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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.

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.

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.

Open-hardware e-puck Linux extension board for experimental swarm robotics research (2011)
Journal Article
Liu, W., & Winfield, A. F. (2011). Open-hardware e-puck Linux extension board for experimental swarm robotics research. Microprocessors and Microsystems, 35(1), 60-67. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.micpro.2010.08.002

In this paper we describe the implementation of a Linux extension board for the e-puck educational mobile robot, designed to enhance the computation, memory and networking performance of the robot at very low cost. The extension board is based on a 3... Read More about Open-hardware e-puck Linux extension board for experimental swarm robotics research.

Towards energy optimization: Emergent task allocation in a swarm of foraging robots (2007)
Journal Article
Lihua Dou, , Jin Sa, , Wenguo Liu, , Wenguo Liu, W., Winfield, A. F., Jin Sa, J., …Lihua Dou, L. (2007). Towards energy optimization: Emergent task allocation in a swarm of foraging robots. Adaptive Behavior, 15(3), 289-305. https://doi.org/10.1177/1059712307082088

This article presents a simple adaptation mechanism to automatically adjust the ratio of foragers to resters (division of labor) in a swarm of foraging robots and hence maximize the net energy income to the swarm. Three adaptation rules are introduce... Read More about Towards energy optimization: Emergent task allocation in a swarm of foraging robots.

Robot thought (2005)
Exhibition / Performance
Burnet, F., Johnson, B., Bultitude, K., & Winfield, A. F. Robot thought. 1 March 2005 - 31 July 2006. (Unpublished)

Robot Thought is a performance piece designed to promote discusion amongst 5 -11 year old children and their families of the role that robots already play and might play in society. It was first performed at Explore, Bristol's interactive science cen... Read More about Robot thought.

Towards dependable swarms and new discipline of swarm engineering (2004)
Presentation / Conference
Winfield, A. F., Harper, C., & Nembrini, J. (2004, July). Towards dependable swarms and new discipline of swarm engineering. Paper presented at Swarm Robotics, SAB 2004 International Workshop, Revised Selected Papers, Santa Monica, CA, USA

The original shorter paper was given as an invited talk at the SAB '04 workshop on Swarm Robotics. Selected papers were invited to be extended and following further full review were published in this volume in the highly-regarded 'state of the art re... Read More about Towards dependable swarms and new discipline of swarm engineering.