Igor Balaz

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Emergence and evolution of self-regulation mechanisms in early biological evolution

Igor Balaz, PhD

Department of Physics, University of Novi Sad (Serbia)

I am a research associate at the Department of Physics, University of Novi Sad (Serbia). My work is focused on modeling spontaneous emergence of innovations in evolution of complex systems.
STSM I was involved in was entitled “Emergence and evolution of self-regulation mechanisms in early biological evolution” and was done in Bristol Robotics Laboratory (UK), from 1-10 March 2015.
During the visit, together with Dr. Sabine Hauert, we worked on developing algorithms for evolution of regulatory mechanisms in autonomous agents, and on defining optimal design of evolvable agent’s interfaces with the environment. We applied those evolutionary algorithms on a population of minimal robots, called kilobots, and analysed their self-organization.
Obtained results show that relatively early during the evolution, subjective perception of the environment started to emerge in agents and they showed individual variances in ability to perceive segments of the environment. Moreover, long run in silico experiments (10.000 generations) indicate that in large populations emergence of inter-population control takes place. As population gets larger, formation of subpopulation communities became more prominent.
The evaluation of the simulation platform is currently in progress and the tests on its ability to adapt to different stress conditions are not completed yet. Therefore, the collaboration is still on-going.






CSO Approval date: 14/11/2013
Starting date: 15/05/2014
Ending date: 14/05/2018

Action Chair:
Dr. Muriel GARGAUD (FR)

Vice chair:
Prof. Wolf GEPPERT (SE)

STSM Manager:
Prof. Nigel MASON (UK)

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Grant Holder Financial Representative:

Mrs Annick Caperan

Science Officer:
Dr. Mafalda QUINTAS

Administrative Officer:
Ms Ange Marie Ina Uwase



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