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Swarm Intelligence Group

Heiko Hamann headed the Swarm Intelligence Group.

He has moved to the Universit├Ąt zu L├╝beck and became Professor for Service Robotics


Swarm Intelligence is the discipline that deals with natural and artificial systems composed of many individuals that coordinate using decentralized control and self-organization. In particular, the discipline focuses on the collective behaviors that result from the local interactions of the individuals with each other and with their environment. Examples of systems studied by swarm intelligence are multi-robot systems and certain computer programs that are written to tackle optimization and data analysis problems.

A second research track within this group is Evolutionary Robotics which belongs to the field of artificial intelligence, in particular machine learning.
"Evolutionary robotics is a new technique for automatic creation of
autonomous robots
. It is inspired by the Darwinian principle of
selective reproduction of the fittest. It is a new approach which
looks at robots as autonomous artificial organisms that develop their
own skills in close interaction with the environment without human
intervention. " (Nolfi and Floreano, 2004)


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