Evolutionary Design of a Simple Membrane System

  • Xiaoli Huang
  • Gexiang Zhang
  • Haina Rong
  • Florentin Ipate
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7184)


The programmability of membrane systems is an ongoing and challenging issue. This paper focuses on the automatic design of a simple membrane system for fulfilling a specific task by using a quantum-inspired evolutionary algorithm and the P-lingua simulator. The design consists of the pre-defined membrane structure and initial objects, a set of possible evolution rules, the coding technique of membrane systems, evolutionary operators and a fitness function for evaluating different membrane systems. Experiments conducted on P-lingua simulator show that the presented design approach is feasible and effective to automatically evolve a membrane system for solving some specific tasks. The results also show that a quantum-inspired evolutionary algorithm is more appropriate than a genetic algorithm, recently reported in the literature, for designing a membrane system.


Membrane computing Membrane system Quantum- inspired evolutionary algorithms Evolutionary design P-Lingua simulator 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Xiaoli Huang
    • 1
  • Gexiang Zhang
    • 1
  • Haina Rong
    • 1
  • Florentin Ipate
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Electrical EngineeringSouthwest Jiaotong UniversityChengduChina
  2. 2.Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of PitestiPitestiRomania

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