ECAL97 Final CFP

Inman Harvey inmanh at cogs.susx.ac.uk
Tue Dec 17 12:10:12 EST 1996


Full details on our website http://www.cogs.susx.ac.uk/ecal97

                  FINAL CALL FOR PAPERS
       4th. EUROPEAN CONFERENCE ON ARTIFICIAL LIFE
                          ECAL97
             Brighton, UK, July 28-31 1997

This interdisciplinary conference aims to provoke new understandings of the
relationships between the natural and the artificial. Artificial Life is often
described as the endeavour to synthesize life-like phenomena in artificial
media in an attempt to establish a formal and general understanding of life.
In practice it is something much broader. At its core are exchanges of ideas
and blurring of boundaries between disciplines traditionally constrained to
just the natural or just the artificial.

ECAL97 will foster further cross-fertilisation and hopes to extend the
Artificial Life community by encouraging contributions from people involved in
the Arts and Humanities. The conference will involve oral presentations, both
invited and contributed, poster sessions, debates, exhibitions,
demonstrations, installations and related activities.

Scientific topics to be covered will include, but not be limited to, the list
below. Contributions from biologists are particularly welcome.

Self-organisation. Origins of Life. Prebiotic evolution. RNA Systems. Fitness
Landscapes. Natural Selection. Sexual Selection. Ecosystem evolution.
Evolutionary Optimisation. Evolutionary Computation. Immune Networks. Neural
Networks. Multicellular Development. Natural and Artificial Morphogenesis.
Learning and Development. Communication. Artificial Worlds. Simulations of
Ecological and Evolving Systems. Mobile Agents. Autonomous Robots.
Evolutionary Robotics. Software Agents. Collective Behaviour. Swarm
Intelligence. Cooperation. Evolution of Social Behaviour. Philosophical Issues
in Alife. Ethical problems.

NEW --- Publisher will now be: MIT Press/Bradford Books. Papers should not be
longer than 10 pages (including figures) in MIT Press format. Format
instructions and LaTeX template are available on our web-page. We encourage
paper submissions via the Internet (see web-page) though traditional paper is
also acceptable (4 hard-copies). Demonstrations, Videos, and proposals for
associated workshops are also welcomed.

IMPORTANT DATES
Feb 28, 1997     -- Submission deadline
Apr 12           -- Notification of acceptance
May 1            -- Camera-ready due
May 31           -- Early registration deadline
July 28-31, 1997 --  Conference dates

ECAL97 will be held in Brighton on the South Coast of England. There are good
travel connections; it is just one hour by train from London and conveniently
close to London Gatwick airport. The conference will be inside the Metropole
Hotel on Brighton seafront. Special accomodation rates will be available for
those staying at the hotel, with other cheaper accommodation available
elsewhere.

Please PRE-REGISTER your interest by filling out a form via our WWW site. All
new announcements will be emailed to those who have pre-registered, and will
also be available on this site:
http://www.cogs.susx.ac.uk/ecal97/

Conference organizers:   Phil Husbands and Inman Harvey
Local organization:      Medeni Fordham and Joseph Faith
Conference Secretariat:  Medeni Fordham
ECAL97
COGS, University of Sussex
Brighton BN1 9QH, UK

EMAIL: ecal97 at cogs.susx.ac.uk

PROGRAM COMMITTEE

Riccardo Antonini (I) Randall D. Beer (US) Wolfgang Banzhaf (D) George Bekey
(US) Hugues Bersini (B) Maggie Boden (UK) Peter de Bourcier (UK) Paul Bourgine
(F) Rodney Brooks (US) Scott Camazine (D) Peter Cariani (US) Pablo Chacon (E)
Andy Clark (UK) Dave Cliff (UK) Michael Conrad (US) Holk Cruse (D) Jaques
Demongeot (F) Jean-L. Deneubourg (B) Michael Dyer (US) Claus Emmeche (DK)
Dario Floreano (CH) Terry Fogarty (UK) Walter Fontana (A) Brian C. Goodwin
(UK) Howard Gutowitz (US) Horst Hendriks-Jansen (UK) Paulien Hogeweg (NL)
George Kampis (H) Kunihiko Kaneko (JP) Hiroaki Kitano (JP) Chris Langton (US)
Antonio Lazcano (MX) Pier L. Luisi (CH) David McFarland (UK) Pattie Maes (US)
Barry McMullin (IE) Juan J. Merelo (E) Jean-Arcady Meyer (F) Eric Minch (US)
Melanie Mitchell (US) Federico Moran (E) Alvaro Moreno (E) Jim D. Murray (US)
Stefano Nolfi (I) Daniel Osorio (UK) Domenico Parisi (I) Howard Pattee (USA)
Rolf Pfeifer (CH) Steen Rasmussen (US) Tom Ray (JP) Robert Rosen (CA) Chris
Sander (D) Peter Schuster (D) Moshe Sipper (CH) Tim Smithers (E) M.V.
Srinivasan (AU) Luc Steels (B) John Stewart (F) Peter Todd (D) Jon Umerez (US)
Francisco Varela (F) Gunter Wagner (US) Barbara Webb (UK) Hans V. Westerhoff
(NL) Michael Wheeler (UK) William C. Wimsatt (US) Chris Winter (UK) Rene
Zapata (F)
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NEW -- European Workshop on Learning Robots

EWLR-6, the 1997 European Workshop on Learning Robots, will be held in
association with ECAL97 on the day after, Friday August 1st 1997, in the same
location, the Metropole Hotel Brighton. The Call For Papers for EWLR-6 will be
issued some time in January 1997; for further information contact Andreas Birk
cyrano at arti14.vub.ac.be.
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