Evolution of neural organization in a hydra-like animat

Ben JONES, Yaochu JIN, Xin YAO, Bernhard SENDHOFF

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The role of efficient information processing in organizing nervous systems is investigated. For this purpose, we have developed a computational model termed the Hydramat Simulation Environment, so named since it simulates certain structural aspects of fresh water hydra. We compare the evolution of neural organization in architectures that remain static throughout their lifetimes and neural architectures that are perturbed by small random amounts. We find that (a) efficient information processing directly contributes to the structural organization of a model nervous system and (b) lifetime architectural perturbations can facilitate novel architectural features. © 2009 Springer Berlin Heidelberg.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Neuro-Information Processing : 15th International Conference, ICONIP 2008, Auckland, New Zealand, November 25-28, 2008, Revised Selected Papers, Part I
EditorsMario KÖPPEN, Nikola KASABOV, George COGHILL
PublisherSpringer Berlin Heidelberg
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9783642024900
ISBN (Print)9783642024894
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes
Event15th International Conference on Neural Information Processing, ICONIP 2008 - Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 25 Nov 200828 Nov 2008

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
PublisherSpringer Berlin, Heidelberg
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference15th International Conference on Neural Information Processing, ICONIP 2008
Country/TerritoryNew Zealand


  • Animat
  • Hydra
  • Neural organization


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