CFP, Special session – Hybrid Life: Approaches to integrate biological, artificial and cognitive systems, ALife 2018

********** Call for Papers **********
2018 Artificial Life conference (ALife)
Tokyo, JAPAN, 23-27 July 2018 –
Special session – Hybrid Life: Approaches to integrate biological, artificial and cognitive systems

The main focus of ALife research is the study of natural systems with the goal of understanding what life is. More concretely, ALife defines ways to investigate processes that contribute to the formation and proliferation of living organisms. In this session we focus on three common approaches to tackle this investigation, proposing ways to integrate, extend and possibly improve them. More specifically we refer to: 1) the formalisation of the necessary properties for the definition of life, 2) the implementation of artificial agents, and 3) the study of the relation between life and cognition.

For this special session we propose to start from these well-established Alife methodologies, and extend them through:

  • a unified formal language for the description and modeling of living, as well as artificial and cognitive systems, e.g. control theory, Bayesian inference, dynamical systems theory, etc.,
  • the exploration of biological creatures enhanced by artificial systems (or artificial systems augmented with organic parts) in order to investigate the boundaries between living and nonliving organisms, and
  • the evaluation of coupled biological-artificial systems that could shed light on the importance of interactions among systems for the study of living and cognitive organisms.

This special sessions aims to invite contributions from the fields of psychology, computational neuroscience, HCI, theoretical biology, artificial intelligence, robotics and cognitive science to discuss current research on the formalisation, combination and interaction of artificial/living/cognitive systems from theoretical, modelling and implementational perspectives.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to:
Formalisation of life and cognition (e.g. dynamical systems theory, stochastic optimal control, Bayesian inference, etc.)
Cognitive robotics
Life-mind continuity thesis
Systems biology
Origins-of-life theories with relationships to artificial and cognitive systems
Animal-robot interaction
Bio-inspired robotics
Bio-integrated robotics
Human-machine interaction
Augmented cognition
Sensory substitution
Interactive evolutionary computation
Artificial perception

Important Dates
19th March 2018 – Paper submission deadline
23rd April 2018 – Paper acceptance notification
21st May 2018 – Camera-ready version
23-27th July 2018 – Artificial Life conference (ALife), Tokyo, Japan

Paper Submission
Papers and abstracts submitted to this special sessions will be reviewed by a selected group of experts from the a-life community as well as from other areas key to our proposal, specifically chosen for this review process. If you are submitting to a special session you will be given the opportunity to select it during the submission process. Submissions to special sessions follow the same format, instructions and deadlines of regular ALife papers.

Manuel Baltieri, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK. <>
Keisuke Suzuki, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK. <>
Hiryuki IIzuka, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan <>

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