£1.8M grant for robot evolution research Guszti Eiben

Guszti Eiben, VU Professor on Artificial Intelligence, and a team of British fellow scientists from Bristol, Edinburgh and York have received a grant to further investigate Autonomous Robot Evolution (ARE).

05/21/2018 | 2:54 PM

The grant concerns 1.8 million British Pounds, converted more than 2 million Euros. The grant is awarded to the research team by the EPSRC, the British research council for science and technology. Guszti Eiben is extraordinary professor at the University of York. The research will begin after the summer of 2018 and will take four years.

Nuclear power plants
Self-reproducing robots provide a platform for fundamental research into evolution and the development of intelligence, as well as an (r)evolutionary way of designing better robots. Within this research project, robots are also “grown” for a practical application: exploring and clearing old nuclear power plants in the UK.

Two years ago, Guszti Eiben and his VU team attracted worldwide (media) attention when they presented the first robot baby to the world. Born from the 3D printer, from the randomly recombined DNA of two robot parents, just like humans. With this, Eiben proved for the first time that the concept of robot evolution is possible, both for the brain (the software) and for the body (the hardware).