Publications

For the most up-to-date list, please see my Google Scholar listing.

(check out the video thumbnails below for fun summary videos, where avaliable)

Scalable Co-Optimization of Morphology and Control in Embodied Machines
Cheney, N., Bongard, J., SunSpiral, V., Lipson, H.
arXiv preprint arXiv:1706.06133 , 2017
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How Morphological Development Can Guide Evolution
Kriegman, S., Cheney, N., Bongard, J.
arXiv preprint arXiv:1711.07387, 2017
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On the Robustness of Convolutional Neural Networks to Internal Architecture and Weight Perturbations
Cheney, N., Schrimpf, M., Kreiman, G.
arXiv preprint arXiv:1703.08245, 2017
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Evolving Soft Locomotion in Aquatic and Terrestrial Environments: Effects of Material Properties and Environmental Transitions
Corucci, F., Cheney, N., Giorgio-Serchi, F., Bongard, J., Laschi, C.
arXiv preprint arXiv:1711.06605, 2017
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Evolutionary Developmental Soft Robotics as a Framework to Study Intelligence and Adaptive Behavior in Animals and Plants
Corucci, F., Cheney, N., Kriegman, S., Bongard, J., Laschi, C.
Frontiers in Robotics and AI, 2017
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A Minimal Developmental Model Can Increase Evolvability in Soft Robots
Kriegman, S., Cheney, N., Corucci, F., Bongard, J.
GECCO2017: Proceedings of the Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference, 2017
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Simulating the Evolution of Soft and Rigid-Body Robots
Kriegman, S., Cappelle, C., Corucci, F., Bernatskiy, A., Cheney, N.,Bongard, J.
GECCO2017: Proceedings of the Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference Companion, Workshop on Simulation in Evolutionary Robotics, 2017
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On the Difficulty of Co-Optimizing Morphology and Control in Evolved Virtual Creatures
Cheney, N., Bongard, J., SunSpiral, V., Lipson, H.
ALIFE XV, The Fifteenth International Conference on the Synthesis and Simulation of Living Systems, 2016
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Material Properties Affect Evolution's Ability to Exploit Morphological Computation in Growing Soft-Bodied Creatures
Corucci, F., Cheney, N., Lipson, H., Laschi, C., Bongard, J.
ALIFE XV, The Fifteenth International Conference on the Synthesis and Simulation of Living Systems, 2016
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Topological Evolution for Embodied Cellular Automata
Cheney, N., Lipson, H.
Theoretical Computer Science, 2016
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Evolving Swimming Soft-Bodied Creatures
Corucci, F., Cheney, N., Lipson, H., Laschi, C., Bongard, J.
ALIFE XV, The Fifteenth International Conference on the Synthesis and Simulation of Living Systems, Late Breaking Proceedings, 2016
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How the Strictness of the Minimal Criterion Impacts Open-Ended Evolution
Soros, L., Cheney, N., Stanley, K.
ALIFE XV, The Fifteenth International Conference on the Synthesis and Simulation of Living Systems, 2016
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Evolving Soft Robots in Tight Spaces
Cheney, N., Bongard, J., Lipson, H.
GECCO2015: Proceedings of the annual conference on Genetic and Evolutionary Computation, 2015
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Automated Vibrational Design and Natural Frequency Tuning of Multi-Material Structures
Cheney, N., Ritz, E., Lipson, H.
GECCO2014: Proceedings of the annual conference on Genetic and Evolutionary Computation, 2014
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Evolved Electrophysiological Soft Robots
Cheney, N., Clune, J., Lipson, H.
ALIFE14: The Fourteenth International Conference on the Synthesis and Simulation of Living Systems, 2014
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Hands-free Evolution of 3D-printable Objects via Eye Tracking
Cheney, N., Clune, J., Yosinski, J., Lipson, H.
arXiv preprint arXiv:1304.4889, 2013
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Unshackling Evolution: Evolving Soft Robots with Multiple Materials and a Powerful Generative Encoding
Cheney, N., MacCurdy, R., Clune, J., Lipson, H.
GECCO2013: Proceedings of the annual conference on Genetic and Evolutionary Computation, 2013
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*this work is credited as having “introduced the evolution of soft robots”

Ablation of Multi-Wavelet Reentry: Agreement between an Evolutionary Computational and a Conceptually Guided Strategy
Celis, S., Cheney, N., Eppstein, M., Benson, B., Spector, P.
unpublished
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(Many of the above publications are also avaliable as chapters in my dissertation)