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Subject: Alife Digest Volume #102
Alife Digest, Number 102
Monday, May 10th 1993
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Metamuse Music Program: Output Available
Workshop on Fluctuations
Job opportunities for Ph.D.'s at JPL
L-Systems Info Needed
BEAM Robot Olympics Results: Sorry, it's gonna be a while...
Conference: Parallel Problem Solving from Nature III
Date: Mon, 10 May 93 21:24:13 -0700
From: liane@CS.UCLA.EDU (Liane Gabora)
Subject: Calendar of Alife-related Events
Workshop On Computational Neurosciences, Austin, TX May 14-15, 1993 v94
European Conf on ALife, Brussels May 24-26, 1993 v82,102
Intnl Workshop on Neural Networks, Barcelona Spain June 9-11, 1993 v76
World Congress on Neural Networks, Portland, OR July 11-15, 1993 v95
Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology, Washington July 7-9, 1993 v84
Fifth Intnl Conf on GAs, Urbana-Champaign IL July 17-22, 1993 v80,100
Dynamically Interacting Robots Workshop Late Aug, 1993 v91
Neural Networks and Telecommunications, Princeton, NJ October 18-20,1993 v100
Fluctuations and Order, Los Alamos, NM Sept 9-12, 1993 v102
Neural Information Processing Systems, Denver, CO Nov 29-Dec 2, 1993 v98
Intnl Conf Knowledge Rep and Reasoning, Bonn, Germany May 24-27, 1994 v101
Simulation of Adaptive Behavior, Brighton, UK Aug 8-12, 1994 v101
Cybernetics and Systems Research, Vienna April 5-8, 1994 v101
Parallel Problem Solving in Nature, Jerusalem, Israel Oct 9-14, 1994 v102
Congress on Medical Informatics, Sao Paulo, Brazil Sept 9-14, 1995 v91
(Send announcements of other activities to firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Thu, 22 Apr 93 00:50:08 MDT
Subject: metamuse output now available
Output from metamuse, an algorithmic composition program employing
autocatalytic set theory, is now available via anonymous ftp at
crl.nmsu.edu in /pub/music/metamuse.cpt.hqx.Z. This file contains the
following Macintosh SND files:
Excerpt from Prelude in C Minor - Johann Sebastian Bach
2. metamuse prelude
Metamuse Composition based on Prelude in C Minor
3. metamuse jazz 1
4. metamuse jazz 2
5. metamuse jazz 3
Dizzy Gillespie rendition of I Can't Get Started - Ira
Gershwin & Vernon Duke)
7. metamuse started
Metamuse Composition based on I Can't Get Started
Miles Davis solo in Bird of Paradise - Charlie Parker
9. metamuse paradise
Metamuse Composition based on Bird of Paradise
The file is approximately 4.3 meg in .hqx form. In the future, I may
port these over to Sun .au format as well, time and space permitting.
The directory also contains an ascii copy of my ICMC paper as well as
other text files. This directory may eventually contain an executable
of metamuse itself. Assuming of course that I toss one together that
I think is publically presentable. Send all questions and comments to
Eric Iverson Internet: email@example.com
Computing Research Lab
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Date: Fri, 30 Apr 93 14:36:25 MDT
Subject: Workshop on Fluctuations
Fluctuations and Order: The New Synthesis
To be held in Los Alamos, New Mexico on September 9-12, 1993
Organizer: Mark Millonas, T13/CNLS/SFI
Advisory Committee: Alan Bishop, Mac Hyman, Alan Lapedes, Mike Simmons
Sponsors: Center for Nonlinear Studies, the Theoretical Division, Los
Alamos National Laboratory, and the Santa Fe Institute
Manifesto: The workshop will focus on a selection of new paradigmatic
examples of the creative role of fluctuations, where noise plays an
active part in the production of complex phenomena by producing
behavior or order which has no deterministic analog. These new ideas
elevate the importance of fluctuations to a new level, where noise should
now be viewed as a source of order and complex behavior in its own right,
and where dynamics and noise must be understood in a synthetic way. The
goal of the workshop will be to promote an understanding of these new
phenomena and principles among researchers of various fields, and to
stimulate a discussion of how these new paradigms should affect or change
our basic understanding of how complex systems work.
Structure of the workshop: A selection of representative topics has been
chosen. Each topic will be reviewed by a principle researcher in that
field, and then illustrated by talks on applications of that topic to
problems in physics, chemistry, biology, and other fields.
Selected review talks: Noise Induced Transitions (Werner Horsthemke,
SMU), Glassy Dynamics (Austin Angell, Arizona State) , Stochastic
Resonance (Mark Dykman, Stanford), Stochastic Chaos (Linda Reichl, Austin),
Small Noise Asymptotics (R. Maier, Arizona), Mesoscopic Systems (Boris
Altshuler*, MIT), Noise Sustained Structures (R. Deissler, NASA).
Other speakers A. Balatsky (Los Alamos), H. Brand (Bayreuth), D. Chialvo
(Santa Fe), C. Doering (Clarkson), R. Fox(Georgia Tech), R. Kapral
(Toronto), L. Lam (San Jose), R. Landauer (IBM), J. Langer (Santa
Barbara)*, K. Lindenberg (UCSD), S. Lloyd (Los Alamos), A. Longtin
(Ottawa), M. Magnasco (Rockefeller), R. Mainieri (Los Alamos), C. Marcus
(Stanford), P. V. E. McClintock (Lancaster), R. Mehr, R. Roy (Georgia
Tech), A. Sanchez (Los Alamos), V. Smelianskiy (Ferris State), D. Stein
(Arizona), N. Van Kampen (Utrecht)*, J. Theiler (Los Alamos), K.
Weisenfield (Georgia Tech)*, P. Wolynes (Illinios) (*unconfirmed)
Contributions: Proposal for presentations in the above or related areas
which fall in to the general framework of the conference are sought from
researchers in all fields. Submissions should be made by sending an
extended abstract to: Mark Millonas, MS B258, LANL, Los Alamos, NM 87545.
email: firstname.lastname@example.org, phone: (505) 665-7816, fax: (505)
665-2659. To be considered for a talk: titles and abstracts must be
received by June 30. To participate in the poster session: titles and
abstracts are due July 28. All submission will be considered for
publication in the proceedings to be published by The Santa Fe Institute
and Addison-Wesley. Papers will be due at the time of the conference.
For a registration form write to:
Fluctuations and Order: The New Synthesis
Center for Nonlinear Studies, MS-B258
Los Alamos National Laboratory
Los Alamos, NM 87545
(505)667-1444 (505)665-2659 (Fax)
or by e-mail, write to "email@example.com"
Noise Induced Transitions: Contrary to common belief that randomness is a
nuisance, a disorganizing influence, external noise can create new
dynamical behavior in a large class of nonlinear systems. Often, noise
gives rise to transitions where a spontaneous structuring of the system
occurs, a structuring that is induced by external randomness and that does
not survive without external fluctuations. These noise-induced transitions
reflect a symbiotic relation of order and fluctuations and force us to
reappraise the role of randomness in complex systems.
Stochastic Resonance: The addition of noise to certain types of driven
systems can paradoxically cause an increase in the signal to noise ratio.
In this case the addition of noise actually causes a signal to become
clearer. Stochastic resonance has been suggested as an explanation of
periodic ice ages, and as an effective biological mechanism for the
amplification of signals in a noisy environment.
Glassy Dynamics: Glassy and other disordered systems have long been known
to display unconventional types of relaxation and transport; the two most
prominent are perhaps non-Arrhenius temperature dependence of a number of
transport properties and non-exponential time dependence of relaxation
after a perturbation. The experimental phenomena and some recent
theoretical attempts to explain them will be reviewed.
Low Noise Asymptotics and Stochastic Chaos: It can be shown that in the
low noise limit a description of stochastic processes in terms of
trajectories which obey a set of Euler-Lagrange equations is possible.
This behaviors is completely unlike the behavior of the deterministic
system, and is capable of complex behavior, such as a transition to chaos,
even when the deterministic system is extremely simple. Stochastic chaos
can be viewed as a generalization of quantum chaos, since all the results
of quantum chaos can be applied to the subset of stochastic systems which
obey detailed balance. However a whole new set of phenomena going beyond
detailed balance exist. One of these is the onset of "focusing" or
stochastic caustics. The analysis of the dynamics of these special
trajectories provides a completely new set of paradigms and tools taken
from nonlinear dynamics to be applied in an attempt to understand the
properties nonlinear noise-driven systems.
Mesoscopic Effects: Mesoscopic systems are ones in which there are at
least two important scales involved. The systems are large in comparison
with some scale, such as the quantum scale, but small on the macroscopic
scale. In such system there is often a highly nontrivial interplay between
dynamics and fluctuations.
Noise-Sustained Structures: In convectively unstable systems external
noise is selectively and spatially amplified giving rise to a
noise-sustained structure. In such a system a coherent spatiotemporal
pattern can emerge from and be sustained by random noise. Since any
spatially extended system with nonzero group velocity is convectively
unstable at the onset of the instability, noise-sustained structures are
expected to be very common in nature.
Date: Sat, 1 May 93 20:43:22 PDT
From: fayyad@aig.Jpl.Nasa.Gov (Usama Fayyad)
Subject: Job opportunities for Ph.D.'s at JPL
Employment Opportunity for Ph.D. Candidates:
The Artificial Intelligence (AI) Group at the Jet Propulsion
Laboratory (JPL), California Institute of Technology is seeking
candidates at the Ph.D. level to join the Machine Learning Research
and Applications subgroup.
A candidate must hold a degree in Computer Science or Electrical
Engineering with an emphasis on machine learning or pattern
recognition. Research experience in one of the following areas is
preferred: classification learning, clustering, adaptive systems,
2-D signal processing, or low-level vision (image processing).
Familiarity with signal processing/estimation, Bayesian analysis,
non-linear regression, or fundamentals of pattern recognition is
desirable; but not required . The ideal candidate should have
demonstrated ability to perform both mathematical analysis and
implementation of computer programs to solve significant AI problems.
The AI Group conducts research and develops applications in the form
of deliverable software packages that are put to use by scientists or
NASA operations personnel. The ML subgroup focusses on applications
of machine learning in analysis of large image databases and in the
automated acquisition of diagnostic knowledge from training data.
The work will involve extending the state-of-the-art in machine
learning as well as applications to real-world problems. Publication
of research at major conferences and journals is strongly encouraged
by JPL and NASA.
Other ongoing efforts in the AI Group involve: intelligent system
monitoring, model-based reasoning, planning and scheduling. If you
are interested in this position, please send a resume, with a list
of publications to the address below. Please include an e-mail
address and copies of only two selected papers that represent your
work best. Please respond by U.S. mail. Use e-mail only to make
brief specific inquiries about this position. Students graduating
before December 1993 are strongly encouraged to apply.
Dr. Usama M. Fayyad
Technical Group Leader,
Artificial Intelligence Group
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, MS 525-3660
California Institute of Technology
Pasadena, California 91109-8099
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Goss Simon)
Subject: ECAL 993
Date: Tue, 4 May 93 11:21:06 MET
2nd European Conference on Artificial Life
SELF-ORGANIZATION AND LIFE, FROM SIMPLE RULES TO GLOBAL COMPLEXITY
Brussels, May 24-26th, 1993
Natural and artificial systems governed by simple rules exhibit self-
organisation leading to autonomy, self-adaptation and evolution. While these
phenomena interest an increasing number of scientists, much remains to be done
to encourage the cross-fertilisation of ideas and techniques. The aim of this
conference is to bring together scientists from different fields in the search
for common rules and algorithms underlying different systems. The following
themes have been selected :
- Origin of life and molecular evolution
- Patterns and rhythms in chemical and biochemical systems and interacting
(neural network, immune system, morphogenesis).
- Sensory and motor activities in animals and robots.
- Collective intelligence in natural and artificial groups
- Ecological communities and evolution .
- Ecological computation.
We are also planning demonstrations of computer programmes, robots and
physico-chemical reactions, both in vivo and in video.
C. Biebricher (Germany), S. Camazine (USA), H. Cruse, P. De Kepper (France),
W. Fontana, N. Franks (UK), F. Hess (Holland),
B. Huberman (USA), S. Kauffman (USA), C. Langton (USA), M. Nowak (UK),
T. Ray (USA), P. Schuster (Germany), M. Tilden (Canada), J. Urbain (Belgium),
F. Varela (France).
J.L. Deneubourg, H. Bersini, S. Goss, G. Nicolis (Universite Libre de
Bruxelles) R. Dagonnier (Universite de Mons-Hainaut).
International Program committee
A. Babloyantz (Belgium), G. Beni (USA), P. Borckmans (Belgium), P.
Bourgine (France), H. Cruse (Germany), G. Demongeot (France), G. Dewel
(Belgium), P. De Kepper (France), S. Forrest (USA), N. Franks (UK),
T. Fukuda (Japan), B. Goodwin (UK), P. Hogeweg (Holland), M. Kauffman
(Belgium), C. Langton (USA), R. Lefever (Belgium), P. Maes (USA),
J.-A. Meyer (France), T. Ray (USA), P. Schuster (Austria), T. Smithers
(Belgium), F. Varela (France), R. Wehner (Germany).
Centre for Non-Linear Phenomena and Complex Systems, CP 231,
Universite Libre de Bruxelles, Bld. du Triomphe, 1050 Brussels, Belgium.
Fax : 32-2-6505767; Phone : 32-2-6505776; 32-2-6505796;
EMAIL : email@example.com
The registration fees for ECAL '93 (May 24-26) are as
Payment before Payment after
May 1st May 1st
Academic: 10.000 BF 12.000 BF
Non-Academic: 12.000 BF 14.000 BF
Student: 6.500 BF 7.500 BF
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CGER (Caisse Generale d'Epargne et de Retraite)
Chaussee de Boondael 466
1050 Bruxelles, Belgium
MONDAY May 24th
09.00 - Inauguration
09.15 - F. Varela : "Organism : a meshwork of selfless selves"
09.45 - G. Nicolis : "Non linear physics and the evolution of complex
10.15 - Coffee
Aspects of Autonomous Behaviour
10.30 - M. Tilden
"Robot jurassic park : primitives to predators"
11.10 - S. Nolfi, D. Parisi
"Auto-teaching : networks that develop their own teaching inputs"
11.40 - B. Webb
"Modelling biological behaviour or 'dumb animals and stupid robots'"
12.10 - Lunch
Patterns & Rhythms
10.40 - E. Presnov, Z. Agur
"Origin and breakdown of synchrony of the cell cycles in early development"
11.10 - A. Hjemfelt, F.W. Schneider, J. Ross
"Parallel computation in coupled chemical kinetic systems"
11.40 - P. de Kepper, P. Rudovics, J.J. Perraud, E. Dulos
"Experiments on Turing structures"
12.20 - M. Braune, H. Engel
"Light-sensitive Belousov-Zhabotinsky reaction - a suitable tool for studies of
nonlinear wave dynamics in active media"
12.50 - V.S. Zykov, S.C. Muller
"Boundary layer kinematical model of autowave patterns in a two-component
13.20 - Lunch
Aspects of Autonomous Behaviour continued
14.20 - H. Hendriks-Jansen
"Natural kinds, autonomous robots and history of use"
14.50 - R. Pfeifer
"Studying emotions : fungus eaters"
15.20 - J.C. Rutkowska
"Ontogenetic constraints on scaling-up sensory-motor systems"
15.50 - G. Deffuant, E. Monneret
"Morphodynamic networks : the example of adaptive fibres"
16.20 - Coffee
Patterns and Rhythms continued
14.20 - J. Kosek, P. Pinkas, M. Marek
"Spatiotemporal patterns in cyclic arrays with and without time delay"
14.50 - J.J. Perraud
"The early years of excitable media from electro-physiology to physical
15.20 - D. Thieffry, R. Thomas
"Logical synthesis of regulatory models"
15.50 - E. Av-Ron, H. Parnas, L.A. Segel
"Modelling bursting neurons of the Lobster cardiac network"
16.20 - Coffee
16.50 - T. Ray
"Evolution and ecology of digital organisms"
17.30 - R. Hightower, S. Forrest, A.S. Perelson
"The evolution of secondary organization in immune system gene libraries"
18.00 - R. Davidge
"Looping as a means to survival : playing Russian Roulette in a harsh
Patterns and Rhythms Continued
17.00 - G.R. Welch
"The computational machinery of the living cell"
17.30 - S. Douady, Y. Couder
A physical investigation of the iterative process of botanical growth"
18.00 - V. Gundlach, L. Demetrius
"Mutation and selection in non linear growth processes"
18.30 - Beer and Sandwiches
19.30 - C. Langton Title to be communicated
20.10 - D. Lestel, L. Bec, J.-L. Lemoigne
"Visible characteristics of living systems: esthetics and artificial life"
20.40 - Discussion on philosophical issues.
22.00 - Close
TUESDAY May 25th
Origins of life & molecular evolution
09.00 - P. Schuster
"Sequences and shapes of biopolymers"
09.40 - P.L. Luisi, P.A. Vonmont-Bachmann, M. Fresta
"Chemical autopoiesis : Self-replicating micelles and vesicles"
10.10 - C. Biebricher
"Requirements for template activity of RNA in RNA replication"
10.50 - Coffee
11.10 - M.A. Huynen, P. Hogeweg
"Evolutionary dynamics and the relation between RNA structure and RNA
11.40 - W. Fontana
"Constructive dynamical systems"
12.20 - Lunch
Dynamics of Human Societies
09.00 - B. Huberman, N.S. Glance
"Social dilemnas and fluid organizations"
09.40 - T.A. Brown
"Political life on a lattice"
10.10 - A. Meier-Koll, E. Bohl
"Time-structure analysis in a village community of Columbian Indians"
10.40 - Coffee
11.10 - R. Beckers, J.L. Deneubourg, S. Goss, R. King
"Self-organised groups of interacting Robots"
11.40 - C. Numaoka
"Collective alteration of strategic type"
12.10 - S. Rasmussen
"Engineering based on self-organisation"
12.40 - T. Shibata, T. Fukuda
"Coordinative balancing in evolutionary multi-agent-robot System using genetic
13.10 - Lunch
14.00 - 18.00 Poster & Demonstration Session (Robots, Videos,
Chemical reactions, ...)
14.10 - A. Collie "A tele-operated robot with local autonomy"
14.40 - F. Hess "Moving sound creatures"
16.00 - Coffee
18.00 - Talk by Professor I. Prigogine
18.45 - Cocktail
20.00 - Banquet
WEDNESDAY May 26th
09.00 - N.R. Franks
"Limited rationality in the organization of societies of ants, robots and
09.40 - B. Corbara, A. Drogoul, D. Fresneau, S. Lalande
"Simulating the sociogenesis process in ant colonies with manta"
10.10 - J.L. Deneubourg
"In search of simplicity"
10.40 - Coffee
11.10 - L. Edelstein Keshet
"Trail following as an adaptable mechanism for population behaviour"
11.40 - I. Chase
"Hierarchies in animal and human societies"
12.10 - H. Gutowitz
12.40 - Lunch
Sensory and Motor Activity
09.00 - H. Cruse, G. Cymbalyuk, J. Dean
"A walking machine using coordinating mechanisms of three different animals:
stick insect, cray fish and cat"
09.40 - D.E. Brunn, J. Dean, J. Schmitz
"Simple rules governing leg placement by the stick insect during walking"
10.10 - D. Cliff, P. Husbands, I. Harvey
"Analysis of evolved sensory-motor controllers"
10.40 - Coffee
Ecosystems & Evolution
11.00 - M. Nowak
"Evolutionary and spatial dynamics of the prisoner's dilemma"
11.40 - K. Lindgren, M.G. Nordahl
"Evolutionary dynamics of spatial games"
12.10 - P.M. Todd
12.40 - G. Weisbuch, G. Duchateau
"Emergence of mutualism : application of a differential model to endosymbiosis"
13.10 - Lunch
Collective Intelligence continued
14.20 - M.J. Mataric, M.J. Marjanovic
"Synthesizing complex behaviors by composing simple primitives"
"Antichaos in ants : the excitability metaphor at two hierarchical levels"
15.20 - S. Camazine
"Collective intelligence in insect societies by means of self-organization"
16.00 - Coffee
16.30 - S. Focardi
"Dynamics of mammal groups"
17.00 - A. Stevens
Modelling and simulations of the gliding and aggregation of myxobacteria"
17.30 - O. Steinbock, F. Siegert, C.J. Weijer, S.C. Muller
"Rotating cell motion and wave propagation during the developmental cycle of
Ecosystems and Evolution continued
14.20 - S. Kauffman
Title to be communicated
14.50 - M. Bedau, A. Bahm
"The Evolution of diversity"
15.20 - J. Stewart
"The immune system : emergent self-assertion in an autonomous network"
15.50 - Coffee
16.20 - J. Urbain
"The dynamics of the immune response"
17.00 - Behn, K. Lippert, C. Muller, L. van Hemmen, B. Sulzer.
"Memory in the immune system : synergy of different strategies"
18.00 - Closing Remarks
20.00 - Epistemological Conference
(in french, open to the public, room 2215, Campus Solbosch)
"La Vie Artificielle : une Vie en dehors des Vivants. Utopie ou Realite?"
Intervenants : G. Nicolis, F. Varela, I. Stengers, J. De Rosnay.
22.00 - Close
Poster Session (Tuesday May 25th, 14.00 - 18.00)
Patterns & Rhythms
"Chaotic signal processing in nerve cells"
M. Dumont, G. Cheron, E. Godaux
"Non-linear forecasting of cats eye movement time series"
M. Gomez-Gesteira, A. P. Munuzuri, V. P. Munuzuri, V. Perez-Villar
"Vortex drift induced by an electric field in excitable media"
"Self-organization of formal neurons described by the second maximum entropy
"Simulation of 3 dimensional turing patterns related to early biological
Lj. Kolar-Anic, Dj. Misljenovic, S. Anic
"Mechanism of the Bray-Liebhafsky reaction : effect of the reduction of iodate
ion by hydrogen peroxide"
V. Krinsky, K. Aglaze, L. Budriene, G. Ivanitsky, V. Shakhbazyan, M. Tsyganov
"Wave mechanisms of pattern formation in microbial populations"
J. Luck, H.B. Luck
"Can phyllotaxis be controlled by a cellular program ?"
E.D. Lumer, B.A. Huberman
"Binding hierarchies : a basis for dynamic perceptual grouping"
O.C. Martin, J.C. Letelier
"Hebbian neural networks which topographically self-organize"
"Multiplicity of stationary patterns in an array of chemical oscillators"
A.S. Mikhailov, D. Meinkohn
"Self-motion in physico-chemical systems far from thermal equilibrium"
A.F. Munster, D. Snita, P. Hasal, M. Marek
"Spatial and spatiotemporal patterns in the ionic brusselator"
"Geometrical dynamics for morphogenesis"
"Memory far from equilibrium"
Origins of Life & Molecular Evolution
Y. Almirantis, S. Papageorgiou
"Long or short range correlations in DNA sequences ?"
R. Costalat, J.-P. Morillon, J. Burger
"Effect of self-association on the stability of metabolic units"
"A primordial soup environment"
"On the appeals and dangers of synthetic reductionism"
"Intelligence under the viewpoint of the concepts of complementary and
"Wetware as a bridge between computer engineering and biology"
B. Mc Mullin
"What is a universal constructor ?"
Aspects of Autonomous Behaviour
D. Cliff, S. Bullock
"Adding 'foveal vision' to Wilson's animat"
O. Holland, M. Snaith
"Generalization, world modelling, and optimal choice : improving reinforcement
learning in real robots"
J.J. Merelo, A. Moreno, A. Etxeberria
"Artificial organisms with adaptive sensors"
F. Mondada, P.F. Verschure
"Modelling system-environment interaction : the complementary roles of
simulation and real world artifacts"
"Statistical factors in behaviour learning"
B. Yamauchi, R. Beer
"Escaping static and cyclic behaviour in autonomous agents"
N. Magome, Y. Yonezawa, K. Yoshikawa
"Self-excitable molecula-assembly towards the development of neuro-computer,
intelligent sensor and mechanochemical transducer"
H. de Garis
"Evolving a replicator"
G. Kampis "Coevolution in the computer : the necessity and use of
distributed code systems"
Dynamics of Human Societies
S. Margarita, A. Beltratti
"Co-evolution of trading strategies in an on-screen stock market"
A. Ali Cherif
"Collective behaviour for a micro-colony of robots"
S. Goss, J.-L. Deneubourg, R. Beckers, J.-L. Henrotte
"Recipes of collective movement"
T. Ueyama, T. Fukuda
"Structure organization of cellular robot based on genetic information"
G. De Schutter, E. Nuyts
"Birds use self-organized social behaviours to regulate their daily dispersal
over wide areas : evidences from gull roosts"
"Swarm field dynamics and functional morphogenesis"
Z. Penzes, I. Karsai
"Round shape combs produced by stigmergic scripts in social wasp"
"Collective vigilance as an example of self-organisation : a precise study on
the wild boar (Sus scrofa)"
"A knowledge tracking algorithm for generating collective behaviour in
T.R. Stickland, C.M.N. Tofts, N.R. Franks
"Algorithms & collective decisions in ants : information exchange, numbers of
individuals and search limits"
"Modelling spinal organization of motor behaviors in the frog"
"A new model of visual processing based on space-time
coupling in the retina"
S. Mikami, H. Tano, Y. Kakazu
"An autonomous legged robot that learns to walk through simulated evolution"
U. Nehmzov, B. McGonigle
"Robot navigation by light"
Ecosystems & Evolution
G. Baier, J.S. Thomsen, E. Mosekilde
"Chaotic hierarchy in a model of competing populations"
"Patterns of interactions in shared environments"
"Theoretical and practical investigations of lake biopopulations"
"Ecology of evolutionary game strategies"
T. Kim, K. Stuber
"Patterns of cluster formation and evolutionary activity in evolving L-systems"
"The effect of dispersal on the evolution of artificial parasites"
B.V. Williams, D.G. Bounds
"Learning and evolution in populations of backprop networks"
"Fixed point stability in idiotypic immune networks"
E. Muraille, M. Kauffman
"The role of antigen presentation for the TH1 versus TH2 immune response"
E. Vargas-Madrazo, J.C. Almagro, F. Lara-Ochoa, M.A. Jimenez-Montano
"Amino acids patterns in the recognition site of immunoglobulins"
Date: Wed, 13 Jan 93 10:37:09 GMT
Subject: Re: L Systems Info Needed
This is JJ Merelo, from Granada, Spain. I have endeavoring to create
what you could call a virtual forest, with realistic-looking plants in 3D.
I have already met references by Prusinkiewicz and Oppenheimer (in
Alife #1), and found some software for Sun in the alife ftp site called
lsys. I have been scanning old issues of IEEE Computer Graphics & Apps, for
references on the subject of 3d design of realistic-looking plants.
Are there any more references on the subjects? Is anybody working
on a similar subject?
Thanks a lot...I'll compile all references and/or people working
on the topic and post them.
Depto. Electronica y Tecnologia de Computadores
Ftad. de Ciencias
Campus Fuentenueva, s/n
18071- Granada (Spain)
Phone: 34-58-243162; (Home) 34-58-133373
Date: Fri, 7 May 93 09:16:35 -0400
From: "Mark W. Tilden"
Subject: BEAM Robot Olympics Results: Sorry, it's gonna be a while...
For those that don't know already, the 2nd International BEAM Robot
Olympic Games finished April 22-25th weekend to some satisfying results.
160 roboticists and as many machines displayed before record public crowds
at the Ontario Science Centre in Toronto, Canada. Amazingly enough,
competitions and lectures actually happened on time and mostly as scheduled,
prizes went out and we only lost one organizer due to electrocution.
Overall the show was delightfully surprising, one of the main features
being that few (if any) of the robots resembled each other at all. Everywhere
there was something wierd and interesting. Although many displayed
semi-functional designs, the real attractions were the people who worked
feverishly getting their devices running in time for events. Massive
good-natured cheating, development and advice-swapping occurred amongst
the participants, and the crowd looked on with facination at mini
machine shops, dexterous robot sea urchins, flying dolly-parton machines,
singing trash cans, piddling globes, mechanical vegetables, solar roller
coasters, 4-bar walkers, lego dogs, twitching robot ecologies, and self
mobile floor polishers.
Like I said, interesting.
Well, following the show, it turns out there's just a tonne of work
to compile it all. It's going to be a few weeks I think. During that
time we'll be compiling videos, making the new rule sets available by FTP,
and sorting out the details for next time. The next show is tentatively
scheduled for March Break, 1994, at the OSC again, although if people
hold true to their promise of entering, we might have to rent out the
I'd like to give a warm thanks to all the sponsors for the show; the UofW
IEEE Student Chapter, ITRC Ont., The OSC, BCS Electronics, Mondotronics CA,
and the Un. of Waterloo Math and Computer Science Department.
And special thanks to all those University students and friends who showed
grace under pressure, sacrificed their weekend, and even missed Star
Trek to help out. Good doggies. Have a biscuit. :)
Also thanks to the international range of competitors who came with their
mechanized miracles and enthusiasm. It was great to meet you and share
ideas, however briefly. May your soldering irons never grow cold.
Advice on next years competition is welcome. We already know about the
name tags, but as 60% of our competitors didn't register until the
second day of the show it was kind of hard. It'll never be essential,
but next time, file your entrance forms early, willya? One faux pas I
will admit to is not organizing any nightlife activity. I'd just assumed
netters would just congregate somewhere by word of mouth, but I guess things
were just too hectic for that. Next time, definitely.
From: Hans-Paul Schwefel
Date: Fri, 7 May 93 15:52:20 +0200
Subject: Conference: Parallel Problem Solving from Nature III
The third international conference on
Parallel Problem Solving from Nature
Call for Papers
The third international conference on Parallel Problem Solving from Nature
(PPSN III) will be held in Jerusalem, Israel between 9-14th October, 1994.
This meeting will bring together an international community from academia,
government and industry interested in algorithms suggested by the unifying
theme of natural computation.
Natural computation is a common name for the design, theoretical and
empirical understanding of algorithms gleaned from nature. Characteristic
for natural computation is the metaphorical use of concepts, principles and
mechanisms underlying natural systems. Examples are genetic algorithms,
evolutionary programming and evolution strategies inspired by the
evolutionary processes of mutation, recombination, and natural selection
in biology, simulated annealing inspired by many--particle systems
in physics, and algorithms inspired by multi--cellular systems like neural
and immune networks.
Topics of particular interest include, but are not limited to:
evolution strategies, evolutionary programming,
genetic algorithms and classifier systems,
other forms of evolutionary computation,
simulated annealing, neural and immune networks,
machine learning and optimization using these methods,
their relations to other learning paradigms,
and mathematical description of their behaviour.
An emphasized theme of the conference will be the successful application
of these techniques to solve real problems in manufacturing, design,
planning and engineering.
The conference will be held in a kibbutz 10 min. from the old city of Jerusalem
on top of the Judea mountain ridge overlooking Bet-Lehem and Jerusalem.
The conference programme will include visits to historical, religious and
contemporary monuments in Israel.
1 February 1994: Submissions due
30 April 1994: Notification to authors
1 June 1994: Revised, final camera-ready papers due
9--14 October 1994: Conference dates
PPSN-94 Conference committee:
Conference Chair: Y. Davidor (Israel)
Programme Co-Chairpersons: H.-P. Schwefel (Germany)
R. Maenner (Germany)
Official Organizer & travel Arrangements:
Ortra Ltd., 2 Kaufman St.,
POBox 50432, Tel-Aviv 61500, Israel.
Tel. : +972-3-66.48.25
FAX : +972-3-510.21.98
For questions regarding the programme, please contact one of the programme
co-chairs. For any traveling or organizational query please contact
Mr. Daniel Tidar of Ortra stating clearly the conference name and date.
End of ALife Digest