The 2011 IEEE Symposium on Artificial Life

April 13 – 15, 2011
Paris, France

at the IEEE Symposium Series on Computational Intelligence 2011

(IEEE SSCI starts on April 11)


wolfram logo

The IEEE ALIFE 2011 was held successfully. We thank all the speakers, authors and audience for their participation in the symposium.

Final Symposium Program

*** New: Best Paper/Best Student Paper Awards ***

The awards were made to the following papers. Prizes are kindly offered from Wolfram Research, Inc. Congratulations to the authors for their excellent work!

Best Paper Award: "Information Storage and Transfer in the Synchronization Process in Locally-Connected Networks" by Rommel V. Ceguerra, Joseph T. Lizier and Albert Y. Zomaya
Wolfram Research Mathematica complimentary one-year licenses to all authors of the paper

Best Student Paper Award: "How ants turn information into food" by Tatiana Flanagan, Kenneth Letendre, William Burnside, G. Matthew Fricke and Melanie Moses
Wolfram Research Mathematica student license to the lead student authors of the paper

Symposium Overview:

IEEE ALIFE 2011 brings together researchers working on the emerging areas of Artificial Life and Complex Adaptive Systems, aiming to understand and synthesize life-like systems and applying bio-inspired synthetic methods to other science/engineering disciplines, including Biology, Robotics, Social Sciences, among others.

Artificial Life is the study of the simulation and synthesis of living systems. In particular, this science of generalized living and life-like systems provides engineering with billions of years of design expertise to learn from and exploit through the example of the evolution of organic life on earth. Increased understanding of the massively successful design diversity, complexity, and adaptability of life is rapidly making inroads into all areas of engineering and the Sciences of the Artificial. Numerous applications of ideas from nature and their generalizations from life-as-we-know-it to life-as-it-could-be continually find their way into engineering and science.

Keynote Speakers:


Dr. Paulien Hogeweg
Honorary Professor, Bioinformatics group
Utrecht University
"Multilevel Evolution and Evolvability"


Dr. Pierre-Yves Oudeyer
Research Scientist, INRIA Bordeaux - Sud-Ouest
Head, FLOWERS team in developmental and social robotics
"Mechanisms and Constraints for Open-Ended Learning in Developmental Robotics"


Dr. René Doursat
Former Director, Complex Systems Institute, Paris
Chair, ECAL 11: European Conference on Artificial Life 2011
"The Myriads of Alife: Importing Complex Systems and Self-Organization into Engineering"



Dr. Daniel Polani
Reader in Artificial Life, Adaptive Systems Research Group, University of Hertfordshire
"Information: Currency of Life?"


Dr. Terry Bossomaier
Professor in Information Technology and Director of the Centre for Research in Complex Systems, Charles Sturt University
"Cellular Automata: Theory and Applications"

Important Dates:

Paper submission due: November 16, 2010
Notification to authors: January 15, 2011
Camera-ready papers due: February 10, 2011
Symposium dates: April 13-15, 2011 (IEEE SSCI starts on April 11)

Submission Guidelines:

Submit via the IEEE SSCI website to IEEE ALIFE 2011

We invite submissions of high-quality contributions on a wide variety of topics relevant to the wide research areas of Artificial Life.

Some sample topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following aspects of Artificial Life:

* Systems Biology, Astrobiology, Origins of Replicators and Life
* Major Evolutionary Transitions
* Applications in Nanotechnology, Compilable Matter, or Medicine
* Genetic Regulatory Systems
* Predictive Methods for Complex Adaptive Systems
* Self-reproduction, Self-Repair, and Morphogenesis
* Robotic and Embodiment: Minimal, Adaptive, Ontogenetic and/or Social Robotics
* Human-Robot Interaction
* Constructive Dynamical Systems and Complexity
* Evolvability, Heritability, and Multicellularity
* Information-Theoretic Methods in Life-like Systems
* Sensor and Actuator Evolution and Adaptation
* Wet and Dry Artificial Life (e.g. artificial cells; non-carbon based life)
* Non-Traditional Computational Media
* Emergence and Complexity
* Multiscale Robustness and Plasticity
* Phenotypic Plasticity and Adaptability in Scalable, Robust Growing Systems
* Predictive Methods for Complex Adaptive Systems and Life-like Systems
* Automata Networks and Cellular Automata
* Ethics and Philosophy of Artificial Life
* Co-evolution and Symbiogenesis
* Simulation and Visualization Tools for Artificial Life
* Replicator and Interaction Dynamics
* Network Theory in Biology and Artificial Life
* Synchronization and Biological Clocks
* Methods and Applications of Evolutionary Developmental Systems (e.g. developmental genetic-regulatory networks (DGRNs), multicellularity)
* Games and Generalized Biology
* Self-organization, Swarms and Multicellular Systems
* Emergence of Signaling and Communication
* Applications in Sociology, Economics and Behavioral Sciences


Symposium Co-Chairs
Chrystopher Nehaniv, University of Hertfordshire, UK
Terry Bossomaier, Charles Sturt University, Australia
Hiroki Sayama, Binghamton University, State University of New York, USA

Program Committee
Hussein Abbass, University of New South Wales, Australian Defence Force Academy, Australia
Andrew Adamatzky, University of the West of England, UK
Andreas Albrecht, Queen's University Belfast, UK
Fernando Almeida e Costa, University of Sussex, UK
Lee Altenberg, University of Hawaii, USA
Takaya Arita, Nagoya University, Japan
Wolfgang Banzhaf, Memorial University, Canada
Randall Beer, Indiana University, USA
Axel Bender, Defence Science and Technology Organisation, Australia
René te Boekhorst, University of Hertfordshire, UK
Josh Bongard, University of Vermont, USA
Seth Bullock, University of Southampton, UK
Martin V. Butz, University of Würzburg, Germany
Lola Cañamero, University of Hertfordshire, UK
Angelo Cangelosi, University of Plymouth, UK
Kerstin Dautenhahn, University of Hertfordshire, UK
Marco Dorigo, Universite libre de Bruxelles, Belgium
Alan Dorin, Monash University, Australia
René Doursat, Complex Systems Institute, Paris, France
Margaret J. Eppstein, University of Vermont, USA
Dario Floreano, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Switzerland
Robert A. Freitas, Jr., Institute for Molecular Manufacturing, USA
Carlos Gershenson, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Mexico
Steve Grand, Cyberlife Research, UK
David Green, Monash University, Australia
Pauline Haddow, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
Inman Harvey, University of Sussex, UK
Takashi Ikegami, University of Tokyo, Japan
Christian Jacob, University of Calgary, Canada
Jan T. Kim, University of East Anglia, UK
Hod Lipson, Cornell University, USA
Bob McKay, Seoul National University, Korea
Peter William McOwan, Queen Mary, University of London, UK
Assif Mirza, Italian Institute of Technology, Italy
Amiram Moshaiov, Tel-Aviv University, Israel
Akira Namatame, National Defense Academy, Japan
Stefano Nolfi, Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies, CNR, Italy
Ferdinand Peper, National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, Japan
Daniel Polani, University of Hertfordshire, UK
Steen Rasmussen, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark
Thomas S. Ray, University of Oklahoma, USA
Luis Rocha, Indiana University, USA
Matthias Scheutz, Indiana University, USA
Adrian Stoica, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, USA
Reiji Suzuki, Nagoya University, Japan
Tim Taylor, Timberpost, UK
Christof Teuscher, Portland State University, USA
Hugo Touchette, Queen Mary, University of London, UK
Andy Tyrrell, University of York, UK
Tatsuo Unemi, Soka University, Japan
Sebastian von Mammen, University of Calgary, Canada
Juyang Weng, Michigan State University, USA
Justin Werfel, Harvard University, USA
Jason Teo Tze Wi, Universiti Malaysia Sabah, Malaysia
Janet Wiles, University of Queensland, Australia
Larry Yaeger, Indiana University, USA
Hector Zenil, Wolfram Research, USA

IEEE SSCI General Information:

Download Poster and CFP for IEEE SSCI Symposium Series:



Hiroki Sayama, Co-Chair IEEE ALIFE 2011