Benefits of Lamarckian Evolution for Morphologically Evolving Robots


Implementing lifetime learning by means of on-line evolution, we establish an indirect encoding scheme that combines Compositional Pattern Producing Networks (CPPNs) and Central Pattern Generators (CPGs) as a relevant learner and controller for open-loop gait controllers in modular robots which have evolving morphologies. Experimental validation on the morphologically evolved robots shows that a Lamarckian setup with CPPN-CPG provides substantial benefits compared to controllers learned from scratch.

Proceedings of the Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference Companion on - GECCO ‘17