ALife and Society

A Special Session @ ALIFE 2021 Conference, Virtual. July 19th - 23rd 2021

Tuesday 20th July (07:30-09:00 & 18:00-19:30 CEST)


Special Session I - Tuesday 20th July (07:30 - 09:00 CEST)

07:30-07:40: Introduction
07:40-08:00: Towards Guidelines for Mechatronic Ecosystem Monitoring and Management (Alan Dorin)
08:00-08:20: Listening to Ecosystems as Complex Adaptive Systems (Alice Eldridge)
08:20-08:40: Creating Artificial Societies through Interaction Analysis: Transferring Ethnographic Data into Agent-Based Modelling (Selin Zileli)
08:40-09:00: ArchaeaBot: A Post Singularity and Post Climate Change Life-form (Anna Dumitriu & Alex May)

Special Session II - Tuesday 20th July (18:00 - 19:30 CEST)

18:00-18:20: Emergence of More Contagious COVID-19 Variants from the Coevolution of Viruses and Policy Interventions (Aymeric Vie)
18:20-18:40: SARS-CoV-2 Pandemic Dynamics and Infection Tracing in Denmark (Steen Rasmussen)
18:40-19:00: How Artificial Life Researchers Can Help Address Complex Societal Challenges (Hiroki Sayama)

19:00-19:30: Discussion on ALife Approaches to Covid Modelling



The field of Alife yields tools, approaches and perspectives that have intrinsic potential to address real-world problems, but realising this potential and allowing Alife to contribute towards a greater good requires us to work critically, creatively and, crucially, collaboratively with other disciplines. As part of the ALIFE 2021 conference “Robots: The century past and the century ahead”, this special session on ALife and Society will once again provide a forum for discussing issues that require us to “take a step back” and examine grand challenges for human social systems and planetary health.


Alex Penn | Jesus Siqueiros | Olaf Witkowski | Alan Dorin | Erik Hom| Imran Khan | Andy Philippides