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Self-organization of Symbiotic Multicellular Structures

Disset, Jean and Cussat-Blanc, Sylvain and Duthen, Yves Self-organization of Symbiotic Multicellular Structures. (2014) In: the Fourteenth International Conference on the Synthesis and Simulation of Living Systems - ALIFE 2014, 30 July 2014 - 2 August 2014 (New York, United States).

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.7551/978-0-262-32621-6-ch087


This paper presents a new model for the development of artificial creatures from a single cell. The model aims at providing a more biologically plausible abstraction of the morphogenesis and the specialization process, which the organogenesis follows. It is built upon three main elements: a cellular physics system that simulates division and intercellular adhesion dynamics, a simplified cell cycle offering to the cells the possibility to select actions such as division, quiescence, differentiation or apoptosis and, finally, a cell specialization mechanism quantifying the ability to perform different functions. An evolved artificial gene regulatory network is employed as a cell controller. As a proof-of-concept, we present two experiments where the morphology of a multicellular organism is guided by cell weaknesses and efficiency at performing different functions under environmental stress.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information:Thanks to MITPress editor. The definitive version is available at http://mitpress.mit.edu/books/artificial-life-14
HAL Id:hal-01136097
Audience (conference):International conference proceedings
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Institution:Université de Toulouse > Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse - Toulouse INP (FRANCE)
French research institutions > Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - CNRS (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier - UT3 (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse - Jean Jaurès - UT2J (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse 1 Capitole - UT1 (FRANCE)
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