ABSTRACTS

Edwin BEGGS

Jarkko KARI

Carlos LOURENÇO

Jonathan MILLS

James M. NYCE

Przemyslaw PRUSINKIEWICZ

Gabriela QUEIROZ

Lukáš SEKANINA

Philip WELCH

Developmental Computing

Abstract. Since their inception over forty years ago, L-systems have proven to be a useful conceptual and programming framework for modeling the development of plants at different levels of abstraction and different spatial scales, from cells to ecosystems. Formally, L-systems offer a means for defining cell complexes with changing topology and geometry. Associated with these complexes are self-configuring systems of equations that represent functional aspects of the models. The close coupling of topology, geometry and computation constitutes a paradigm for computing inspired by nature. In my presentation, I will (i) analyze the distinctive features of this paradigm; (ii) review recent extensions to L-systems driven by the ever-increasing demands on modeling and simulation in plant systems biology; and (iii) survey selected applications of developmental computing outside the realm of biology, with a particular emphasis on geometric modeling.