The Winner of SAIS best AI Master's Thesis award 2003

We are happy to announce that the winner of the Swedish AI Society's prize for best Master's Thesis 2003 is Gunnar Búason, Skövde University. The title of the Thesis is "Competitive Co-Evolution of Sensory-Motor Systems" and the supervisor is Tom Ziemke from Skövde University.

The submitted theses were read and evaluated by the SAIS board collectively. A combination of four criteria based on maturity of content, scientific value, writing style, and relevance of the content to the AI topic area, were used to determine the winner. All submitted theses this year were of very high quality although some fell short on one or more of the criteria.

The motivation is For a systematic investigation of tradeoffs and interdependencies between morphological parameters and behavioral strategies through a series of predator-prey experiments, in which increasingly many aspects are subject to self-organizatization, through competitive co-evolution. Resulting in integrating and extending previous work on competitive co-evolution of neural robot controllers in a predator-prey scenario with work on the 'co-evolution' of robot morphology and control systems.

The thesis also resulted in the following scientific publication:

Buason & Ziemke (in press). Competitive Co-Evolution of Predator and Prey Sensory-Motor Systems. To appear in the proceedings of the Second European Workshop on Evolutionary Robotics (Colchester, UK, April 2003), Springer Verlag (Lecture Notes in Computer Science).

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