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Pages 514-521
First published 30 July 2014

Quantifying robustness in a spatial model of metabolism-boundary co-construction

Eran Agmon, Alexander J. Gates, Valentin Churavy and Randall D. Beer

Abstract (Excerpt)

We introduce a spatial model of autopoiesis that demonstrates boundary-metabolism co-construction, disintegration following harsh perturbations, and self-repair in response to lighter perturbations. The system's continued maintenance is equated with robustness and quantitatively investigated. This investigation highlights several important operational dependencies for robustness including spatiality, identity, stability, and appropriate specification of perturbations in the types of environments to which an entity must be robust.