Immune systems and computation: An interdisciplinary adventure

Jon Timmis*, Paul Andrews, Nick Owens, Ed Clark

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Artificial Immune Systems (AIS) is a diverse area of research that attempts to bridge the divide between immunology and engineering and are developed through the application of techniques such as mathematical and computational modeling of immunology, abstraction from those models into algorithm (and system) design and implementation in the context of engineering. Whilst AIS has become known as an area of computer science and engineering that uses immune system metaphors for the creation of novel solutions to problems, we argue that the area of AIS is much wider and is not confined to the simple development of new algorithms. In this paper we would like to broaden the understanding of what AIS are all about, thus driving the area into a true interdisciplinary one of genuine interaction between immunology, mathematics and engineering.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUnconventional Computation - 7th International Conference, UC 2008, Proceedings
PublisherSpringer Nature
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)3540851933, 9783540851936
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Event7th International Conference on Unconventional Computation, UC 2008 - Vienna, Austria
Duration: 25 Aug 200828 Aug 2008

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume5204 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference7th International Conference on Unconventional Computation, UC 2008
Period25 Aug 200828 Aug 2008


  • immune system
  • conceptual framework
  • adaptive immune system
  • agent base modelling
  • computational property


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