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CFP: German Workshop on Artificial Life

Jan Kim kim at violet.mpiz-koeln.mpg.de
Fri Dec 20 18:40:33 EST 1996

Call for papers and participation for the


Dortmund, April 17-18, 1997.


Artificial Life (AL) is an interdisciplinary field of science that is
focused on abstracting the essential features and dynamics of living
systems in order to create models of these systems in "artificial"
media, i.e.  media that are man-made and different from the media in
which the systems live in Nature. The major goals of such activities

    * To open up new pathways for investigating and understanding
      living systems.
    * To make complex features of living systems available for the
      design of artificial systems, such as computer programs and
    * To contribute to the building of formal theories describing
      living systems.

Relevant contributions to Artificial Life have originated from
mathematics, physics, information and computer sciences, biosciences,
medicine, psychology, social sciences, and many other disciplines.
While the emergence of Artificial Life as a scientific community took
place about a decade ago, opportunities for scientists who use AL
approaches in their work to communicate with their interdisciplinary
colleagues are still rather scarce. The German Workshop on Artificial
is intended to bring together scientists from Germany and other
countries who are pursuing Artificial Life projects. Equally
importantly, the workshop is intended as a forum for scientists who
would like to get into contact with the Artificial Life community.

Workshop Format

The GWAL is intended to mediate lively discussions and exchange of
ideas in addition to providing an impression of AL related activities
in Germany and other countries. To allow participants to get a survey
of the diversity of AL, and to provide ample opportunity for individual
discussions, poster sessions and demonstrations of Artificial Life
systems will be the main element of the GWAL. Furthermore, there will
be workgroup sessions. In the workgroups, subfields of AL will be
introduced by presenting substantial work from the area, thus providing
a starting point for a thorough and in-depth discussion of the subject
by all participants in the workgroup.


A. Submissions for talks and posters

Submissions are invited for oral and poster sessions. They should
be sent as extended abstracts no longer than two pages of text and
two pages of accompanying figures. Submissions are invited on all
issues pertaining to artificially living and life-like systems,
including the following topics:

    * Modelling biological processes and living systems, such as
      evolution, ecology, morphogenesis, immune systems, neuronal
      systems, perception and pattern recognition, intelligence,
      adaptive behaviour, learning, and others.
    * Emergence of biological complexity.
    * Dynamics of information in living and life-like systems.
    * Self-organization in living and life-like systems (e.g. swarms,
      hypercycles, multicellular systems, artificial multi-agent systems).
    * Applications of principles and features of living systems, such
      as intelligence, self-organization, evolution, adaptation,
      learning, for the design of artificial systems and technical
      solutions such as robots, computer programs, and hardware.
    * Philosophical and ethical issues.
    * Other issues relevant to Artificial Life.

In addition to reporting research work, submissions may describe research
projects or discuss interesting open questions. Submissions will be
accepted either for talks or for posters.
    Communication about Artificial Life systems can often be strongly
improved by demonstrations, therefore, all presentations may be
accompanied by demonstrations (e.g. of computer programs or robots).
Arrangements regarding technical equipment necessary for demonstrations
can be made with the local workshop organizers.

B. Proposals for workgroups

Workgroups are intended to allow  in-depth discussions of
specific subfields of Artificial Life. Workgroups will be organized by
groups of at least two scientists who are willing to give an introductory
survey of the subject. Workgroup organizers should focus on describing
the essence of the subfield, i.e. the fundamental motivations, major
approaches and achievements, open questions etc. to the other
    Proposals for workgroups should be submitted as descriptions of
up to three pages. Descriptions should include:

    * An outline of the subject of the proposed workgroup.
    * An indication what audience would be interested in participating
      in the proposed workgroup.
    * Some references to substantial contributions that have been made
      in the subfield.

All submissions should be sent to:

    German Workshop on Artificial Life
    Lehrstuhl fuer Systemanalyse (LS 11)
    Fachbereich Informatik
    Universitaet Dortmund
    D-44221 Dortmund

    email: gwal at ls11.informatik.uni-dortmund.de


The GWAL is organized by the Lehrstuhl fuer Systemanalyse,
Institut fuer Informatik, Universitaet Dortmund (Chair of Systems
Analysis, Dept. of Computer Science, University of Dortmund). 
The GWAL is co-organized by the Fachgruppe 4.0.2
"Informatik in den Biowissenschaften" of the Gesellschaft fuer
Informatik (GI) and by the Arbeitskreis "Artificial Life" of
the GI. The program committee for the GWAL is:

    Wolfgang Banzhaf, Dortmund
    Wilfried Brauer, Muenchen
    Thomas Christaller, Sankt Augustin
    Kerstin Dautenhahn, Bruessel
    Jochen Heistermann, Muenchen
    Ralf Hofestaedt, Magdeburg
    Frieder Lohnert, Berlin
    Hanspeter A. Mailot, Tuebingen
    Christian Mueller-Schloer, Hannover

The organizing committee for the GWAL is:

    Wolfgang Banzhaf, Dortmund
    Peter Dittrich, Dortmund
    Jan T. Kim, Koeln
    Hilmar Rauhe, Dortmund

Conference language

Submissions may be written in English or in German. We encourage
submitters to prepare their communications in English (so that
participants from other countries can follow their presentations).

Important dates:

Deadline:      February 14., 1997
Notification:  March 14., 1997 
Workshop:      April 17.-18., 1997


The GWAL will be held in Haus Bommerholz, a guest house run by the
University of Dortmund. The address is:

    Haus Bommerholz
    Bommerholzer Str. 60
    58456 Witten-Bommerholz
    Tel. +49-(0)2302 39 60
    Fax. +49-(0)2302 39 63 20

The number of participants of the GWAL is limited to 100. Haus Bommerholz
can provide accomodation for up to 50 participants. Rooms are available
on a first come, first serve basis. Prices for accomodation in  Haus
Bommerholz for the two workshop days are 

                double room (*)  single room (*)     no room (**)
regular            178,-           198,-              112,-
university staff   152,-           165,-               94,-
Uni DO staff       104,-           123,-               76,-
student             66,-            72,-               46,-

(**) includes: usage of seminar and recreation  facilities for 2 days, 
               2 (warm) lunches, 4 coffee breakes
(*) includes: (**) and 1 breakfast, 1 dinner, bed for one night (17. to 18.)
The rooms are hotel-like and comfortable (bathroom, shower, TV, phone).

If you like to stay additional days (e.g. 16. to 17. Apr.)
the prices for a room incl. breakfast are:

                  double room          single room 
regular                 61,-               104,-
university staff  about 55,-          about 90,-
student                 25,-                31,- 

Prices in DM (german mark) without guaranty of correctness. 
Payable on site in bar or via EC card (no credit cards).

In addition to the cost for accomodation we may have to
collect a small fee covering our expenses for 
advertising, workshop handouts etc.

Registration and further information.

If you are interested in participating in the GWAL, please pre-register
by sending email to gwal at ls11.informatik.uni-dortmund.de as soon as
possible. Please use the form attached to this document. You will then
receive further information by email. Information regarding registration
for the GWAL will also be announced in the WWW on the GWAL homepage:


For any further information, please feel free to contact the GWAL organizers:

    German Workshop on Artificial Life
    Lehrstuhl fuer Systemanalyse (LS 11)
    Fachbereich Informatik
    Universitaet Dortmund
    D-44221 Dortmund

    email: gwal at ls11.informatik.uni-dortmund.de

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                                 GWAL '97
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Yes, I am interested in the participation of the GWAL '97. Please send
me more information.

Surname:         ___________________________  First name: ______________

Title:           o   Prof.    o Dr.    o Mrs.     o Mr.

Company:         _______________________________________________________

Mailing Address: _______________________________________________________

Postal Code:     _______________________________________________________

City:            _______________________________________________________

Country:         _______________________________________________________

Phone:           _______________________________________________________

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Planed arrival:     o 16. April   o 17. April   o 18. April

Planed departure:                 o 17. April   o 18. April   o 19. April

Planed accomodation:    o Haus Bommerholz       o other

Planed contribution:    o talk     o poster    o work group   o demo   o none

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