The Artificial Life of Plants

Przemyslaw Prusinkiewicz¹, Mark Hammel¹, Radomir Mech¹, and Jim Hanan²

¹Department of Computer Science
University of Calgary
Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2N 1N4
e-mail: pwp|hammel|

²CSIRO - Cooperative Research Centre for Tropical Pest Management
Brisbane, Australia


In these notes we survey applications of L-systems to the modeling of plants, with an emphasis on the results obtained since the comprehensive presentation of this area in The Algorithmic Beauty of Plants. The new developments include:

Keywords: L-system, fractal, plant, modeling, simulation, realistic image synthesis, emergence, artificial life.


Przemyslaw Prusinkiewicz, Mark Hammel, Radomir Mech, and Jim Hanan. The artificial life of plants. In Artificial life for graphics, animation, and virtual reality, volume 7 of SIGGRAPH '95 Course Notes, pages 1-1 - 1-38. ACM SIGGRAPH, 1995.

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