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Encoding and Representation of Information Processing in Irregular Computational Matter

  • John S. McCaskill
  • Julian F. Miller
  • Susan Stepney
  • Peter R. Wills
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Part of the Natural Computing Series book series (NCS)

Abstract

Representation is a crucial concept in classical computing. Unconventional computational devices pose a series of challenges to representational issues, including unary analogue encodings, the representation of inputs and outputs, and sometimes the inaccessibility of internal states. Of particular interest are successive representational adaptation and refinement in relation to natural information processes, both during biological evolution and in evolving material and smart microparticle systems. Some examples are discussed in this chapter.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • John S. McCaskill
    • 1
  • Julian F. Miller
    • 2
  • Susan Stepney
    • 3
  • Peter R. Wills
    • 4
  1. 1.European Center for Living TechnologyCa’ Foscari UniversityVeniceItaly
  2. 2.Department of Electronic EngineeringUniversity of YorkYorkUK
  3. 3.Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of YorkYorkUK
  4. 4.Department of PhysicsUniversity of AucklandAucklandNew Zealand

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