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Tufte, Gunnar; Gangvik, Espen: Trans <-> former 13: exploration and adaptation of evolution expressed in a dynamic sculpture. In: EvoMUSART 2008, S. 509-514.



Trans<–>Former #13 is a dynamic sculpture with a set of equal sub-structures with a behaviour sought that continuously redraws its own positions in space. To achieve the artistic vision the sculpture is considered as a non-uniform 2D cellular automata. By including the adaptive and explorative properties of a Cellular Genetic Algorithm in the expression of the moving sculpture Trans<–>Former #13 is capable of generating a continuous emerging behaviour. The global behaviour is a result of a local EA and control system in each sub-structure. The principles of the work are demonstrated in two experimental approaches using 3D simulation.

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booktitle={Applications of Evolutionary Computing},
series={Lecture Notes in Computer Science},
editor={Giacobini, Mario and Brabazon, Anthony and Cagnoni, Stefano and Di Caro, GianniA. and Drechsler, Rolf and Ekárt, Anikó and Esparcia-Alcázar, AnnaIsabel and Farooq, Muddassar and Fink, Andreas and McCormack, Jon and O’Neill, Michael and Romero, Juan and Rothlauf, Franz and Squillero, Giovanni and Uyar, A.Şima and Yang, Shengxiang},
title={Trans<–>Former #13: Exploration and Adaptation of Evolution Expressed in a Dynamic Sculpture},
url={ },
publisher={Springer Berlin Heidelberg},
author={Tufte, Gunnar and Gangvik, Espen},

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