Simulating self-replicating machines

Stevens, W. (2007) Simulating self-replicating machines. Journal of Intelligent and Robotic Systems, 49 (2). pp. 135-150. ISSN 0921-0296 Available from:

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A simulation framework is described in which sliding tiles moving in a discrete two-dimensional grid can be put together to build machines. The tiles can perform logical and mechanical functions, and can be connected to each other. A self-replicating machine has been designed in this environment and its operation is summarised. Observations are made about the usefulness and the limitations of the machine and its environment, and several ways in which the limitations could be addressed are described. A justification of the simulation approach for modelling self-replicating systems is given.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:self-replication, self-organisation, simulation, mechatronics
ID Code:16075
Deposited By: W. Stevens
Deposited On:01 Dec 2011 15:22
Last Modified:03 Dec 2016 00:09

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