An Introduction to the Bio-logic of Artificial Creatures

  • Y. Duthen
  • H. Luga
  • N. Lassabe
  • S. Cussat-Blanc
  • T. Breton
  • J. Pascalie
Part of the Studies in Computational Intelligence book series (SCI, volume 321)


In this chapter we emphasize the most crucial developments in the design of artificial creatures starting with the seminal work of Karl Sims presented at the SIGGRAPH’94 conference and ending with the latest research in virtual beings based on cell development.

Nowadays much research relies on the same principles in order to generate more and more complex artificial beings but also to advance evolutionary robotics with prototypes capable of self-modeling, self-reproduction and self-assembly. Inspired by biology, this research moves closer to nature paradigms, considering the creature as the result of a developmental process of a single element: a cell. This logic, presented here, as the bio-logic of artificial creature, needs not only newsimulators such as chemical or hydrodynamic environments but also new mechanisms such as an artificial regulatory network to control the development process. Although these new beings are endowed with a very simple metabolism, they are still capable of transforming their local environment in order to grow and to piece together “logical organs”.


Cellular Automaton Gene Regulatory Network None None Artificial Life Evolutionary Robotic 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Y. Duthen
    • 1
  • H. Luga
    • 1
  • N. Lassabe
    • 1
  • S. Cussat-Blanc
    • 1
  • T. Breton
    • 1
  • J. Pascalie
    • 1
  1. 1.VORTEX Research Team, IRIT UMR 5505University of ToulouseFrance

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