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Slime mould imitation of Belgian transport networks: redundancy, bio-essential motorways, and dissolution

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Belgium is amongst few artificial countries, established on purpose, when Dutch and French speaking parts were joined in a single unit. This makes Belgium a particularly interesting testbed for studying bio-inspired techniques for simulation and analysis of vehicular transport networks. We imitate growth and formation of a transport network between major urban areas in Belgium using the acellular slime mould Physarum polycephalum. We represent the urban areas with the sources of nutrients. The slime mould spans the sources of nutrients with a network of protoplasmic tubes. The protoplasmic tubes represent the motorways. In an experimental laboratory analysis we compare the motorway network approximated by P. polycephalum and the man-made motorway network of Belgium. We evaluate the efficiency of the slime mould network and the motorway network using proximity graphs.
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unconventional computing, Transport networks, slime mould, RELATIVE NEIGHBORHOOD GRAPH, GABRIEL GRAPHS, PHYSARUM

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Adamatzky, Andrew, Bernard De Baets, and Wesley Van Dessel. 2012. “Slime Mould Imitation of Belgian Transport Networks: Redundancy, Bio-essential Motorways, and Dissolution.” International Journal of Unconventional Computing 8 (3): 235–261.
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Adamatzky, A., De Baets, B., & Van Dessel, W. (2012). Slime mould imitation of Belgian transport networks: redundancy, bio-essential motorways, and dissolution. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF UNCONVENTIONAL COMPUTING, 8(3), 235–261.
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Adamatzky A, De Baets B, Van Dessel W. Slime mould imitation of Belgian transport networks: redundancy, bio-essential motorways, and dissolution. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF UNCONVENTIONAL COMPUTING. 2012;8(3):235–61.
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Adamatzky, Andrew, Bernard De Baets, and Wesley Van Dessel. “Slime Mould Imitation of Belgian Transport Networks: Redundancy, Bio-essential Motorways, and Dissolution.” INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF UNCONVENTIONAL COMPUTING 8.3 (2012): 235–261. Print.
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  abstract     = {Belgium is amongst few artificial countries, established on purpose, when Dutch and French speaking parts were joined in a single unit. This makes Belgium a particularly interesting testbed for studying bio-inspired techniques for simulation and analysis of vehicular transport networks. We imitate growth and formation of a transport network between major urban areas in Belgium using the acellular slime mould Physarum polycephalum. We represent the urban areas with the sources of nutrients. The slime mould spans the sources of nutrients with a network of protoplasmic tubes. The protoplasmic tubes represent the motorways. In an experimental laboratory analysis we compare the motorway network approximated by P. polycephalum and the man-made motorway network of Belgium. We evaluate the efficiency of the slime mould network and the motorway network using proximity graphs.},
  author       = {Adamatzky, Andrew and De Baets, Bernard and Van Dessel, Wesley},
  issn         = {1548-7199},
  journal      = {INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF UNCONVENTIONAL COMPUTING},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {3},
  pages        = {235--261},
  title        = {Slime mould imitation of Belgian transport networks: redundancy, bio-essential motorways, and dissolution},
  volume       = {8},
  year         = {2012},
}

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