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Biological Inspiration for Artificial Immune Systems

Twycross, Jamie; Aickelin, Uwe


Uwe Aickelin


Artificial immune systems (AISs) to date have generally been inspired by naive biological metaphors. This has limited the effectiveness of these systems. In this position paper two ways in which AISs could be made more biologically realistic are discussed. We propose that AISs should draw their inspiration from organisms which possess only innate immune systems, and that AISs should employ systemic models of the immune system to structure their overall design. An outline of plant and invertebrate immune systems is presented, and a number of contemporary systemic models are reviewed. The implications for interdisciplinary research that more biologically-realistic AISs could have is also discussed.


Twycross, J., & Aickelin, U. Biological Inspiration for Artificial Immune Systems

Conference Name Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Artificial Immune Systems (ICARIS 2007)
Deposit Date Oct 12, 2007
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
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