Workshop (ROADAL)

ALife Roadmap Workshop

July 25th, full day, Venus

Organizers: Olaf Witkowski, Julien Hubert, Martin Biehl, Takashi Ikegami


In 2000, leading figures in Artificial Life wrote a seminal paper on the open problems in the field. Despite providing multiple interesting paths to research, we feel that the Alife community does not act as a group trying to understand how life could be, but instead is composed of groups of individuals working in their own research niche. With the popularity of artificial intelligence, and the many labs and companies working on artificial living agents, we feel it is now the right time to ask again the questions “What are the successes of ALife since this 2000 paper, and where should it go in the future?”.

The workshop will occupy a full day composed of four sessions (tentatively: Philosophy and Theory of ALife, Applications of ALife, ALife in the Private Sector, ALife beyond AI). Each session will address a particular aspect of ALife that will be introduced and discussed by one or two keynote speakers. These speakers will critically evaluate the research within the theme of their session, and offer their opinion about where the field should go. The remaining time of the session will be dedicated to discuss among the participants about the theme of the session. The chair of each session will guide the discussion, and record the most interesting ideas emerging from it. These ideas, and their authors, will be considered for taking part in the writing of a new position paper about the future of Alife that will be published in the Artificial Life journal.

We are looking forward to seeing you at the workshop!

Session 1
Each of the sessions will consist in an open-ended discussion,
introduced by a short talk by the speakers listed below.

Philosophy and Theory of Alife
Introduction: Olaf Witkowski, Julien Hubert
Invited talk: Randall Beer

Session 2 (13:30-15:00)
Achievements of ALife
Invited talks: Seth Bullock, Hiroki Sayama

Session 3 (15:30-17:00)
ALife, Outside ALife
Invited talks: Piet Hut, Mizuki Oka

Session 4 (17:30-19:00)
ALife, Beyond AI
Invited talk: Takashi Ikegami