Modeling Heart Pacemaker Tissue by a Network of Stochastic Oscillatory Cellular Automata

  • Danuta Makowiec
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7956)


Computations performed by a system of cyclic cellular automata, designed to model the principal organization rules known for the tissue of the first cardiac pacemaker — the sinus node, are investigated in terms of Kuramoto order parameters of synchronization. We show that such description provides consistent quantification of stationary states in the model. Finally, the model is used to give possible explanations for changes observed in the sinus node rhythmicity caused by age.


cellular automata synchronization multiscale modeling 


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  • Danuta Makowiec
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  1. 1.Institute of Theoretical Physics and AstrophysicsUniversity of GdańskPoland

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