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Social learning in swarm robotics

Abstract : In this paper, we present an implementation of social learning for swarm robotics. We consider social learning as a distributed online reinforcement learning method applied to a collective of robots where sensing, acting and coordination are performed on a local basis. While some issues are specific to artificial systems, such as the general objective of learning efficient (and ideally, optimal) behavioural strategies to fulfill a task defined by a supervisor, some other issues are shared with social learning in natural systems. We discuss some of these issues, paving the way towards cumulative cultural evolution in robot swarms, which could enable complex social organization necessary to achieve challenging robotic tasks. This article is part of a discussion meeting issue ‘The emergence of collective knowledge and cumulative culture in animals, humans and machines’.
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Nicolas Bredeche, Nicolas Fontbonne. Social learning in swarm robotics. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, Royal Society, The, 2022, 377 (1843), pp.20200309. ⟨10.1098/rstb.2020.0309⟩. ⟨hal-03500739⟩



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