Author Archives: Terry

On-line evolution

We recently finished our proof-of-concepts experiments with on-line evolution. In on-line evolution a human trainer drives the robot and while the robot is being driven it is learning (via an evolutionary algorithm) to imitate the human’s control behaviors. After a … Continue reading

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Code for on-board, evolved path following

The code for the paper on on-board, evolved path following is now available via bit-bucket at It runs on two android phones. One phone acts as the robot’s “brains”, including performing all of the image processing and running the … Continue reading

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On-board, evolved path following.

Our research group recently submitted a paper on on-board, evolved path following to the journal Evolutionary Intelligence.  Very briefly a human drives the robot for a few minutes on a training track, during which time the robot (we used the … Continue reading

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Clicker training

Last semester (Spring 2013) we implemented a clicker training algorithm.  Clicker training is regularly used with dogs (and other animals) as a way of shaping behaviors.  In our robotic clicker training the trainer supplies positive and negative feedback to train … Continue reading

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We’ve now added android code for basic color

We’ve now added android code for basic color following, follow the Android Color Following link on the right to access the code and install instructions.

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Advanced Arduino Code

Just added a page with more advanced Arduino code (see the link on the right).  This allows the same ‘spinal column’ to receive either simple or complex messages (e.g. just “go forward” or to set specific motors to specific speeds).  … Continue reading

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Semi-autonomous, tele-operation

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Thanks to Dallas’ hard work we can now have (small) armies of semi-autonomous, tele-operated bots.  The bots do color following and stream their video to a webpage.  The operator drives the bot at the front of the line via a virtual joystick (see image) and … Continue reading

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Video Page

We now have a video page (look under pages on the right) with a few sample videos showing cool demos with 1 or more COTSBots.  Look for more videos as the summer progresses.

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Quick Build

Added some basic instructions for a quick robot build using the Rover 5 tank kit from DFRobot.

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US Science and Engineering Festival

Just got back from the US Science and Engineering Festival ( as part of the BEACON ( contingent.  We were demonstrating evolution in action including evolutionary games and the COTSBots, which can evolve their own code on-line in real-time. For … Continue reading

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