"Artificial Life Models in software is a unique book that showcases a variety of freely available software for artificial life simulations. a ] It will be valuable for many related to artificial life, especially as an introductory reading for students a ] . It will also be a nice informative reference for professional researchers and educators. a ] I would like to recommend Artificial life models in software to whoever is interested in artificial life a ] ." (Hiroki Sayama, Artificial Life, Issue 13, 2007)
From the Back Cover
Artificial Life Models in Software provides an introduction and guide to modern software tools for modeling and simulating life-like phenomena, written by those who personally design and develop software, hardware, and art installations in artificial life, simulated complex systems and virtual worlds.
This timely volume offers a nearly exhaustive overview and original analysis of major non-profit software packages that are actively developed and supported by experts in artificial life and software design. The carefully selected topics include:
• simulation and evolution of real and artificial life forms,
• natural and artificial morphogenesis,
• models of communication and social behaviors,
• emergent collective behaviors and swarm intelligence,
• agent-based simulations,
• autonomous and evolutionary robotics,
• adaptive, complex and biologically inspired ecosystems,
• artificial chemistries,
• creative computer art.
The models of life presented here are essential components in undergraduate and post-graduate courses in complex adaptive systems, multi-agent systems, collective robotics and nature-inspired computing. Readers interested in artificial life, evolutionary biology, simulation, cybernetics, computer graphics and animation, neuroscience, cognitive science, and philosophy will find this monograph a valuable guide and an excellent resource for supplementary reading.--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.