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A novel generative encoding for exploiting neural network sensor and output geometry

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A novel generative encoding for exploiting neural network sensor and output geometry
A significant problem for evolving artificial neural networks is that the physical arrangement of sensors and effectors is invisible to the evolutionary algorithm. For example, in this paper, directional sensors and effectors are placed around the circumference of a robot in analogous arrangements. This configuration ensures that there is a useful geometric correspondence between sensors and effectors. However, if sensors are mapped to a single input layer and the effectors to a single output layer (as is typical), evolution has no means to exploit this fortuitous arrangement. To address this problem, this paper presents a novel generative encoding called connective Compositional Pattern Producing Networks (connective CPPNs) that can effectively detect and capitalize on geometric relationships among sensors and effectors. The key insight is that sensors and effectors with consistent geometric relationships can be exploited by a repeating motif in the neural architecture. Thus...
David B. D'Ambrosio, Kenneth O. Stanley
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Type Conference
Year 2007
Where GECCO
Authors David B. D'Ambrosio, Kenneth O. Stanley
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