Balancing Robustness with Plasticity Through Evolution and Learning

  • Kunihiko Kaneko
Conference paper


Biological systems are robust to external perturbations, in order to function under noisy environment, while they should also be plastic to adapt to novel environment. Considering slower (evolutionary) changes in faster developmental dynamics, we show that optimal noise level is necessary for the compatibility between the robustness and plasticity. We will also discuss relevance of the results to learning process where robust and plastic neural dynamics are shaped under an appropriate noise level.


Noise Level Genetic Change Gene Regulation Network Fitness Condition High Fitness 
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This work was supported by a Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research on Innovative Areas “The study on the neural dynamics for understanding communication in terms of complex hetero systems (No. 4103)” of MEXT, Japan.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Basic Science and Research Center for Complex Systems BiologyUniversity of TokyoTokyoJapan

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