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Fundamentals of natural computing; basic concepts, algorithms, and applications.


Fundamentals of natural computing; basic concepts, algorithms, and applications.

De Castro, Leandro Nunes.

Chapman & Hall/CRC


662 pages



Chapman & Hall/CRC computer and information science series


De Castro (computer and electrical engineering, Catholic U. of Santos) describes combining patterns found in nature and typical computer behaviors to design a new and innovative generation of computers. Striving to be a complete guide, this includes theoretical material as well as practical instructions, right down to the code, integrating the basic concepts, algorithms and applications from a wide range of disciplines. He describe concepts ranging from parallelism and the ability to distribute to adaptation and reductionism, the ways in which computer design can be inspired by nature in evolutionary biology, evolutionary computing, or simulated annealing, neurocomputing with such techniques as neural networks, swarm intelligence, including swarm robotics, and immunocomputing, including artificial immune systems. Phenomena include fractals, cellular automata, L-systems, iterated function, fractional Brownian motion, and artificial life and closes with descriptions of new natural materials used in computing.

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