Computational Science Technical Note CSTN-007


A Framework and Simulation Engine for Studying Artificial Life

H. A. James, C. Scogings and K. A. Hawick

30 April 2004.


The area of computer-generated artificial life-forms is a relatively recent field of inter-disciplinary study that involves mathematical modelling, physical intuition and ideas from chemistry and biology and computational science. Although the attribution of ``life'' to non biological systems is still controversial, several groups agree that certain emergent properties can be ascribed to computer simulated systems that can be constructed to ``live'' in a simulated environment. In this paper we discuss some of the issues and infrastructure necessary to construct a simulation laboratory for the study of computer generated artificial life-forms. We review possible technologies and present some preliminary studies based around simple models.

Keywords: artificial life, simulation environment.

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  author = {H. A. James and C. J. Scogings and K. A. Hawick},
  title = {A Framework and Simulation Engine for Studying Artificial Life},
  journal = {Research Letters in the Information and Mathematical Sciences},
  year = {2004},
  volume = {6},
  pages = {143-155},
  number = {ISSN 1175-2777},
  month = {May},
  address = {Albany, North Shore 102-904, Auckland, New Zealand},
  institution = {Information and Mathematical Sciences, Massey University},
  series = {CSTN-007},
  type = {Research Letters in the Information and Mathematical Sciences}

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