Emergent organisation in colonies of simple automata

I. W. Marshall, C. M. Roadknight

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We have simulated a colony of approx 3000 simple automata, with interaction behaviours that attempt to emulate those observed in stromatolite building microbes. The colony is able to maintain a diverse genome that can metabolise large quantities of up to 100 different nutrient molecules simultaneously. Group organisations that process short lived molecules more rapidly than others readily emerge under the correct conditions. We have applied the lessons to the control and management of a distributed communications system.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • General Computer Science


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