Evolving hardware instinctive behaviors in resource-scarce agent swarms exploring hard-to-reach environments

Martin Andraud, Eugenio Cantatore, Ahmed Hallawa, Gerd Ascheid, Jaro De Roose, Marian Verhelst

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This work introduces a novel adaptation framework to energy-eciently adapt small-sized circuits operating under scarce resources in dynamic environments, as autonomous swarm of sensory agents. This framework makes it possible to optimally congure the circuit based on three key mechanisms: (a) an o-line optimization phase relying on R2 indicator based Evolutionary Multi-objective Optimization Algorithm (EMOA), (b) an on-line phase based on hardware instincts and (c) the possibility to include the environment in the optimization loop. Specically, the evolutionary algorithm is able to simultaneously determine an optimal combination of static settings and dynamic instinct for the hardware, considering highly dynamic environments. The instinct is then run on-line with minimal on-chip resources so that the circuit eciently react to environmental changes. This framework is demonstrated on an ultrasonic communication system between energy-scarce wireless nodes. The proposed approach is environment-adaptive and enables power savings up to 45% for the same performance on the considered case studies.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGECCO 2018 Companion - Proceedings of the 2018 Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference Companion
EditorsHernan Aguirre
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781450357647
Publication statusPublished - 6 Jul 2018
Event2018 Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference, GECCO 2018 - Kyoto, Japan
Duration: 15 Jul 201819 Jul 2018


Conference2018 Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference, GECCO 2018


  • Evolutionary multi-objective optimization
  • Instinct evolution
  • Swarm intelligence
  • Wireless sensors


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