2017 IEEE Symposium on Artificial Life

as part of

2017 IEEE Symposium Series on Computational Intelligence (IEEE SSCI 2017)
Hilton Hawaiian Village Resort, Honolulu, Hawaii
Nov. 27-Dec. 1, 2017

Call for papers

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.

IEEE ALIFE 2017 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.

IEEE ALIFE 2017 will be a part of the 2017 IEEE Symposium Series on Computational Intelligence (SSCI 2017). IEEE SSCI 2017 plans to have 24 separate symposia, plus plenary sessions, tutorials, and more, all for one registration price.

Call for tutorials

Tutorial submissions should be made via the main SSCI tutorials website by March 10, however you are advised to liase with the organising committee of IEEE ALife beforehand when preparing a submission related to this symposium.


Accepted papers after peer-review will be published in the IEEE SSCI conference proceedings. Submissions will be made via the main IEEE SSCI website.

Important dates

Tutorial Proposals:            Mar. 10, 2017
Paper Submissions:          July 2, 2017
Notification to Authors:    Aug. 27, 2017
Final Submission:              Sept. 24, 2017
Early Registration:            Sept. 24, 2017


Topics include but are not limited to:

  • Systems Biology, Astrobiology, Origins of Replicators and Life
  • Major Evolutionary Transitions
  • Applications in Nanotechnology, Compilable Matter, or Medicine
  • Genetic Regulatory Systems
  • Self-reproduction, Self-Repair, and Morphogenesis
  • Human-Robot Interaction
  • Robotic and Embodiment: Minimal, Adaptive, Ontogenetic and/or Social Robotics
  • Constructive Dynamical Systems and Complexity
  • Evolvability, Heritability, and Multicellularity
  • Information-Theoretic Methods
  • 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

Organising committee

Joseph Lizier — The University of Sydney, Australia (chair) —
Chrystopher Nehaniv — University of Hertfordshire, UK
Hiroki Sayama — Binghamton University, USA
Mikhail Prokopenko — The University of Sydney, Australia
Terry Bossomaier — Charles Sturt University, Australia


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