Engineering amorphous systems, using global-to-local compilation

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Emerging technologies are making it possible to assemble systems that incorporate myriad of information-processing units at almost no cost: Smart materials, selfassembling structures, vast sensor networks, pervasive computing. How does one engineer robust and prespecified global behavior from the local interactions of immense numbers of unreliable parts? We discuss organizing principles and programming methodologies that have emerged from Amorphous Computing research, that allow us to compile a specification of global behavior into a robust program for local behavior.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationComplex Engineered Systems
Subtitle of host publicationScience Meets Technology
EditorsDan Braha, Ali Minai, Yanner Bar-Yam
Number of pages16
StatePublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameUnderstanding Complex Systems
ISSN (Print)1860-0832
ISSN (Electronic)1860-0840

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Computational Mechanics
  • Artificial Intelligence


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