Computational Systems – Natural and Artificial

Proceedings of the International Symposium on Synergetics at Schloss Elmau, Bavaria

May 4 – 9, 1987

Springer Series in Synergetics, Vol. 38

1987, Springer-Verlag Berlin, ISBN 3-540-18477-5




Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Hermann Haken

Institut fŸr Theoretische Physik der UniversitŠt Stuttgart

Pfaffenwaldring 57/IV

D-7000 Stuttgart, Fed. Rep. of Germany, and

Center for Complex Systems

Florida Atlantic University

Boca Raton, FL 33431, USA




Part I: Introduction


H. Haken: Synergetic computers for pattern recognition and associative memory



Part II: Natural computational systems


J.J. Koenderink (Dept. of Engineering Science, University of Oxford, Oxord OX1 3PJ, UK); A.J. van Doorn (Physics Laboratory, Utrecht University, NL-3508 TA Utrecht): The representation of space-time in the human visual system


G. Baumgartner, E. Peterhans, R. von der Heydt (Dept. of Neurology, University Hospital, CH-8091 ZŸrich): Neuronal mechanisms of the first, second, and third order contrast in the visual system


H.J. Reibšck, R. Eckhorn, M. Pabst (Angewandte Physik und Biophysik, Philipps UniversitŠt, D-3550 Marburg): A model of figure/ ground separation based on correlated neural activity in the visual system


R.S. Ingarden (Institute of Physics, N. Copernicus University, PL-87-100 Torun): Self-organization of the visual information channel and solitons


D. Lehmann, D. Brandeis, H. Ozaki, I. Pal (Neurology Dept., University Hospital, CH-8091 ZŸrich): Human brain EEG fields: micro-states and their functional significance


A. Fuchs, R. Friedrich, H. Haken (Institut fŸr theoretische Physik und Synergetik, UniversitŠt Stuttgart, D-7000 Stuttgart); D. Lehmann (Neurologie, UniversitŠtsspital ZŸrich, CH-8091 ZŸrich): Spatio-temporal analysis of multi-channel Alpha EEG map series



Part III: Pattern analysis and pattern formation


E.R. Pike (KingÕs College, London, and Royal Signals and Radar Establishment, Malvern, WR 143PS): Singular system analysis of time series data


W. GŸttinger, P. Haug, D. Lang (Institute for Information Sciences, University of TŸbingen, D-7400 TŸbingen): Geometrical principles of pattern formation and pattern recognition



Part IV: Spin glass models and neural networks


H. Horner (Insitut fŸr Theoretische Physik, UniversitŠt Heidelberg, D-6900 Heidelberg): Dynamics of spin glasses and related models of neural networks


I. Kanter (Dept. of Physics, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan 52100, Israel): Mean-field theory of spin glasses and neural networks with finite coordination number


L. Personnaz, I. Guyon, G. Dreyfus (Ecole SupŽrieure de Physique et de Chimie Industrielles de la Ville de Paris, Laboratoire dÕElectronique, F-75005 Paris): Neural networks for associative memory design



Part V: Physical devices


G. Mahler, K. Obermayer (Institut fŸr Theoretische Physik der UniversitŠt Stuttgart, D-7000 Stuttgart 80): Towards the quantum computer: information processing with single electrons


R.G. Harrison, J.V. Moloney, J.S. Uppal (Dept. of Physics, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh EH144AS, UK): Chaos and pulsating instabilities in lasers



Part VI: General computational processes


V. Cerný (Institute of Physics and Biophysics, Comenius University, CS-84215 Bratislava): Systems with statistically coupled processors


J.L. McCauley (Institute for Energy Technology, N-2007 Kjeller): Chaotic dynamical systems as machines


M.A. Rubio, M. de la Torre, J.C. Antoranz, M.G. Velarde (Departamento de Fisica Fundamental, U.N.E.D., E- 28080 Madrid): Digital and analog approach to intermittencies and 1/f noise in a nonlinear Helmholtz oscillator



Part VII: Robotics


V. Caglioti, M. Somalvico (MP-AI Project, Milan Polytechnic Artificial Intelligence Project, Dipartimento di Elettronica, Politecnico di Milano, 1-Milan, Italy): Towards automatic error correction in robots: inferring the task from the program