Systems Science Friday Noon Seminar Series



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Random automata networks consist of a set of simple compute nodes interacting with each other. In this generic model, one or multiple model parameters, such as the the node interactions and/or the compute functions, are chosen at random. Random Boolean Networks (RBNs) are a particular case of discrete dynamical automata networks where both time and states are discrete. While traditional RBNs are generally credited to Stuart Kauffman (1969), who introduced them as simplified models of gene regulation, Alan Turing proposed unorganized machines as early as 1948. In this talk I will start with Alan Turing's early work on unorganized machines, which form a subset of RBNs. I will show how Turing's original ideas tie into our current research, which is mainly driven by the need to (1) understand and engineer information processing in unstructured machines and (2) by the need for alternative computing and manufacturing paradigms in computer engineering. I will then give an overview of our recent research findings in the area of learning, adaptation, generalization, and damage spreading in RBNs.

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Christof Teuscher currently holds an assistant professor position in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) with joint appointments in the Department of Computer Science and the Systems Science Graduate Program. He also holds an Adjunct Assistant Professor appointment in Computer Science at the University of New Mexico (UNM). Dr. Teuscher obtained his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degree in computer science from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) in 2000 and 2004 respectively. His main research interests include emerging computing architectures and paradigms, biologically-inspired computing, complex & adaptive systems, and cognitive science. Teuscher has received several prestigious awards and fellowships. For more information visit:


Cellular automata, Computational complexity, Machine theory, System theory, Alan Turing (1912-1954)


Systems Architecture | Theory and Algorithms

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