One of the most challenging features of living artifacts:
The ability to grow.
One of the most interesting features of growing artifacts: The special capability to grow up.
Growing up robots means to have a guided ontogenesis of an artifact from an infantile stage to a fully matured entity.
Start with an architecture that is pre-structured (genotype) to enable basic abilities right from the beginning.
According to a schedule of structural development the modules are trained using diverse paradigms for
learning and adaptation. Training the artifact with respect to interaction with the environment
is generating individual behaviour (phenotype).
Thus the artifact evolves from an infantile stage to a fully matured entity: The artifact grows up.
The EMOBOT concept is an approach to model and generate
behaviour for autonomous vehicles (robots) similar to behaviours that
we know from living entities. The name EMOBOT consists of the
part EMO as a hint to EMOtions that shall/can govern
the behaviour of the system, and BOT to indicate an artificial
system like a roBOT.
The EMOBOT concept is one approach among others trying to achieve a sophisticated and more flexible control policy for robots. The way the EMOBOT is designed will make the behaviour to become more felxible and more interesting.
The EMOBOT concept is based on the Systemic Architecture approach for designing robot controllers with an Internal Value System (IVS) that serves as basis for controlling the actions. The psychological concepts Drives and Emotions are the role model that govern the EMOBOT behaviour. First implementations of the EMOBOT concept have shown promising results.