Artificial Life Models in Software

Editors: Adamatzky, Andrew, Komosinski, Maciej (Eds.)

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Artificial Life Models in Software presents software tools, environments and realities dealing with creation, imitation and analysis of artefactual, virtual and living forms, written by those who personally design and produce 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 artificial life software packages. The carefully selected topics include:

· simulation of real and imaginary life forms and their evolution

· self-organization

· emergent behaviours

· swarm intelligence

· evolutionary robotics

· agent-based simulations

· adaptive, complex and biologically inspired ecosystems

· creative computer art

There has long been a need within the academic and research community for an informal introduction and guidance to modern software tools for modelling and simulation of life-like phenomena – Artificial Life Models in Software fills this gap and provides invaluable information to both professional and amateur readers, offering detailed reviews of contemporary software for artificial life.


From the reviews:

"Artificial Life Models in software is a unique book that showcases a variety of freely available software for artificial life simulations. … It will be valuable for many related to artificial life, especially as an introductory reading for students … . It will also be a nice informative reference for professional researchers and educators. … I would like to recommend Artificial life models in software to whoever is interested in artificial life … ." (Hiroki Sayama, Artificial Life, Issue 13, 2007)

Table of contents (5 chapters)

  • Avida: Evolution Experiments with Self-Replicating Computer Programs

    Charles Ofria, Claus O. Wilke

    Pages 3-35

  • Escaping the Accidents of History: An Overview of Artificial Life Modeling with Repast

    Michael J. North, Charles M. Macal

    Pages 115-141

  • EINSTein: A Multiagent-based Model of Combat

    Andrew Ilachinski

    Pages 143-185

  • StarLogo: A Programmable Complex Systems Modeling Environment for Students and Teachers

    Andrew Begel, Eric Klopfer

    Pages 187-209

  • Exploring Cellular Automata with MCell

    Mirek Wojtowicz

    Pages 233-261

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Artificial Life Models in Software
  • Andrew Adamatzky
  • Maciej Komosinski
Springer-Verlag London
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag London
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Number of Pages
XII, 344
Number of Illustrations and Tables
173 b/w illustrations, 16 illustrations in colour