Andrew Adamatzky

Andrew Adamatzky is a British computer scientist, who is a Director of the Unconventional Computing Laboratory and Professor in Unconventional Computing at the Department of Computer Science and Creative Technology, University of the West of England, Bristol, United Kingdom.

Adamatzky is known for his research in unconventional computing. In particular, he has worked on chemical computers using reaction–diffusion processes.[1] He has used slime moulds to plan potential routes for roadway systems[2][3] and as components of nanorobotic systems,[4][5] and discovered that they seek out sedatives in preference to nutrients.[6] He has also shown that the billiard balls in billiard-ball computers may be replaced by soldier crabs.[7][8]

Adamatzky is a director the International Center of Unconventional Computing,[9] founding Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Cellular Automata (OCP Science, 2005-) and the Int Journal of Unconventional Computing (OCP Science, 2005-).

He appears in the 2014 documentary The Creeping Garden and in the 2019 documentary Le Blob.


Adamatzky is the author or co-author of several books:

In addition he is the editor or co-editor of several edited volumes:


  1. ^ "Future directions in computing: Chemical computing is an unconventional approach to computation that uses a "soup" where data is represented by different concentrations of chemicals", BBC News, 13 November 2007.
  2. ^ Keim, Brandon (May 12, 2011), "Video: Slime Mold Engineers the Motorways of Spain", Wired.
  3. ^ "Railways and slime moulds: A life of slime. Network-engineering problems can be solved by surprisingly simple creatures", The Economist, January 21, 2010.
  4. ^ Sterling, Bruce (August 31, 2009), "It's a robot made of slime mold", Wired.
  5. ^ Bland, Eric, "Plasmobot computer runs on slime mold: Powered by oat flakes, basic computer can perform different functions", MSNBC, archived from the original on 2012-07-18.
  6. ^ Palmer, Jason (10 June 2011), "Slime mould prefers sedatives, say researchers: A simple life form known as a slime mould, used in unconventional computing, seems to have a taste for sedatives", BBC News.
  7. ^ Aron, Jacob (April 12, 2012). "Computers powered by swarms of crabs". New Scientist. Retrieved April 15, 2012.
  8. ^ Solon, Olivia (April 14, 2012). "Computer Built Using Swarms Of Soldier Crabs". Wired. Retrieved April 15, 2012.
  9. ^ International Center of Unconventional Computing people, retrieved 2012-04-15.