Using evolutionary algorithms to develop neuromechanical simulations of lower vertebrate locomotion
Reading Assignment: http://rana.usc.edu:8376/~ijspeert/PAPERS/BC.pdf
Supplementary reading may be found at: http://rana.usc.edu:8376/~ijspeert/publications.html
Three questions: (pick one and answer it in a one-page essay that you will hand in to Prof. Itti the monday following the talk, at noon in class): 1) Is animal locomotion a good source of inspiration for designing the structures and the controllers of mobile robots? Discuss the pros and cons. 2) Choose one type of animal-like locomotion, and discuss which problems need to be solved for constructing and controlling an agile biomimetic robot using that type of locomotion. 3) Briefly explain the principle of the genetic algorithm, and discuss to which type of problem it _is/is not_ well suited. (if possible, try to compare it with other optimization algorithms).