Evolving Reusable Neural Modules (2004)
Topology and Weight Evolving Artificial Neural Networks (TWEANNs) have been shown to be powerful in nonlinear optimization tasks such as double pole-balancing. However, if the input, output, or network structures are high dimensional, the search space may be too large to search efficiently. If the symmetries inherent in many large domains were correctly identified and used to break the problem down into simpler sub-problems (to be solved in parallel), evolution could proceed more efficiently, spending less time solving the same sub-problems more than once. In this paper, a coevolutionary modular neuroevolution method, Modular NeuroEvolution of Augmenting Topologies (Modular NEAT), is developed that automatically performs this decomposition during evolution. By reusing neural substructures in a scalable board game domain, modular solution topologies arise, making evolutionary search more efficient.
In Proceedings of the Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference, 2004.

Risto Miikkulainen Faculty risto [at] cs utexas edu
Joseph Reisinger Former Ph.D. Student joeraii [at] cs utexas edu
Kenneth Stanley Postdoctoral Alumni kstanley [at] cs ucf edu