Ph.D. Candidate Linge Bai and Dr. David Breen publish book chapter and research article

March 19, 2013 — Linge Bai, computer science Ph.D. candidate and Dr. David Breen, associate professor of computer science, recently published the chapter "Chemotaxis-Inspired Cellular Primitives for Self-Organizing Shape Formation" in the book Morphogenetic Engineering: Toward Programmable Complex Systems. The chapter describes the details of Morphogenetic Primitives, which are software agents that may be programmed to self-organize into user-specified 2D shapes. The chapter is part of a collection that presents the field of Morphogenetic Engineering, a newly emerging discipline that explores the design and implementation of autonomous systems capable of developing complex, heterogeneous morphologies and functions without central planning or external intervention.

Bai and Dr. Breen have also recently published the article "Self-Organized Sorting of Heterotypic Agents Via a Chemotaxis Paradigm," in the journal Science of Computer Programming. Co-authors include recently graduated Ph.D. candidate Manolya McCormick and Dr. Peter Lelkes of Temple University. The article describes a chemotaxis-based, distributed algorithm that directs autonomous heterotypic agents to self-organize into a sorted spatial structure.

Gear sequence
Above image: Morphogenetic Primitives self-organizing into a gear-like shape.

Cell Sorting
Above image: Heterotypic agents self-organizing into a sorted structure.