Jean-Arcady Meyer

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.

  • From Animals to Animats 8

    From Animals to Animats 8

    Proceedings of the Eighth International Conference on the Simulation of Adaptive Behavior

    Stefan Schaal, Auke Jan Ijspeert, Aude Billard, Sethu Vijayakumar, John Hallam, and Jean-Arcady Meyer

    New research on the adaptive behavior of natural and synthetic agents.

    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.

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  • From Animals to Animats 7

    From Animals to Animats 7

    Proceedings of the Seventh International Conference on Simulation of Adaptive Behavior

    Bridget Hallam, Dario Floreano, John Hallam, Jean-Arcady Meyer, and Gillian Hayes

    Proceedings of the Seventh International Conference on Simulation of Adaptive Behavior

    The Simulation of Adaptive Behavior Conference brings together researchers from ethology, psychology, ecology, artificial intelligence, artificial life, robotics, computer science, engineering, and related fields to further understanding of the behaviors and underlying mechanisms that allow adaptation and survival in uncertain environments. The work presented focuses on robotic and computational experimentation with well-defined models that help to characterize and compare alternative organizational principles or architectures underlying adaptive behavior in both natural animals and synthetic animats.

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  • From Animals to Animats 6

    From Animals to Animats 6

    Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Simulation of Adaptive Behavior

    Jean-Arcady Meyer, Alain Berthoz, Dario Floreano, Herbert L. Roitblat, and Stewart W. Wilson

    The Animals to Animats Conference brings together researchers from ethology, psychology, ecology, artificial intelligence, artificial life, robotics, engineering, and related fields to further understanding of the 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 natural animals and animats.

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  • From Animals to Animats 5

    From Animals to Animats 5

    Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference on Simulation of Adaptive Behavior

    Rolf Pfeifer, Bruce Blumberg, Jean-Arcady Meyer, and Stewart W. Wilson

    The Animals to Animats Conference brings together researchers fromethology, psychology, ecology, artificial intelligence, artificiallife, robotics, engineering, and related fields to furtherunderstanding of the behaviors and underlying mechanisms that allownatural and synthetic agents (animats) to adapt and survive inuncertain environments

    The Animals to Animats Conference brings together researchers from ethology, psychology, ecology, artificial intelligence, artificial life, robotics, engineering, and related fields to further understanding of the 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 natural animals and animats.

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  • From Animals to Animats 4

    From Animals to Animats 4

    Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference on Simulation of Adaptive Behavior

    Pattie Maes, Maja J. Mataric, Jean-Arcady Meyer, Jordan Pollack, and Stewart W. Wilson

    From Animals to Animats 4 brings together the latest research at the frontier of an exciting new approach to understanding intelligence.

    The Animals to Animats Conference brings together researchers from ethology, psychology, ecology, artificial intelligence, artificial life, robotics, engineering, and related fields to further understanding of the 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 natural animals and animats.

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  • Comparative Approaches to Cognitive Science

    Comparative Approaches to Cognitive Science

    Herbert L. Roitblat and Jean-Arcady Meyer

    The book includes considerations of the perceptual and motor abilities of animals as the evolutionary and conceptual foundation of more complex abilities; modeling focused as much on connections and constraints as on language and symbols; an interest in simple adaptive processes in animals and robots as the basis for more complex forms of learning and adaptation; and a consideration of animals and robots as integrated and situated systems in contrast to the reductionist and environment-free frameworks often seen in standard cognitive science.

    Comparative Approaches to Cognitive Science consolidates a series of recent advances in cognitive science, describing a novel, animal-based, largely nonsymbolic approach to understanding basic mechanisms in adaptive intelligence. Scholars who are at the cutting edge of their disciplines clearly explain their concepts and techniques in twenty contributions that provide a balance of both theoretical and empirical approaches.

    The essays are tied together by the idea that our understanding of cognition is likely to be enhanced by consideration of mechanisms and processes at its foundation—mechanisms that are shared by both human and nonhuman animals—and which may be implemented and tested in some simulated animals or built robots.

    The themes described in the book include considerations of the perceptual and motor abilities of animals as the evolutionary and conceptual foundation of more complex abilities; modeling focused as much on connections and constraints as on language and symbols; an interest in simple adaptive processes in animals and robots as the basis for more complex forms of learning and adaptation; and a consideration of animals and robots asintegrated and situated systems in contrast to the reductionist and environment-free frameworks often seen in standard cognitive science. A part of the book considers the question of intentionality in animals—whether they "know they know," or have beliefs—and how that might implicate behavior. Other sections address how representation, communication, motivation, and emotion affect behavior.

    Contributors C. Allen, M. Bekoff, M.A. Boden, W.T. Bourbon, G. Butterworth, P.W. Cheng, J. Delacour, D.C. Dennett, M. Dyer, C.S. Evans, N. Frijda, J.P. Halperin, K.J. Holyoak, P. Marler, D. MacFarland, B.W. Mel, J.-A. Meyer, J. Neiworth, H.L. Roitblat, C. Thinus-Blanc, R.K.R. Thompson, F. Toates

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  • From Animals to Animats 3

    Proceedings of the Third International Conference on Simulation of Adpative Behavior

    David Cliff, Phil Husbands, Jean-Arcady Meyer, and Stewart W. Wilson

    August 8-12, 1994, Brighton, England

    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

    A Bradford Book

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  • From Animals to Animats 2

    From Animals to Animats 2

    Proceedings of the Second International Conference on Simulation of Adaptive Behavior

    Jean-Arcady Meyer, Herbert L. Roitblat, and Stewart W. Wilson

    More than sixty contributions in From Animals to Animats 2 by researchers in ethology, ecology, cybernetics, artificial intelligence, robotics, and related fields investigate behaviors and the underlying mechanisms that allow animals and, potentially, robots to adapt and survive in uncertain environments.

    Topics covered The Animat Approach to Adaptive Behavior • Perception and Motor Control • Action Selection and Behavioral Sequences • Cognitive Maps and Internal World Models • Learning • Evolution • Collective Behavior

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  • From Animals to Animats

    From Animals to Animats

    Proceedings of the First International Conference on Simulation of Adaptive Behavior

    Jean-Arcady Meyer and Stewart W. Wilson

    These sixty contributions from researchers in ethology, ecology, cybernetics, artificial intelligence, robotics, and related fields delve into the behaviors and underlying mechanisms that allow animals and, potentially, robots to adapt and survive in uncertain environments. They focus in particular on simulation models in order to help characterize and compare various organizational principles or architectures capable of inducing adaptive behavior in real or artificial animals.

    Jean-Arcady Meyer is Director of Research at CNRS, Paris. Stewart W. Wilson is a Scientist at The Rowland Institute for Science, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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