FALL 2002

Lecturer: James F. Lynch
Office: SC-381
Telephone: 268-2374
Office hours: MWF 9:00AM-10:00AM and MW 11:00AM-12:00PM
Lecture hours: ?
Text: None


We will read and discuss a collection of articles from scientific journals and chapters from books. For the most part, we will all read each article and discuss it during class, although I may occasionally ask an individual student to give a lecture, and we may have some guest lecturers. In any event, I will require each student to turn in (by email) a short report on each article before the class in which it will be discussed.

We will also examine some systems biology software. I do not plan on any large projects involving this software, but we may experiment with it.


Grading will be based entirely on the reports and participation in discussions and experiments with software. There will be no exams or final.


Hardcopies of most of the articles will be available in a binder that each student may borrow to make their own copies. In other cases, if the budget permits, I will hand out copies of an article to each student. In a few cases, the article will be available electronically, and students may download and print it (these are indicated as links).

Steven Levy, The Promised Land, in Artificial Life, Pantheon Books, New York (1992), pp. 11-46.
Arthur W. Burks, Von Neumann's Self-Reproducing Automata, in Essays on Cellular Automata, ed. A. W. Burks, University of Illinois Press, Urbana (1970), pp. 3-64.
W. Richard Stark and William H. Hughes, Asynchronous Irregular Automata Nets: The Path not Taken, BioSystems 55 (2000), pp. 107-117.
Computational Cell Biology Group, Cambridge University, StochSim
Other articles will be added soon.