Goles, E., Meunier, P. E., Rapaport, I., & Theyssier, G. (2011). Communication complexity and intrinsic universality in cellular automata. Theor. Comput. Sci., 412(12), 2–21.
Abstract: The notions of universality and completeness are central in the theories of computation and computational complexity. However, proving lower bounds and necessary conditions remains hard in most cases. In this article, we introduce necessary conditions for a cellular automaton to be “universal”, according to a precise notion of simulation, related both to the dynamics of cellular automata and to their computational power. This notion of simulation relies on simple operations of spacetime rescaling and it is intrinsic to the model of cellular automata. intrinsic universality, the derived notion, is stronger than Turing universality, but more uniform, and easier to define and study. Our approach builds upon the notion of communication complexity, which was primarily designed to study parallel programs, and thus is, as we show in this article, particulary well suited to the study of cellular automata: it allowed us to show, by studying natural problems on the dynamics of cellular automata, that several classes of cellular automata, as well as many natural (elementary) examples, were not intrinsically universal. (C) 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Goles, E., Montealegre, P., Perrot, K., & Theyssier, G. (2018). On the complexity of twodimensional signed majority cellular automata. J. Comput. Syst. Sci., 91, 1–32.
Abstract: We study the complexity of signed majority cellular automata on the planar grid. We show that, depending on their symmetry and uniformity, they can simulate different types of logical circuitry under different modes. We use this to establish new bounds on their overall complexity, concretely: the uniform asymmetric and the nonuniform symmetric rules are Turing universal and have a Pcomplete prediction problem; the nonuniform asymmetric rule is intrinsically universal; no symmetric rule can be intrinsically universal. We also show that the uniform asymmetric rules exhibit cycles of superpolynomial length, whereas symmetric ones are known to have bounded cycle length. (C) 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Kiwi, M., de Espanes, P. M., Rapaport, I., Rica, S., & Theyssier, G. (2014). Strict Majority Bootstrap Percolation in the rwheel. Inf. Process. Lett., 114(6), 277–281.
Abstract: In the strict Majority Bootstrap Percolation process each passive vertex v becomes active if at least [deg(v)+1/2] of its neighbors are active (and thereafter never changes its state). We address the problem of finding graphs for which a small proportion of initial active vertices is likely to eventually make all vertices active. We study the problem on a ring of n vertices augmented with a “central” vertex u. Each vertex in the ring, besides being connected to u, is connected to its r closest neighbors to the left and to the right. We prove that if vertices are initially active with probability p > 1/4 then, for large values of r, percolation occurs with probability arbitrarily close to I as n > infinity. Also, if p < 1/4, then the probability of percolation is bounded away from 1. (c) 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
