On Growth, Form and Computers

Edited By

  • Sanjeev Kumar, Department of Computer Science, University College London, U.K.
  • Peter Bentley, University College London, U.K.


Academic researchers and students in evolutionary biology, developmental biology, anatomy, and computer science, artificial life, and evolutionary computation.


Book information

  • Published: October 2003
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-428765-5


"The book has all the materials--case studies from the seashore, the growing flower-garden, and desert-striding camels; background engineering and developmental genetics; as well as conceptual and inspirational pieces--to equip the biologists and computer scientists who will take the subject forward." -Mark Ridley, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, UK

Table of Contents

An Introduction to Computational Development Relationships Between Development and EvolutionThe Principles of Cell Signalling From Genotype to Phenotype Plasticity & Reprogramming of Differentiated Cells in Amphibian Regeneration Qualitative Modelling & Simulation of Developmental Regulatory Networks Models for Pattern Formation & the Position-Specific Activation of Genes Signalling in Multicellular Models of Plant Development Computing An Organism Broken Symmetries & Biological Patterns Using Mechanics to Map Genotype to PhenotypeHow Synthetic Biology Provides Insights into Contact-Mediated Lateral Inhibition & other Mechanisms The Evolution of Evolvability Artificial Genomes as Models of Gene Regulation Evolving the Program for a Cell Combining Developmental Processes & Their Physics in an Artificial Evolutionary System to Evolve Shapes Evolution of Differentiated Multi-threaded Digital Organisms Artificial Life Models of Neural Development Evolving Computational Neural Systems Using Synthetic Developmental Mechanisms A Developmental Model for the Evolution of Complete Autonomous Agents Harnessing Morphogenesis Evolvable Hardware