Morphogenetic Engineering: Reconciling Self-Organization and Architecture

@inproceedings{Doursat2012MorphogeneticER,
  title={Morphogenetic Engineering: Reconciling Self-Organization and Architecture},
  author={Ren{\'e} Doursat and Hiroki Sayama and Olivier Michel},
  booktitle={Morphogenetic Engineering, Toward Programmable Complex Systems},
  year={2012}
}
Generally, phenomena of spontaneous pattern formation are random and repetitive, whereas elaborate devices are the deterministic product of human design. Yet, biological organisms and collective insect constructions are exceptional examples of complex systems that are both architectured and self-organized. Can we understand their precise self-formation capabilities and integrate them with technological planning? Can physical systems be endowed with information, or informational systems be… 

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