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Artificial Life Models in Software

Komosinski, Maciej, Adamatzky, Andrew (Eds.)

2nd ed. 2009, XXI, 441 p.

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  • Second edition includes new chapters on Breve, Netlogo and Artificial Chemistry
  • Written by the developers of the software

Artificial Life Models in Software provides an introduction and guide to modern software tools for modeling and simulating life-like phenomena, written by those who personally design and develop software, hardware, and art installations in artificial life, simulated complex systems and virtual worlds.

This timely volume offers a nearly exhaustive overview and original analysis of major non-profit software packages that are actively developed and supported by experts in artificial life and software design. The carefully selected topics include:

• simulation and evolution of real and artificial life forms,

• natural and artificial morphogenesis,

• self-organization,

• models of communication and social behaviors,

• emergent collective behaviors and swarm intelligence,

• agent-based simulations,

• autonomous and evolutionary robotics,

• adaptive, complex and biologically inspired ecosystems,

• artificial chemistries,

• creative computer art.

The models of life presented here are essential components in undergraduate and post-graduate courses in complex adaptive systems, multi-agent systems, collective robotics and nature-inspired computing. Readers interested in artificial life, evolutionary biology, simulation, cybernetics, computer graphics and animation, neuroscience, cognitive science, and philosophy will find this monograph a valuable guide and an excellent resource for supplementary reading.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » 3D graphics - Avida - Dynamics - agent-based model - artificial life - complexity - evolution - evolutionary biology - knowledge - knowledge representation - model - modeling - multi-agent system - simulation - software

Related subjects » Artificial Intelligence - HCI - Image Processing - Information Systems and Applications - Software Engineering - Theoretical Computer Science

Table of contents 

Part I Virtual Environments.- Avida: A Software Platform for Research in Computational Evolutionary Biology.- Foundations of and Recent Advances in Artificial Life Modeling with Repast 3 and Repast Simphony.- Sodarace: Continuing Adventures in Artificial Life.- 3D Multi-Agent Simulations in the Breve Simulation Environment.- Framsticks: Creating and Understanding Complexity of Life.- Part II Lattice Worlds.- Starlogo TNG: Making Agent Based Modeling Accessible and Appealing for Novices.- From Artificial Life to In Silico Medicine: Netlogo as a Means of Translational Knowledge Representation in Biomedical Research.- Discrete Dynamics Lab: Tools for Investigating Cellular Automata and Discrete Dynamical Networks.- EINSTein: A Multiagent-based Model of Combat.- Part III Artificial Chemistries.- From Artificial Chemistries to Systems Biology: Software for Chemical Organization Theory.- Spatially Resolved Artificial Chemistry.- Part IV Artificial Life Arts.- Simulated Breathing – A Framework of Breeding Artifacts on the Computer.- On the Evolution of Sonic Ecosystems.- Enriching Aesthetics with Artificial Life.- Appendix A: Artificial Life Software.- Index

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