ALife/robotics

Emergence of Leadership in a Group of Autonomous Robots

In this paper we examine the factors contributing to the emergence of leadership in a group, and we explore the relationship between the role of the leader and the behavioural capabilities of other individuals. We use a simulation technique where a …

Emergence of Leadership in a Group of Autonomous Robots

For modern biology and ethology, the reason for the emergence of leaders-followers patterns in groups of living organisms, is the need of social coordination. In this paper we attempt to examine factors contributing to the emergence of leadership, …

Orienting learning by exploiting sociality: an evolutionary robotics simulations

One of the advantages of sociality resides in the opportunity of exploiting the behavior of other individuals of the same group as a reliable source of information. In this paper we present an evolutionary simulation in which a population of 10 …

Trasmissione sociale di comportamenti in una popolazione di robot autonomi

Social learning in embodied agents

I edited, together with Davide Marocco and Paul Vogt, a double special issue of the journal Connection Science on the topic “Social Learning in Embodied Agents”. This is our editorial.

La natura della cultura. Modelli simulativi dell'apprendimento sociale

My PhD Thesis.

Social Facilitation on the Development of Foraging Behaviors in a Population of Autonomous Robots

In this paper we propose an adaptive algorithm based on a combination of selective reproduction, individual learning, and social learning. Social learning consists of a simple facilitation process that regulates the strength of individual learning on …

The evolution of pain

We describe two simple simulations in which artificial organisms evolve an ability to respond to inputs from within their own body and these inputs themselves can evolve. In the first simulation the organisms develop an ability to respond to a pain …

Social Learning and Cultural Evolution in Embodied and Situated Agents

In this paper we investigate whether social learning or the combination of individual and social learning can provide an adaptive advantage for artificial embodied agents that have to develop behavioural abilities that are too difficult or too costly …

Adaptation and Social Facilitation in a Population of Autonomous Robots

In this paper we present an evolutionary simulation in which a population of 10 mobile robots has to develop a simple behavior consisting in the discrimination of two different foraging areas present in the environment. We show that, given a minimal …