Call for Papers


The 2018 Conference on Artificial Life (ALIFE 2018)

A Hybrid of the European Conference on Artificial Life (ECAL) and the International Conference on the Synthesis and Simulation of Living Systems (ALife)

July 23-27, 2018
Tokyo, Japan



The “ALIFE 2018” conference will be a stimulating home for a rich and diverse research community in Artificial Life and related fields from around the world, with a special emphasis on encouraging communication and building bridges between the different research threads that make Artificial Life such an exciting field. Following in the tradition of recent artificial life conferences, the meeting will also have an overall theme that reflects the global nature of the first joint conference: Beyond AI. We believe that AI is just a side effect of ALIFE and we believe that this conference is going to be a turning point for both ALIFE and AI researchers.

We are inviting especially contributions to solve new challenges in ALife. Since the first ALife conference in 1987, the computational landscape has been completely reshaped in terms of scale, means, capacity, and spheres of application in our society. The use of massive real-world data has now the potential to offer an important new avenue for ALife, to help us understand the nature of living systems by understanding bridges between simple idealized models and complex data-rich phenomena? An epistemology for a modern artificial life that can operate at scale and in partnership with data, but without sacrificing the complexity of the systems that we observe, has yet to be achieved.

Submissions are welcome on all topics. By widening the focus of artificial life, the field can avoid conventional approaches and be a source of radically new concepts, methods, models, and technologies.

We are honoured to welcome keynote speakers who include:

Rodney Brooks (iRobot, MIT, USA)
Inman Harvey (University of Sussex, UK)
Hiroshi Ishiguro (Osaka University, Japan)
David OReilly (Artist, USA)
Kenneth O. Stanley (University of Central Florida, USA)
Hyejin Youn (Northwestern University, USA)
Elena Antonova (King’s College London, UK)



We welcome submissions on any topic, including (but not limited to):

– Evolutionary dynamics
– Perception, cognition, behavior
– Bio-inspired, cognitive and evolutionary robotics, swarms
– Ecological and social systems
– Artificial chemistry, origins of life, computational biology
– Complex dynamical systems and networks
– Evolution of language, computational linguistics
– Philosophy of mind, philosophy of science
– Artificial life-based art
– Synthetic biology and wet ALIFE
– Education and society issues

We are particularly keen to expand the scope of this conference compared to previous years and we welcome papers on novel topics.



The submissions are now open:

There are two options for submission: either full paper or extended abstract. Note that the format is the same for both options. The only difference resides in the number of pages and type of contents:
– Full papers have an 8-page maximum length and should report on new, unpublished work.
– Extended abstracts are limited to two pages and can report on previously published work, but offer a new perspective on that work.



In addition to the main conference tracks, this conference will hold four special sessions, on the following topics:

– ALife and Society: Transcending the artificial-natural divide
– Hybrid Life: Approaches to integrate biological, artificial and cognitive systems
– Machine Learning in ALife
– Morphogenetic Engineering

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– Submission of papers/abstracts: Monday, March 19th Mon Apr 2nd, 2018
– Notifications of acceptance: Mon. Apr. 23 Mon May 7th, 2018
– Camera-ready versions: Mon. May. 21 Mon June 4th, 2018
– Conference convenes: July 23-27, 2018.
Calls for special sessions, workshops and tutorials have already been released and can be found on the ALIFE 2018 conference website: The deadline for workshop and tutorial proposals is Friday, January 19th, 2018.

We look forward to seeing you all in Tokyo!

Best regards,

Nathaniel Virgo & Olaf Witkowski
Programme Co-Chairs for ALIFE 2018

Takashi Ikegami
Conference Chair, ALIFE 2018

On behalf of the conference organizers:
Takashi Ikegami (General Chair)
Nathaniel Virgo (Programme Chair)
Olaf Witkowski (Programme Chair)
Reiji Suzuki (Tutorials / Workshops Chair)
Mizuki Oka (Local Chair)
Alexandra Penn
Arina Tsukada
Dominick Chen
Hiroki Sayama
Hiroyuki Iizuka
Masahito Yamamoto
Matthew Egbert
Takaya Arita
Ryuta Aoki

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