Evolving free-form stick ski jumpers and their neural control systems 
TitleEvolving free-form stick ski jumpers and their neural control systems
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsKomosinski, M, Polak, J
Conference NameProceedings of the National Conference on Evolutionary Computation and Global Optimization
Conference LocationPoland

This paper concerns evolution of stick agents in a simplified ski-jumping task. Both body morphologies and control systems are optimized. Evolutionary processes are performed in a range of conditions: the air drag and the friction of the ramp varies. Qualitative and quantitative analyses are presented that show how jump distance, jump height, and flight trajectory depend on environmental conditions. Jumping and landing strategies are investigated, and the most interesting evolved behaviors are reported.