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Title

Task-Performing Dynamics in Irregular, Biomimetic Networks

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title/Conference

Complexity

Volume

12

Issue

6

Publication Date

8-2007

First Page

14

Last Page

21

DOI

10.1002/cplx.20181

Abstract

Understanding self-organized collective dynamics—especially in sparsely connected, noisy, and imperfect networks—has important implications for designing and optimizing task-performing technological systems as well as for deciphering biological structures and functions. We note that stomatal arrays on plant leaves might provide an ideal example of task-performance in this context. Guided by observations of stomatal networks, we examined a simple model of task-performing, collective dynamics that included state noise, spatial rule heterogeneity, dynamic modules, and network rewiring. Our results indicate that task-performance in such networks can actually be enhanced by various kinds of spatial and temporal irregularity. © 2007 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Complexity 12: 14–21, 2007

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