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

Tremont Boston Hotel

September 12-15th 2004

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Keynote Speakers

Satoshi Murata is an associate professor with the Autonomous Decentralized Control Group at Tokyo Institute of Technology. He is pioneering self-reconfigurable robots which are able to assemble and repair themselves. He and his colleagues in AIST (National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology) have developed and demonstrated several generations of modular self-reconfigurable robots (movies: rm 6.6MB, mpeg 24.9MB,) based on their theories of self-organization among many homogeneous agents. (Modular Transformer web site)

Eors Szathmary is a permanent Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Study in Budapest (Hungary) and director of the Plant Taxonomy and Ecology Department of the University of Budapest. His main work has focused on understanding the fundamental principles underlying the increase of complexity in the biological world. He has published two important books (The Major Transitions in Evolution, Freeman, 1995, and The Origins of Life, Oxford University Press, 1999), as well as papers in Nature, Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA, and Journal of Theoretical Biology.

George M Whitesides is considered the father of nanotechnology and physical self-assembly, and his papers have been cited over 10,000 times. The Mallinckrodt Professor of Chemistry at Harvard University, Dr. Whitesides is recipient of innumerable honors including Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the National Medal of Science, the Von Hippel award in Material Sciences, and the Kyoto Prize.

Stephen Wolfram was educated at Eton, Oxford, and Caltech, receiving his Ph.D. in theoretical physics in 1979 at the age of 20. His early work in physics and computer science was recognized by a MacArthur fellowship in 1981, and his discoveries about Cellular Automata and Complexity were foundational to the field of Artificial Life. In 1986 he founded Wolfram Research and created Mathematica. His recent book, A New Kind of Science became a bestseller in 2002.