ReLiCADA: Reservoir Computing Using Linear Cellular Automata design algorithm

Jonas Kantic, Fabian C. Legl, Walter Stechele, Jakob Hermann

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In this paper, we present a novel algorithm to optimize the design of Reservoir Computing using Cellular Automata models for time series applications. Besides selecting the models’ hyperparameters, the proposed algorithm particularly solves the open problem of Linear Cellular Automaton rule selection. The selection method pre-selects only a few promising candidate rules out of an exponentially growing rule space. When applied to relevant benchmark datasets, the selected rules achieve low errors, with the best rules being among the top 5% of the overall rule space. The algorithm was developed based on mathematical analysis of Linear Cellular Automaton properties and is backed by almost one million experiments, adding up to a computational runtime of nearly one year. Comparisons to other state-of-the-art time series models show that the proposed Reservoir Computing using Cellular Automata models have lower computational complexity and, at the same time, achieve lower errors. Hence, our approach reduces the time needed for training and hyperparameter optimization by up to several orders of magnitude.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3593-3616
Number of pages24
JournalComplex and Intelligent Systems
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2024


  • Cellular Automata
  • Dynamical system
  • Edge of Chaos
  • Field-programmable Gate Array
  • Reservoir Computing
  • Time series prediction


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