Biological primitives

M. Pirretti, R. R. Brooks, J. Lamb, M. Zhu

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Biological primitives are models of biological systems that exhibit the property of self-organization. These systems consist of numerous, usually homogeneous, biological entities interacting with each other with relatively simple behaviors in such a way as to exhibit global behaviors that are too complex to be exhibited by the individual entities. The individual entities interact utilizing only local information, and they lack any sort of “master plan” or centralized leadership. The literature from biology refers to this appearance of global behavior from the interaction of numerous entities exhibiting simple behaviors as emergence. For further information regarding self-organization, see Chapters 44 and 49; for more information on emergence see Chapter 45.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDistributed Sensor Networks
PublisherCRC Press
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9781439870785
ISBN (Print)1584883839, 9781584883838
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2004


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