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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,
• 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
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