**Project for the course
Morphomatics,
absolutely due Friday 3/3**

You can choose a project of your own, as long as it is novel and is
accepted by
me. Remember that you limit yourself, since projects like this has a
tendency
to be more involved and time consuming than expected! Furthermore, it
is very
important that you respect the deadline of March 3, in order to let
your fellow
students get a chance to read your report carefully. Your report will
be
presented orally, Friday March 10, from 10.00. The presentation should
be
around 10 to maximal 20 minutes each. You may use powerpoint if you
tell me
ahead and if you bring a CD or usb-stick.

Here is a list of possible subjects, but as I mentioned above, you
might pick
one of your own.

- Study the Avida program.
In particular make your own norm, n(organism1, organism2), which
estimates the genotypic distance between the organism 1 and 2. Can you
use your norm to construct phylogenetic trees? Now, since you can go
back in history, how does your norm (and tree) compare with the reality?
- Find a new reaction diffusion
equation, implement it using Comsol (fka Femlab) and plot the results
for different times, and some different parameters.
- Study the RD-equation from Home
Assignment 4, analyze in Comsol how the different triangulation, and
different global geometries, might affect the resulting pattern.
- Study the Gray-Scott
model. Implement it in Comsol, and analyze this model in different
ways. Especially look for parameters f, k, which eventually gives a
constant pattern with respect to time. Is such a state Turing stable?
- Study early development with
artificial proteins and cellular divisions using METAMorph.
Especially look for a way to construct blastula looking hollow balls.
If that is successful, what about gastrulation?

Torbjörn Lundh, 19 Jan. 2006