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Artificial Life 14

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


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 researcher/lecturer in computer science and Alife, currently at CNRS and Ecole Polytechnique, Paris. After a detour through the Bay Area's software industry, he returned to academia in 2004, first as a visiting professor at the University of Nevada, then at the Complex Systems Institute, Paris, which he directed for two years. He founded the field of "Morphogenetic Engineering" to reconcile self-organization with architecture in artificial systems inspired by biological development.

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.