Introduction to Random {Boolean} Networks

TitleIntroduction to Random {Boolean} Networks
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2004
AuthorsGershenson, C
EditorBedau, M, Husbands, P, Hutton, T, Kumar, S, Suzuki, H
Conference NameWorkshop and Tutorial Proceedings, Ninth International Conference on the Simulation and Synthesis of Living Systems {(ALife} {IX)}
Conference LocationBoston, MA

The goal of this tutorial is to promote interest in the study of random Boolean networks (RBNs). These can be very interesting models, since one does not have to assume any functionality or particular connectivity of the networks to study their generic properties. Like this, RBNs have been used for exploring the configurations where life could emerge. The fact that RBNs are a generalization of cellular automata makes their research a very important topic. The tutorial, intended for a broad audience, presents the state of the art in RBNs, spanning over several lines of research carried out by different groups. We focus on research done within artificial life, as we cannot exhaust the abundant research done over the decades related to RBNs.