FoCAS researchers win Best Paper Award at SASO 2014

SASO 2014 Best Paper Award

Giacomo Cabri receiving Best Paper Award.

Congratulations to Nicola Capodieci, Emma Hart and Giacomo Cabri from FoCAS who won the best paper award at SASO 2014.

Artificial Immune System driven evolution in Swarm Chemistry.
Nicola Capodieci, Emma Hart and Giacomo Cabri.

Abstract: Morphogenetic engineering represents an interest- ing field in which models, frameworks and algorithms can be tested in order to study how self-* properties and emergent behaviours can arise in potentially complex and distributed systems. In this field, the morphogenetic model we will refer to is swarm chemistry, since a well known challenge in this dynamical process concerns discovering mechanisms for providing evolution within coalescing systems of particles so that sets of moving particles self-organise in order to create shapes or geometrical formations that provide robustness towards external perturba- tions. We present a novel mechanism for providing evolutionary features in swarm chemistry that takes inspiration from artificial immune system literature, more specifically regarding idiotypic networks. Starting from a restricted set of chemical recipes, we show that the system evolves to new states, using an autonomous method of detecting new shapes and behaviours free from any human interaction.