BrainCrafter: An investigation into human-based neural network engineering

Jan Piskur, Peter Greve, Julian Togelius, Sebastian Risi

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    Abstract

    This paper presents the online application Brain-Crafter, in which users can manually build artificial neural networks (ANNs) to control a robot in a maze environment. Users can either start to construct networks from scratch or elaborate on networks created by other users. In particular, BrainCrafter was designed to study how good we as humans are at building ANNs for control problems and if collaborating with other users can facilitate this process. The results in this paper show that (1) some users were in fact able to successfully construct ANNs that solve the navigation tasks, (2) collaboration between users presented difficulties and (3) the human-developed ANNs that managed to solve the task had certain regularities, suggesting that humans can use some of their intuition and spatial understanding in the design of ANNs. Most importantly, the initial results in this paper can serve as a starting point for investigating how to best combine human and machine design capabilities to create more complex artificial brains.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Title of host publication2015 IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation, CEC 2015 - Proceedings
    PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
    Pages2199-2206
    Number of pages8
    ISBN (Electronic)9781479974924
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Sep 10 2015
    EventIEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation, CEC 2015 - Sendai, Japan
    Duration: May 25 2015May 28 2015

    Publication series

    Name2015 IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation, CEC 2015 - Proceedings

    Other

    OtherIEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation, CEC 2015
    CountryJapan
    CitySendai
    Period5/25/155/28/15

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Computer Science Applications
    • Computational Mathematics

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    Piskur, J., Greve, P., Togelius, J., & Risi, S. (2015). BrainCrafter: An investigation into human-based neural network engineering. In 2015 IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation, CEC 2015 - Proceedings (pp. 2199-2206). [7257156] (2015 IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation, CEC 2015 - Proceedings). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/CEC.2015.7257156