EvoSys

The Evolutionary Systems Laboratory is a part of the Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology of the Department of Biology at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan. Our main interest is in building biologically-inspired systems ('brains', 'bodies'), combining various time scales: behaviour, development and evolution. Our research lies at the intersection of artificial life (including artificial embryology), evolutionary biology and computational neuroscience. We are developing artificial life sotware platforms and tools for the analysis of evolution of genomes, evolution and complexity of gene regulatory networks, and for the analysis of biological diversity.
 
Recent papers below, for a quick overview of our work, have a look at the short overviews in 9,10,11. If you cannot access any of these due to a paywall, drop us an e-mail:
  1. Joachimczak, M. and Wróbel, B. (2012). Evolution of robustness to damage in artificial 3-dimensional development. Biosystems, 109(3):498-505.
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  2. Fontana, A. and Wróbel, B. (2012). A model of evolution of development based on germline penetration of new "No-Junk" DNA. Genes, 3(3):492-504.
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  3. Wróbel, B., Joachimczak, M., Montebelli, A., and Lowe, R. (2012). The search for beauty: Evolution of minimal cognition in an animat controlled by a gene regulatory network and powered by a metabolic system. In From Animals to Animats 12: The 12th International Conference on the Simulation of Adaptive Behavior (SAB 2012), volume 7426 of Lecture Notes in Computer Science, pages 198-208, Springer Berlin Heidelberg.
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  4. Joachimczak, M. and Wróbel, B. (2012). Co-evolution of morphology and control of soft-bodied multicellular animats. In Soule, T. et al., editors, Proceedings of the Fourteenth International Conference on Genetic and Evolutionary Computation, GECCO '12, pages 561-568, New York, NY, USA. ACM.
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  5. Joachimczak, M. and Wróbel, B. (2012). Open ended evolution of 3D multicellular development controlled by gene regulatory networks. In Adami, C., Bryson, D. M., Ofria, C., and Pennock, R. T., editors, Artificial Life XIII: Proceedings of the Thirteenth International Conference on the Simulation and Synthesis of Living Systems, pages 67-74, Cambridge, MA. MIT Press.
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  6. Wróbel, B. (2012). Challenges for A-Life approach to artificial cognition: in search for hierarchy of cognitive systems. In Adami, C., Bryson, D. M., Ofria, C., and Pennock, R. T., editors, Artificial Life XIII: Proceedings of the Thirteenth International Conference on the Simulation and Synthesis of Living Systems, pages 599-600, Cambridge, MA. MIT Press.
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  7. Joachimczak, M., Kowaliw, T., Doursat, R., and Wróbel, B. (2012). Brainless bodies: Controlling the development and behavior of multicellular animats by gene regulation and diffusive signals. In Adami, C., Bryson, D. M., Ofria, C., and Pennock, R. T., editors, Artificial Life XIII: Proceedings of the Thirteenth International Conference on the Simulation and Synthesis of Living Systems, pages 349-356, Cambridge, MA. MIT Press.
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  8. Wróbel, B., Abdelmotaleb, A., and Joachimczak, M. (2012). Evolving networks processing signals with a mixed paradigm, inspired by gene regulatory networks and spiking neurons. In Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Bio-Inspired Models of Network, Information, and Computing Systems (BIONETICS), Springer LNICST, Lugano, Switzerland, December 10-11. (to appear).
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  9. Joachimczak, M., Kowaliw, T., Doursat, R., and Wróbel, B. (2012). Evolving morphologies and controllers for soft-bodied multicellular animats using gene regulatory networks and artificial embryogenesis. In Doncieux, S., Jin, Y., and Mouret, J.-B., editors, Evo-Devo-Robo: Evolutionary Robotics and Developmental Robotics at the Fourteenth International Conference on Genetic and Evolutionary Computation, GECCO Companion '12, pages 357-360, New York, NY, USA. ACM.
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  10. Wróbel, B. and Joachimczak, M. (2011). Using GReaNs (genetic regulatory evolving artificial networks) for 3-dimensional asymmetrical pattern formation and morphogenesis. In Kowaliw, T., Bredeche, N., and Doursat, R., editors, Proceedings of DevLeaNN: A Workshop on Development and Learning in Artificial Neural Networks, pages 26-28, Paris, France.
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  11. Fontana, A. and Wróbel, B. (2011). Epigenetic tracking: an evolutionary-developmental approach to generate very large complex systems. In Kowaliw, T., Bredeche, N., and Doursat, R., editors, Proceedings of DevLeaNN: A Workshop on Development and Learning in Artificial Neural Networks, pages 29-31, Paris, France.
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  12. Joachimczak, M. and Wróbel, B. (2011). Evolving gene regulatory networks for control of artificial cells: signal processing, chemotaxis, multicellular development. In Kowaliw, T. and Kharma, N., editors, Proceedings of the SynBioCCC Workshop, pages 4-6, Paris, France.
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  13. Joachimczak M., Wróbel B. (2010) Evolving gene regulatory networks for real time control of foraging behaviours In: Artificial Life XII: Proceedings of the Twelfth International Conference on the Synthesis and Simulation of Living Systems (Edited by: H. Fellermann, M. Dörr, M.M. Hanczyc, L.L. Laursen, S. Maurer, D. Merkle, P.-A. Monnard, K. Stoy, S. Rasmussen), MIT Press, Boston, MA, pp. 348-355.
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  14. Joachimczak M., Wróbel B. (2010) Processing signals with evolving artificial gene regulatory networks. In: Artificial Life XII: Proceedings of the Twelfth International Conference on the Synthesis and Simulation of Living Systems (Edited by: H. Fellermann, M. Dörr, M.M. Hanczyc, L.L. Laursen, S. Maurer, D. Merkle, P.-A. Monnard, K. Stoy, S. Rasmussen), MIT Press, Boston, MA, pp. 203-210.
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  15. Glinkowska M., Łoś J.M., Szambowska A., Czyż A., Całkiewicz J., Herman-Antosiewicz A., Wróbel B., Węgrzyn G., Węgrzyn A., Łoś M. (2010) Influence of the Escherichia coli oxyR gene on lambda prophage maintenance. Arch. Microbiol., 192, 673-683.
  16. Joachimczak M.,  Wróbel  B. (2009). Evolution of the morphology and patterning of artificial embryos: scaling the tricolour problem to the third dimension. In: Proceedings of 10th European Conference on Artificial Life (ECAL 2009). Springer.
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  17. Joachimczak M., Wróbel B.(2009) Evolution of 3D development controlled by a gene regulatory network: the complexity of the search space and evolvability. Adv. Complex Syst.12, 347-369.
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  18. Joachimczak M., Wróbel B. (2008) Evo-devo in silico: a model of a gene network regulating multicellular development in 3D space with artificial physics. In: Artificial Life XI: Proceedings of the Eleventh International Conference on the Simulation and Synthesis of Living Systems (Edited by: S. Bullock, J. Noble, R. Watson, M. Bedau), MIT Press, Boston, MA, pp. 297-304.
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