CFP: ECAL 2017


“Artificial Life and the scientific method: Create, play, experiment, discover”

The ECAL 2017 Organizing Committee would like to cordially invite you to submit your work to the 14th European Conference on Artificial Life (ECAL 2017), taking place on the LyonTech Campus in Lyon, France, 4-8 September 2017.

*  I M P O R T A N T   D A T E S  *

Paper submission deadline:  9th April, 2017
Notification of Acceptance:  12th May, 2017
Camera-Ready due:                 9th June, 2017
Main Conference convenes:  4-8 September, 2017

Contact email for queries:

*  T O P I C S  *

ECAL 2017 will showcase a wide range of topics in Artificial Life, bringing together world-leading researchers to discuss the latest advances in the synthesis and simulation of living systems. We are happy to announce that our keynote speakers cover a wide variety of topics and include:

– Bill Sellers (University of Manchester, UK): Reconstructing Ancient Life using Virtual Robots
– Csaba Pál (Biological Research Centre, Szeged, Hungary): Complex adaptations in evolution
– Frances Westall (CNRS, Orléans, France): Rocks and the origin of life
– Viola Schiaffonati (Politecnico di Milano, Italy): Experimenting with computing and in computing: Stretching the traditional notion of experimentation
– Philippe Faure (Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France): Drug addiction and alteration of decision making process
– Sabine Hauert (University of Bristol, UK): Swarming nanomedicine
– Andreas Wessel-Therhorn (animator and film director) and Laurent Pujo-Menjouet (Université Lyon 1, France): The illusion of life

For this edition the special theme is “Artificial life and the scientific method: Create, play, experiment, discover”. We are inviting especially contributions that investigate the use of computer simulations in the scientific method, and/or the interactions between in silico, in vitro and in vivo experiments. Other topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following aspects of Artificial Life:

– Evolutionary dynamics
– Ecological and social dynamics
– Artificial chemistry, origins of life
– Computational cellular biology/physiology/systems biology
– Self-replication, self-repair and morphogenesis
– Bio-inspired, cognitive and evolutionary robotics
– Perception, cognition and behavior
– Evolution of language, computational linguistics
– Embodied, interactive systems
– Collective dynamics of swarms
– Complex dynamical systems and networks
– Cellular automata and discrete dynamical systems
– Economy/society/social media as living systems
– Computational humanities/anthropology/archeology
– Methodologies and tools for artificial life
– Interactions between in silico/in vitro/in vivo experiments
– Philosophical, epistemological and ethical issues
– Artificial life and education
– Artificial life-based art
– Applications of artificial life
– Living technologies

*  S U B M I S S I O N   F O R M A T  *

There are two options for submission: either full paper or extended abstract. Note that the format is exactly the same for both options. The differences reside 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 a 2-page length and can report on previously published work.

We encourage the use of LaTeX for the production of papers. Guidelines for submission and template files can be found here:

Color figures are possible. Each submission should be uploaded as a single file, in PDF format only, to the Easy Chair system:

All submissions will undergo a detailed peer review process. Full papers will be reviewed for relevance, scientific quality, sound methodology and use of appropriate analysis techniques. Abstracts will be reviewed for relevance and quality.

Both papers and extended abstracts will be considered for oral or poster presentation, without distinction between full papers and extended abstracts.

Accepted papers and extended abstracts will be published by MIT Press as open-access electronic proceedings.

Note: At least one author of every accepted paper or poster must be registered 30 days prior to the conference, or the paper/poster will be withdrawn.

Note: Workshop papers are managed separately from the main conference. To submit a paper to a workshop, go to its own website, which will be listed in the Workshops page.


Dr Carole Knibbe (Scientific Chair, Université Lyon 1)
Prof Guillaume Beslon (Local Chair, INSA Lyon)
Dr David P. Parsons (Technical Chair, Inria Rhône-Alpes)
Prof Salima Hassas (Université Lyon 1)
Dr Dusan Misevic (Workshop Chair, University René Descartes, Paris)
Prof Nicolas Bredèche (Tutorial Chair, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris)
Prof Olivier Simonin (Sponsor Chair, Insa de Lyon, CITI)
Prof Hédi Soula (Social Networks Chair, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris)
Dr Jonathan Rouzaud-Cornabas (INSA Lyon)
Vincent Liard (INSA Lyon)
Caroline Lothe (Local support, Inria Rhône-Alpes)
Sophie Azzaro (Local support, Inria Rhône-Alpes)

We look forward to seeing you in Lyon in September!


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