We accepted the 8 workshops and 4 tutorials as listed below. The detailed information will be provided at each workshop or tutorial website.


The whole organization including review processes will be organized by organizers of each workshop. All workshops except ELSI workshop will be held on the workshop day (July 25th). ELSI workshop will be held on July 26th.

  • Third Workshop on Open-Ended Evolution (OEE3): Hallmarks, Mechanisms and Empirical Demonstrations (July 25th, full day)
    Organizers: Mark Bedau, Norman Packard, Alastair Channon, Tim Taylor, Steen Rasmussen and Takashi Ikegami.
    From the first experiments with digital evolution in the 1950s to the increasingly sophisticated simulations of the present day, the concept of open-ended evolution (OEE) has been a central concern for Artificial Life researchers. The goal of the OEE3 workshop is to build upon the outcomes of OEE1 and OEE2, in relation to progress on behavioral hallmarks of systems undergoing OEE, hypothesized requirements (mechanisms) for systems to undergo OEE, and empirical demonstrations of hallmarks or requirements of OEE in models or natural systems. Contributions are encouraged from all three of the major branches of ALife: simulation, wet, and robotic. All submissions should refer to the observable behavioral hallmarks listed in section 3 of the OEE1 Workshop Report [], published in the Artificial Life journal. Authors of selected contributions will be invited to expand their work for submission to a special issue of the Artificial Life journal.
    [Workshop website]
  • Workshop on a roadmap for alife (July 25th, full day)
    Organizers: Olaf Witkowski, Julien Hubert
  • Protocognition: Wisdom of mutes (July 25th, half day)
    Organizers: Andrew Adamatzky, Yukio-Pegio Gunj, Jordi Vallverdú
    [Workshop website]
  • Developing Software Standards for the Artificial Life community (July 25th, half day)
    Organizers: Clifford Bohm, Emily Dolson, Alexander Lalejini, Nitash CG, Charles Ofria
  • The Synthetic Approach to Biology and the Cognitive Sciences (SA-BCS 2018): Developing an Epistemology for the Synthetic Sciences of Life and Cognition (July 25th, half day)
    Organizers: Luisa Damiano, Pasquale Stano
  • Cognitive Development, Learning and Representation Co-construction in Human-Robots Systems and Ambient Intelligence Systems (July 25th, half day)
    Organizers: Amélie Cordier, Stéphane Doncieux, Amal El Fallah Seghrouchni, Frank Guérin, Salima Hassas, Bipin Indurkhya, Leonardo Lana De Carvalho, Mathieu Lefort, Georgi Stojanov
  • (tentative) Constructive approaches to emergence of communication and language in natural and artificial agents + Social Learning and Cultural Evolution (SLACE) (July 25th, full day)
  • Workshop organized by ELSI (July 26th, full day)


Tutorials will be held on July 24th or 26th. Each tutorial will be 2 hours.

  • Introduction to Artificial Gene Regulatory Networks
    Organizers: Sylvain Cussat-Blanc, Wolfgang Banzhaf
  • Avida-ED: a tool for artificial life in the classroom
    Organizers: Michael Wiser, Robbert Penock
  • Simulating Complex Systems with FLAME GPU
    Organizers: Paul Richmond, Mozhgan Kabiri Chimeh
  • Creative Prediction with Neural Networks
    Organizers: Charles P. Martin, Kyrre Glette, Jim Tørresen


The ALife2018 Organizing Committee invites proposals for Tutorials and
Workshops to be held in conjunction with The 2018 Conference on Artificial
Life (ALIFE 2018), which will be held in Tokyo, Japan on July 23rd-27th,2018.

If accepted, ALife will provide the onsite logistics (seminar rooms,
projectors, coffee breaks) and links from the main conference website. All
other organizational issues – including separate review process and
proceedings publication, if any – are taken care of by the workshop chairs.
Therefore, any workshop-specific requests from participants should be
exclusively addressed to them, not to the ALife committee. The internal
organization of the satellite workshops and tutorials (website, paper
submission, invited talks, proceedings, all deadlines except registration)
is entirely left up to their respective organizers. Participation in
workshops and tutorials requires conference registration.

Important Dates

Submission of Workshop/Tutorial Proposals is open now.
We will receive applications until January 19th, 2018.
The notification of acceptance will be given until February 19th.

(Early applications are possible if organizers want to get the word out early.)

*Workshop/Tutorial Information and/or submission proposal

-Workshop Proposals

The ALife 2018 workshops are intended to be forums to present and discuss
new approaches, visions, or critical reflections within a research area.
They provide an excellent opportunity to meet people with similar
interests, to be exposed to cutting-edge research and to exchange ideas in
an informal setting. The organizers of an accepted workshop are responsible
for its coordination and its publicity (e.g., for sending out call for
papers/abstracts), for collecting and reviewing the papers/abstracts, and
for maintaining a webpage providing a list of accepted talks. The workshops
are typically half day long. The format can be decided by the organizers
who are encouraged to plan interactive sessions.


-Tutorial Proposals

ALife 2018 tutorials will be presented by domain experts to cover current
topics relevant to artificial life researchers and practitioners. Each
tutorial slot will be 2 hours long, then we encourage to include the
tutorial and also demos / interactive activities.


*Submission Process

Each tutorial/workshop proposal should include:
1) title of the workshop/tutorial
2) name(s) and affiliation(s) of the organizer(s)/inspector(s), with relative contact details
3) a short CV of the organizer(s)/instructor(s)
4) a brief description (half-page) of the workshop/tutorial topics

Only for workshops:
5) potential target participants and audience
6) roughly approximated number of participants
7) rough estimate of the number of talks
8) whether you have a plan for preparing online (or pdf) proceedings or abstract booklets of the workshop or not


All proposals must be sent to: