Modeling cellular development using L-systems

André Stauffer, Moshe Sipper

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A fundamental process in nature is that of ontogeny, whereby a single mother cell—the zygote—gives rise, through successive divisions, to a complete multicellular organism. Over the years such developmental processes have been studied using different models, two of which shall be considered in this paper: L-systems and cellular automata. Each of these presents distinct advantages: L-systems are naturally suited to model growth processes, whereas if one wishes to consider physical aspects of the system, e.g., as pertaining to actual implementation in hardware, then an inherently spatial model is required—hence the cellular automaton. Our goals herein are: (1) to show how L-systems can be used to specify growing structures, and (2) to explore the relationship between L-systems and cellular automata. Specifically, we shall consider the case of membrane formation, whereby a grid of artificial molecules is divided into cells.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEvolvable Systems
Subtitle of host publicationFrom Biology to Hardware - 2nd International Conference, ICES 1998, Proceedings
EditorsMoshe Sipper, Daniel Mange, Andrés Pérez-Uribe
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)3540649549, 9783540649540
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1998
Externally publishedYes
Event2nd International Conference on Evolvable Systems: From Biology to Hardware, ICES 1998 - Lausanne, Switzerland
Duration: 23 Sep 199825 Sep 1998

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference2nd International Conference on Evolvable Systems: From Biology to Hardware, ICES 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science (all)


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