Artificial LIfe XI (ALIFE XI)

Venue: Winchester

Location: Winchester, United Kingdom

Event Date/Time: Aug 05, 2008 End Date/Time: Aug 08, 2008
Abstract Submission Date: Apr 25, 2008
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Artificial Life XI

The Eleventh International Conference on the Simulation and Synthesis
of Living Systems
5th - 8th August 2008, Winchester, UK


- 25 April 2008: Abstract submission deadline
- 9 May 2008: Camera ready deadline
- 5-8 August 2008: Conference dates


The deadline for abstract submissions to ALIFE XI is approaching.

Abstracts are limited to 500 words reporting a mature piece of work
with relevance to artificial life. Every submission will be subject to
full peer review and all accepted submissions will be allocated an
oral presentation slot and published by MIT Press in a single online
open-access proceedings volume (the first of its kind). The best 15-20
submissions will have the opportunity to be reworked for publication
in special issues of the MIT Press journal Artificial Life.

Please note that: we are interested in abstract submissions from
across the entire remit of artificial life, including relevant
research in physics, chemistry, biology, economics, social science,
and philosophy. If your research addresses problems such as adaptive,
autonomous or collective behaviour, self-organisation, coevolution,
metabolism, or development in natural or engineered systems, then
please consider attending the conference, which is shaping up to be a
very exciting meeting. Our keynote speakers represent some of the most
exciting topics in science today, and we are committed to making the
meeting accessible to as many interested researchers as possible,
whatever their home discipline and financial or geographic situation.


Artificial life investigates the fundamental properties of living
systems through simulating and synthesizing biological entities and
processes in artificial media. Summer 2008 will see the international
ALife conference hosted by the University of Southampton, UK, bringing
the meeting to Europe for the first time in its 21-year history. Over
the last two decades, some of the highly speculative ideas that were
discussed at the field's inception have matured to the extent that new
conferences and journals devoted to them are being established:
synthesising artificial cells, simulating biological networks,
exploiting biological substrates for computation and control, and
deploying bio-inspired engineering are all now cutting-edge practice.

The ALIFE XI conference provides an opportunity for those working
across these topics to get together and exchange ideas and results. To
this end, the conference will present a selection of the best current
work in the field, highlight new directions for investigation, and
present high-profile keynote speakers.

Papers are welcome in all areas of the field, including:
. Synthesis and origin of life, self-organization, self-replication,
artificial chemistries
. Evolution and adaptation, evolutionary dynamics, evolutionary games
. Coevolution, major evolutionary transitions, levels of selection, ecosystems
. Development, differentiation, and regulation; generative representations
. Synthetic biology
. Self-organizing technology, self-* computing and computational ecosystems
. Unconventional and biologically inspired computing
. Bio-inspired robots and embodied cognition, autonomous agents,
evolutionary robotics
. Collective behaviour, communication, cooperation
. Artificial consciousness; the relationship between life and mind
. Philosophical, ethical, and cultural implications
. Mathematical and philosophical foundations of ALife, new and
creative syntheses

Several artificial life "themes" have been proposed as live research
topics around which conference sessions may organise. See for full details.


The conference will be held in Winchester, a beautiful historic city
in southern England known for its 11th-century cathedral and
12th-century castle. Winchester is set in forested countryside about
an hour south-west of London and Heathrow airport, and a few miles
from the host institution, the University of Southampton.


- 25 April 2008: Abstract submission deadline
- 9 May 2008: Camera ready deadline
- 5-8 August 2008: Conference dates


Seth Bullock (chair), Jason Noble, Richard Watson, Mark Bedau


School of Electronics and Computer Science, University of Southampton, UK


For further information about the conference program, travel,
accommodation, and local arrangements, please see For
questions about the submission and reviewing process, please email For all other questions, contact