Hybrid Life: Approaches to integrate biological, artificial and cognitive systems

ALife 2018 and special sessions

"Hybrid Life: Approaches to integrate biological, artificial and cognitive systems" is a special session of the ALife conference that will take place in Tokyo (Japan), July 23rd-27th 2018. This session aims to cover traditional artificial life areas as well as new directions and ideas to connect artificial life to other research fields.

Our goal is twofold, on the one hand to propose the application of artificial life methodologies to less traditional a-life areas, such as psychology, neuroscience and control engineering. On the other hand, we also work towards extending the list of standard a-life research areas to include topics from these disciplines. We thus welcome submissions from classical artificial life areas as well as less traditional areas that however share research questions related to the understanding of life and cognition.

Special sessions accept submissions through the main conference submission system. Papers and abstracts submitted to this special sessions will be reviewed by a selected group of experts from the a-life community as well as from other areas key to our proposal, specifically chosen for this review process.

If you are submitting to a special session you will be given the opportunity to select it during the submission process. Submissions to special sessions follow the same format, instructions and deadlines of regular ALife papers.

Accepted submissions will be published in the proceedings.

Call for papers

The main focus of ALife research is the study of natural systems with the goal of understanding what life is. More concretely, ALife defines ways to investigate processes that contribute to the formation and proliferation of living organisms. In this session we focus on three common approaches to tackle this investigation, proposing ways to integrate, extend and possibly improve them. More specifically we refer to: 1) the formalisation of the necessary properties for the definition of life, 2) the implementation of artificial agents, and 3) the study of the relation between life and cognition.

For this special session we propose to start from these well-established Alife methodologies, and extend them through:

  • a unified formal language for the description and modelling of living, as well as artificial and cognitive systems, e.g. control theory, Bayesian inference, dynamical systems theory, etc.
  • the exploration of biological creatures enhanced by artificial systems (or artificial systems augmented with organic parts) in order to investigate the boundaries between living and nonliving organisms, and
  • the evaluation of coupled biological-artificial systems that could shed light on the importance of interactions among systems for the study of living and cognitive organisms.

This special sessions aims to invite contributions from the fields of psychology, computational neuroscience, HCI, theoretical biology, artificial intelligence, robotics and cognitive science to discuss current research on the formalisation, combination and interaction of artificial/living/cognitive systems from theoretical, modelling and implementational perspectives.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Formalisation of life and cognition (e.g. dynamical systems theory, stochastic optimal control, Bayesian inference, etc.)
  • Cognitive robotics
  • Autopoiesis
  • Life-mind continuity thesis
  • Systems biology
  • Origins-of-life theories with relationships to artificial and cognitive systems
  • Animal-robot interaction
  • Bio-inspired robotics
  • Bio-integrated robotics
  • Human-machine interaction
  • Augmented cognition
  • Sensory substitution
  • Interactive evolutionary computation
  • Artificial perception


Please follow the instructions provided at http://2018.alife.org/instructions-for-authors/.