Cooperation of Nature and Physiologically Inspired Mechanisms in Visualisation

Cooperation of Nature and Physiologically Inspired Mechanisms in Visualisation

Mohammad Majid al-Rifaie (Goldsmiths, University of London, UK), Ahmed Aber (The Royal Free Hospital, London, UK) and John Mark Bishop (Goldsmiths, University of London, UK)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-0942-6.ch003
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A novel approach of integrating two swarm intelligence algorithms is considered, one simulating the behaviour of birds flocking (Particle Swarm Optimisation) and the other one (Stochastic Diffusion Search) mimics the recruitment behaviour of one species of ants – Leptothorax acervorum. This hybrid algorithm is assisted by a biological mechanism inspired by the behaviour of blood flow and cells in blood vessels, where the concept of high and low blood pressure is utilised. The performance of the nature-inspired algorithms and the biologically inspired mechanisms in the hybrid algorithm is reflected through a cooperative attempt to make a drawing on the canvas. The scientific value of the marriage between the two swarm intelligence algorithms is currently being investigated thoroughly on many benchmarks, and the results reported suggest a promising prospect (al-Rifaie, Bishop & Blackwell, 2011). It may also be discussed whether or not the artworks generated by nature and biologically inspired algorithms can possibly be considered as computationally creative.
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After a brief introduction to communication in social systems, this section introduces two swarm intelligence algorithms as well as their integration strategy, followed by the simplified mechanism of blood vessel and blood flow.

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Chapter 1
Rachel Zuanon
The bio-interfaces are widening the notions of complexity, affectiveness, and naturalness to an organic scale, in which the physiological... Sample PDF
Bio-Interfaces: Designing Wearable Devices to Organic Interactions
Chapter 2
Mark Stock
While fluid flow is a ubiquitous phenomenon on both Earth’s surface and elsewhere in the cosmos, its existence, as a mathematical field quantity... Sample PDF
Flow Simulation with Vortex Elements
Chapter 3
Mohammad Majid al-Rifaie, Ahmed Aber, John Mark Bishop
A novel approach of integrating two swarm intelligence algorithms is considered, one simulating the behaviour of birds flocking (Particle Swarm... Sample PDF
Cooperation of Nature and Physiologically Inspired Mechanisms in Visualisation
Chapter 4
Kuai Shen Auson
Ants represent a natural superorganism, an autopoietic machine, much like the human society. Nevertheless, the ant society stands out due to... Sample PDF
0h!m1gas: A Biomimetic Stridulation Environment
Chapter 5
Hironori Yoshida
The recent movement from mass production to mass customization enabled by digital fabrication has opened the door for new typologies in architecture... Sample PDF
Bridging Synthetic and Organic Materiality: Gradient Transitions in Material Connections
Chapter 6
Scott Hessels
While nature has often inspired art, a subset of artists has given the natural world an even more influential role in the outcome of their work.... Sample PDF
Sustainable Cinema: The Moving Image and the Forces of Nature
Chapter 7
Seeing the Unseen  (pages 105-124)
Eve Andrée Laramée, Kalyan Chakravarthy Thokala, Donna Webb, Eunsu Kang, Matthew Kolodziej, Peter Niewiarowski, Yingcai Xiao
The Synapse Group at the University of Akron was formed to explore enlightened collaborations between art and science, and to probe the ideas... Sample PDF
Seeing the Unseen
Chapter 8
Cris Orfescu
This chapter is an attempt to introduce NanoArt. It goes back in time to the first uses of nanomaterials and nanotechnologies to create art and... Sample PDF
NanoArt: Nanotechnology and Art
Chapter 9
Wolfgang Schneider
It has been generally accepted in art history that nature ranks as master and ideal of the arts. Everybody knows examples of nature-related artworks... Sample PDF
Nature Related Computerkunst
Chapter 10
Collin Hover
This chapter explores the use of code, form, and interactivity in translating biological objects into mathematically generated digital environments.... Sample PDF
Biological Translation: Virtual Code, Form, and Interactivity
Chapter 11
Anna Ursyn
This chapter is focused on creating the visual approach to natural processes, concepts, and events, rather than their description for learning. It... Sample PDF
Looking at Science through Water
Chapter 12
Anna Ursyn
“Visual Tweet: nature inspired visual statements” explores connections between science, computing, and art in a similar way as it is done in the... Sample PDF
Visual Tweet: Nature Inspired Visual Statements
Chapter 13
Jean Constant
This chapter describes the digitalization process of 19th century scientific representations from the Japanese culture – a set of mathematical... Sample PDF
Digital Approaches to Visualization of Geometric Problems in Wooden Sangaku Tablets
Chapter 14
Hans Dehlinger
Small, densely arranged elements in large numbers are frequently observed phenomena in nature. The author uses an arbitrarily chosen stretch of... Sample PDF
Drawings from Small Beginnings
Chapter 15
Scottie Chih-Chieh Huang, Shen-Guan Shih
MSOrgm (Huang, 2009), SSOrgan, and LBSkeleton (Huang, 2011) were created to contain computation, aesthetic, and structural characteristics to employ... Sample PDF
On the Designing and Prototyping of Kinetic Objects
Chapter 16
A New Leaf  (pages 278-288)
Liz Lee
The author and artist, Liz Lee discusses her latest digital image series, “A New Leaf Series,” within the context of early photographic imaging and... Sample PDF
A New Leaf
Chapter 17
Doug Craft
This chapter discusses how both art and science proceed from an appreciation for and application of the natural proportions and forms associated... Sample PDF
Science within the Art: Aesthetics Based on the Fractal and Holographic Structure of Nature
Chapter 18
James Faure Walker
The term bio art has emerged in the past few years to cover the kind of art that seems to come from the biology lab, with simulations of life forms... Sample PDF
Getting Closer to Nature: Artists in the Lab
Chapter 19
Deborah Harty
In the context of contemporary fine art, the chapter discusses the translation (the finding of equivalences) of a phenomenological experience of... Sample PDF
drawing//digital//data: A Phenomenological Approach to the Experience of Water
Chapter 20
Clayton S. Spada, Victor Raphael
Art, science, and spirituality comprise a triumvirate of conceptual and process-oriented contexts founded on different philosophical tenets, but all... Sample PDF
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