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The 2013 IEEE Symposium on Artificial Life

April 16 – 17, 2013

Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel, Singapore

At the IEEE Symposium Series on Computational Intelligence 2013

Hosted by IEEE CIS Task Force on Artificial Life and Complex Adaptive Systems


IEEE ALIFE 2013 was a great success! We thank all the speakers, authors and audience for their participation in the symposium.


IEEE ALIFE 2013 Proceedings now available online via IEEE Xplore!


Symposium Program

Download "Call for Papers" flyer


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*** New: Best Paper/Best Student Paper Awards ***

The awards were made to the following papers. Prizes are kindly offered from Wolfram Research, Inc. Congratulations to the authors for their excellent work!

Best Paper Award:
"Towards a Synergy-based Approach to Measuring Information Modification"
by Joseph Lizier, Benjamin Flecker and Paul Williams
Wolfram Research Mathematica complimentary one-year licenses to all authors of the paper

Best Student Paper Award:
"Designing and Evaluating Algorithms for Automated Discovery of Adaptive Network Models Based on Generative Network Automata" by Jeffrey Schmidt and Hiroki Sayama
Wolfram Research Mathematica student license to the lead student authors of the paper

Best Paper Runners-Up:
"Exploring Male Spatial Placement Strategies in a Biologically Plausible Mating Task" by Matthias Scheutz, Max Smiley and Boyd Sunny
"Hey! There Is Someone at Your Door. A Hearing Robot using Visual Communication Signals of Hearing Dogs to Communicate Intent" by Kheng Lee Koay, Gabriella Lakatos, Dag Sverre Syrdal, Marta Gacsi, Boroka Bereczky, Kerstin Dautenhahn, Adam Miklosi and Michael Walters

Best Student Paper Runner-Up:
"Social Particle Swarm: Explosive Particle Dynamics Based on Cooperative/Defective Forces" by Keita Nishimoto, Reiji Suzuki and Takaya Arita


Symposium Overview:

IEEE ALIFE 2013 brings together researchers working on the emerging areas of Artificial Life and Complex Adaptive Systems, aiming to understand and synthesize life-like systems and applying bio-inspired synthetic methods to other science/engineering disciplines, including Biology, Robotics, Social Sciences, among others.

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:

prokopenkoMikhail Prokopenko (CSIRO, Australia)
"Information Dynamics at the Edge of Chaos"

Abstract (pdf)

Dr Mikhail Prokopenko is a Principal Research Scientist in CSIRO ICT Centre, Sydney, Australia. He has a strong international reputation in the areas of complex self-organizing systems, with 120 publications and patents, including an edited book ("Advances in Applied Self-organizing Systems", Springer, 2008). He received a PhD in Computer Science (2002, Australia), and MSc in Applied Mathematics (1988, USSR). Dr Prokopenko has co-organized and co-chaired the series of International Workshops on Guided Self-organization (GSO); was a keynote speaker at 3rd International Workshop on Computation in Cyber-Physical Systems (Mexico, 2012), NeFF-Workshop on Non-linear and model-free Interdependence Measures in Neuroscience (Germany, 2012), GSO-2010 (USA) and other events. Most recently, Dr Prokopenko served as an editor of special issues on Complex Networks (Artificial Life), and Guided Self-organization (HFSP, Theory in Biosciences, Advances in Complex Systems), and a section editor for Encyclopaedia of Machine Learning (Evolutionary Computation). He is an Honorary Associate at University of Sydney.

BentleyKatie Bentley (Cancer Research UK)
"Artificial Life in the Fight Against Cancer"

Abstract (pdf)

Dr. Katie Bentley is a senior scientific officer in the Vascular Biology Laboratory, Cancer Research UK, London Research Institute. She has just been made a PI in the Pathology Dept of Beth Israel Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and is in the processes of starting a new interdisciplinary modelling group to study morphogenesis in vascular diseases. She has recently developed a strong international reputation for building an unusually predictive agent-based model focused on the plasticity of vascular morphogenesis mechanisms under different conditions through a “symbiotic” approach of modelling with near total immersion into the experimentalists world. She originates from the Artificial Life community at Sussex University (EASy MSc 2002) and went on to gain her PhD from UCL (2006) in the area of environmentally driven morphogenesis of natural and artificial systems, collaborating with biologists at the Natural History Museum, London. She is a regularly solicited reviewer for computational and biological journals on vascular modelling topics and has been an invited speaker at numerous international conferences, most recently: Gordon Research Conference Endothelial Cell Phenotpyes in Health and Disease (Tuscany 2011).

IEEE SSCI Keynote Speaker (related to IEEE ALIFE):

nehanivChrystopher Nehaniv (University of Hertfordshire, UK)
"Interaction and Experience in Enactive Intelligence and Humanoid Robotics"

Abstract (pdf)



Important Dates:

Paper submission due: Deadline extended until early December 2012
Notification to authors: January 5, 2013
Camera-ready papers due: February 5, 2013
Early registration due: February 5, 2013

Symposium dates: April 16-17, 2013 (IEEE SSCI will be held from April 16 to 19)

Best Paper/Best Student Paper Awards

We are glad to announce that the following awards will be made to best quality papers selected from the submissions to IEEE ALIFE 2013. Prizes will be kindly offered by Wolfram Research, Inc.

Best Paper Award
Prize: Wolfram Research Mathematica complimentary one-year licenses to all authors of the paper

Best Student Paper Award
Prize: Wolfram Research Mathematica student license to the lead student authors of the paper

Submission Guidelines:

Submit via the IEEE SSCI website to IEEE ALIFE 2013

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
* Applications in Sociology, Economics and Behavioral Sciences


Symposium Co-Chairs
Chrystopher Nehaniv, University of Hertfordshire, UK
Terry Bossomaier, Charles Sturt University, Australia
Hiroki Sayama, Binghamton University, State University of New York, USA

Program Committee
Hussein Abbass, University of New South Wales, Australian Defence Force Academy, Australia
Andrew Adamatzky, University of the West of England, UK
Andreas Albrecht, Middlesex University in London, UK
Lee Altenberg, University of Hawaii, USA
Takaya Arita, Nagoya University, Japan
Wolfgang Banzhaf, Memorial University, Canada
Randall Beer, Indiana University, USA
Axel Bender, Defence Science and Technology Organisation, Australia
Katie Bentley, Cancer Research, UK
Josh Bongard, University of Vermont, USA
Martin V. Butz, University of Würzburg, Germany
Angelo Cangelosi, University of Plymouth, UK
Dominique Chu, University of Kent, UK
Kerstin Dautenhahn, University of Hertfordshire, UK
Alan Dorin, Monash University, Australia
René Doursat, Complex Systems Institute, Paris, France
Margaret J. Eppstein, University of Vermont, USA
Robert A. Freitas, Jr., Institute for Molecular Manufacturing, USA
Carlos Gershenson, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Mexico
David Green, Monash University, Australia
Inman Harvey, University of Sussex, UK
Takashi Ikegami, University of Tokyo, Japan
Christian Jacob, University of Calgary, Canada
Joseph Lizier, Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences, Germany
Bob McKay, Seoul National University, Korea
Peter William McOwan, Queen Mary, University of London, UK
Stefano Nolfi, Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies, CNR, Italy
Joshua L. Payne, University of Zurich, Switzerland
Daniel Polani, University of Hertfordshire, UK
Steen Rasmussen, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark
Thomas S. Ray, University of Oklahoma, USA
John Rieffel, Union College, USA
Luis Rocha, Indiana University, USA
Reiji Suzuki, Nagoya University, Japan
Christof Teuscher, Portland State University, USA
Tatsuo Unemi, Soka University, Japan
Sebastian von Mammen, University of Calgary, Canada
Juyang Weng, Michigan State University, USA
Justin Werfel, Harvard University, USA
Jason Teo Tze Wi, Universiti Malaysia Sabah, Malaysia
Janet Wiles, University of Queensland, Australia
Hector Zenil, University of Sheffield and Wolfram Research, UK


Hiroki Sayama, Co-Chair IEEE ALIFE 2013