Dr. Josh Bongard (assistant professor - University of Vermont)
Roboticists, by necessity, are keen students of biology: we hope to create machines that are as agile, adaptive and intelligent as the organisms we see around us. However, we tend to copy the end products of evolution (compliant limbs, neural circuits, legged gaits) rather than evolutionary processes themselves (selection pressures, developmental programs). In this talk I will show how re-creating evolution in a computer can allow us to design robots automatically, rather than trying to build them manually.
The European Future Technologies Conference and Exhibition 2011 is the second instalment of a new forum dedicated to frontier research in information and communication technologies. fet11 is a unique conference on visionary, high-risk and long-term research in information science and technology. Featuring an exceptionally broad range of scientific fields the event will seed new ideas across disciplines that will reshape the future.