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Information fusion in the immune system

Twycross, Jamie; Aickelin, Uwe

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Uwe Aickelin


Biologically-inspired methods such as evolutionary algorithms and neural networks are proving useful in
the field of information fusion. Artificial immune systems (AISs) are a biologically-inspired approach which take inspiration from the biological immune system. Interestingly, recent research has shown how AISs which use multi-level information sources as input data can be used to build effective algorithms for realtime computer intrusion detection. This research is based on biological information fusion mechanisms used by the human immune system and as such might be of interest to the information
fusion community. The aim of this paper is to present a summary of some of the biological information fusion mechanisms seen in the human immune system, and of how these mechanisms have been implemented as AISs.


Twycross, J., & Aickelin, U. Information fusion in the immune system. Information Fusion, 11(1),

Journal Article Type Article
Deposit Date Jul 18, 2013
Journal Information Fusion
Print ISSN 1566-2535
Electronic ISSN 1566-2535
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 11
Issue 1
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Additional Information NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Information Fusion. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Information Fusion, 11,1 (2010), doi: 10.1016/j.inffus.2009.04.008


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