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Artificial Life 14

Proceedings of the Fourteenth International Conference on the Synthesis and Simulation of Living Systems

Overview

ALIFE 14, the Fourteenth International Conference on the Synthesis and Simulation of Living Systems, presents the current state of the art of Artificial Life—the highly interdisciplinary research area on artificially constructed living systems, including mathematical, computational, robotic, and biochemical ones. The understanding and application of such generalized forms of life, or “life as it could be,” have been producing significant contributions to various fields of science and engineering.

This volume contains papers that were accepted through rigorous peer reviews for presentations at the ALIFE 14 conference. The topics covered in this volume include: Evolutionary Dynamics; Artificial Evolutionary Ecosystems; Robot and Agent Behavior; Soft Robotics and Morphologies; Collective Robotics; Collective Behaviors; Social Dynamics and Evolution; Boolean Networks, Neural Networks and Machine Learning; Artificial Chemistries, Cellular Automata and Self-Organizing Systems; In-Vitro and In-Vivo Systems; Evolutionary Art, Philosophy and Entertainment; and Methodologies.

About the Editors

Hiroki Sayama is an Associate Professor of Bioengineering and Systems Science and Industrial Engineering at Binghamton University, State University of New York, USA. His research areas include complex systems, dynamical networks, artificial chemistry, computational social science, and interactive evolutionary computation.

John Rieffel is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Union College, USA. His research areas include soft and amorphous robotics and evolutionary fabrication.

Sebastian Risi is an Assistant Professor of Computer Games and Interaction Design at the IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark. His research areas include biologically-inspired computation, such as evolutionary robotics, self-organizing systems, design automation, and game AI.

René Doursat is a Research Associate Professor at the School of Biomedical Engineering, Drexel University, USA, and a Research Scientist and Former Director of the Complex Systems Institute, Paris, France. His research areas include computational biology and bio-inspired computing, in particular morphogenesis, morphogenetic engineering, and complex neural dynamics.

Hod Lipson is an Associate Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Cornell University, USA. His research areas include evolutionary robotics, design automation, rapid prototyping, artificial life, and self-assembly.