Bio-Inspired Computing Machines
Toward Novel Computational Architectures


    Bio-Inspired Computing Machines

    Toward Novel Computational Architectures


    Daniel Mange and Marco Tomassini (Eds.)

    D. Mange, professor at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology
    M. Tomassini, professor at the University of Lausanne


    Presses polytechniques et universitaires romandes, Lausanne


    This volume, written by experts in the field, gives a modern, rigorous and unified presentation of the application of biological concepts to the design of novel computing machines and algorithms.
    While science has as its fundamental goal the understanding of Nature, the engineering disciplines attempt to use this knowledge to the ultimate benefit of Mankind. Over the past few decades this gap has narrowed to some extent. A growing group of scientists has begun engineering artificial worlds to test and probe their theories, while engineers have turned to Nature, seeking inspiration in its workings to construct novel systems.
    The organization of living beings is a powerful source of ideas for computer scientists and engineers. This book studies the construction of machines and algorithms based on natural processes: biological evolution, which gives rise to genetic algorithms, cellular development, which leads to self-replicating and self-repairing machines, and the nervous system in living beings, which serves as the underlying motivation for artificial learning systems, such as neural networks.


    This book is unique for the following reasons:
    - It follows a unified approach to bio-inspiration based on the so-called POE model: phylogeny (evolution of species), ontogeny (development of individual organisms), and epigenesis (life-time learning).
    - It is largely self-contained, with an introduction to both biological mechanisms (POE) and digital hardware (digital systems, cellular automata).
    - It is mainly applied to computer hardware design.


    Undergraduate and graduate students, researchers, engineers, computer scientists, and communication specialists.



    1 An Introduction to Bio-Inspired Machines
    2 An Introduction to Digital Systems
    3 An Introduction to Cellular Automata
    4 Evolutionary Algorithms and their Applications
    5 Programming Cellular Machines by Cellular Programming
    6 Multiplexer-Based Cells
    7 Demultiplexer-Based Cells
    8 Binary Decision Machine-Based Cells
    9 Self-Repairing Molecules and Cells
    10 L-hardware: Modeling and Implementing Cellular Development using L-systems
    11 Artificial Neural Networks: Algorithms and Hardware Implementation
    12 Evolution and Learning in Autonomous Robotic Agents


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