2009 IEEE Symposium on Artificial Life

March 30 – April 2, 2009 Sheraton Music City Hotel, Nashville, TN, USA

at the IEEE Symposium Series on Computational Intelligence 2009


IEEE ALIFE 2009 brings together researchers working on the emerging areas of Artificial Life and Complex Adaptive Systems, especially connections and applications to Biology, Robotics, Space Sciences and Predictive Methods for Understanding and Synthesizing Life-like Systems.

Artificial Life is the study of the simulation and synthesis of living systems. In particular, this science of generalized living and life- like systems provides engineering with billions of years of design expertise to learn from and exploit through the example of the evolution of organic life on earth. Increased understanding of the massively successful design diversity, complexity, and adaptability of life is rapidly making inroads into all areas of engineering and the Sciences of the Artificial. Numerous applications of ideas from nature and their generalizations from life-as-we-know-it to life-as-it-could- be continually find their way into engineering and science.

Keynote Speakers:

Photo of Ralf Der Ralf Der (Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences, Germany)
"Guided Self-Organization of Autonomous Robot Behavior"

Abstract: This is joint work with Nihat Ay (Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences, Germany, & Santa Fe Institute, U.S.A.). The talk starts with a brief review of self-organization in physical systems and asks the question how the self-organization processes can be guided in these systems. Answers are translated to autonomous, embodied robots with many degrees of freedom. It will be argued that a gradient flow on information theoretic measures, predictive information in particular, is a viable scenario for self-organization. We derive on-line learning rules for the maximization of the predictive information and apply them to a number of example systems like artificial snakes, dogs, humanoids and some strange artifacts. These examples show that our learning rules drive these robots to a playful self-exploration of their bodily affordances. Eventually, possible routes for the guidance of these self-organization processes are outlined. Videos and more information on http://robot.informatik.uni-leipzig.de/research/videos/.

Photo of Thomas S. Ray Thomas S. Ray (University of Oklahoma, U.S.A.)
"The Human Mind"

Abstract: The human mind is experienced as a perceptual whole, yet it is composed of components whose discreteness is normally obscured by being woven into the complete tapestry of the mind. Each component is mediated by distinct neurotransmitter receptors. The diverse set of psychoactive drugs collectively represents a rich set of tools for probing the chemical architecture of the human mind. These tools can be used to reveal the components of the psyche. By activating specific components of the mind, they are made to stand out against the background of the remainder of the mental tapestry. Thus both their discreteness and their specific contribution to the psychic whole can be better appreciated. These receptor mediated mental components are the distinct elements from which the mind has been fashioned through evolution.

Photo of Bruce J. MacLennan Bruce J. MacLennan (University of Tennessee at Knoxville, U.S.A.)
"A Model of Embodied Computation for Artificial Morphogenesis"

Abstract: Life is embodied, and developing artificial life to its full potential will depend on understanding and exploiting the interrelationship of information processing and embodiment. For example, both embryological development and analogous processes of artificial morphogenesis depend on mutually interdependent unfoldings of an information process and of the "body" in which it is occurring. But the theory of embodied computation, like the theory of embodied cognition, provides challenges as well as opportunities. On one hand, such computation is intimately connected with its physical realization, in part because the purposes of embodied computing are often physical (e.g., self-assembly, morphogenesis, microrobotics). These characteristics make embodied computing more difficult than conventional computing, because it is not so idealized (independent of its material realization). On the other hand, embodied computation can make productive use of its physical realization, for example, by using physical states and processes (of the system and its environment) in place of computational representations. Thus it has implicit computational resources unavailable to conventional computing. In order to fulfill this promise, we need both formal and informal models of embodied computing that directly address the interaction of formal and physical processes in embodied computation systems. These will be essential cognitive tools for conceptualizing, designing, and reasoning about embodied computation. In this talk I will present a preliminary design for one such model, which is of general applicability, but especially oriented toward artificial morphogenesis (self-assembly of complex hierarchical structures by processes analogous to embryological morphogenesis).

Important Dates:

November 12, 2008 Paper submission deadline
December 10, 2008 Author notification of acceptance or rejection
January 15, 2009 Deadline for receipt of final manuscript
March 30 - April 2, 2009 Symposium dates

Submit via the IEEE SSCI website to IEEE ALIFE 2009

We invite submissions of high-quality contributions on a wide variety of topics relevant to the wide research areas of Artificial Life.

Some sample topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following aspects of Artificial Life:

* Systems Biology, Astrobiology, Origins of Replicators and Life
* Major Evolutionary Transitions
* Applications in Nanotechnology, Compilable Matter, or Medicine
* Genetic Regulatory Systems
* Predictive Methods for Complex Adaptive Systems
* Self-reproduction, Self-Repair, and Morphogenesis
* Robotic and Embodiment: Minimal, Adaptive, Ontogenetic and/or Social Robotics,
* Human-Robot Interaction
* Constructive Dynamical Systems and Complexity
* Evolvability, Heritability, and Multicellularity
* Information-Theoretic Methods in Life-like Systems
* Sensor and Actuator Evolution and Adaptation
* Wet and Dry Artificial Life (e.g. artificial cells; non-carbon based life)
* Non-Traditional Computational Media
* Emergence and Complexity
* Multiscale Robustness and Plasticity
* Phenotypic Plasticity and Adaptability in Scalable, Robust Growing Systems
* Predictive Methods for Complex Adaptive Systems and Life-like Systems
* Automata Networks and Cellular Automata
* Ethics and Philosophy of Artificial Life
* Co-evolution and Symbiogenesis
* Simulation and Visualization Tools for Artificial Life
* Replicator and Interaction Dynamics
* Network Theory in Biology and Artificial Life
* Synchronization and Biological Clocks
* Methods and Applications of Evolutionary Developmental Systems (e.g. developmental genetic-regulatory networks (DGRNs), multicellularity)
* Games and Generalized Biology
* Self-organization, Swarms and Multicellular Systems
* Emergence of Signaling and Communication

Program Chairs:
Chrystopher Nehaniv, University of Hertfordshire, U.K.
Hussein Abbass, University of New South Wales, Australia
Masanori Sugisaka, Oita University, Japan

Program Committee:
Andrew Adamatzky, University of the West of England, UK
Andreas Albrecht, Queen's University Belfast, UK
Takaya Arita, Nagoya University, Japan
Ruth Aylett, Heriot-Watt University, UK
Randall Beer, Indiana University, USA
Axel Bender, Defence Science and Technology Organisation, Australia
Rene te Boekhorst, University of Hertfordshire, UK
Terry Bossomaier, Charles Sturt University, Australia
Larry Bull, University of the West of England, UK
Martin V. Butz, University of Wuerzburg, Germany
Lola Canamero, University of Hertfordshire, UK
Angelo Cangelosi, University of Plymouth, U.K.
Peter A. Cariani, Eaton Peabody Laboratory of Auditory Physiology, USA
Tan Kay Chen, National University of Singapore, Singapore
David Cornforth, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia
Kerstin Dautenhahn, University of Hertfordshire, UK
Alan Dorin, Monash University, Australia
Margaret J. Eppstein, University of Vermont, USA
Dario Floreano, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Switzerland
Robert A. Freitas, Institute for Molecular Manufacturing, USA
Steve Grand, Cyberlife Research, UK
Pauline Haddow, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
Inman Harvey, University of Sussex, UK
Christian Jacob, University of Calgary, Canada
Per Kristian Lehre, University of Birmingham, UK
Kazuhiko Kawamura, Vanderbilt University, USA
Jan T. Kim, University of East Anglia, UK
Benjamin Kuipers, University of Texas, USA
Xavier Llora, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Vittorio Loreto, University of Rome "La Sapienza", Italy
Bruce MacLennan, University of Tennessee, USA
Paul Marrow, British Telecom, UK
Alcherio Martinoli, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Switzerland
Bob McKay, Seoul National University, Korea
Peter McOwan, Queen Mary University of London, UK
Giorgio Metta, University of Genoa, Italy
Assif Mirza, Italian Institute of Technology, Italy
Amiram Moshaiov, Tel-Aviv University, Israel
Jason Noble, University of Southampton, UK
Stefano Nolfi, CNR, Italy
Pierre-Yves Oudeyer, INRIA Bordeaux Sud- Ouest, France
Daniel Polani, University of Hertfordshire, UK
Thomas S. Ray, University of Oklahoma, USA
James A. Reggia, University of Maryland, USA
Hiroki Sayama, Binghamton Univeristy (SUNY), USA
Brian Scassellati, Yale University, USA
Adrian Stoica, NASA Jet Propulsion Lab, USA
Tim Taylor, Timberpost Ltd., UK
Jason Teo, University of Malaysia Sabah, Malaysia
Guy Theraulaz, Universite’ Paul Sabatier, France
Kazuto Tominaga, Tokyo University of Technology, Japan
Hugo Touchette, Queen Mary University of London, UK
Andrew Tyrrell, University of York, UK
Olaf Sporns, Indiana University, USA
Russell Standish, University of New South Wales, Australia
Juyang (John) Weng, Michigan State University, USA
Tom Ziemke, University of Skovde, Sweden

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