Neuro-Evolving Robotic Operatives, or NERO for short, is a unique computer game that lets you play with adapting intelligent agents hands-on. Evolve your own robot army by tuning their artificial brains for challenging tasks, then pit them against your friends’ teams in online competitions!

NERO is a result of an academic research project in artificial intelligence based on the rtNEAT algorithm, which evolved increasingly complex artificial neural networks in real time. It is also a platform for future research on intelligent agent technology. The NERO project is run by the Neural Networks Group of the Department of Computer Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin.


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Kenneth O. Stanley and Bobby D. Bryant and Risto Miikkulainen, Real-time Neuroevolution in the NERO Video GameIEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation. IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation, volume 9, number 6, pages 653-668. IEEE Press: Piscataway, NJ.