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Concurrency in Boolean networks

Boolean networks (BNs) are widely used to model the qualitative dynamics of biological systems. Besides the logical rules determining the evolution of each component with respect to the state of its regulators, the scheduling of component updates …


Bionic vision system and its application in license plate recognition

Conventional computer vision systems detect object after super-resolution (SR) or image reconstruction of the whole image, which is not an economical manner. By imitating the visual system of human beings, we proposed the bionic vision system …


Cooperative search method for multiple AUVs based on target clustering and path optimization

A search method for uncertain targets using multiple autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) is studied. To improve search efficiency, a cooperative search method based on target clustering and path optimization is proposed to reduce reactive …

01.06.2019 Open Access

Sequentializing cellular automata

We study the problem of sequentializing a cellular automaton without introducing any intermediate states, and only performing reversible permutations on the tape. We give a decidable characterization of cellular automata which can be written as a …


Computational completeness of simple semi-conditional insertion–deletion systems of degree (2,1)

Insertion–deletion (or ins–del for short) systems are simple models of bio-inspired computing. They are well studied in formal language theory, especially regarding their computational completeness. This concerns the question if all recursively …

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Natural Computing refers to computational processes observed in nature, and human-designed computing inspired by nature. When complex natural phenomena are analyzed in terms of computational processes, our understanding of both nature and the essence of computation is enhanced. Characteristic for human-designed computing inspired by nature is the metaphorical use of concepts, principles and mechanisms underlying natural systems. Natural computing includes evolutionary algorithms, neural networks, molecular computing and quantum computing.

The journal Natural Computing provides a forum for discovery in natural computing, offering links among researchers and insight into trends in an emerging specialty. The journal reports on theory, experiments, and applications, and covers natural computing from a very broad perspective, including use of algorithms to consider evolution as a computational process, and neural networks in light of computational trends in brain research.

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