Evolutionary Algorithms and the Control of Systems
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Control of systems may reasonably be viewed as a branch of cybernetics as defined by Wiener: the “science of control and communication in the animal and the machine”. One of its central subjects is that of control, and particularly feedback control of autonomous robots which is one of our core areas of concern. Indeed, when Wiener gave the new discipline of Cybernetics a name in 1948 he made use of the Greek word for steersman, κυβερνήτης; he arrived at this term through the etymology of the word “governor”, a popular term used for the first widely used feedback device (Wiener 1948). Feedback control then is a topic of central importance in our understanding of biological and mechanical systems and in the design of robots and other machinery for the manipulation of our environment.