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A Composite Automaton Designed to Model Complex Biological Systems. Modeling the calciumion distribution in the living cell

  • Dario Castagnolo
  • Mario Mango Furnari
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The simulation of certain physical phenomena requires a degree of accuracy that varies according to the region of the physical system that needs to be modelled. The time dependent grid method, which is utilised in the traditional numerical simulations is a good approach for confronting this problem. In constructing models for physical phenomena that make use of this method, the current work aims at clarifying certain aspects regarding the methodology. We have made use of CANL (Cellular Automata Network Language) to represent the physical models by means of a composition of well distinguished model components. We have tested the time dependent grid simulation approach with cellular automata network applying it to the phenomenon of heat diffusion with phase change. We report the results of this simulation, that consist in temperature patterns and relative grids at some relevant time steps.


Transition Function Cellular Automaton Uniform Grid Global Variable Heat Diffusion 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dario Castagnolo
    • 1
  • Mario Mango Furnari
    • 2
  1. 1.MARS CenterNapoliItaly
  2. 2.CNRIstituto di CiberneticaNapoliItaly

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