Objectives and Goals of the SYMBRION project

The SYMBRION primarily focuses on evolve-ability of symbiotic robot organisms. The main workflow of the project is shown in figure below.

It is expected to investigate and to develop novel principles of behaviour, adaptation and learning for such robot organisms based on artificial evolution and evolutionary computational approaches. The plan is to combine bio-inspired evolutionary paradigms with robot embodiment and swarm-emergent phenomena thus enabling the organisms to manage autonomously its own hardware and software organization. It is expected that in this way artificial robotic organisms will become self-configured, self-healing, self-optimizing and self-protecting from a hardware and software points of view. This leads not only to extremely adaptive, evolve-able and scalable robotic systems, but also enables the robot organisms to reprogram themselves without human supervision, to develop their own cognitive structures and, finally, to allow new functionality to emerge: the best suitable to the given situation. We also plan for different symbiotic organisms to co-evolve and cooperate with each other and with their environment.

  • SYMBRION will for the first time consider a truly symbiotic multi-cellular construction of real-world artificial organisms. Elementary robots equivalent to single cells will build artificial-life-forms with a central nervous system, common energy resources and homoeostasis at the level of the whole organism.
  • The heterogeneous elementary robots will be capable of autonomous aggregation and disaggregation into/from the organism (without human assistance) and will be capable of autonomous energy collection (survival) in their habitat.
  • SYMBRION uniquely focuses on the principles and aspects of long- and short-term artificial evolution together with evolve-ability and adaptivity for real multi-agent systems with symbiotic principles of self-organisation and emergence. Such artificial symbiosis has not been attempted with real embodied agents.
  • SYMBRION has the potential to address fundamental questions such as “how many cells with different DNA can form an organism with one common DNA?”, “how does specialization of cells within the organism appear?”, “how can 'cancer cells' appear within the organism?” - i.e. questions which are open and highly relevant in both scientific and human contexts. The consortium will aim to investigate and test hypotheses for these and other deep questions in a “model” multi-cellular artificial organism, having clear analogies with biological systems.

The scientific and technological objectives are:

  • The main objective 1 Main principles of artificial long-term evolution of robotic organisms on the genotype and phenotype levels, applied to software, hardware, topology and functionality of artificial organisms.
  • The main objective 2 Development of bio-inspired and tech-inspired adaptation, self-maintenance and self-optimization strategies applied to symbiotic robotic organisms.
  • The main objective 3 Technological development and design paradigms for super-large-scale pervasive robotic system, capable of autonomous adapting to highly dynamic and open environments.

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