SuperDuperWalker is a software-based framework, developed by Jon Klein, Kyle Harrington, and Lee Spector, for experiments on the evolution of locomotion. It simulates the behavior of evolving agents in a 3D physical simulation environment and displays this behavior in real time. A genetic algorithm controls the evolution of the agents. Students manipulate parameters with a graphical user interface and plot outputs using standard utilities. The software supports an inquiry cycle that has been piloted in CS193T: Biocomputational Developmental Ecology at Hampshire College.
This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0308540 and Grant No. 0216344.