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Wolfram Summer School

June 24–July 14, 2018
Bentley University, Waltham, MA


Mikko Wanzek

Mentor: Bernat Espigule-Pons


Class of 2016


Mikko Wanzek is currently studying computer science at the undergraduate level, and plans to attend graduate school for computer science. Previously, he was an entrepreneur. He has interests in neuroscience, math, physics and computer science. He is also interested in neuromorphic chips and other next-generation processors. In his spare time, he enjoys bouldering, hiking and canyoneering.

Project: Algorithmically Generating Complex Structures

Cellular automata use very simple rules and input, yet are able to produce a wide variety of complex structures resembling natural images. I tried to find other algorithms that could generate a wide variety of complex structures. Ultimately, I found cellular automata to be unbeatable at generating a wide variety of complex, natural-appearing structures.

Favorite 3-Color 2D Totalistic Cellular Automaton

Rule 1134857631

I chose the 3-color 2D totalistic cellular automata with rule number 1134857631 simply because it had the most interesting appearance of the ones I looked at. It appears to have a large amount of randomness in the interior, and I like that the boundary is random.