SB-AI 8.  What can Synthetic Biology offer to Artificial Intelligence? 

Strategies and Perspectives for Embodied Chemical Approaches to AI

Hybrid Workshop,  26 July 2023, 17:10-18:30 JST

organized by

Luisa Damiano, Yutetsu Kuruma, Pasquale Stano

A satellite workshop of The  2023 Conference on Artificial Life (ALIFE2023), Sapporo (Hokkaido, Japan) 24-28 July 2023

Workshop Topics and Call for Paper

Despite its remarkable achievements, AI continues to yearn for further extensions in basic and applied research. In the sub-divisions of AI still dedicated to the synthetic modeling of natural cognition, front-line research targets patterns that are increasingly autonomous, adaptive and integrative, and intends to ground them in the structural features and the form(s) of organization characterizing biological systems – from unicellular systems to complex organisms and their (social) aggregates. Currently, this research horizon includes a multitude of bio-inspired lines of inquiry, sharing a ‘bottom-up’ approach – or, in other theoretical words, an ‘emergence by design’ approach – to the construction of artificial or synthetic systems that function and behave like biological systems. 

The workshop Synthetic Approaches to Biology and Artificial Intelligence intends to select a series of original contributions related to this bio-inspired modeling of life and cognition, in its hard/soft/wet-ware or hybrid expressions. The primary aim is to promote the emergence of novel paradigms for AI, firmly grounded in SB and AL research, and capable of producing qualitative leaps into next generation of technological artifacts expressing adaptive, communicational, and integrative – “cognitive” – biological-like functions and behaviors.

This workshop aims at bringing together contributions related to these and related questions, and investigating one or more aspects of the (possible/actual) relationships between the synthetic approach to biology and AI.

The workshop will start with individual contributions, followed by a structured discussion, in the form of a round-table. The discussion aims at constituting a productive dialogue among the different specialists, a highly cross-disciplinary forum, engaging participants in generating answers to the many open questions in the field, and cooperate in the critical improvements of the projects and the ideas there presented. 

We expect keynote and selected talks focused on conceptual and experimental issues related to the synthetic modeling of life and cognition, in any respect and in any domain. This way, we intend to put into focus the most advanced research relevant for the topic of Synthetic Approaches to Biology and Artificial Intelligence.

Final Program (Japan Standard Time, JST)

Wednesday 26 July 2023

17:10-17:20 L. Damiano. Welcome and Introduction to SB-AI 8

17:20-17:40 J. C. Letelier, Jorge Soto-Andrade, and Amaranta Valdéz-Zorrilla. Diagrams to understand Structural Coupling

17:40-17:55 S. Holler. Protocells, DNA and Information.

17:55-18:15 T. Veloz and S. Leijnen. The cognitive domain of a reaction network and its relation to the evolution of intelligence

18:15-18:30 General Discussion and Conclusion


Important dates

Paper Submission Deadline: 20 June 2023

Notification of Acceptance: 20 July 2023

Program publication on this website: 25 July 2023

Workshop SB-AI 7 Date: 26 July 2023; 17.10-18.30 JST

Useful links:

ALIFE2023 Conference website