On Growth, Form and Computers

On Growth, Form and Computers

1st Edition - October 3, 2003
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  • Editors: Sanjeev Kumar, Peter Bentley
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080497587

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Conceived for both computer scientists and biologists alike, this collection of 22 essays highlights the important new role that computers play in developmental biology research. Essays show how through computer modeling, researchers gain further insight into developmental processes. Featured essays also cover their use in designing computer algorithms to tackle computer science problems in areas like neural network design, robot control, evolvable hardware, and more. Peter Bentley, noted for his prolific research on evolutionary computation, and Sanjeev Kumar head up a respected team to guide readers through these very complex and fascinating disciplines.

Key Features

* Covers both developmental biology and computational development -- the only book of its kind!
* Provides introductory material and more detailed information on BOTH disciplines
* Includes contribututions from Richard Dawkins, Lewis Wolpert, Ian Stewart, and many other experts


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

Table of Contents

  • An Introduction to Computational Development
    Relationships Between Development and Evolution
    The 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 Phenotype
    How 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

Product details

  • No. of pages: 472
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2003
  • Published: October 3, 2003
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080497587

About the Editors

Sanjeev Kumar

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Computer Science, University College London, U.K.

Peter Bentley

Peter J. Bentley is a Honorary Research Fellow at University College London, known for his research covering all aspects of EC, including multiobjective optimization, constraint handling, artificial immune systems, computational embryology and more, and applied to diverse applications including floor-planning, control, fraud-detection, and music composition. He speaks regularly at international conferences, and is a consultant, convenor, chair and reviewer for workshops, conferences, journals and books on Evolutionary Design and Evolutionary Computation. He has been a guest editor of special issues on Evolutionary Design and Creative Evolutionary Systems in journals, and is the editor of the book Evolutionary Design by Computers (MKP) and is the author of the popular science book, Digital Biology, to publish in May 2001.

Affiliations and Expertise

University College London, U.K.