Artificial Life X: Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference on the Simulation and Synthesis of Living Systems


Artificial Life is an interdisciplinary effort to investigate the fundamental properties of living systems through the simulation and synthesis of life-like processes in artificial media. The field brings a powerful set of tools to the study of how high-level behavior can arise in systems governed by simple rules of interaction.

This tenth volume marks two decades of research in this interdisciplinary scientific community, a period marked by vast advances in the life sciences. ...

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Artificial Life is an interdisciplinary effort to investigate the fundamental properties of living systems through the simulation and synthesis of life-like processes in artificial media. The field brings a powerful set of tools to the study of how high-level behavior can arise in systems governed by simple rules of interaction.

This tenth volume marks two decades of research in this interdisciplinary scientific community, a period marked by vast advances in the life sciences. The field has contributed fundamentally to our understanding of life itself through computer models, and has led to novel solutions to complex real-world problems—from disease prevention to stock market prediction—across high technology and human society. The proceedings of the biennial A-life conference—which has grown over the years from a small workshop in Santa Fe to a major international meeting—reflect the increasing importance of the work to all areas of contemporary science.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262681629
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/2006
  • Series: Bradford Books Series
  • Pages: 575
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Luis M. Rocha is Associate Professor of Informatics, Computer Science, and Cognitive Science at Indiana University and Director of the Computational Biology Collaboratorium at the Gulbenkian Institute in Portugal.

Larry S. Yaeger is Professor in the School of Informatics at Indiana University.

Mark A. Bedau is Professor of Philosophy and Humanities at Reed College in Portland, Oregon. He is the coeditor of Emergence: Contemporary Readings in Science and Philosophy and Protocells: Bridging Nonliving and Living Matter, both published by the MIT Press in 2008.

Dario Floreano is Director of the Laboratory of Intelligent Systems at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL). He is the coauthor of Evolutionary Robotics: The Biology, Intelligence, and Technology of Self-Organizing Machines (MIT Press, 2000).

Robert L. Goldstone is Professor in the Department of Psychology at Indiana University.

Alessandro Vespignani is Professor of Informatics and Cognitive Science at Indiana University.

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Table of Contents

1 Dynamics of scale-free semi-synchronous boolean networks 1
2 How scale-free type-based networks emerge from instance-based dynamics 8
3 Evolving biological clocks using genetic regulatory networks 15
4 Evolution of repressilators using a biologically-motivated model of gene expression 22
5 A nonlinear continuous stochastic model for genetic regulatory networks : caveats for microrray data analysis 28
6 The role of redundancy in the robustness of random boolean networks 35
7 An endosymbiotic model for modular acquisition in stochastic developmental systems 42
8 Modeling of pattern formation in cell cultures 49
9 Investigating ontogenetic space with developmental cell lineages 56
10 Heterochrony and evolvability in neural network development 63
11 Towards shape and structure optimization with evolutionary development 70
12 Wriggraph : a kinetic graph model that uniformly describes ontogeny and motility of artificial creatures 77
13 A morphogenesis model for multiagent embryogeny 84
14 Connecting genotype with phenotype using the genome template model : pleiotropy, polygenic traits, and life-history strategies 91
15 Modeling recombination's role in the evolution of HIV drug resistance 98
16 An evolutionary model of genotype editing 105
17 A structure of the foothills of the fitness landscape in protein sequence space 112
18 The role of space in the success of coevolutionary learning 118
19 Phat phenotypes for agents in niche construction 125
20 Three characteristics of developmental, self-repairable cellular systems to improve their evolvability 132
21 Experimental studies on interaction among correlated traits 139
22 Quasi-species and aggregate dynamics 145
23 Simulation model of prebiotic evolution of genetic coding 152
24 The role of programmed death in the persistence of life 158
25 Complexity scaling of a minimal functional chemistry 165
26 An approach to constructing qualitative models in computational cell biology using an artificial chemistry based on pattern matching and recombination 172
27 Self-organization of communication in evolving robots 178
28 Measuring spatiotemporal coordination in a modular robotic system 185
29 Let it roll - emerging sensorimotor coordination in a spherical robot 192
30 Synchronization within homogeneous neural modules controlling a simulated hexapod robot 199
31 Incorporating energy expenditure into evolutionary robotics fitness measure 206
32 TOPOS : generalized Braitenberg vehicles that recognize complex real sounds as landmarks 213
33 Automated synthesis of body schema using multiple sensor modalities 220
34 Spontaneous emergence of self-replicating structures in molecube automata 227
35 Developing a reaching behaviour in an simulated anthropomorphic robotic arm through an evolutionary technique 234
36 Towards evolvable hovering flight on a physical ornithopter 241
37 Evolving an integrated phototaxis and hole-avoidance behavior for a swarm-bot 248
38 An improved system for artificial creatures evolution 255
39 Evolution of virtual catapults 262
40 The evolution of structural organization in digital organisms 268
41 Role of inhibitions in neural networks for the orientation behaviour of sand scorpions 275
42 Passive sensing and active sensing of a biomimetic whisker 282
43 A cytoskeletal-based robotic controller 289
44 Alternate recruitment strategies for SDS 296
45 DNA as a medium for storing digital signals 303
46 Noise-mediated intermittent synchronization of collective behaviors in the probabilistic cellular automata model of neural populations 310
47 Measuring informational distances between sensors and sensor integration 316
48 Evolving coordinated behavior by maximizing information structure 323
49 Evolution of neural structure and complexity in a computational ecology 330
50 Relevant information in optimized persistence vs. progeny strategies 337
51 A simple modularity measure for search spaces based on information theory 344
52 Sensorimotor information flow in genetic regulatory network driven control systems 351
53 Influence of the level of polyandry and genetic architecture on division of labour 358
54 On prey grouping and predator confusion in artificial fish schools 365
55 Ideal free distribution in agents with evolved neural architectures 372
56 EPICURE : an agent-based foraging model 379
57 A particle swarm selects for evolution of gliders in non-uniform 2D cellular automata 386
58 On self-regulated swarms, societal memory, speed and dynamics 393
59 Representing classical structures in cellular automata 400
60 Asymmetry between even and odd levels of recursion in a theory of mind 405
61 SWAGES - an extendable distributed experimentation system for large-scale agent-based alife simulations 412
62 Real-time evolving swarms for rapid pattern detection and tracking 419
63 Pushing up the daisies 426
64 Emergence of cooperation in heterogeneous structured populations 432
65 A minimal information prisoner's dilemma on evolving networks 438
66 Game-theoretic robustness in cooperation and prejudice reduction : a graphic measure 445
67 How spatial locality can affect the evolution of niche construction 452
68 Cross-level interactions between conflict resolution and survival games 459
69 A cross-situational learning algorithm for damping homonymy in the guessing game 466
70 Collectivism and the emergence of linguistic universals 473
71 Strategies for fast convergence in semiotic dynamics 480
72 Generalization in languages evolved for mobile robots 486
73 On crossing fitness valleys with the Baldwin effect 493
74 On the influence of lifetime learning on selection pressure 500
75 Learning on a continuum in evolved dynamical node networks 507
76 A life models as epistemic artefacts 513
77 Computational modelling, explicit mathematical treatments, and scientific explanation 520
78 Representations : the hard problem for artificial life 527
79 Is adaptiveness a coherent idea? 534
80 The fallacy of general purpose bio-inspired computing 540
81 Formalising agency-inducing patterns in world dynamics 546
82 Inductive formalization of self reproduction in dynamical hierarchies 553
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