Developmental Robotics (DevRob), sometimes called epigenetic robotics, is a methodology that uses metaphors from neural development and developmental psychology to develop the mind for autonomous robots. The focus is on a single or multiple robots going through stages of autonomous mental development (AMD). Researchers in this field study artificial emotions, self-motivation, and other methods of self-organization. The program that simulates the functions of genome to develop a robot's mental capabilities is called a developmental program.
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Some articles on developmental robotics:
... on Development and Learning http//www.cogsci.ucsd.edu/~triesch/icdl/ Epigenetic Robotics http//www.epigenetic-robotics.org/ ICDL-EpiRob http//www.icdl-epirob.org ...