My name is Jacqueline Heinerman. I’m a PhD student in the Computational Intelligence group at the VU University in Amsterdam since 2015.
I obtained my MSc cum laude in 2012 in Econometrics with a specialization in optimization algorithms. After working as a data consultant at PwC for 2 years, I started a PhD in Evolutionary Robotics within the DREAM project under supervision of Gusz Eiben and Evert Haasdijk.
The field of Evolutionary Robotics aims to evolve the controllers, the morphologies, or both, for real and/or simulated autonomous robots with use of Evolutionary Algorithms.
The DREAM project is a robotic project that incorporates sleep and dream-like processes within cognitive architecture.
This enables an individual robot or groups of robots to consolidate their experience into more useful and generic formats, thus improving their future ability to learn and adapt.
Within this project we (@ the VU) are responsible for the knowledge exchange between robots for a better and faster consolidation of experiences.
Besides the DREAM project, I am/was involved in the following other current activities:
- Tutorial and workshop contributions at conferences for different topics: use of the Tymio robot to perform experiments in the field of Evolutionary Robotics, Social learning and cultural evolution.
- (Assistant) Teacher for the course Evolutionary Computing, which is given at the VU University in September-October.
- Regular supervisor of bachelor and master theses of students at the VU.
- Local chair for the annual Evostar conferences held in Amsterdam in 2017.
- Member of the Organizing Committee of the Responsible Robotics Foundation as a Flex Person, helping out where needed at the moment.
- A awarded project called “Ethical Implications of Self-Improving Intelligent Robots” where we look at the ethical implication and desirability of self-improving robots and the possibilities and necessity to control open-ended learning. This project is funded by the Network Institute and in collaboration with a colleague in the Philosophy department at the VU (Scott Robbins).
My name Jacqueline Heinerman, 2nd year PhD student in the field of Evolutionary Robotics at the VU University in Amsterdam. Evolutionary Robotics aims to evolve the controllers, the morphologies, or both, for real and/or simulated autonomous robots with use of Evolutionary Algorithms.