Sampsa Sojakka - Research Student
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Ezequiel Di Paolo, Inman Harvey
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My current research is aimed at investigating the computational properties of biologically inspired models of cell differentiation and the role such structures play in the evolution of sustainable adaptive behaviour. In particular I'm interested in processes leading to the evolution of multicellularity and the development of pathways in cell assemblies leading to clonal segregation. This involves study of the relationships between mechanisms leading to autonomous differentiation and mechanisms that occur as responses initiated by localised changes to a supercellular organisation.
The objective of this work is to create models and algorithms of neural structures capable of incremental evolution through the acquisition of dynamics required to maintain stability in changing environments. Models of cell differentiation also provide insight into the modularity and organisation exhibited by organisms and on a macroevolutionary scale the process of speciation.
Other interests include: fractals and dynamical systems theory, artificial chemistries, and evolutionary theory.