Warning : this site is now nearly 20... I keep it since it still has a nice audience :)
Since the Java plugin is now outdated, I modified the applets and they can be executed in various environments.
The sources remain the original ones (August 2016)
Introduction to Artificial Life and Java
The Book « Vie artificielle. Où la biologie
rencontre l'informatique », (Artificial Life. Where
Biology Meets Computer Science) is now available. The Web site
of this book and the associated applets are on line : http://www.rennard.org/iva
Version 2.0 of CAV is available. It
now implements some 1D cellular automata and can be used to test
Wolfram's and Langton's classifications.
The Book « Réseaux Neuronaux »,
(Neural Networks) is now available. The Web site of this book
and the associated applets are on line : http://www.rennard.org/irn
This site is devoted to Artificial Life. Its objective is to participate
in the popularization of this new science. As a matter of fact,
the general public is not really aware of those researches even
though they could have a real daily importance in the coming decades.
The site will progressively present the main chapters of this corpus.
Each topic will be illustrated with a program or an applet.
Artificial life is a fascinating subject. I will try to make the
programs user friendly, but some of the topics are a bit complex
or not really spectacular. You will sometime need to make small
efforts, but you will then discover that reality can be very close
to Science Fiction ...
Four last remarks :
People interested in Artificial Life are often interested in programming
too. Each applet will come with fully documented sources.
Internet is full of remarkable sites. A large link section is
Since I've really few time to work there (a job,
a wife, many young children...), the development of the applications
should be quite slow ...
And finally, I'd like to express my infinite gratitude
to Marie (the most lovely harpy in the world) for her help.