Visit to Prof Jim Hanan opens some exciting opportunities

In May 2019, Dave Drew visited Prof Jim Hanan at the University of Queensland in Brisbane Australia, to discuss opportunities to work together on aspects of the Hans Merensky EucXylo Chair.

Jim has a large amount of experience in using L-systems (Lindenmayer systems) to model plant development.  A Lindenmayer system is a parallel rewriting system and a type of formal grammar and could present a very useful approach in terms of modelling Eucalyptus tree form (see image below).   He also has experience in modelling “cellular” systems of various kinds, using tools like NetLogo to explore interactions between individual elements.  Dave and Jim agreed to work towards student exchange and mutual visits centred around research in the EucXylo Chair.

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