On Growth, Form and Computers

On Growth, Form and Computers

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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.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 472 pages
  • 188 x 246 x 28mm | 1,238.32g
  • Academic Press Inc
  • San Diego, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • Approx. 200 illustrations; Illustrations, unspecified
  • 0124287654
  • 9780124287655

Review quote

"The book has all the materials...to equip the biologists and computer scientists who will take the subject forward."
-Mark Ridley, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, UK
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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
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About Sanjeev Kumar

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.
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