Skip to main content

Research Repository

See what's under the surface

Advanced Search

The challenge of preparing teams for the European robotics league: Emergency (2017)
Journal Article
Ferreira, F., Röning, J., Kauppinen, M., Pitkänen, V., Kemppainen, A., Tikanmäki, A., …Sosa, D. (2017). The challenge of preparing teams for the European robotics league: Emergency. https://doi.org/10.2352...-1173.2017.9.IRIACV-261

© 2017, Society for Imaging Science and Technology. ERL Emergency is an outdoor multi-domain robotic competition inspired by the 2011 Fukushima accident. The ERL Emergency Challenge requires teams of land, underwater and flying robots to work togethe... Read More about The challenge of preparing teams for the European robotics league: Emergency.

Towards verifiably ethical robot behaviour (2015)
Presentation / Conference
Dennis, L. A., Fisher, M., & Winfield, A. F. (2015, January). Towards verifiably ethical robot behaviour. Presented at Twenty-Ninth AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence, Texas, USA

Ensuring that autonomous systems work ethically is both complex and difficult. However, the idea of having an additional ‘governor’ that assesses options the system has, and prunes them to select the most ethical choices is well understood. Recent wo... Read More about Towards verifiably ethical robot behaviour.

The next big thing(s) in robotics (2014)
Book Chapter
Winfield, A. F. (2014). The next big thing(s) in robotics. In S. Westlake (Ed.), Our Work Here is Done: Visions of a Robot Economy, (38-44). London: NESTA

Embodied imitation-enhanced reinforcement learning in multi-agent systems (2014)
Journal Article
Winfield, A. F., Erbas, M. D., Winfield, A. F., & Bull, L. (2014). Embodied imitation-enhanced reinforcement learning in multi-agent systems. Adaptive Behavior, 22(1), 31-50. https://doi.org/10.1177/1059712313500503

Imitation is an example of social learning in which an individual observes and copies another's actions. This paper presents a new method for using imitation as a way of enhancing the learning speed of individual agents that employ a well-known reinf... Read More about Embodied imitation-enhanced reinforcement learning in multi-agent systems.

Mapping the hinterland: Data issues in open science (2014)
Journal Article
Grand, A., Wilkinson, C., Bultitude, K., & Winfield, A. F. (2014). Mapping the hinterland: Data issues in open science. Public Understanding of Science, 25(1), 88-103. https://doi.org/10.1177/0963662514530374

© The Author(s) 2014. Open science is a practice in which the scientific process is shared completely and in real time. It offers the potential to support information flow, collaboration and dialogue among professional and non-professional participan... Read More about Mapping the hinterland: Data issues in open science.

Distributed autonomous morphogenesis in a self-assembling robotic system (2012)
Book Chapter
Liu, W., & Winfield, A. F. (2012). Distributed autonomous morphogenesis in a self-assembling robotic system. In R. Doursat, H. Sayama, & O. Michel (Eds.), Morphogenetic Engineering: Understanding Complex Systems, (89-113). Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-33902-8_4

We present distributed morphogenesis control strategies in a swarm of robots able to autonomously assemble into 3D symbiotic organisms to perform specific tasks. Each robot in such a system can work autonomously, while teams of robots can self-assemb... Read More about Distributed autonomous morphogenesis in a self-assembling robotic system.

On fault tolerance and scalability of swarm robotic systems (2012)
Journal Article
Bjerknes, J. D., & Winfield, A. F. (2012). On fault tolerance and scalability of swarm robotic systems. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-32723-0_31

This paper challenges the common assumption that swarm robotic systems are robust and scalable by default. We present an analysis based on both reliability modelling and experimental trials of a case study swarm performing team work, in which failure... Read More about On fault tolerance and scalability of swarm robotic systems.

Self-assembly in heterogeneous modular robots (2012)
Presentation / Conference
Liu, W., & Winfield, A. F. (2012, November). Self-assembly in heterogeneous modular robots. Paper presented at International Symposium on Distributed Autonomous Robotic Systems, Baltimore, Maryland, USA

This paper describes the distributed self-assembly of a multi-robot ‘organism’ from a swarm of autonomous heterogeneous modular mobile robots. A distributed self-assembly strategy based on a symbol sequence representation is proposed. Constructed fro... Read More about Self-assembly in heterogeneous modular robots.

Building safer robots: Safety driven control (2012)
Journal Article
Harper, C., Woodman, R., Winfield, A. F., Harper, C., & Fraser, M. (2012). Building safer robots: Safety driven control. International Journal of Robotics Research, 31(13), 1603-1626. https://doi.org/10.1177/0278364912459665

In recent years there has been a concerted effort to address many of the safety issues associated with physical human-robot interaction (pHRI). However, a number of challenges remain. For personal robots, and those intended to operate in unstructured... Read More about Building safer robots: Safety driven control.

Towards temporal verification of swarm robotic systems (2012)
Journal Article
Dixon, C., Winfield, A. F., Fisher, M., & Zeng, C. (2012). Towards temporal verification of swarm robotic systems. Robotics and Autonomous Systems, 60(11), 1429-1441. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.robot.2012.03.003

A robot swarm is a collection of simple robots designed to work together to carry out some task. Such swarms rely on the simplicity of the individual robots; the fault tolerance inherent in having a large population of identical robots; and the self-... Read More about Towards temporal verification of swarm robotic systems.

Open Science: A New "Trust Technology"? (2012)
Journal Article
Grand, A., Wilkinson, C., Bultitude, K., & Winfield, A. F. (2012). Open Science: A New "Trust Technology"?. Science Communication, 34(5), 679-689. https://doi.org/10.1177/1075547012443021

The emerging practice of open science, which makes the entire process of a scientific investigation available, could extend membership of the research community to new, public audiences, who do not have access to science's long-established trust mech... Read More about Open Science: A New "Trust Technology"?.

It feels like the right thing to do: Ethical perspectives of open science (2012)
Book Chapter
Grand, A., Wilkinson, C., Bultitude, K., & Winfield, A. F. (2012). It feels like the right thing to do: Ethical perspectives of open science. In B. Trench, & M. Bucchi (Eds.), Quality, Honesty and Beauty in Science and Technology Communication PCST 2012 Book of Papers, (315-318). Observa Science in Society

Environment-driven distributed evolutionary adaptation in a population of autonomous robotic agents (2012)
Journal Article
Bredeche, N., Montanier, J. M., Liu, W., & Winfield, A. F. (2012). Environment-driven distributed evolutionary adaptation in a population of autonomous robotic agents. Mathematical and Computer Modelling of Dynamical Systems, 18(1), 101-129. https://doi.org/10.1080/13873954.2011.601425

This article is concerned with a fixed-size population of autonomous agents facing unknown, possibly changing, environments. The motivation is to design an embodied evolutionary algorithm that can cope with the implicit fitness function hidden in the... Read More about Environment-driven distributed evolutionary adaptation in a population of autonomous robotic agents.

Emergent swarm morphology control of wireless networked mobile robots (2012)
Book Chapter
Winfield, A. F., & Nembrini, J. (2012). Emergent swarm morphology control of wireless networked mobile robots. In R. Doursat, H. Sayama, & O. Michel (Eds.), Morphogenetic Engineering, (239-271). Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-33902-8_10

We describe a new class of decentralised control algorithms that link local wireless connectivity to low-level robot motion control in order to maintain both swarm aggregation and connectivity, which we term “coherence”, in unbounded space. We invest... Read More about Emergent swarm morphology control of wireless networked mobile robots.

On embodied memetic evolution and the emergence of behavioural traditions in Robots (2011)
Journal Article
Winfield, A. F., & Erbas, M. D. (2011). On embodied memetic evolution and the emergence of behavioural traditions in Robots. Memetic Computing, 3(4), 261-270. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12293-011-0063-x

This paper describes ideas and initial experiments in embodied imitation using e-puck robots, developed as part of a project whose aim is to demonstrate the emergence of artificial culture in collective robot systems. Imitated behaviours (memes) will... Read More about On embodied memetic evolution and the emergence of behavioural traditions in Robots.

The distributed co-evolution of an embodied simulator and controller for swarm robot behaviours (2011)
Presentation / Conference
O'Dowd, P., Winfield, A. F., & Studley, M. (2011, September). The distributed co-evolution of an embodied simulator and controller for swarm robot behaviours. Paper presented at IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2011), San Francisco, USA

Embodied fitness assessment of robotic controllers is slow but grounded, while assessment in a simulated environment is fast but can run foul of the ‘reality gap’. We present a distributed co-evolutionary method to adapt the environmental model of an... Read More about The distributed co-evolution of an embodied simulator and controller for swarm robot behaviours.

Interactive robots in experimental biology (2011)
Journal Article
Krause, J., Winfield, A. F., & Deneubourg, J. L. (2011). Interactive robots in experimental biology. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 26(7), 369-375. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tree.2011.03.015

Interactive robots have the potential to revolutionise the study of social behaviour because they provide several methodological advances. In interactions with live animals, the behaviour of robots can be standardised, morphology and behaviour can be... Read More about Interactive robots in experimental biology.



;