Cellular Automata Software: A Mini-Workshop
Download this announcement in plain ASCII text format
Many people nowadays know about cellular automata,
especially Conway's Game of Life.
Browsing the Web, it is easy to find applets and scripts
that display on screen the temporal evolution
of specific cellular automata.
The instances of general-purpose cellular automata software,
however, are quite rare.
The purpose of this miniworkshop
is to provide an occasion and an environment
where cellular automata theorists and practitioners
can meet with software developers and enthusiasts,
to exchange knowledge and opinions
on some of the cellular automata software
available to the researchers and to the wider public.
The mini-workshop shall take place in the afternoon of Tuesday,
August 31, 2010,
in room B101 starting from 2PM.
The program will follow these guidelines:
- A short introduction to cellular automata.
Speaker: Prof. Jarkko Kari (University of Turku).
- Three presentations of cellular automata software:
Each presentation will last no more than 30 minutes.
developed by Guillaume Theyssier,
a general-purpose cellular automata software developed in OCamL.
Speaker: Pierre Guillon (University of Turku)
developed by Andrew Trevorrow and Tomas Rokicki,
a Game of Life simulator which implements several algorithms,
comes with a rich library of initial patterns,
and supports scripting in Perl and Python.
Speaker: Charalampos Zinoviadis (University of Turku)
developed by Ted Bach as his PhD thesis project
under the supervision of Tommaso Toffoli,
a general cellular automata simulator
that implements the philosophy of "programmable matter"
(Toffoli and Margolus, 1991),
is built as a Python module
and performs "experiments" written in that language.
Speaker: Silvio Capobianco (Institute of Cybernetics)
- An "install fest"
where people will be able to try the software
on their personal computers.
- An "exercise session"
where the different "teams" suggest specific cellular automata
for other people to implement on the installed software.
The mini-workshop is open to everyone
and will follow a "free-for-all" formula.
Everyone is invited to contribute, ask questions, or just watch.
It would be good to have an indication
on how many people will participate.
If you plan to attend,
please contact Silvio Capobianco.
This workshop is supported by
EXCS -- Estonian Centre of Excellence in Computer Science
Back to home page
Last update: August 26, 2010