International Centre for Unconventional Computing

Jeff Jones

 


Video recording shows example result in the approximation of path planning with obstacles by a multi-agent model of slime mould Physarum polycephalum.
Centre image shows arena with obstacles (large grey blocks) and desired start and end points (white dots)
Left image shows chemoattractant gradient and chemorepellent gradient during the experimental run.
Right image shows the collective population representing the Physarum plasmodium.

From: "A Morphological Adaptation Approach to Path Planning Inspired by Slime Mould", published in Int. Journal of General Systems.


Hello. I am a research fellow at the Centre for Unconventional Computing led by Professor Andrew Adamatzky. My interests are in non-classical computational substrates and specifically the emergence of material computation in multi-agent particle collectives. I am currently working on the PhyChip programme working on the development of computational models of biomorphic computing devices.

 

News:

I was recently interviewed and featured in the documentary feature film about slime mould, "The Creeping Garden". The makers made the wise decision to scramble my face...
Other media links can be found here.

 

Publications:

 

Jones, J. (2015) Mechanisms Inducing Parallel Computation in a Model of Physarum polycephalum Transport Networks, Parallel Processing Letters, (25), 1, 1540004, DOI: 10.1142/S0129626415400046.

Adamatzky, A. and Jones, J. (2015) On using compressibility to detect when slime mould completed computation, Complexity, DOI: 10.1002/cplx.21645.

Jones, J. (2015) A Morphological Adaptation Approach to Path Planning Inspired by Slime Mould, Int J. General Systems, (44), 3, p 279-291.

Jones, J. (2014) Towards Lateral Inhibition and Collective Perception in Unorganised Non-Neural Systems, Computational Intelligence, Medicine and Biology: Selected Links, (book chapter In-press).

Jones, J. (2014) Material-based Non-neural Analogues of Lateral Inhibition: A Multi-agent Approach, proceedings of Adaptive Materials, Devices and Systems Towards Unconventional Computing and Robotics: Modeling and Implementation, 26-27th September, Rhodes, Greece.

Jones, J. (2014) Exploiting Environmental Computation in a Multi-Agent Model of Slime Mould, proceedings of ABBII International Symposium on Artificial, Biological and Bio-Inspired Intelligence, 27-28th September, Rhodes, Greece.

Jones, J, and Adamatzky, A. (2014) Approximation of Statistical Analysis and Estimation by Morphological Adaptation in a Model of Slime Mould, Int. Journal of Unconventional Computing, In-press.

Mayne, R., Adamatzky, A. I., and Jones, J. (2014) On the role of the plasmodial cytoskeleton in facilitating intelligent behaviour in slime mould Physarum polycephalum, Communicative & Integrative Biology, 7(1), e32097.

Jones, J. and Adamatzky, A. (2014) Material Approximation of Data Smoothing and Spline Curves Inspired by Slime Mould, Bioinspiration and Biomimetics, 9, (3), 036013.

Jones, J. (2014) A virtual material approach to morphological computation. In: Hauser, H., Füchslin, R. and Pfeiffer, R., eds. (2014) Opinions and Outlooks on Morphological Computation. University of Zurich.

Jones, J. and Adamatzky, A. (2014) Computation of the Travelling Salesman Problem by a Shrinking Blob, Natural Computing, (13), 1, p. 1-16.

Adamatzky, A., Armstrong, R., Jones, J., & Gunji, Y. P. (2013). On creativity of slime mould, International Journal of General Systems, 42, (5), 441-457.

Jones, J. and Adamatzky, A. (2013) Slime Mould Inspired Generalised Voronoi Diagrams with Repulsive Fields, Int. Journal of Bifurcation and Chaos, In-press.

Adamatzky, A., Akl, S., Alonso-Sanz, R., van Dessel, W., Ibrahim, Z., Ilachinski, A., Jones, J., Kayem, A., Martinez, G.J, de Oliveira, P., Prokopenko, M., Schubert, T., Sloot, P., Strano, E., and Yang, X. (2012) Are motorways rational from slime mould's point of view?, Int. J. of Parallel, Emergent and Distributed Systems, 28 (3), p.230-248.

Tsuda, S., Jones J. and Adamatzky, A. (2012) Towards Physarum engines, Applied Bionics and Biomechanics, March 2012, DOI - 10.3233/ABB-2012-0059.

Jones, J. and Adamatzky, A. (2012) Emergence of self-organized amoeboid movement in a multi-agent approximation of Physarum polycephalum, Bioinspiration and Biomimetics, (7), 1, doi: 10.1088/1748-3182/7/1/016009

Jones, J. (2011) Towards Programmable Smart Materials: Dynamical Reconfiguration of Emergent Transport Networks, Int. Journal of Unconventional Computing, (7), 6, p. 423-447.
(See supplementary material for this paper).

Tsuda, S., Jones, J., Adamatzky A. and Mills, J.(2011) Routing Physarum with electrical flow/current, IJNMC, (3), 2, p. 56-70.

Jones, J. (2011) Influences on the Formation and Evolution of Physarum polycephalum Inspired Emergent Transport Networks, Natural Computing, (10), 4, p. 1345-1369.

Adamatzky, A. and Jones J. (2011) On electrical correlates of Physarum polycephalum spatial activity: Can we see Physarum Machine in the dark?, Biophysical Reviews and Letters, (6), 1&2, p. 29-57.

Strano, E., Adamatzky, A. and Jones, J. (2011) Physarum Itinerae: Evolution of Roman Roads with Slime Mould, IJNMC, (3), 2, p. 31-55.

Jones, J., Tsuda, S. and Adamatzky, A. (2011) Towards Physarum Robots, In: Bio-Inspired Self-Organizing Robotic Systems, Studies in Computational Intelligence series, Eds. Meng, Y. and Jin, Y., Vol 355/2011, p. 215-251, Springer-Verlag.

Miranda, E., Adamatzky, A. and Jones, J. (2011) Sounds Synthesis with Slime Mould of Physarum Polycephalum, Journal of Bionic Engineering, (8), 2, p. 107-113.

Tsuda, S. and Jones, J.(2011) The Emergence of Synchronization Behavior in Physarum polycephalum and its Particle Approximation, Biosystems, (103), 3, p. 331-341.
(See supplementary material for this paper).

Tsuda, S. and Jones, J. (2010) The Emergence of Complex Oscillatory Behaviour in Physarum polycephalum and its Particle Approximation, Proceedings of the Twelfth International Conference on the Synthesis and Simulation of Living Systems, AlifeXII, Odense, Denmark, 2010, p. 698-705.
(See supplementary material for this paper).

Jones, J. (2010) Characteristics of Pattern Formation and Evolution in Approximations of Physarum Transport Networks, Artificial Life, (16), 2, p127-153.
(see supplementary material for this paper).

Jones, J. (2010) Dynamics of Particle Based Reaction-Diffusion Computing, In: Theoretical and Technological Advancements in Nanotechnology and Molecular Computation: Interdisciplinary Gains, Eds MacLennan, B., IGI Global, Hershey, New Jersey, p. 194-222.

Jones, J. and Adamatzky, A. (2010) Towards Physarum Binary Adders, Biosystems, (101), 1, p. 51-58.
(see supplementary material for this paper).

Adamatzky, A. and Jones, J. (2010) Road planning with slime mould: If Physarum built motorways it would route M6/M74 through Newcastle, Int. Journal of Bifurcation and Chaos, (20), 10, p. 3065-3084.
(see supplementary material for this paper).

Jones, J.(2010) The Emergence and Dynamical Evolution of Complex Transport Networks from Simple Low-Level Behaviours, Int. Journal of Unconventional Computing, (6), 2, p. 125-144, 2010.
(see supplementary material for this paper).

Adamatzky, A. and Jones, J. (2010) Programmable Reconfiguration of Physarum Machines, Natural Computing, (9), 1, p. 219-237.
(see electronic access version).

Jones, J. (2009) Approximating the Behaviours of Physarum polycephalum for the Construction and Minimisation of Synthetic Transport Networks, Unconventional Computation 2009, LNCS 5715, Springer, p. 191-208.

Jones, J. (2009) Passive vs Active Approaches in Particle Approximations of Reaction-Diffusion Computing, Int. Journal of Nanotechnology and Molecular Computation, (1), 3, p. 37-63.

Adamatzky, A. and Jones, J. (2008) Towards Physarum robots: computing and manipulating on water surface, Journal of Bionic Engineering, (5), 4, p. 348-357.
(see supplementary material for this paper).

Jones, J. (2008) An Emergent Pattern Formation Approach to Dynamic Spatial Problems via Quantitative Front Propagation and Particle Chemotaxis, Int. Journal of Unconventional Computing, (4), 4, p. 341-374, 2008.
(see supplementary material for this paper).

 

Talks/Workshops/Conferences:

2014 - Adaptive Materials, Devices and Systems Towards Unconventional Computing and Robotics: Modeling and Implementation, 26th-27th September, Rhodes, Greece.
2014 - ABBII International Symposium on Artificial, Biological and Bio-Inspired Intelligence, 27-28th September, Rhodes, Greece.
2013 - NTN'13 Networking for Transport Networkers, 25-26th September, Coventry, UK.
2013 - BiochemIT-13 Cobra Workshop at UCNC2013, 5th July, Milan, Italy.
2011 - ECTN Evolution of Complex Transport Networks, 29-30th August, Glasgow, UK.
2010 - Invited talk at Gunji Non-linear Science Lab, 1st July, Kobe, Japan.
2010 - CSTD Computing with Spatio-Temporal Dynamics at UC2010, 23-24th June, Tokyo, Japan.
2009 - UC09 Unconventional Computing, 7-11th September, Azores, Portugal.
2007 - Unconventional Computing 2007,12-14th July, Bristol, UK.

 

Contact:

jeff (dot) jones (AT) uwe (dot) ac (dot) uk