Part of Neural Information Processing Systems 0 (NIPS 1987)
The interaction of a set of tropisms is sufficient in many
cases to explain the seemingly complex behavioral responses exhibited by varied classes of biological systems to combinations of stimuli. It can be shown that a straightforward generalization of the tropism phenomenon allows the efficient implementation of effective algorithms which appear to respond "intelligently" to changing environmental conditions. Examples of the utilization of tropistic processing techniques will be presented in this paper in applications entailing simulated behavior synthesis, path-planning, pattern analysis (clustering), and engineering design optimization.