Paulien Hogeweg

Academic from Netherlands

Paulien Hogeweg (b. 1943) is a Dutch theoretical biologist and complex systems researcher studying biological systems as dynamic information processing systems at many interconnected levels. In 1970, Ben Hesper and she defined the term bioinformatics as "the study of informatic processes in biotic systems". Hogeweg graduated with a bachelor's degree from the University of Amsterdam in 1969. She later received a Ph.D. at Utrecht University in 1976; the title of her thesis is "Topics in Biological Pattern Analysis" and addresses pattern formation and pattern recognition in biology. In her early career, Hogeweg intensively collaborated with Ben Hesper. In 1977, Hogeweg founded the Theoretical Biology and Bioinformatics research group at Utrecht University and has been its group leader until 2009. Starting with asynchronous extensions of L-systems she pioneered agent-based modeling studying development of social structure in animal societies, using the opportunity based "ToDo" principle where agents "do what there is to do", and a "DoDom" principle for dominance ranking also known as the winner-loser effect. This type of research later became popular in artificial life. When the first  ( Wikipedia article )


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Universiteit van Amsterdam

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