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kauffmanWe are thrilled to announce that Stuart Kauffman has accepted to give a keynote speech for the GDS track. Dr. Kauffman is a renowned theoretical biologist and complex systems researcher especially interested in the question of the origins of life on Earth. He is best known for arguing that the complexity of biological systems and organisms might result as much from self-organization and far-from-equilibrium dynamics as from Darwinian natural selection, as well as for applying models of Boolean networks to simplified genetic circuits. Stuart Kauffman rose to prominence through his association with the Santa Fe Institute, where he was faculty in residence (1986-1997), and through his work on models in various areas of biology. These included autocatalytic sets in origin of life research, gene regulatory networks in developmental biology, and fitness landscapes in evolutionary biology. Stuart Kauffman held a joint appointment at the University of Calgary in Biological Sciences and Physics & Astronomy (2005-2009), then joined in 2010 the University of Vermont where he continues his work with UVM's Complex Systems Center.

iQBSDr. Kauffman's keynote is sponsored by iQBS, the Institute for Quantitative Biomedical Sciences at Dartmouth. We wish to thank Dr. Jason H. Moore, iQBS Director and GECCO General Chair, for his kind support.



All GDS oral presentations will take place in the Ormandy East room of GECCO's venue, the DoubleTree Hilton Hotel in Philadelphia.


Monday, July 9

Session 1 (GDS 1): Biological Evolution and Development [+ show abstracts]

Chair: Rene Doursat

10:40-11:35 – No entailing laws, but enablement in the evolution of the biosphere
Giuseppe Longo, Mael Montevil & Stuart Kauffman


pap48711:35-12:00 – Co-evolution of morphology and control of soft-bodied multicellular animats
Michal Joachimczak & Borys Wrobel


Q&A SESSION (tentative):
12:00-12:30 - Open discussion with Stuart Kauffman


Session 2 (GDS 2): Morphogenetic Robotics [+ show abstracts]

Chair: Greg Hornby

pap3911:40-2:05 – A manifold operator representation for adaptive design
Jacob Beal, Hala Mostafa, Benjamin Axelrod, Annan Mozeika, Aaron Adler, Gretchen Markiewicz & Kyle Usbeck


pap4162:05-2:30 – On the relationship between environmental and morphological complexity in evolved robots
Joshua E. Auerbach, Joshua C. Bongard


pap2412:30-2:55 – A cell-based developmental model to generate real robot morphologies
Sylvain Cussat-Blanc & Jordan B. Pollack



Session 3 (GDS 3): Structuralism (best paper) [+ show abstracts]

Chair: [TBA]

pap5693:40-4:05 – Complex and diverse morphologies can develop from a minimal genomic model
Jose David Fernandez, Francisco J. Vico & Rene Doursat



Tuesday, July 10

Session 1 (GDS 4): Architectural, Chemical and Behavioral Diversity [+ show abstracts]

Chair: Rene Doursat

pap32510:40-11:05 – An evo-devo approach to architectural design
Daniel Richards, Nick Dunn & Martyn Amos


pap33711:05-11:30 – Morphologies of self-organizing swarms in 3D Swarm Chemistry
Hiroki Sayama


pap35411:30-11:55 – Distance measures for HyperGP with fitness sharing
Jan Drchal & Miroslav Snorek




[+ show abstracts]

pap325Dynamic behavioral diversity
Stéphane Doncieux & Jean-Baptiste Mouret


pap325Compressed network complexity search
Faustino Gomez, Juergen Schmidhuber & Jan Koutnik


pap325Growing and evolving soft robots with a face-encoding tetrahedral grammar
John Rieffel & Schuyler Smith



The conference will be held in Philadelphia, USA. For more information, please see the GECCO 2012 homepage at GECCO is sponsored by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Special Interest Group on Genetic and Evolutionary Computation (SIGEVO). SIG Services: 2 Penn Plaza, Suite 701, New York, NY, 10121, USA, 1-800-342-6626 (USA and Canada) or +212-626-0500 (Global).