Evolution Park is an evolutionary robotics testbed
The facilities support a variety of research activities involving
evolutionary algorithms (EAs) and robotics, including:
optimization of physical properties and software parameters;
enhancement of robustness and resiliency by target systems to
adverse conditions during evolutionary runs;
and investigation of research questions in evolutionary biology
with relevance to the design of robotic systems.
The testbed includes multiple water tanks for testing aquatic
robots, a multimaterial 3D printer for fabricating parts,
two parallel computing clusters for evolutionary runs;
MSU EvoRally, a 1:5-scale truck with a top speed of 60 mph.
Funding is primarily provided by the National Science Foundation
with additional support from the Office of Naval Research and the
Air Force Research Laboratory.