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From Animals to Animats 2: Proceedings of the Second International Conference of Simulation of Adaptive Behaviour


Edited By: J-A Meyer

534 pages, Illus

MIT Press

Paperback | Aug 1993 | #28260 | ISBN: 0262631490
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More than 60 contributions in ethology, ecology, cybernetics, artificial intelligence, robotics, and related fields investigate behaviours and the underlying mechanisms that allow animals and, potentially, robots to adapt and survive in uncertain environments.

The animat approach is attractive not just as a way of developing and testing theories of biological systems. It also constitutes an approach to the design of practical artificial systems, in particular robots, which, it is hoped, will overcome many of the limitations of more conventional methods within artificial intelligence and engineering. The interplay between biological and engineering concerns and the commonality between research from both perspectives is one of the most promising aspects of animat research and is an intriguing theme throughout the book. --TheQuarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology (review of the first proceedings volume)


The animat approach to adaptive behaviour; perception and motor control; action selection and behavioural sequences; cognitive maps and internal world models; learning; evolution; collective behaviour.

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Jean-Arcady Meyer is Emeritus Research Director at CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique) and a researcher at the Institute of Intelligent Systems and Robotics, University Pierre and Marie Curie, Paris.

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