Once More Unto the Breach: Towards Artificial Homeostasis

Once More Unto the Breach: Towards Artificial Homeostasis

Mark Neal (University of Wales, UK) and Jon Timmis (University of Kent, UK)
Copyright: © 2005 |Pages: 27
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-312-8.ch014
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Abstract

The field of biologically inspired computing has generated many novel, interesting and useful computational systems. None of these systems alone is capable of approaching the level of behaviour for which the artificial intelligence and robotics communities strive. We suggest that it is now time to move on to integrating a number of these approaches in a biologically justifiable way. To this end we present a conceptual framework that integrates artificial neural networks, artificial immune systems and a novel artificial endocrine system. The natural counterparts of these three components are usually assumed to be the principal actors in maintaining homeostasis within biological systems. This chapter proposes a system that promises to capitalise on the self-organising properties of these artificial systems to yield artificially homeostatic systems. The components develop in a common environment and interact in ways that draw heavily on their biological counterparts for inspiration. A case study is presented, in which aspects of the nervous and endocrine systems are exploited to create a simple robot controller. Mechanisms for the moderation of system growth using an artificial immune system are also presented.

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Foreword
Moshe Sipper
Acknowledgments
Leandro Nunes de Castro, Fernando J. Von Zuben
Chapter 1
Leandro Nunes de Castro, Fernando J. Von Zuben
Biologically inspired computing is just one of the branches of natural computing, which also encompasses artificial life, fractal geometry and... Sample PDF
From Biologically Inspired Computing to Natural Computing
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Chapter 2
Penousal Machado, Francisco B. Pereira, Jorge Tavares, Ernesto Costa, Amílcar Cardoso
In this chapter we study the feasibility of using Turing Machines as a model for the evolution of computer programs. To assess this idea we select... Sample PDF
Evolutionary Turing Machines: The Quest for Busy Beavers
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Chapter 3
Fabiano Luis de Sousa, Fernando Manuel Ramos, Roberto Luiz Galski, Issamu Muraoka
In this chapter a recently proposed meta-heuristic devised to be used in complex optimization problems is presented. Called Generalized Extremal... Sample PDF
Generalized External Optimization: A New Meta-Heuristic Inspired by a Model of Natural Evolution
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Chapter 4
Taro Yabuki, Hitoshi Iba
In this chapter, a new representation scheme for Genetic Programming (GP) is proposed. We need a Turing-complete representation for a general method... Sample PDF
Genetic Programming Using a Turing-Complete Representation: Recurrent Network Consisting of Trees
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Chapter 5
Cândida Ferreira
In this chapter an artificial problem solver inspired in natural genotype/phenotype systems — gene expression programming — is presented. As an... Sample PDF
Gene Expression Programming and the Evolution of Computer Programs
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Chapter 6
Vincenzo Cutello, Giuseppe Nicosia
The chapter describes the theory of clonal selection and its usage in designing and implementing immunological algorithms for problem solving and... Sample PDF
The Clonal Selection Principle for In Silico and In Vitro Computing
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Sergio Alonso, Oscar Cordon, Iñaki Fernández de Viana, Francisco Herrera
This chapter introduces two different ways to integrate Evolutionary Computation Components in Ant Colony Optimization (ACO) Meta-heuristic. First... Sample PDF
Integrating Evolutionary Computation Components in Ant Colony Optimization
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Gurdip Singh, Sanjoy Das, Shekhar V. Gosavi, Sandeep Pujar
This chapter introduces ant colony optimization as a method for computing minimum Steiner trees in graphs. Tree computation is achieved when... Sample PDF
Ant Colony Algorithms for Steiner Trees: An Application to Routing in Sensor Networks
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Chapter 9
Vahid Sherafat, Leandro Nunes de Castro, Eduardo Raul Hruschka
Algorithms inspired by the collective behavior of social organisms, from insect colonies to human societies, promoted the emergence of a new field... Sample PDF
The Influence of Pheromone and Adaptive Vision in the Standard Ant Clustering Algorithm
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Chapter 10
James Kennedy
Particle swarm optimization is a computer paradigm that is based on human social influence and cognition. Candidate problem solutions are randomly... Sample PDF
Particle Swarms: Optimization Based on Sociocognition
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Angelo Loula, Ricardo Gudwin, Sidarta Ribeiro, Ivan de Araujo, João Queiroz
Here we propose, based on the Peircean semiotics and informed by neuroethological constraints, a methodology to simulate the emergence of symbolic... Sample PDF
Synthetic Approach to Semiotic Artificial Creatures
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Chapter 12
Jean-Philippe Rennard
This chapter introduces the twin deadlocks of strong artificial life. Conceptualization of life is a deadlock both because of the existence of a... Sample PDF
Perspectives for Strong Artificial Life
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Chapter 13
Peter J. Bentley
Fractal proteins are a new evolvable method of mapping genotype to phenotype through a developmental process, where genes are expressed into... Sample PDF
Controlling Robots with Fractal Gene Regulatory Networks
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Chapter 14
Mark Neal, Jon Timmis
The field of biologically inspired computing has generated many novel, interesting and useful computational systems. None of these systems alone is... Sample PDF
Once More Unto the Breach: Towards Artificial Homeostasis
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Chapter 15
C. Ronald Kube, Chris A.C. Parker, Tao Wang, Hong Zhang
In this chapter, we review our recent research in the area of collective robotics, and the problem of controlling multiple robots in the completion... Sample PDF
Biologically Inspired Collective Robotics
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Chapter 16
Thomas P. Trappenberg
In this chapter a brief review is given of computational systems that are motivated by information processing in the brain, an area that is often... Sample PDF
Continuous Attractor Neural Networks
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