Myself and a friend (Eamon Phelan) have entered the Young Scientist and
Technology Exhibition which is on next week. The project is entitled
"Alife less ordinary" and it's a study of Artificial Life and also an
implementation of 'An evolving artificial eco-system'. Basically we have
implemented a classifier system coupled with a genetic algorithm in a
non-static environment (with or without cheese). The whole lot has been
developed under Linux (or rather will have been when we finish it
*cough*) using gnome/gtk+, mesa and hopefully Crystal Space if we get
that far in the next week. The environment is quite simple, we create a
truckload of little alife penguins! have them run around and eat fish
and then get eaten by killer whales. We chose penguins because of a
behaviour whih they use to keep warm in which they cluster against the
wind in a very organised fashion , but mostly because we could use ikkle
tux's for the models. Basically we love linux and we want everyone to
know that we love it, but ...... we have a huge lack of Tux Teddies! So
if anyone wants to donate/lend a teddy or a banner or even a nice big
monitor (</wishfulthinking>) for the stand we would be eternally
grateful. We will probably release the code although I doubt anyone will
be interested as it isn't exactly world shattering stuff. If anyone
wants to come along it starts on the 12th Jan and I think it is open to
public on the 13th, 14th and 15th. from 10am to 5pm.
When I finish the report I will more than likely set up a webpage
possibly with a Java version if we have time.
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