Randall D. Beer

Randy Beer

Cognitive Science Program
Computer Science Program
School of Informatics and Computing
Director, NSF/IGERT Training Program in the Dynamics of Brain-Body-Environment Systems
Center for Complex Networks and Systems Research
Center for the Integrative Study of Animal Behavior
Indiana University

Cognitive Science Program
840 Eigenmann
1910 E. 10th St.
Indiana University
Bloomington, IN 47406

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Research Interests

My primary research interest is in understanding how coordinated behavior arises from the dynamical interaction of an animal’s nervous system, its body and its environment. Toward this end, I work on the evolution and analysis of dynamical “nervous systems” for model agents, neuromechanical modeling of animals, biologically-inspired robotics, and dynamical systems approaches to behavior and cognition. More generally, I am interested in computational and theoretical biology, including models of metabolism, gene regulation and development. I also have a longstanding interest in the design and implementation of dynamic programming languages and their programming environments.