Wednesday, 3rd February 2010, 10:00 am (PDCC Meeting Room)
Speaker: Professor Peter Sloot (NTU and University of Amsterdam)
Title: A discrete world: If Cellular automata are the answer, than what was the question?
Cellular Automata are decentralized spatially extended systems consisting of large numbers of simple and identical components with local connectivity. Such systems have the potential to perform complex computations with a high degree of efficiency and robustness, as well as to model the behaviour of complex systems from nature. CAs have been studied extensively in the natural sciences, mathematics and in computer science. They have been considered as mathematical objects about which formal properties can be proved and have been used as parallel computing devices, both for high-speed simulation of scientific models as for computational tasks such as image processing. CAs have also been used as abstract models for studying ‘emergent’ cooperative or collective behaviour in complex systems.
In this talk I will introduce CA's, and show how we can use them to model in a unique way biophysical processes such as Tumour Growth and Coral morphology.