Select Recent Papers and Reports

by Bruce J. MacLennan

See my Research Page for additional information on my research programme and for papers more than ten years old.
  1. “Neural Networks, Learning Algorithms, and Intelligence,” invited for Gordon Burghardt, Irene Pepperberg, Chuck Snowdon, & Tom Zentall (Eds.), APA Handbook of Comparative Psychology, publication planned for 2016.
     
  2. “Engineering Inspiration: Enhancing Scientific Creativity through Image Flows,” in Andrew M. Connor and Stefan Marks (Eds.), Creative Technologies for Multidisciplinary Applications, Hershey: IGI Global, 2016, ch. 13, pp. 309–333. DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-0016-2.ch013.
     
  3. Brasford, David, Smith, Jared M., Connor, R. Joseph, MacLennan, Bruce J., Holleman, Jeremy. “The Impact of Analog Computational Error on an Analog Boolean Satisfiability Solver,” IEEE International Symposium for Circuits and Systems 2016, Montreal, Canada, May 22–25, 2016.
     
  4. “Ancient Intuition — Modern Science,” in Andrea Blackie & John H. Spencer (Eds.), The Beacon of Mind: Reason and Intuition in the Ancient and Modern World, Param Media, 2015, pp. 219–235.
     
  5. “Living Science: Science as an Activity of Living Beings,” Progress in Biophysics & Molecular Biology, Special issue on Life Sciences, Mathematics, and Phenomenological Philosophy, 119, 3, (2015), 410–419, published online Aug. 11, 2015. DOI: 10.1016/j.pbiomolbio.2015.08.009.
     
  6. “The Morphogenetic Path to Programmable Matter,” Proceedings of the IEEE, 103, 7 (July 2015), 1226–1232. DOI: 10.1109/JPROC.2015.2425394 [preprint (pdf)]

  7. “Coordinating Massive Robot Swarms,” International Journal of Robotics Applications and Technologies, 2, 2 (July-December 2014), 1–19. Appeared in print in July 2015. DOI: 10.4018/IJRAT.2014070101 [preprint (3MB pdf)]

  8. “Cognitive Modeling: Connectionist Approaches,” in James D. Wright (editor-in-chief), International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences, 2nd edition, Vol 4. Oxford: Elsevier, 2015, pp. 84–89. New edition of previous article.

  9. “Ethical Treatment of Robots and the Hard Problem of Robot Emotions,” International Journal of Synthetic Emotions, 5 (2014), 1, pp. 10–18. Special issue, “Introduction to Turing, Part I.” DOI: 10.4018/ijse.2014010102

  10. “The Promise of Analog Computation,” International Journal of General Systems, 43 (2014), 7, pp. 682–696, DOI: 10.1080/03081079.2014.920997

  11.  “Analog Computation,” Encyclopedia of Complexity and System Science, ed. by Robert A. Meyers et al., Springer, in press. Revision of earlier article.

  12. “Field Computation in Natural and Artificial Intelligence,” Encyclopedia of Complexity and System Science, 2nd Ed., ed. by Robert A. Meyers et al., Springer, in press. Revision of earlier article.

  13. “Cognition in Hilbert Space,” Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 36 (2013), 3, pp. 296–7. DOI: 10.1017/S0140525X1200283X

  14. “Embodied Computation: Applying the Physics of Computation to Artificial Morphogenesis,” Parallel Processing Letters, 22, 3 (2012), p. 1240013. DOI: 10.1142/S0129626412400130

  15. Stepney, S., Diaconescu, A., Doursat, R., Giavitto, J.-L., Kowaliw, T., Leyser, O., MacLennan, B., Michel, O., Miller, J. F., Nikolic, I., Spicher, A., Teuscher, C., Tufte, G., Vico, F. J. & Yamamoto, L. (2012). “Gardening Cyber-Physical Systems.” In Unconventional Computation and Natural Computation 2012, Orleans, France, September 2012. LNCS 7445, pp. 237–238. Springer, 2012.

  16. “Homunculus’ Quest for a Body,” Goethe’s Faust and Cultural Memory: Comparatist Interfaces, edited by Lorna Fitzsimmons. Bethlehem, PA: Lehigh University Press, 2012.

  17. “Molecular Coordination of Hierarchical Self-Assembly,” invited for Nano Communication Networks Journal, available online 7 February 2012. DOI: 10.1016/j.nancom.2012.01.004. See also “Molecular Coordination of Hierarchical Self-Assembly,” Technical Report UT-CS-10-662, Nov. 15, 2010 [pdf (3.4 MB)].

  18. Embodied Computation: Applying the Physics of Computation to Artificial Morphogenesis,” Proceedings of the Satellite Workshops of UC 2011, TUCS Lecture Notes No. 14, June 2011, pp. 9–20.
     
  19. “Artificial Morphogenesis as an Example of Embodied Computation,” International Journal of Unconventional Computing 7, 1–2 (2011), pp. 3–23. [corrected proof]
     
  20. “Introduction: Computation and Nanotechnology,” Theoretical and Technological Advancements in Nanotechnology and Molecular Computation: Interdisciplinary Gains, Hershey, NJ: IGI Global, 2011. 

  21. “Protophenomena and their Physical Correlates,” invited for Journal of Cosmology, 14 (April–May, 2011), pp. 4516–4525. Special issue on consciousness edited by Sir Roger Penrose, FRS, University of Oxford, and Stuart Hameroff, M.D.
    <http://journalofcosmology.com/Consciousness119.html>. Reprinted in Consciousness and the Universe: Quantum Physics, Evolution, Brain & Mind, ed. Roger Penrose & Stuart Hameroff, Cosmology Science Publishers, 2011.

  22. “A Formal Model of Universal Algorithmic Assembly and Molecular Computation,” Int’l. Journ. Nanotechnology and Molecular Computation 2, 3 (July–Sept. 2010), pp. 55–67. [proof copy]

  23. “Morphogenesis as a Model for Nano Communication,” invited for Nano Communication Networks Journal 1, 3 (2010), 199–208. [pdf (500 KB)] doi:10.1016/j.nancom.2010.09.007
     
  24. “Bodies — Both Informed and Transformed: Embodied Computation and Information Processing,” Information and Computation: Essays on Scientific and Philosophical Understanding of Foundations of Information and Computation, ed. by Gordana Dodig-Crnkovic and Mark Burgin, World Scientific Series in Information Studies, Vol. 2, Singapore: World Scientific Publishing, 2011, pp. 225–253. Invited. [pdf (1.2 MB)]. 
     
  25. “The U-machine: A Model of Generalized Computation,” International Journal of Unconventional Computing 6, 3–4 (2010), pp. 265–283. [pdf (167 KB)

  26. “Models and Mechanisms for Artificial Morphogenesis,” Natural Computing, Springer series, Proceedings in Information and Communications Technology (PICT) 2, ed. by F. Peper, H. Umeo, N. Matsui, and T. Isokawa, Tokyo: Springer, 2010, pp. 23–33. Invited. Preprint [pdf]. 
     
  27. “Models and Mechanisms for Artificial Morphogenesis,” Fourth International Workshop on Natural Computing (IWNC 2009), Himeji Japan, September 23–25, 2009. Slides [pdf (10 MB)] for invited presentation.  
     
  28. “Configuration and Reconfiguration of Complex Systems by Artificial Morphogenesis,” Reconfigurable Systems Workshop 2009: Discovery Challenge Thrust, Santa Fe NM, July 20–22, 2009. Sponsored for AFOSR. Slides for invited presentation [pdf (8 MB)]. 
     
  29. “A Model of Embodied Computation for Artificial Morphogenesis,” slides [pdf (5 MB)] for Keynote Address, IEEE Alife 2009, Mar. 30 – Apr. 2, 2009, Nashville, TN. A video of this presentation is available (scroll down). 
     
  30. “A Model of Embodied Computation Oriented Toward Artificial Morphogenesis,” slides [pdf (1 MB)] for invited talk, The Science and Philosophy of Unconventional Computing (SPUC09), Mar. 23–25, 2009, Cambridge University, Cambridge, UK. They are mostly the same as slides 26–60 of the Alife 2009 Keynote. 
     
  31. “Super-Turing or Non-Turing? Extending the Concept of Computation,” The International Journal of Unconventional Computing 5, 3–4 (2009), Special Issue on Future Trends in Hypercomputation, pp. 369–87. Unedited draft [pdf].
     
  32. “Editorial Preface: Computation and Nanotechnology,” International Journal of Nanotechnology and Molecular Computation 1, 1 (Jan. 2009).  An unedited draft of some material for this preface is in “Computation and Nanotechnology: Toward the Fabrication of Complex Hierarchical Structures,” UT EECS Dept. TR UT-CS-08-629, Aug. 22, 2008 [pdf].

  33. “Challenges of Embodied Artificial Intelligence and Robotics,” invited for The ITEA Journal of Test and Evaluation (International Test and Evaluation Association), 29-4 (Dec. 2008 / Jan. 2009).  See also “Test and Evaluation Challenges of Embodied Artificial Intelligence and Robotics,” UT EECS Dept. TR UT-CS-08-628, Aug. 22, 2008 [pdf].
     
  34. “A Protophenomenological Analysis of Synthetic Emotion in Robots,” UT EECS Dept. TR UT-CS-08-623, Aug. 6, 2008 [pdf].  Unedited draft of “Robot React, but Can They Feel?” (Handbook of Research on Synthetic Emotions and Sociable Robotics: New Applications in Affective Computing and Artificial Intelligence, edited by Jordi Vallverdú and David Casacuberta, Hershey, NJ: IGI Global, 2009, pp. 133–53).

  35. “Aspects of Embodied Computation: Toward a Reunification of the Physical and the Formal,” UT EECS Dept. TR UT-CS-08-610, March 6, 2008; revised Aug. 6, 2008 [pdf].  See also slides [pdf] from a related presentation “Embodiment and Non-Turing Models of Computation” at The 2008 North American Conference on Computing and Philosophy: The Limits of Computation (The International Association for Computing and Philosophy, Bloomington, IN, July 10–12, 2008). 

  36. “Embodied Computing,” invitation-only NSF Workshop on Molecular Communication and Biological Communications Technology, Arlington, VA, Feb. 20–1, 2008. Slides for presentation [pdf (2.1MB)]

  37. “Aesthetics in Software Engineering,” Encyclopedia of Information Science and Technology, 2nd  Ed., ed. by Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, IGI Global, 2008, Vol. I.

  38. “Field Computation in Natural and Artificial Intelligence,” invited by Section Editor for Computational and Theoretical Nanoscience, Encyclopedia of Complexity and System Science, ed. by Robert A. Meyers et al., Springer, 2009, part 6, entry 199, pp. 3334–3360. 10.1007/978-0-387-30440-3_199. <http://www.springer.com/physics/complexity/book/978-0-387-75888-6>  An unedited draft is available as “A Review of Field Computation,” UT EECS Dept. TR UT-CS-07-606, Oct. 31, 2007.  [pdf]

  39. “Analog Computation,” invited by Section Editor for Unconventional Computing, Encyclopedia of Complexity and System Science, ed. by Robert A. Meyers et al., Springer, 2009, part 1, entry 19, pp. 271–294. DOI 10.1007/978-0-387-30440-3_19.  <http://www.springer.com/physics/complexity/book/978-0-387-75888-6>  An unedited draft is available as “A Review of Analog Computing,” UT EECS Dept. TR-CS-07-601, Sept. 13, 2007. [pdf]  

  40. “Evolutionary Psychology, Complex Systems, and Social Theory,” Soundings: An Interdisciplinary Journal, Vol. XC, No. 3–4, pp. 169–89.  Extended, unedited draft [pdf].

  41. “Consciousness: Natural and Artificial,” Synthesis Philosophica 22, 2 (2008), pp. 401–33. Invited for special issue on consciousness. [pdf]

  42. “Protophenomena: The Elements of Consciousness and their Relation to the Brain,” invited for Irreducibly Conscious: Selected Papers on Consciousness, ed. by Alexander Batthyány, Avshalom Elitzur & Dimitri Constant, Heidelberg & New York: Universitätsverlag Winter, 2008, ch. X (pp. 189–214), in press. [pdf]

  43. “Self-Organization for Nano-Computation and Nano-Assembly,” Workshop on Emergent Behavior (WEB 07), Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN, March 6–7, 2007.  Slides for presentation [pdf (10.8 MB)]

  44. “Highly Programmable Matter & Generalized Computation: Research in Reconfigurable Analog & Digital Computation in Bulk Materials,” 1st AFRL Reconfigurable Systems Workshop, Air Force Research Laboratory, Albuquerque, NM, Feb. 14–15, 2007.  Slides for presentation [pdf (7.3 MB)]

  45. “A Summary of the History of AI Before Computers,” UT CS Dept. TR UT-CS-07-589, January 24, 2007 [pdf (225KB)].  This report is an extended, unedited draft of an article to appear in the Encyclopedia of Information Science and Technology, 2nd  Ed., ed. by Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, IGI Global, 2008, Vol. IV.

  46. “The U-Machine: A Model of Generalized Computation,” International Journal of Unconventional Computing, in press.  See also UT EECS Dept. Technical Report UT-CS-06-587, Dec. 14, 2006.  [pdf (3.4 MB)]

  47. “Aesthetics in Software Engineering,” UT CS Dept. TR UT-CS-06-579, Nov. 2006.  Extended draft of section 5 of “Aesthetic Values in Technology and Engineering Design,” Philosophy of Technology & Engineering Sciences, vol. 9 part V.5 of Handbook of the Philosophy of Science (16 vols.), ed. by Dov Gabbay, Paul Thagard, & John Woods, Elsevier Science, invited by editor. www.johnwoods.ca/HPS/.  [pdf (240 KB)]

  48. “Super-Turing or Non-Turing?”  Slides for invited presentation at International Interdisciplinary Workshop on Future Trends in Hypercomputation, Sheffield UK, 11–13 September 2006.  [pdf (72 KB)]

  49. “Making Meaning in Computers: Synthetic Ethology Revisited,” Artificial Cognition Systems, ed. by Angelo Loula, Ricardo Gudwin and Joâo Queiroz, Idea Group, 2006, ch. 9 (pp. 252–83).  Unedited preprint available as UT CS Dept. TR UT-CS-05-549, May 5, 2005; revised Nov. 1, 2006.  [pdf (600 KB)]

  50. “Extending the Concept of Computation,” unpublished, 2005.  [pdf (600 KB)]

  51. “Can Artificial Life Engender Real Understanding?”  Slides for Centripetals presentation, Oct. 20, 2005. [pdf (1.6 MB)]

  52. “Consciousness in Robots: The Hard Problem and Some Less Hard Problems (Extended Version),” UT CS Dept. TR UT-CS-05-553, May 15, 2005.  [pdf (820 KB)]  Extended version of paper [pdf (400K)] presented at 14th IEEE International Workshop on Robot and Human Interactive Communication.


Bruce MacLennan / MacLennan@utk.edu
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