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EPSRC Reference: GR/S63854/01
Principal Investigator: Adamatzky, Professor A
Other Investigators:
Bull, Professor L de Lacy Costello, Dr B Costello, Dr B
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Department: Faculty of Environment and Technology
Organisation: University of the West of England
Scheme: Standard Research (Pre-FEC)
Starts: 04 August 2003 Ends: 03 February 2004 Value (£): 58,863
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Complexity Science Computer Sys. & Architecture
Design of Process systems New & Emerging Comp. Paradigms
Non-linear Systems Mathematics
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
No relevance to Underpinning Sectors
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The scientific work of the Cluster will be based on an interdisciplinary cooperation in modelling and experimental verifications of novel principles of information sensing, processing and analysis in uniform distributed large-scale physical, chemical and neural systems; and to apply these principles to the design of working prototypes of massively parallel computing devices which intrinsic functions that exploit the principles of non-linear dynamics. In the first phase of the clusters development we propose a research program organized around three scientific themes dealing with (i) Employing complex dynamics in chemical and neural media to design novel computational techniques and architectures; (ii) Evolving novel materials and media to enrich a spectrum of potential unconventional computing substrates; (iii) Studying learning capabilities of chemical and neural non-linear media, and the chemical implementation of neural networks. Exploration of these themes will result in (1) Better understanding of computational and simulated complexity of physical, chemical and neural spatially-extended disordered systems, and controllability of spatio-temporal dynamics in non-linear media; (2) Design of distributed and massively parallel computing silicon devices functioning as chemical non-linear media; (3) Fabrication of experimental prototypes or chemical massively parallel computers, with high level of programmability and general purpose orientation; (4) Development of interfaces between conventional computing systems - hardware - and unconventional information processing chemical and neural devices - wetware. We structure the Cluster in a way that is both clearly focused on specific and fundamental scientific questions - emergence of computation in non-linear media, controllability of disordered systems, computational complexity of dynamical physical systems - and broad applications'/ novel parallel computing architectures, hybrid silicon-wet-ware systems, evolving smart materials.
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