Ph.D Neural Networks - Neural Networks can potentially control autonomous robots, vehicles, factories, or game players more robustly than traditional approaches. Neuroevolution, i.e. the artificial evolution of neural networks, is a method for finding the right topology and connection weights to specify the desired control behavior. The challenge for neuroevolution is that difficult tasks may require complex networks with many connections, all of which must be set to the right values. Even if a network exists that can solve the task, evolution may not be able to find it in such a high-dimensional search space. This dissertation presents the NeuroEvolution of Augmenting Topologies (NEAT) method, which makes search for complex solutions feasible. In a process called complexification, NEAT begins by searching in a space of simple networks, and gradually makes them more complex as the search progresses.
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