Slime Mould Computers:

Prototypes, Models, Algorithms and Applications

The special session invites submissions on models, concepts, algorithms, architectures and experimental laboratory implementation if the slime mould computing, sensing and actuating devices. In its plasmodium stage, acellular slime mould P. polycephalum consumes microscopic particles, and during its foraging behaviour the plasmodium spans scattered sources of nutrients with a network of protoplasmic tubes. The plasmodium optimises its protoplasmic network that covers all sources of nutrients and guarantees robust and quick distribution of nutrients in the plasmodium's body. Plasmodium's foraging behaviour is interpreted as a computation: data are represented by spatial of attractants and repellents, and results are represented by structure of protoplasmic network. Plasmodium can solve computational problems with natural parallelism, e.g. related to shortest path, hierarchies of planar proximity graphs, computation of plane tessellations, execution of logical computing schemes, and natural implementation of spatial logic and process algebra. The special session deals with software, hardware and wetware realisations of Physarum machines: programmable by configurations of repelling and attracting gradients amorphous biological computing devices inspired by or implemented with the plasmodium of P. polycephalum. Exemplar topics of the submissions could be as follows:



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