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Spiking Neurons, Competing Agent Populations, and Network QoS Through Distributed Control

Erol Gelenbe

Imperial College, London

Since the earliest days of computing, biologically inspired paradigms have often served to develop computational models and systems based on those models. Kleene's early paper on events in nerve nets yielded one of the first mathematical studies of regular expressions or finite state languages which are at the front end of compiling systems, while John von Neumann was writing about the synthesis of reliable organisms from unrealiable components which provided the seed for research on hardware and system fault tolerance. In this lecture we will discuss our own work on the development two mathematical models which are inter-related: one of them deals with interacting populations which have mutually unpleasant behaviours as well as mutation, and the other model describes spiked random neural networks. We will show how the latter model has helped us design a "cognitive packet network" where packets are routed based on users' QoS requirements. We will also indicate how the model of interacting populations may help us understand how to defend ourselves from Internet based attacks.

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