Yizhen Zhang, Alcherio Martinoli, and Erik K. Antonsson
In this paper, an original automatic design synthesis methodology based on evolutionary computation is proposed for designing and optimizing distributed embodied systems. To validate the efficacy of this evolutionary design methodology, it was applied to an initial case study concerned with the configuration of a collective sensory system for intelligent vehicles. Results are presented from simulations at different levels of abstraction and different traffic scenarios. The proposed method is able to synthesize novel design configurations according to engineering design needs and is expected to tackle more complex problems.