From Animals to Animats 3 brings together research intended to advance the front tier of an exciting new approach to understanding intelligence. The contributors represent a broad range of interests from artificial intelligence and robotics to ethology and the neurosciences. Unifying these approaches is the notion of "animat"—an artificial animal, either simulated by a computer or embodied in a robot, which must survive and adapt in progressively more challenging environments. The 58 contributions focus particularly on well-defined models, computer simulations, and built robots in order to help characterize and compare various principles and architectures capable of inducing adaptive behavior in real or artificial animals.
Topics Include Individual and collective behavior • Neural correlates of behavior • Perception and motor control • Motivation and emotion • Action selection and behavioral sequences • Ontogeny, learning, and evolution • Internal world models and cognitive processes • Applied adaptive behavior • Autonomous robots • Heirarchical and parallel organizations • Emergent structures and behaviors • Problem solving and planning • Goal-directed behavior • Neural networks and evolutionary computation • Characterization of environments
Bradford Books imprint
Phil Husbands is Professor of Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence at the University of Sussex.
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.
Stewart W. Wilson is a scientist at The Rowland Institute for Science, Cambridge, Massachusetts.