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

Tremont Boston Hotel

September 12-15th 2004

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Alife IX Workshop Programs

Sunday 12th September 2004


Workshop 1: Self-organization and Development in Artificial and Natural Systems, organizer: Sanjeev Kumar,
Krasnow Institute for Advanced Studies, George Mason University

9:00-9:30  Coffee

9:30  T. Otter and R. Davis  Gene and Body: Building and Maintaining the Phenotype of Living Organisms.

10:00  J.Siqueiros Multicellularity as an Evolutionary Transition: Autonomy and Open-Ended Evolution

10:30  I. Garibay and A. Wu Emergence of Genomic Self-Similarity in a Proteome-Based Representation

11:00   K. Bentley and C. Clack The Artificial Cytoskeleton for Lifetime Adaptation of Morphology

11:30  P. Eggenberger and G. Gomez The Transfer Problem from Simulation to the Real World in Artifical Evolution

12:00  S. Kumar  A Developmental Biology Inspired Approach to Robot Control

----- 12:30-1:30 Lunch Break -----

1:30-2:00  Coffee

2:00  J. Bongard Particularities and Invariances: A Way Forward for the Study of Artificial Developmental Systems

2:30  G. Hornby  Properties of Artifact Representations for Evolutionary Design

3:00  M. Hemberg and U-M. O’Reilly Using Generative Growth Systems to Design Architectural Form

3:30 J. Rieffel and J. Pollack  Artificial Ontogenies for Real World Design and Assembly

4:00  D. Basanta, M. Miodownik, P. Bentley and E. Holm  Investigating the Evolvability of an Embryological Model Based on CA

4:30 ?DISCUSSION ---

5:00  -- FINISH

Workshop 2: Artificial Chemistry and its Applications, organizers:Hideaki Suzuki, ATR Network Informatics Laboratories, 
and Tim Hutton, University College, London.


9:00-9:30  Coffee

9:30  B.Vowk, A.Wait, C.Schmidt  An Evolutionary Approach Generates Human Competitive Corewar Programs

10:05  R.K.Standish  The influence of parsimony and randomness on complexity growth in Tierra

10:40 ? BREAK ---

10:55  K.Tominaga  Modelling DNA Computation by an Artificial Chemistry Based on Pattern Matching and Recombination

11:30  H.Suzuki  Network Artificial Chemistry - Molecular Interaction Represented by a Graph


----- 12:30 - 1:30  Lunch Break -----

1:30-2:00  Coffee

2:00  T.J.Hutton  Making Membranes in Artificial Chemistries

2:35  T.E.Portegys  Catalyzed Molecule Replication in an Artificial Chemistry

3:10 ? BREAK ----

3:25  J.Kelemen, A.Kelemenova, Gh.Paun  Preview of P Colonies: A Biochemically Inspired Computing Model

4:00  R.Nishiyama, K.Tomiyama  Artificial Life-Based Housing Design Assistant -Application of Movable Finite Automata-

4:35: -- OPEN DISCUSSION -----

5:00  FINISH

Workshop 3: Rethinking Life: Scientific and Philosophical Perspectives, organizer: Mark Bedau, Reed College

9:00-9:30               coffee

9:30-12:30             morning session

[15 min. for prepared remarks + 5 min. for Q&A per speaker]

o        Barry McMullin (School of Electrical Engineering, Dublin City University): What is artificial life?

o        Robert Pennock (Department of Philosophy, Michigan State University): Life  forms and forms of life:
Wittgensteinian and Darwinian insights on the meaning of ALife

o        Kelly Smith (Department of Philosophy, Clemson University): Life, the universe, and all that.

o        Carol Cleland (Department of Philosophy, University of Colorado, Boulder): Why it is a mistake to define ‘life’.

o        Ben Clark (Space Exploration Systems, Lockeed Martin, Denver): From Mars and machines, to water and worker bees: application of a GU DoL to identification of extraterrestrial and artificial life forms.

o        Barak Naveh (Department of Computer Science, Ben-Gurion University): Self-preservation: a neglected sine qua non for (artificial) life.

12:30-1:30             lunch break

1:30-2:00               coffee

2:00-5:00               afternoon session

[15 min. for prepared remarks + 5 min. for Q&A per speaker]

o        Claus Emmeche (Center for the Philosophy of Nature and Science Studies, University of Copenhagen):
ALife, organism and body: the semiotics of emergent levels.

o        Peter Wills (Department of Physics, University of Auckland): Scientific and non-scientific conceptions of life.

o        Juan-Carlos Letelier (Department of Biology, University of Chile): Geometry as a metabolite.

o        Takashi Ikegami (Department of Physics, University of Tokyo): Life as a dynamical system.

o        Mark Bedau (Department of Philosophy, Reed College; ProtoLife SRL, Venice): How to understand the question “What is life?”

o        Norman Packard (ProtoLife SRL, Venice): Life as emergence of meaning, purpose, and intent.

5:00             --       workshop ends


9:00-9:30  Coffee

9:30  Tutorial 1: Robot: the true story of the word, J. Horakova and J. Kelemen

9:30  Tutorial 2: Life as it is? Population genetics basics for evolutionary computation experts., R. Watson and D. Weinreich     

12:30-1:30             lunch break

1:30-2:00               coffee

2:00-5:00 Tutorial 3: Evolution of sensors, D. Polani

2:00-5:00  Tutorial 4: Introduction to random Boolean networks, C. Gershenson, A. Wuensche

2:00-5:00  Tutorial 5: The quantum coreworld, A. Wait