Pattie Maes

Pattie Maes is an associate professor in MIT's Program in Media Arts and Sciences.

  • 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.

    • Paperback $90.00 £75.00
  • Artificial Life IV

    Artificial Life IV

    Proceedings of the Fourth International Workshop on the Synthesis and Simulation of Living Systems

    Rodney A. Brooks and Pattie Maes

    This book brings together contributions to the Fourth Artificial Life Workshop, held at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the summer of 1994.

    July 6-8, 1994 · The Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    The field of artificial life has recently emerged through the interaction of research in biology, physics, parallel computing, artificial intelligence, and complex adaptive systems. The goal is to understand, through synthetic experiments, the organizational principles underlying the dynamics (usually the nonlinear dynamics) of living systems. This book brings together contributions to the Fourth Artificial Life Workshop, held at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the summer of 1994.

    Topics include: Self-organization and emergent functionality • Definitions of life • Origin of life • Self-reproduction • Computer viruses • Synthesis of "the living state." • Evolution and population genetics • Coevolution and ecological dynamics • Growth, development, and differentiation • Organization and behavior of social and colonial organisms • Animal behavior • Global and local ecosystems and their intersections • Autonomous agents (mobile robots and software agents) • Collective intelligence ("swarm" intelligence) • Theoretical biology • Philosophical issues in A-life (from ontology to ethics) • Formalisms and tools for A-life research • Guidelines and safeguards for the practice of A-life.

    A Bradford Book

    • Paperback $90.00 £75.00
  • Designing Autonomous Agents

    Designing Autonomous Agents

    Theory and Practice from Biology to Engineering and Back

    Pattie Maes

    Designing Autonomous Agents provides a summary and overview of the radically different architectures that have been developed over the past few years for organizing robots. These architectures have led to major breakthroughs that promise to revolutionize the study of autonomous agents and perhaps artificial intelligence in general. The new architectures emphasize more direct coupling of sensing to action, distributedness and decentralization, dynamic interaction with the environment, and intrinsic mechanisms to cope with limited resources and incomplete knowledge. The research discussed here encompasses such important ideas as emergent functionality, task-level decomposition, and reasoning methods such as analogical representations and visual operations that make the task of perception more realistic.

    Contents A Biological Perspective on Autonomous Agent Design, Randall D. Beer, Hillel J. Chiel, Leon S. Sterling • Elephants Don't Play Chess, Rodney A. Brooks • What Are Plans For? Philip E. Agre and David Chapman • Action and Planning in Embedded Agents, Leslie Pack Kaelbling and Stanley J. Rosenschein • Situated Agents Can Have Goals, Pattie Maes • Exploiting Analogical Representations, Luc Steels • Internalized Plans: A Representation for Action Resources, David W. Payton • Integrating Behavioral, Perceptual, and World Knowledge in Reactive Navigation, Ronald C. Arkin • Symbol Grounding via a Hybrid Architecture in an Autonomous Assembly System, Chris Malcolm and Tim Smithers • Animal Behavior as a Paradigm for Developing Robot Autonomy, Tracy L. Anderson and Max Donath

    • Paperback $35.00 £28.00