Understanding the Regulation of Predatory and Anti-Prey Behaviours for an Artificial Organism.
Information Processing in Cells and Tissues: Proceeding of.
Lecture Notes in Computer Science
Springer Verlag, Heidelberg, pp. 200-211.
An organism’s behaviour can be categorised as being either predatory or anti-prey. Predatory behaviours are behaviours that try to improve the life of an organism. Anti-prey behaviours are those that attempt to prevent death. Regulation between these two opposing behaviours is necessary to ensure survivability—and gene regulatory networks and metabolic networks are the mechanisms that provide this regulation. We know that such regulatory behaviour is encoded in an organism’s genes. The question is, how is it encoded? The understanding of this encoding can help with the development of an artificial organism, for example an autonomous robotic system; whereby the robot will have the ability to autonomously regulate the switching between the opposing behaviours using this encoded mechanism, in order to ensure its sustainable and continuous system operations. This paper aims to look into the properties of an artificial bio-chemical network consisting of a genetic regulatory network and a metabolic network that can provide these capabilities.