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A good number of forms fairly beautiful : an exploration of biologically-inspired automated design


A good number of forms fairly beautiful : an exploration of biologically-inspired automated design

Kowaliw, Taras (2007) A good number of forms fairly beautiful : an exploration of biologically-inspired automated design. PhD thesis, Concordia University.

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Artificial Embryogeny (AE) can be described as the use of a dynamical system as a mid-step in a design process; Through emulating Biological Embryogenesis, we hope to reach levels of complexity and robustness currently impossible. AE is a new field, and suffers from a lack of standards and meaningful means of evaluation. In this document, we review existing work, discussing motivations and merits of existing approaches. Throughout, we argue that a viewpoint which does not regard environment as a primary source of information risks taking a naïve view of evolution. We argue that "complexity" is vaguely and inconsistently defined, and propose several novel measures; Perhaps the simplest model of AE, the Terminating Cellular Automaton, is introduced, and used to compute and contrast our measures. Next, the Deva family of AE algorithms is introduced, a modular Cellular Automaton-like group. A domain of application from Civil Engineering is chosen as an interpretation of the grown organisms. It is initially shown that it is possible to use a Deva algorithm to evolve Plane 'Fusses successfully, this interpretation providing a discipline-independent measure of success. A series of empirical experiments is undertaken, showing the relative efficacy and effects of several model-level strategies in the context of the evolution of structural design. Finally, we explore the role of environment as a constraint on development of structural form. We demonstrate a strong resistance to environmental change by successfully re-growing the organisms in new environments, showing that some Deva organisms are adding information from the environment to their overall morphology; This provides an artificial analogue to the re-use of genes which characterizes biological development.

Divisions:Concordia University > Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science > Computer Science and Software Engineering
Item Type:Thesis (PhD)
Authors:Kowaliw, Taras
Pagination:xi, 114, [1] leaves : ill. ; 29 cm.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:Ph. D.
Program:Computer Science and Software Engineering
Thesis Supervisor(s):Grogono, Peter
ID Code:975451
Deposited By: Concordia University Library
Deposited On:22 Jan 2013 16:08
Last Modified:18 Jan 2018 17:40
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