Computational Systems — Natural and Artificial

Proceedings of the International Symposium on Synergetics at Schloß Elmau, Bavaria, May 4–9, 1987

  • Hermann Haken
Conference proceedings

Part of the Springer Series in Synergetics book series (SSSYN, volume 38)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-VIII
  2. Introduction

  3. Natural Computational Systems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 23-23
    2. J. J. Koenderink, A. J. van Doorn
      Pages 24-34
    3. G. Baumgartner, E. Peterhans, R. von der Heydt
      Pages 35-43
    4. D. Lehmann, D. Brandeis, H. Ozaki, I. Pal
      Pages 65-73
    5. A. Fuchs, R. Friedrich, H. Haken, D. Lehmann
      Pages 74-83
  4. Pattern Analysis and Pattern Formation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 85-85
    2. W. Güttinger, P. Haug, D. Lang
      Pages 97-116
  5. Spin Glass Models and Neural Networks

  6. Physical Devices

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 153-153
    2. R. G. Harrison, J. V. Moloney, J. S. Uppal
      Pages 166-175
  7. General Computational Processes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 177-177
    2. J. L. McCauley
      Pages 188-195
    3. M. A. Rubio, M. de la Torre, J. C. Antoranz, M. G. Velarde
      Pages 196-201
  8. Robotics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 203-203

About these proceedings


This book contains the invited papers presented at an international sympo­ sium held at Schloss Elmau, Bavaria (FRG), May 4-9, 1987. Leading experts from neurobiology, medicine, physics, and the computer sciences joined to­ gether to present and discuss their most recent results. A particular example of the natural computational systems discussed is the visual system of man and animals. A bridge between neural networks and physical systems is provided by spin glass models of neural networks, which were also treated. Concrete realizations of new kinds of devices in microelectronics were among the further topics, as were general problems on the calculation of chaotic orbits. In this way these proceedings present a number of quite recent ap­ proaches to problems which are of great current interest in fields concerned with computational systems. Bringing together scientists from neurobiology, physics, and the computer sciences has been one of the main aims of the synergetics enterprise, and in particular of its international symposia, from the very beginning. For exam­ ple, its first meeting held in 1972 at Schloss Elmau included, among others, papers by R. Landauer and J. W. F. Woo on cooperative phenomena in data processing, by W. Reichardt on mechanisms of pattern recognition by the visual system of insects, by B. Julesz on stereoscopic depth perception, and by H. R. Wilson on cooperative phenomena in a homogeneous cortical tissue model. Whole meetings and the corresponding proceedings were devoted to these problems, e. g.


animals chaos dynamical system dynamical systems field theory fields insects neural networks neurobiology paper perception space-time spin synergetics tissue

Editors and affiliations

  • Hermann Haken
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Institut für Theoretische PhysikUniversität StuttgartStuttgart 80Fed. Rep. of Germany
  2. 2.Center for Complex SystemsFlorida Atlantic UniversityBoca RatonUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1987
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-73091-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-73089-4
  • Series Print ISSN 0172-7389
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