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Animals to Animats is a conference. Its held every two years, at various locations around the world. It brings together researchers from ethology, psychology, ecology, artificial intelligence, artificial life, robotics, engineering, and many other related fields, seeking to bind the disciplines together.

The goal of the conferences is to drive understanding and ability to reproduce the behaviours and underlying mechanisms that allow natural and synthetic agents (animats) to adapt and survive in uncertain environments.

In short, starting with natural animal behaviour, transferring that to alife, in order to recreate adaptive, reasoning, and even natural intelligent behaviour of non-humans to artificially created animals and servant agents who can then adapt to changing environments without being explicitly programmed to.

Animals to animats is also known as The International Conference on Simulation of Adaptive Behaviour.


A Model of Reaching that Integrates Reinforcement Learning and Population Encoding of Postures
Dimitri Ognibene, Angelo Rega and Gianluca Baldassarre

A Model of Sensorimotor Coordination in the Rat Whisker System
Ben Mitchinson, Martin Pearson, Chris Melhuish and Tony J. Prescott

A Schema Based Model of the Praying Mantis
Giovanni Pezzulo and Gianguglielmo Calvi

Adaptive Four Legged Locomotion Control Based on Nonlinear Dynamical Systems
Giorgio Brambilla, Jonas Buchli and Auke Jan Ijspeert

Adaptive Fuzzy Sliding Mode Controller for the Snorkel Underwater Vehicle
Eduardo Sebasti?n

Adaptive Learning Application of the MDB Evolutionary Cognitive Architecture in Physical Agents
F. Bellas, A. Fai?a, A. Prieto and R. J. Duro

Agents Adopting Agriculture:Modeling the Agricultural Transition
Elske van der Vaart, Bart de Boer, Albert Hankel and Bart Verheij

An Adaptive Robot Motivational System
George Konidaris and Andrew Barto

An Environmental Adaptation Mechanism for a Biped Walking Robot Control Based on Elicitation of Sensorimotor Constraints
Shunsuke Iida, Toshiyuki Kondo and Koji Ito

An Evolutionary Selection Model Based on a Biological Phenomenon: The Periodical Magicicadas
Marco Remondino and Alessandro Cappellini

Asynchronous Cyclic Pursuit
Anda? T. Şamiloğlu, Veysel Gazi and Buğra Koku

Behavioral Analysis of Mobile Robot Trajectories Using a Point Distribution Model
Pierre Roduit, Alcherio Martinoli and Jacques Jacot

Believability Testing and Bayesian Imitation in Interactive Computer Games
Bernard Gorman, Christian Thurau, Christian Bauckhage and Mark Humphrys

Biological Actuators Are Not Just Springs: Investigating Muscle Dynamics and Control Signals
Thomas Buehrmann and Ezequiel Di Paolo

Bubbleworld.Evo: Artificial Evolution of Behavioral Decisions in a Simulated Predator-Prey Ecosystem
Thomas Schmickl and Karl Crailsheim

Collective Decision-Making Based on Individual Discrimination Capability in Pre-social Insects
Jean-Marc Am?, Jesus Millor, Jos? Halloy, Gr?gory Sempo and Jean-Louis Deneubourg

Combining Self-organizing Maps with Mixtures of Experts: Application to an Actor-Critic Model of Reinforcement Learning in the Basal Ganglia
Mehdi Khamassi, Louis-Emmanuel Martinet and Agn?s Guillot

Comparing Robot Controllers Through System Identification
Ulrich Nehmzow, Otar Akanyeti, Roberto Iglesias, Theocharis Kyriacou and S. A. Billings

Computer Simulation of a Climbing Insectomorphic Robot
Yury F. Golubev and Victor V. Korianov

Cumulative Cultural Evolution: Can We Ever Learn More?
Paul Vogt

Distributed Action Selection by a Brainstem Neural Substrate: An Embodied Evaluation
Mark Humphries and Tony Prescott

Dynamic Generation and Switching of Object Handling Behaviors by a Humanoid Robot Using a Recurrent Neural Network Model
Kuniaki Noda, Masato Ito, Yukiko Hoshino and Jun Tani

Early Perceptual and Cognitive Development in Robot Vision
Xing Zhang and Mark H. Lee

Economic Optimisation in Honeybees: Adaptive Behaviour of a Superorganism
Ronald Thenius, Thomas Schmickl and Karl Crailsheim

Emergence of Coherent Coordinated Behavior in a Network of Homogeneous Active Elements
Gentaro Morimoto and Takashi Ikegami

Emotions as a Bridge to the Environment: On the Role of Body in Organisms and Robots
Carlos Herrera P?rez, David C. Moffat and Tom Ziemke

Evolution and Adaptation of an Agent Driving a Scale Model of a Car with Obstacle Avoidance Capabilities
Ivan Tanev, Michal Joachimczak and Katsunori Shimohara

Evolutionary Active Vision Toward Three Dimensional Landmark-Navigation
Mototaka Suzuki and Dario Floreano

Evolved Homogeneous Neuro-controllers for Robots with Different Sensory Capabilities: Coordinated Motion and Cooperation
Elio Tuci, Christos Ampatzis, Federico Vicentini and Marco Dorigo

Evolving Reaction-Diffusion Controllers for Minimally Cognitive Animats
Kyran Dale

Evolving Robot?s Behaviour by Using CNNs
Eleonora Bilotta, Giuseppe Cutr? and Pietro Panano

Evolving Spatiotemporal Coordination in a Modular Robotic System
Mikhail Prokopenko, Vadim Gerasimov and Ivan Tanev

Experimental Study on Task Teaching to Real Rats Through Interaction with a Robotic Rat
Hiroyuki Ishii, Motonori Ogura, Shunji Kurisu, Atsushi Komura, Atsuo Takanishi, Naritoshi Iida and Hiroshi Kimura

From Motor Babbling to Purposive Actions: Emerging Self-exploration in a Dynamical Systems Approach to Early Robot Development
Ralf Der and Georg Martius

GasNets and CTRNNs ? A Comparison in Terms of Evolvability
Sven Magg and Andrew Philippides

Global Navigation Through Local Reference Frames
John Pisokas

Hierarchical Cooperative CoEvolution Facilitates the Redesign of Agent-Based Systems
Michail Maniadakis and Panos Trahanias

Incremental Evolution of Robot Controllers for a Highly Integrated Task
Anders Lyhne Christensen and Marco Dorigo

Incremental Evolution of Target-Following Neuro-controllers for Flapping-Wing Animats
Jean-Baptiste Mouret, St?phane Doncieux and Jean-Arcady Meyer

Incremental Skill Acquisition for Self-motivated Learning Animats
Andrea Bonarini, Alessandro Lazaric and Marcello Restelli

Integration of an Autonomous Artificial Agent in an Insect Society: Experimental Validation
Gr?gory Sempo, St?phanie Depick?re, Jean-Marc Am?, Claire Detrain, Jos? Halloy and Jean-Louis Deneubourg

Investigating STDP and LTP in a Spiking Neural Network
Daniel Bush, Andrew Philippides, Phil Husbands and Michael O?Shea

Investigation of Reality Constraints: Morphology and Controller of Two-Link Legged Locomotors for Dynamically Stable Locomotion
Kojiro Matsushita, Hiroshi Yokoi and Tamio Arai

Kinematic Modeling and Dynamic Analysis of the Long-Based Undulation Fin of Gymnarchus Niloticus
Guangming Wang, Lincheng Shen and Tianjiang Hu

Modelling Multi-modal Learning in a Hawkmoth
Anna Balkenius, Almut Kelber and Christian Balkenius

Modelling the Peripheral Auditory System of Lizards
Lei Zhang, John Hallam and Jakob Christensen-Dalsgaard

Modular Design of Irreducible Systems
Martin H?lse and Frank Pasemann

Navigation in Large-Scale Environments Using an Augmented Model of Visual Homing
Lincoln Smith, Andrew Philippides and Phil Husbands

Noisy Preferential Attachment and Language Evolution
Samarth Swarup and Les Gasser

Origins of Communication in Evolving Robots
Davide Marocco and Stefano Nolfi

Perceptual-Motor Sequence Learning Via Human-Robot Interaction
Jean-David Boucher and Peter Ford Dominey

Piagetian Adaptation Meets Image Schemas: The Jean System
Yu-Han Chang, Paul R. Cohen, Clayton T. Morrison, Robert St. Amant and Carole Beal

POTBUG: A Mind?s Eye Approach to Providing BUG-Like Guarantees for Adaptive Obstacle Navigation Using Dynamic Potential Fields
Michael Weir, Anthony Buck and Jon Lewis

Robot Learning in a Social Robot
Salvador Dominguez, Eduardo Zalama, Jaime G?mez Garc?a-Bermejo and Jaime Pulido

Searching for Emergent Representations in Evolved Dynamical Systems
Thomas Hope, Ivilin Stoianov and Marco Zorzi

Simbad: An Autonomous Robot Simulation Package for Education and Research
Louis Hugues and Nicolas Bredeche

Some Adaptive Advantages of the Ability to Make Predictions
Daniele Caligiore, Massimo Tria and Domenico Parisi

Spatially Constrained Networks and the Evolution of Modular Control Systems
Peter Fine, Ezequiel Di Paolo and Andrew Philippides

Spike-Timing Dependent Plasticity Learning for Visual-Based Obstacles Avoidance
H?di Soula and Guillaume Beslon

Spiking Neural Controllers for Pushing Objects Around
Răzvan V. Florian

Stabilising Hebbian Learning with a Third Factor in a Food Retrieval Task
Adedoyin Maria Thompson, Bernd Porr and Florentin W?rg?tter

Synchronization and Gait Adaptation in Evolving Hexapod Robots
Mariagiovanna Mazzapioda and Stefano Nolfi

The Complexity of Finding an Optimal Policy for Language Convergence
Kiran Lakkaraju and Les Gasser

The Control of Turning in Real and Simulated Stick Insects
Hugo Rosano and Barbara Webb

The Emergence of Communication by Evolving Dynamical Systems
Steffen Wischmann and Frank Pasemann

Transition Cells for Navigation and Planning in an Unknown Environment
N. Cuperlier, M. Quoy, C. Giovannangeli, P. Gaussier and P. Laroque

Use Your Illusion: Sensorimotor Self-simulation Allows Complex Agents to Plan with Incomplete Self-knowledge
Richard Vaughan and Mauricio Zuluaga

Visual Control of Flight Speed and Height in the Honeybee
Emily Baird, Mandyam V. Srinivasan, Shaowu Zhang, Richard Lamont and Ann Cowling

Visual Learning of Affordance Based Cues
Gerald Fritz, Lucas Paletta, Manish Kumar, Georg Dorffner, Ralph Breithaupt and Erich Rome

Why Are Evolved Developing Organisms Also Fault-Tolerant?
Diego Federici and Tom Ziemke


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