Research into Adaptive Systems takes biological systems as sources of inspiration for the synthesis of artificial systems.
Adaptive Systems Research is highly biologically-inspired, i.e. taking biological systems as major sources of inspiration for the synthesis of artificial systems (software and robotic agents).
Example application areas for such adaptive systems are robots in therapy and education, football-playing 'Robocup' agents, intelligent virtual environments, 'affective' and expressive interfaces between humans and machines, robotic agents that can learn by imitation, or simulations of 'virtual primates'.
Those involved in this field form a highly interdisciplinary group.