaptation provides biological organisms with the ability to adjust their physiology and/or morphology in order to meet some of the challenges posed by their environment. Recent research has suggested that this process may be controlled by hormones. In this paper, we present a model that allows an autonomous robot to develop its systems in accordance with the environment it is currently situated in. Experiments have been undertaken in multiple environments with different challenges and niches to negotiate. We have so far seen encouraging results and the emergence of unique behaviours tailored to exploiting its current environment.