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Vélaldin Emergence Engine

Vélaldin is an ambitious, ongoing project that serves as a platform for research on emergent phenomena.

The Icelandic word Vélaldin can be directly interpeted as Mechanical fruit; vél meaning machine, and aldin fruit. The name references the goal of understanding and interpreting our world through mechanical means, gradually moving towards more life-like machines.

NOTE: Vélaldin has it's own website here.


Vélaldin is an open-source engine for developing structures with emergent properties. Based on the basic concept of cellular automata, Vélaldin offers a new approach to emergence research through an abstract representation of cells — leaving it up to the developer to determine the features, rules and states of cells in whatever way is required.

Funded by the Icelandic Student Innovation Fund (NSN) and the Center for Analysis and Design of Intelligent Agents (CADIA), Reykjavík University's A.I. Lab, Vélaldin was initially constructed the summer of 2006.

Vélaldin β0.5 was released September 27th, 2006
See more info on the
main Vélaldin website.


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