Ninth International Conference on the Simulation and Synthesis of Living Systems (ALIFE9)

Tremont Boston Hotel

September 12-15th 2004

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Alife 9 Conference Schedule PDF

Sunday 12th September

8:30 Registration Desk Opens

9:30-12:30 Workshops/Tutorials A

2:00-5:00  Workshops/Tutorials B

6:00-6:50 Invited Speaker: Stephen Wolfram, Wolfram Research
A New Kind of Science and the Future of Artificial Life

7:00-9:00  Opening Reception

Monday 13th September

8:00 AM    Registration Desk opens

8:45-9:00   Opening Remarks

9:00-10:00 Invited Speaker: George M. Whitesides, Harvard
Emergence in Synthetic Systems

10:00-10:30: Coffee

10:30-12:30: Development, evolution and self-organization

10:30. Tim Taylor, University of Edinburgh, Redrawing the Boundary between Organism and Environment (Page 268)       

10:45. George Kampis & Gulyas Laszlo, Eotvos University, Sustained Evolution from Changing Interaction  (Page 328))

11:00. Matthew Bardeen, Sussex University, The value of death: A lesson from Daisyworld (Page 292)

11:15. Chrisantha Fernando & Ezequiel Di Paolo, Sussex University, The Chemoton: A Model for the Formation of Long RNA Templates (Page 1)

11:30. Efstathios Mytilinaios, David Marcus, Mark Desnoyer & Hod Lipson, Cornell University, Designed and Evolved Blueprints For Physical  Self-Replicating Machines (Page 15)

11:45. Barry Drennan & Randall Beer, Case Western Reserve University, A Model for Exploring Genetic Control of Artificial Amoebae (Page 381)

12:00. Paul Dwight Kuo & Wolfgang Banzhaf , Memorial University of Newfoundland, Small World and Scale-Free Network Topologies in an Artificial Regulatory Network (Page 404)

12:15.  Keisuke Suzuki & Takashi Ikegami, University of Tokyo, Self-repairing and Mobility of a Simple Cell  (Page 421)

12:30-14:00: Lunch

14:00-15:30. Robotic Studies 14:00-15:30 Evolution and Adaptation I
14:00. Emmet Spier, Sussex University, Behavioural Categorisation: Behaviour makes up for bad vision (Page 133) 14:00. Dusan Misevic, Richard Lenski & Charles Ofria, Michigan State University, Sexual reproduction and Muller's ratchet in digital organisms (Page 340)           
14:30. Eric Vaughan, Ezequiel Di Paolo & Inman Harvey, Sussex University, The Evolution of Control and Adaptation in a 3D Powered Passive Dynamic Walker  (Page 139)

14:30. Sherri Goings, Jeff Clune, Charles Ofria & Robert T. Pennock, Michigan State University, Kin Selection: The Rise and Fall of Kin-Cheaters (Page 303)


15:00. Thomas Howsman, Daniel ONeil & Michael Craft, Dynamic Concepts/NASA, A Stigmergic Cooperative Multi-Robot Control Architecture  (Page 88)

15:00. Wei Huang, Charles Ofria & Eric Torng, Michigan State University, Measuring Biological Complexity in Digital Organisms (Page 315) 


15:30-16:00: Coffee

16:00-17:00: Poster Elevator Pitches (1 minute oral presentations)

Tuesday 14th September

9:00-10:00: Invited Speaker: Satoshi Murata, Tokyo Institute of Technology.
Self-Reconfigurable Robot --- A Platform of Evolutionary Robotics

10:00-10:30. Coffee

10:30-12:30. Robot and Agent Studies

10:30. Josh Bongard & Hod Lipson, Cornell University, Once More Unto the Breach: Co-evolving a Robot and its Simulator  (Page 57)

10:45. Ian Macinnes & Ezequiel Di Paolo, Sussex University, Crawling Out of the Simulation: Evolving Real Robot Morphologies Using Cheap, Reusable Modules (Page 94)

11:00. Evan Malone & Hod Lipson, Cornell University, Functional Freeform Fabrication for Physical Artificial Life (Page 100)

11:15. Thomas Buehrmann & Ezequiel Di Paolo, Sussex University, Closing the loop: Evolving a model-free visually guided robot arm (Page 63)

11:30. Yoon Sik Shim, Sun Jeong Kim & Chang Hun Kim, Korea University, Evolving Flying Creatures with Path Following Behaviors (Page 125)

11:45. Gentaro Morimoto & Takashi Ikegami, University of Tokyo, Evolution of Plastic Sensory-motor Coupling and Dynamical Categorization (Page 188)

12:00. Terry Van Belle & David Ackley, University of New Mexico, Imitation and Inequity in Avoiding the Tragedy of the Commons (Page 274)

12:45. Jason Noble & Manuel de Pinedo, Leeds University, Mechanistic and ecological explanations in agent-based models of cognition  (Page 528) 

12:30-14:00: Lunch

14:00-15:30. Evolution and Adaptation II 14:00-15:30 Artificial Chemistry I
14:00. Eduardo Izquierdo-Torres, Sussex University, The Role of Nearly Neutral Mutations in the Evolution of Dynamical Neural Networks (Page 322) 14:00. Barak Shenhav, Ran Kafri & Doron Lancet , The Weizmann Institute, Graded Artificial Chemistry in Restricted Boundaries  (Page 501)
14:30. Reiji Suzuki & Takaya Arita, Nagoya University, Drastic Changes in Roles of Learning in the Course of Evolution (Page 369)  14:30. Chris Salzberg, Hiroki Sayama & Takashi Ikegami, Tokyo University, A Tangled Hierarchy of Graph- Constructing Graphs (Page 495)

15:00. Alexandra Penn & Inman Harvey, Sussex University, The Role of Non-Genetic Change in the heritability, Variation and Response to Selection of Artificially-Selected Ecosystems (Page 352)


15:00. Juan-Carlos Letelier, Jorge Soto-Andrade, Flavio Guíñez-Abarzúa,
Athel Cornish-Bowden & María-Luz Cárdenas,
Universidad de Chile, Metabolic closure in (M,R) Systems (Page 450)

15:30-16:00: Coffee

16:00-17:30. Games and Automata 16:00-17:30 Language, Cognition & Information
16:00. Patrick Grim, Evan Selinger, William Braynen, Robert Rosenberger, Randy Au, Nancy Louie & John Connolly SUNY and Rochester Inst. Tech., Reducing Prejudice: A Spatialized Game-Theoretic Model for the Contact Hypothesis (Page 244)

16:00. Luc Steels, Sony/Univeristy of Brussels, Analogies between Genome and Language Evolution (Page 200)


16:30. Pablo Funes, Belinda Orme & Eric Bonabeau, Icosystem Corp., Shaping collective behavior: an exploratory design approach  (Page 232) 16:30. Elhanan Borenstein & Eytan Ruppin, Tel Aviv University, Evolving Imitating Agents and the Emergence of a Neural Mirror System  (Page 146)

17:00. Tim Taylor, Edinburgh University, Niche Construction and the Evolution of Complexity (Page 375)



17:00. Alexander Klyubin, Daniel Polani & Chrystopher Nehaniv, University of Hertfordshire, Tracking Information Flow through the Environment: Simple Cases of Stigmergy (Page 563)         

6:30-10:30PM Evening: Poster Gala Reception

Wednesday 15th September

9:00-10:00. Invited Speaker: Eors Szathmary, University of Budapest
Origin and Evolution of Various Genetic Systems

10:00-10:30. Coffee.

10:30-12:30. Chemistry, Automata and Communication

10:30. Barak Naveh, Moshe Sipper, Doron Lancet & Barak Shenhav, Ben-Gurian University, Lipidia: An Artificial Chemistry of Self-Replicating Assemblies of Lipid-like Molecules (Page 466)

10:45. Duraid Madina & Takashi Ikegami, Univ. New South Wales, Univ. Tokyo, Cellular Formation in a 3D Molecular Dynamics System with Chemistry (Page 461)

11:00. Hugues Bersini, Universite Libre de Bruxelles, Whatever emerges should be intrinsically useful (Page 226)

11:15. Chris Salzberg, Antony Antony & Hiroki Sayama , University Tokyo, University Amsterdam, Complex genetic evolution of self-replicating loops (Page 262)

11:30. Andrew Wuensche, Self-reproduction by glider collisions: the beehive rule (Page 286)

11:45. Daniel Roggen, Yann Thoma & Eduardo Sanchez, EPFL, An Evolving and Developing Cellular Electronic Circuit (Page 33)

12:00. Edgar E. Vallejo & Charles E. Taylor, Tecnologico de Monterrey, UCLA, The Effects of Learning on the Evolution of Saussurean Communication (Page 208)

12:15. Kazutoshi Sasahara & Takashi Ikegami, Tokyo University, Song Grammars as Complex Sexual Displays (Page 194)

12:30-14:00: Lunch

14:00-15:30. Evolution and Adaptation III 14:00-15:30 Artificial Chemistry II
14:00 Inman Harvey, Sussex University, Homeostasis and Rein Control: From Daisyworld to Active Perception  (Page 309) 14:00. Alan Hampton & Christoph Adami, CalTech, Evolution of robust developmental neural networks (Page 438)
14:30. Russell Standish, University of New South Wales,Ecolab, Webworld and self-organisation (Page 358) 14:30. Tim Hutton, UCL, Functional Self-Reproducing Cell in a Two-Dimensional Artificial Chemistry  (Page 444)

15:00. Josh Mitteldorf, Temple University, Chaotic Population Dynamics and the Evolution of Aging (Page 346)


15:00. Kristian Lindgren, Anders Eriksson & Karl-Erik Eriksson, Chalmers University, Flows of information in spatially extended chemical dynamics (Page 456) 

15:30-16:30: Coffee and Farewell
16:00 ISAL Board Meeting