European Conference on Artificial Life (ECAL)

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Periodicity:

two years

 Last conference held (or to be held) on:

 2011

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Artificial Life is an interdisciplinary undertaking that investigates the fundamental properties of living systems through the simulation and synthesis of biological entities and processes. It also attempts to design and build systems that display properties of organisms, or societies of organisms, out of abiotic or virtual parts. ECAL, the European Conference on Artificial Life, is a biennial event that alternates with the US-based Alife conference series.

 

A new body of disciplines

Over the past two decades, biological knowledge has grown at an unprecedented rate, giving rise to new disciplines such as systems biology — testimony of the striking progress of modeling and quantitative methods across the field. During the same period, highly speculative ideas have matured, and entire conferences and journals are now devoted to them. Synthesizing artificial cells, simulating large-scale biological networks, storing and making intelligent use of an exponentially growing amount of data (e.g., microarrays), exploiting biological substrates for computation and control, and deploying bio-inspired engineering are all cutting-edge topics today.

 

Life itself

ECAL 2011 will leverage the remarkable development of biological modeling and extend the topics of Artificial Life to the fundamental properties of living organisms: their multiscale pattern-forming morphodynamics, their autopoiesis, robustness, capacity to self-repair, cognitive capacities, and co-adaptation at all levels, including ecological ones. ECAL 2011 will bring together a large interdisciplinary community of biologists, computer scientists, physicists, and mathematicians. It will invite them to reflect on how traditional boundaries between disciplines have become blurred, and to revisit in depth what constitutes “life”.

International Conference on the Simulation and Synthesis of Living Systems (ALIFE)

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Periodicity:

two years

 Last conference held (or to be held) on:

 2010

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It is a great pleasure for the Center for Fundamental Living Technology (FLinT) at University of Southern Denmark (SDU) to host the 12th International Conference on Artificial Life, August 19-23, 2010. 

The conference will be organized around the theme of identifying and synthesizing the critical properties of living and life-like systems (e.g., self-replication, self-assembly, self-organization, metabolism, adaptation, evolution). The meeting will reflect all of the main areas of artificial life research, including “wet” systems based on carbon chemistry, “soft” systems realized in software, and “hard” systems consisting of autonomous robotic agents, integration of the above areas, as well as a variety of social and technical systems that embody the critical properties of living systems. The conference will have broad interdisciplinary interest, because “living” processes are found virtually everywhere.

It has been a decade since the last organized effort to identify the key open problems in artificial life. An important goal of the workshop is to review progress on the open problems and re-evaluate what are the key open problems in the artificial life community today.

Some sessions in the conference will be devoted to detailed discussion of specific subjects. We envision a variety of smaller forums, which will address such topics as the chemistry of assembling protocells, the energetics and mechanical implementation of robots, or software and social issues for collective intelligence platforms. In addition, a poster session will give the opportunity to discuss selected work peer-to-peer. In this manner, we hope the conference can increase both the depth and breath of the scientific work presented.

Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO)

gecco2008

Periodicity:

annual

 Last conference held (or to be held) on:

 2011

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The Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO-2011) will present the latest high-quality results in thegrowing field of genetic and evolutionary computation. Topics include: genetic algorithms, genetic programming, evolutionstrategies, evolutionary programming, real-world applications, learning classifier systems and other geneticsbased machinelearning, evolvable hardware, artificial life, adaptive behavior, ant colony optimization, swarm intelligence, biologicalapplications, evolutionary robotics, coevolution, artificial immune systems, and more.

German Workshop on Artificial Life (GWAL)

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Periodicity:

two years

 Last conference held (or to be held) on:

 2008

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After Bamberg 2004 and Jena 2006, the 8th German Workshop on Artificial Life (GWAL-8) in Leipzig will continue the successful series of GWAL-gatherings, which are attended particulary by young European researchers in the field of Artificial Life (AL).

Since its inception in the 1980s, AL is an interdisciplinary field of science focused on abstracting the essential features and dynamics of living systems in order to create artificial, life-like systems. GWAL-8 is intended to provide the opportunity for biologists, physicists, information and computer sciencists, chemists, mathematicans, and philosophers interested in this field to present and discuss their new results.

The workshop is open to an international audience and will be held in English.