Alternative inspiration for artificial immune systems: Exploiting Cohen's cognitive immune model

Paul Andrews, Jon Timmis

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In this chapter, we highlight the idea that actively investigating alternative theories of the immune system can identify new and novel inspiration for artificial immune systems (AIS). It is clear that there is disagreement amongst immunologists concerning many mechanisms of the immune system, often providing an unclear picture for the engineer trying to exploit immune ideas. In spite of this, the abundence of immune theories can be beneficial to the AIS practioner if investigated in detail. Here we provide an example of this by describing Irun Cohen's cognitive immune model and showing how, from this, new ideas for AIS inspiraction can be identified and exploited.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIn Silico Immunology
PublisherSpringer Nature
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9780387392417
ISBN (Print)0387392386, 9780387392387
Publication statusPublished - 2007


  • cognitive system
  • artificial immune system
  • immune receptor
  • immune network
  • immune specificity

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