From Animals to Animats 8
The biannual International Conference on the Simulation of Adaptive Behavior brings together researchers from ethology, psychology, ecology, artificial intelligence, artificial life, robotics, engineering, and related fields to advance the understanding of behaviors and underlying mechanisms that allow natural and synthetic agents (animats) to adapt and survive in uncertain environments. The work presented focuses on well-defined models—robotic, computer simulation, and mathematical—that help to characterize and compare various organizational principles or architectures underlying adaptive behavior in both animals and animats. The proceedings of the eighth conference treat such topics as passive and active perception, navigation and mapping, collective and social behavior, and applied adaptive behavior.
About the Editors
Stefan Schaal is Associate Professor of Computer Science, and is affiliated with the Neuroscience Program at the University of Southern California.
Auke Jan Ijspeert is SNF Assistant Professor and Head of the Biologically Inspired Robotics Group in the School of Computer and Communication Sciences at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne.
Aude Billard is SNF Assistant Professor in the School of Engineering at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne.
Sethu Vijayakumar is Lecturer and Head of the Statistical Learning and Motor Control Group in the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh.
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.