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U.K. Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)

Network on Evolvability in Biological & Software Systems


EVOLVABILITY AND INDIVIDUALITY

SYMPOSIUM
PROGRAMME


Invited Speakers
BRIAN C. GOODWIN (SCHUMACHER COLLEGE, U.K.)

RICHARD E. MICHOD (UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA, U.S.A.)

PAULIEN HOGEWEG (UNIVERSITY OF UTRECHT, THE NETHERLANDS)

NICHOLAS J. MACIAS (CELL MATRIX CORPORATION, U.S.A.)

JULIAN F. MILLER (UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM, U.K.)

AURORA M. NEDELCU (UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA, U.S.A.)

LARRY BULL (UNIVERSITY OF THE WEST OF ENGLAND, U.K.)

JOEL R. PECK (UNIVERSITY OF SUSSEX, U.K.)




Program Chairs

CHRYSTOPHER L. NEHANIV (UNIVERSITY OF HERTFORDSHIRE)
RENÉ TE BOEKHORST (UNIVERSITY OF HERTFORDSHIRE)


Co-Organizers

KERSTIN DAUTENHAHN (UNIVERSITY OF HERTFORDSHIRE)
MARTIN LOOMES (UNIVERSITY OF HERTFORDSHIRE)

PAUL MARROW (BRITISH TELECOM)


18-20 September 2002

St. Albans, Hertfordshire, U.K.


Sponsored by

Network on Evolvability in Biological & Software Systems
Adaptive Systems Research Group, University of Hertfordshire
EPSRC Grant GR/N23158



Wednesday - 18 September 2002
St. Albans Town Hall

8:45-9:30 Refreshments

INVITED LECTURE
9:30-10:30 Cancer, Morphogenesis and Evolvability
BRIAN C. GOODWIN (Schumacher College, U.K.)

COFFEE AND BISCUITS

CONTRIBUTED PAPERS
10:45-11:45 Evolvability and Individuality: Some Minimal Examples in Constructive Biology
CHRYSTOPHER L. NEHANIV

11:45-12:15 Investigating Evolvability Enhancing Properties
GWENN VOLKERT

LUNCH

INVITED LECTURE
2:15-3:15 Symbiogenesis in Machine Learning
LARRY BULL (University of the West of England, U.K.)

COFFEE AND BISCUITS

CONTRIBUTED PAPERS
3:40-4:10 An Individual Based Model for Simulating Bacterial Evolution
RICHARD GREGORY, R. PATON, J. R. SAUNDERS, AND H. WU

4:10-4:40 Tag Based Models of Group Specialization
DAVID HALES

4:40-5:10 Surviving on a Sand-Pile: Investigating the Type of Behaviour that Evolves in the
Presence of Crises

BRUCE EDMONDS

5:10-5:30 POSTER INTRODUCTIONS (5 MINUTES EACH)

Thursday - 19 September 2002
St. Albans Council Chambers
8:30-9:00 Refreshments

INVITED LECTURE
9:00-10:00 Cooperation and Conflict Mediation During the Origin of Multicellular Individuals
RICHARD E. MICHOD (University of Arizona, U.S.A.)

COFFEE AND BISCUITS

WALK OVER TO AND VISIT ST. ALBANS CATHEDRAL
(
GUIDED TOURS STARTING 10:30 AND 11:30 AT CATHEDRAL'S WEST END)

LUNCH

INVITED LECTURE
1:00-2:00 Inducing Complex Higher-Order Behavior from a System of Identical Individuals
NICHOLAS J. MACIAS AND LISA J. K. DURBECK (Cell Matrix Corporation, U.S.A.)

COFFEE AND BISCUITS

CONTRIBUTED PAPERS

2:15-2:45 Links between Sexual Selection and Evolvability
RENÉ TE BOEKHORST

2:45-3:15 Individuality and Autonomous Robots
KERSTIN DAUTENHAHN

Measuring Individuality: Homeostasis and System Organisation in the
Formation of New Biological Levels

ALEXANDRA PENN $\ddagger$

INVITED LECTURE
3:15-4:15 Growing Multi-Cellular Organisms Inside Computers
JULIAN F. MILLER (University of Birmingham, U.K.)

POSTER SESSION WITH COFFEE AND BISCUITS (4:15-5:15)
FRANCO DI PRIMIO $\ddagger$ Basic Constraints on Evolvable (Artificial) Individuals

PAUL HODGSON Creativity and Artificial Evolution

TIMOTHY A. MILLEA Autonomic Computing - Creating Self-Evolving Software Systems

TIMOTHY A. MILLEA Darwin Meets Lehman - Generalising Evolution

$\ddagger$ = unable to attend.

Friday - 20 September 2002
St. Albans Council Chambers

8:30-9:00 Refreshments

INVITED LECTURE
9:00-10:00 Sex Causes Altruism
JOEL R. PECK (University of Sussex, U.K.)

COFFEE AND BISCUITS

CONTRIBUTED PAPERS

10:15-10:45 On Individuality, Emergence and Information Preservation
DANIEL POLANI

10:45-11:15 Can ``Bad" Biology be Good for Artifical Life?
TONY HIRST

11:45-12:15 Individuality, Control Networks and Computer Systems
NEIL MCBRIDE

LUNCH

INVITED LECTURE
2:15-3:15 Evolvability and Individuality during the Transition to Multicellularity in Volvocalean
Green Algae

AURORA M. NEDELCU (University of Arizona, U.S.A.)

COFFEE AND BISCUITS

INVITED LECTURE
3:30-4:30 Individuality at Multiple Levels -- Phenotype-First: Evolution toward Robustness
PAULIEN HOGEWEG (University of Utrecht, The Netherlands)

DISCUSSION WITH COFFEE AND BISCUITS (4:30-5:00)




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