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From alife@COGNET.UCLA.EDU Thu Jul 22 23:39:59 1993 Flags: 000000000000 Return-Path: Received: from Regulus.COGNET.UCLA.EDU by (5.65c/Spike-2.0) id AA08372; Thu, 22 Jul 1993 22:09:05 -0400 Received: by (Sendmail 5.61c+YP/3.20-COG) id AA19279; Thu, 22 Jul 93 17:33:34 -0700 Date: Thu, 22 Jul 93 17:33:34 -0700 From: alife@COGNET.UCLA.EDU Message-Id: <> To: alife@COGNET.UCLA.EDU Subject: Alife Digest Volume #108 Status: O Alife Digest, Number 108 Thursday, July 22nd 1993 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~ Artificial Life Distribution List ~ ~ ~ ~ All submissions for distribution to: ~ ~ All list subscriber additions, deletions, or administrative details to: ~ ~ ~ ~ All software, tech reports to Alife depository through ~ ~ anonymous ftp at in ~ftp/pub/alife ( ~ ~ ~ ~ List maintainers: Liane Gabora and Rob Collins ~ ~ Artificial Life Research Group, UCLA ~ ~ ~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Today's Topics: Calendar of Alife-related Events Call for Papers: Self Organisation and Emergence in Economics ECAL93 Report, Hugo de Garis, ATR ICANN'94: Call for Papers ALIFE III T-Shirts Available Again! Artificial Life IV - Preliminary Call for Papers STSF'94 Workshop ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Thu, 22 Jul 93 17:38:28 MDT From: (Liane Gabora) Subject: Calendar of Alife-related Events ********************************************************************** Dynamically Interacting Robots Workshop Late Aug, 1993 v91 Neural Networks and Telecommunications, Princeton, NJ October 18-20,1993 v100 Fluctuations and Order, Los Alamos, NM Sept 9-12, 1993 v102 Neural Information Processing Systems, Denver, CO Nov 29-Dec 2, 1993 v98 Third Conf on Evolutionary Programming, San Diego, CA Feb 24-25, 1994 v103 Cybernetics and Systems Research, Vienna April 5-8, 1994 v101,103 Intnl Conf Knowledge Rep and Reasoning, Bonn, Germany May 24-27, 1994 v101 IEEE Computational Intelligence, Lake Buena Vista FL Jun 26-Jul 2, 1994 v106 Alife IV, Cambridge MA July 6-8, 1994 v108 Simulation of Adaptive Behavior, Brighton, UK Aug 8-12, 1994 v101 Parallel Problem Solving in Nature, Jerusalem, Israel Oct 9-14, 1994 v102 Congress on Medical Informatics, Sao Paulo, Brazil Sept 9-14, 1995 v91 (Send announcements of other activities to ********************************************************************** ------------------------------ Date: Sat, 10 Jul 93 18:59:18 CDT From: "Leigh Tesfatsion" Subject: Call for Papers TO: Alife Digest FROM: Leigh Tesfatsion (Department of Economics, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011-1070 DATE: 11 July 1993 SUBJECT: Advanced Notice of a Call for Papers I am on the Program Committee for the next North American Summer Meeting of the Econometric Society, to be held June 24-28, 1994, in Quebec. My area of responsibility is self-organization and emergent behavior. If your research relates to these topics, I hope you will consider submitting a paper for this conference. A detailed announcement and call for papers for the conference as a whole will appear soon in _Econometrica_. All paper submissions should be mailed to the Program Committee Chair: Professor M. Wooders, Department of Economics, University of Toronto, 150 St. George Street, Toronto, Ontario M5A 1A1, CANADA. The deadline for submissions is January 25, 1994. Each submission should include three copies of each of the following: a cover page, an abstract, and (if possible) the paper itself. The recommended length of abstract is 100 words. The cover page should include: the name of the author submitting the paper for presentation; the names, institutional affiliations, addresses, telephone numbers, and (if available) the email addresses of all the authors; the paper title; a single J.E.L. (_Journal of Economic Literature_) primary field name and number; and up to three optional field designations from among 17 listed fields. (For Alife Digest members, the most relevant of these fields would seem to be (4) game theory, (16) information and learning, and (17) self-organization and emergent behavior.) Thanks! ------------------------------ From: Hugo de Garis Date: Mon, 12 Jul 93 15:11:58 JST Subject: ECAL93 Report, Hugo de Garis, ATR Dear ALife Digest, Here is an ECAL93 report. Its a bit late because I was travelling a lot. Hope you can use it. Cheers, Hugo de Garis. ECAL93 REPORT Hugo de Garis Brain Builder Group, Evolutionary Systems Department, ATR, Kyoto, Japan. Firstly, my apologies for the fact that this report is late. I'm usually pretty quick at getting back these ALife conference reports to the ALife network. However, this time I was caught up for a month on a world trip to Europe and the US for the summer conference season and making deals in the US for our new ALife group in Japan. ECAL93 (The Second European Conference on Artificial Life) was held at Brussels University, Belgium, Europe, on May 24-26, 1993. It was a big event, with most of the world's ALife big names present, e.g. (active in the US) Langton, Kauffman, Ray, Fontana, Rasmusssen, etc. and (active in Europe) Prigogine, Varela, Nicolis, etc). One of the intentions of the conference (according to one of the organizers whom I spoke to), was to show the Americans that "ALife doesn't all happen at Santa Fe", that there has been a substantial ALife effort in Europe for many years, and that it would be a good thing for the two continents to get together. Well, ECAL93 succeeded in doing that, I felt. Except for a few plenary session talks, most of the conference was split into 2 parallel sessions. Necessarily I missed at least half the talks, so this report will be biased by omission. There were a large number of invited talks with no corresponding write-ups in the proceedings. (Yes, there was actually a proceedings (2 xeroxed volumes, 1200 pages) which unfortunately were not published (at the time of the conference). Even xeroxed proceedings were a significant improvement on ALife III, the previous summer, where there were no proceedings, period. The kickoff speaker was Varela, with his verbal brilliance, but due to the jet lag I dont remember much of what he said. I recommend for ECAL95, that invited speakers be asked to contribute something to the proceedings, otherwise their wise words are lost forever. Varela showed a transparency which summarized who was doing what in ALife, which would have been very interesting to have, plus the corresponding references. But, characteristic of the French, the talk was more flashy than pragmatic. (I'm an Anglosaxon, remember). Varela was followed by Nicolis, the disciple of the famous Nobel winning Prigogine, who gave a possibly important but dull mathematical talk which lost most of his audience after 5 minutes. I think conference kickoff talks ought to be either overviews, or be presentations of significant work that is of real interest to the field, rather than be the work of some notable that is only of marginal interest. My feeling was that the conference organizers were more into paying homage to the man, rather than thinking that the talk would go over well. (I could be wrong of course). However, many of the French speaking presenters (of which there were many, see below), gave heavily mathematical talks which completely alienated the Americans, who have little time nor patience for talks which fail to communicate. Perhaps I'm obsessed with this issue because I spent 14 years of my life in Brussels, and did my PhD at Brussels University (the French speaking half) where I was constantly confronted with the clash in academic values between the continental European predilection for analysis and rigor (particularly strong in France) and the British/US stress on simplicity, clarity and creativity. Someone should tell the French that the primary aim of a talk is to get your message across and not to try to browbeat your audience with lots of impressive but incomprehensible mathematical formulas. A talk, as distinct from a paper, should concentrate upon a few ideas, expressed simply so that most listeners can follow. The French do this poorly, and have a bad international reputation as a result. The parallel sessions then began. Papers were grouped into the following topics :- Autonomous Behavior, Evolutionary Mechanisms, Patterns and Rhythms, Origins of Life & Molecular Evolution, Dynamics of Human Societies, Multi Robot Systems, Collective Intelligence, Sensory-Motor Activity, Ecosystems & Evolution, Theoretical Immunology and a poster session. In all there were about 65 talks, and about 55 posters. New (?) to ALife conferences was the Patterns and Rhythms session, which unfortunately I didnt see, because I was at the Autonomous Behavior session. To give an idea of which countries were most represented at this European conference, I took some statistics. The country of the first author (invited, oral or poster) counted as one point. The following list gives the number of points per country and as a percentage of the total. France (21, 18.6%) US (21, 18.6%) UK (15, 13.3%) Germany (14, 12.4%) Japan (7, 6.2%) Belgium (7, 6.2%) Switzerland (4, 3.5%) Italy (3, 2.7%) Hungary (2, 1.8%) Holland (2, 1.8%) Denmark (2, 1.8%) Canada (2, 1.8%) Spain (2, 1.8%) Czech (2, 1.8%) Others (9, 8.7% - 1 each, Greece, Mexico, Lithuania, Slovenia, Yugoslavia, Russia, Sweden, Ireland, Israel) So, hats off to the French! Oddly, Italy (one of the big European 4, with a population comparable to that of the UK or France) did very poorly. Why? Does anyone know? Highlights ========== This is always very subjective, so to lighten the blame for poor judgement on my part, I asked some ALife notables (some of whom I met at the airport going home, or off to other conferences) for their opinions. Firstly, my own. I was very entertained by Mark Tilden's talk on his latest efforts to build minirobots out of (essentially) electronic junk. Our ALife group has given Tilden a nickname (namely "5D"), which might be worth spreading around. "5D" because his colorful personality (putting it mildly) puts him 5 standard deviations from the mean. Mark had made solid progress since ALife III the previous summer. He also organized a highly successful Robot Olympics in Canada which I hear has added to his legend. His talk title, "Robot Jurassic Park", mystified me at first, but it reflected his long term ambition to create an exhibit of robots of all descriptions that will fascinate the public, the way the dinosaurs did in the movie. (If you havent seen "Jurassic Park" yet, do go. I saw it twice in the US and was wowed by the special effects). Tom Ray's talk I found rivetting. Sure, he went over the same old Tierra stuff by way of introduction, but when he got onto future plans, namely to evolve massively parallel software in a CM5 machine (in our group at ATR by the way), I got excited. "Massively parallel computers will need evolutionary approaches to tap their full programming potential", was Tom's message. Chris Langton spoke about a generic ALife software tool he and a colleague are developing which allows local rules to be input to generate emergent phoenomena. The tool will be versatile and sufficiently general to be widely usable. I also hear that Chris is working on the simulation of a biological cell. Wow. Schuster talked about his work on mapping polymer sequences to polymer shapes. Luisi presented results of actual chemical experiments to generate self replicating micelles and vesicles, giving "living" proof of his autopoietic principles that he has been pushing for years. This was truly impressive. The Belgian social robot group (Beckers, Deneubourg, Goss) presented an imressive video and live demo of a robot colony which performed a lot better (i.e. faster) than Maya Mataric's robots (upon which the colony was inspired). They flocked, trailed, etc impressively and quickly. Rasmussen fascinated me with a talk on using self organization in the engineering field. One of his examples was to get a swarm of low level communication satellites to self organize. If one blinks off, the rest restore functionality by using self organization. Their low orbits would mean that they could be launched by low cost rockets. Neat. Dave Cliff's talk on evolving neural controllers for robots provided an update on his group's work. Todd spoke about "Artificial Death" (an appropriate topic at an ALife conference). What function does death serve? Why did it evolve? How is it evolutionarily advantageous? Good questions. Unfortunately the experiments he undertook to test his ideas didnt seem to work very well. Still, an important new area. Stew Kauffman anounced in his talk (basically a rehash of earlier papers) that his book is finally out (after literally years of delay). Its called "Origins of Order", and is published by Oxford University Press. It will probably become required reading for any serious ALifer (along with ALife I and II). Other (high ranking ALife) people liked Bedau's talk on "The Evolution of Diversity", Deneubourg's talk "In Search of Simplicity", Mc Mullin's poster on "What is a Universal Constructor?", and Lindgren's talk on "Evolutionary Dynamics of Spatial Games", which was a sort of Tierra in 2D spaces. As of late June, I still do not know which, if any, publisher will be publishing the ECAL93 proceedings. I hear that the organizers want to edit a book with a subset of the conference papers (a la Langton). If so, once again, half of the oral papers will go unpublished. Conference attendees are outnumbered 10-100 to 1 compared to the number of readers of the proceedings. Conference organizers have an obligation to spread the papers to a wide audience. The proceedings are probably the most important element of a conference. They are what one goes away with and can keep for years. Conference contact memories fade. I hope future ALife conference organizers will learn from such a conference as PPSN92 which managed to have a book published which contained all the conference papers, AND to have it ready in time for the conference itself. It can be done. The conference itself was not well organized. It reflected the characteristic Belgian inattention to detail and lack of discipline that Belgians are infamous for. There were many little examples, e.g. the paper submission deadline changed 3 times. On my ETL lab wall last year, I had 4 sheets stuck up with progressively later dates on ECAL93 deadlines. The handing out of proceedings was not closely supervised, so people were stealing extra copies. Stew Kauffman couldnt get a set when he first asked. The video session was dominated by a long running video, so I didnt get to show mine. There were no multistandard video players. Such machines should de rigeur at international conferences. Talks started late, so people at the other session missed parts of desired talks, etc. etc. (Maybe I've been more influenced by Japanese efficiency than I'm aware of). But, on the other hand, one should not overlook the obvious fact, that it was the Belgians who organized the conference in the first place. They should be congratulated for that. It was a successful conference, (says me, who has been to (too) many). Heard on the ALife Grapevine ============================ Where and when will the next big ALife conference be held? The last I heard was that preparations for ALife IV (supposedly in Los Angeles) are dragging. I also heard that Chris Langton (once again) is prepared to step in and organize ALife IV, if all else fails. If ALife IV does not take place at LA, then our lab (ATR) might be willing to help Chris organize it (and maybe in Japan). ATR's ESD (Evolutionary Systems Dept) will be one of the strongest ALife groups in the world by January 1994. The next ECAL will probably be held in Eastern Europe in 1995. Rumor has it (actually I got this from a VERY high ALife source), that Rod Brooks aged 2 years in half an hour while listening to Mark Tilden's "Junk Robot" talk at Sante Fe in 1992. Rod likes to be on the cutting edge, but learned during Tilden's talk that he had become main stream. He has subsequently changed direction and is now wanting to build an "upper-body robot" with hand/eye coordination, capable of cognitive function, using a mid level subsymbolic approach. (I hope I got that right, Cynthia?) I called in at MIT just last week, to visit Toffoli's Cellular Automata Machine group. Our "Brain Builder Group" at ATR, wants to build/evolve an artificial brain inside Toffoli and Margolus's CAM8 cellular automata machine. As "5D" Tilden would say, "Is all". I ------------------------------ From: Piero Morasso Subject: ICANN'94 first call for papers Date: Mon, 12 Jul 93 16:52:15 MET DST -------------------------------------------------------------------- | ************************************************ | | * * | | * EUROPEAN NEURAL NETWORK SOCIETY * | | *----------------------------------------------* | | * C A L L F O R P A P E R S * | | *----------------------------------------------* | | * I C A N N ' 94 - SORRENTO * | | * * | | ************************************************ | | | | ICANN'94 (INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ARTIFICIAL NEURAL NETWORKS)| | is the fourth Annual Conference of ENNS and it comes after | | ICANN'91(Helsinki), ICANN'92 (Brighton), ICANN'93 (Amsterdam). | | It is co-sponsored by INNS, IEEE-NC, JNNS. | | It will take place at the Sorrento Congress Center, near Naples, | | Italy, on May 26-29, 1994. | | | |------------------------------------------------------------------| | S U B M I S S I O N | |------------------------------------------------------------------| | Interested authors are cordially invited to present their work | | in one of the following "Scientific Areas" (A-Cognitive Science; | | B-Mathematical Models; C- Neurobiology; D-Fuzzy Systems; | | E-Neurocomputing), indicating also an "Application domain" | | (1-Motor Control;2-Speech;3-Vision;4-Natural Language; | | 5-Process Control;6-Robotics;7-Signal Processing; | | 8-Pattern Recognition;9-Hybrid Systems;10-Implementation). | | | | DEADLINE for CAMERA-READY COPIES: December 15, 1993. | | ---------------------------------------------------- | | Papers received after that date will be returned unopened. | | Papers will be reviewed by senior researchers in the field | | and the authors will be informed of their decision by the end | | of January 1994. Accepted papers will be included in the | | Proceedings only if the authors have registered in advance. | | Allocation of accepted papers to oral or poster sessions will | | not be performed as a function of technical merit but only with | | the aim of coherently clustering different contributions in | | related topics; for this reason there will be no overlap of | | oral and poster sessions with the same denomination. Conference | | proceedings, that include all the accepted (and regularly | | registered) papers, will be distributed at the Conference desk | | to all regular registrants. | | | | SIZE: 4 pages, including figures, tables, and references. | | LANGUAGE: English. | | COPIES: submit a camera-ready original and 3 copies. | | (Accepted papers cannot be edited.) | | ADDRESS where to send the papers: | | IIASS (Intl. Inst. Adv. Sci. Studies), ICANN'94, | | Via Pellegrino 19, Vietri sul Mare (Salerno), 84019 Italy. | | ADDRESS where to send correspondence (not papers): | | Prof. Roberto Tagliaferri, Dept. Informatics, Univ. Salerno, | | Fax +39 89 822275, email | | EMAIL where to get LaTeX files: | | | | In an accompanying letter, the following should be included: | | (i) title of the paper, (ii) corresponding author, | | (iii) presenting author, (iv) scientific area and application | | domain (e.g. "B-7"), (vi) preferred presentation (oral/poster), | | (vii) audio-visual requirements. | | | |------------------------------------------------------------------| | F O R M A T | |------------------------------------------------------------------| | The 4 pages of the manuscripts should be prepared on A4 white | | paper with a typewriter or letter- quality printer in | | one-column format, single-spaced, justified on both sides and | | printed on one side of the page only, without page numbers | | or headers/footers. Printing area: 120 mm x 195 mm. | | | | Authors are encouraged to use LaTeX. For LaTeX users, the LaTeX | | style-file and an example-file can be obtained via email as | | follows: | | - send an email message to the address "" | | - the first two lines of the message must be: | | get ICANN94 icann94.sty | | get ICANN94 icann94-example.tex | | If problems arise, please contact the conference co-chair below. | | Non LaTeX users can ask for a specimen of the paper layout, | | to be sent via fax. | | | |------------------------------------------------------------------| | P R O G R A M C O M M I T T E E | |------------------------------------------------------------------| | The preliminary program committee is as follows: | | | | I. Aleksander (UK), D. Amit (ISR), L. B. Almeida (P), | | S.I. Amari (J), E. Bizzi (USA), E. Caianiello (I), | | L. Cotterill (DK), R. De Mori (CAN), R. Eckmiller (D), | | F. Fogelman Soulie (F), S. Gielen (NL), S. Grossberg (USA), | | J. Herault (F), M. Jordan (USA), M. Kawato (J), T. Kohonen (SF), | | V. Lopez Martinez (E), R.J. Marks II (USA), P. Morasso (I), | | E. Oja (SF), T. Poggio (USA), H. Ritter (D), H. Szu (USA), | | L. Stark (USA), J. G. Taylor (UK), S. Usui (J), L. Zadeh (USA) | | | | Conference Chair: Prof. Eduardo R. Caianiello, Univ. Salerno, | | Italy, Dept. Theoretic Physics; email: | | | | Conference Co-Chair: Prof. Pietro G. Morasso, Univ. Genova, | | Italy, Dept. Informatics, Systems, Telecommunication; | | email:; fax: +39 10 3532948 | | | |------------------------------------------------------------------| | T U T O R I A L S | |------------------------------------------------------------------| | The preliminary list of tutorials is as follows: | | 1) Introduction to neural networks (D. Gorse), 2) Advanced | | techniques in supervised learning (F. Fogelman Soulie`), | | 3) Advanced techniques for self-organizing maps (T. Kohonen) | | 4) Weightless neural nets (I. Aleksander), 5) Applications of | | neural networks (R. Hecht-Nielsen), 6) Neurobiological modelling | | (J.G. Taylor), 7) Information theory and neural networks | | (M. Plumbley). | | Tutorial Chair: Prof. John G. Taylor, King's College, London, UK | | fax: +44 71 873 2017 | | | |------------------------------------------------------------------| | T E C H N I C A L E X H I B I T I O N | |------------------------------------------------------------------| | A technical exhibition will be organized for presenting the | | literature on neural networks and related fields, neural networks| | design and simulation tools, electronic and optical | | implementation of neural computers, and application | | demonstration systems. Potential exhibitors are kindly requested | | to contact the industrial liaison chair. | | | | Industrial Liaison Chair: Dr. Roberto Serra, Ferruzzi | | Finanziaria, Ravenna, fax: +39 544 35692/32358 | | | |------------------------------------------------------------------| | S O C I A L P R O G R A M | |------------------------------------------------------------------| | Social activities will include a welcome party, a banquet, and | | post-conference tours to some of the many possible targets of | | the area (participants will also have no difficulty to | | self-organize a la carte). | -------------------------------------------------------------------- ------------------------------ From: Kurt Thearling Date: Fri, 16 Jul 93 17:56:52 EDT Subject: ALIFE III T-Shirts Available Again! Due to a number of requests, we are going to be reprinting the sold out T-Shirts from ALIFE III. The shirts are black, with white and red printing. Besides the words "Artificial Life III" and "June 15-19 1992, Santa Fe, New Mexico," the shirts contain a sequence of computer evolved images of a beetle evolving into insect robot. Both LARGE and EXTRA LARGE are available. They are pre-shrunk cotton t-shirts. The price is $18, postpaid (outside the US, the price is $20 in US funds). Orders can be sent to me at the address below. For those of you who do not know what the shirts look like, a postscript image of a scanned-in shirt is available via ftp. To get the image, ftp to and retrieve the file in the directory ~ftp/pub/alifeIII.shirt. - kurt ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Kurt Thearling Thinking Machines Corp. 245 First Street Cambridge, MA 02142 ---------------------------------------------------------------------- ------------------------------ Date: Sun, 18 Jul 93 12:42:04 -0400 From: Pattie Maes Subject: Artificial Life IV - Preliminary Call for Papers Artificial Life IV An Interdisciplinary Workshop on the Synthesis and Simulation of Living Systems organized by: Rodney Brooks MIT Artificial Intelligence Lab July 6-8, 1994 MIT, Cambridge, MA CALL FOR PAPERS Proceedings Editors: Rodney Brooks, MIT AI Lab Pattie Maes, MIT Media Lab We are happy to invite contributions for the Fourth Artificial Life Workshop, to be held at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts, July 6-8, 1994. Artificial Life complements the traditional Biological sciences, concerned with the analysis of living organisms, by attempting to synthesize phenomena normally associated with natural living systems within computers and other "artificial" media. By extending the empirical foundation upon which the science of Biology rests beyond the carbon-chain based life that has evolved on Earth, Artificial Life can contribute to Theoretical Biology by locating "life-as-we-know-it" within the larger context of "life-as-it-could-be." The three previous workshops in this series were held in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Next year's workshop is intended to continue in the spirit of the earlier events, encouraging people with a broad range of backgrounds to share and exchange opinions, ideas, and techniques. Contributions may made in the following categories: PAPER (30 minutes for presentation and questions); DEMONSTRATION, which includes robots, computer demos and/or videos (please give time estimate). Some PAPER contributions may be accepted as POSTERs. Presentations of posters may include a computer display (BYOC). Authors of PAPERs should send 4 copies of a full paper, not to exceed 14 pages of 12pt single spaced text to the address below by March 15, 1994 (you get to work all weekend then send it express on Monday the 14th...). No papers will be accepted for review after March 15th. Authors will be notified of the status of their contributions by April 15, 1994. Contributions should include an email address, telephone and fax numbers on the cover page. Proprietors of DEMONSTRATIONs should send a maximum four page abstract describing their contribution to the same address by March 15th. DEMONSTRATIONs will be held on Thursday afternoon, July 7th, and will incorporate an ``Artificial 4-H show''. All accepted PAPERs will be included in the proceedings which will be available to all registered participants at the workshop. Some POSTERs may be included in the proceedings, and some DEMONSTRATIONs will be included in a companion videotape. There will be a very tight production schedule on the proceedings and camera ready copy will be absolutely due by Friday May 13th. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to: * Self-organization and emergent functionality * Definitions of life * Origin of life * Self-reproduction * Computer viruses * Synthesis of "the living state" * Evolution and population genetics * Coevolution and ecological dynamics * Growth, development and differentiation * Organization and behavior of social and colonial organisms * Animal behavior * Global and local ecosystems and their interactions * Autonomous agents (mobile robots and software agents) * Collective intelligence ("swarm" intelligence) * Theoretical biology * Philosophical issues in Alife (from Ontology to Ethics) * Formalisms and tools for Alife research * Guidelines and safeguards for the practice of Alife Papers should be sent to: Rodney Brooks/Alife IV MIT Artificial Ingelligence Lab 545 Technology Square Cambridge, MA 02139, USA ------------------------------ Date: Wed, 21 Jul 1993 11:53:14 UTC+0100 From: Miquel Barcelo Subject: STSF'94 Workshop Friends, You will find here the CALL OF PAPERS of a new Workshop on SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY THROUGH SCIENCE FICTION to be held next summer in Barcelona, Spain (22nd and 23rd, June 1994). This will be the first edition of such a Workshop so, if you know more people that could be interested, please help in making this information available just forwarding this message. If you need more information, please feel free to ask to: Yours, Miquel Barcels PS- Excuse if this message arrives for the second time. Obviously there is only ONE STSF'94 Workshop. We had some problem with distributions lists. Thanks. M.B. --------------------------------------------------------------------- First Announcement and CALL FOR PAPERS STSF '94 An International Workshop on SCIENCE and TECHNOLOGY through SCIENCE FICTION 22nd-23rd June 1994 - BARCELONA (Spain) --------------------------------------------------------------------- Organized by: CONSELL SOCIAL (Board of Trustees) of Universitat Polithcnica de Catalunya (UPC) in cooperation with: Software Department (UPC) Physics and Nuclear Engineering Department (UPC) WORLD SF (Hispanic Chapter) --------------------------------------------------------------------- THE WORKSHOP A good working definition of science fiction is "speculative ex- trapolation about the effect of science and technology on society". The aim of this International Workshop is to provide a forum for iden- tifying, encouraging and discussing research about science and tech- nology, or their consequences, as portrayed in science fiction. The Workshop will bring together researchers, scientists, and other aca- demics with science fiction professionals to share information and ex- plore new ideas about the relationship between science fiction, science and technology. TOPICS OF INTEREST The topics of interest include but are not limited to: - Biotechnology, genetic engineering - Computer science, robotics, artificial intelligence - Macroengineering - Nanotechnology - Physics, astronomy, cosmology - Professional activity of scientists and engineers - Social impact of science and technology - Teaching science and technology with science fiction --------------------------------------------------------------------- PROGRAM COMMITTEE * Miquel Barcels (Software Dept., UPC, SPAIN) * Joe Haldeman (SFWA president, M.I.T. Associate Professor, USA) * Elizabeth A. Hull (SFRA past-president, USA) * Frederik Pohl (SFWA and WSF past-president, USA) * Vernor Vinge (Dept. of Math Sciences, SDSU, USA) ORGANIZING COMMITTEE * Miquel Barcels (Software Dept., UPC) * Laura Cabarrocas (Board of Trustees (secr.), UPC) * Gay Haldeman (Writing Program, M.I.T.,USA) * Pedro Jorge (Hispanic Chapter of WORLD SF) * Jordi Josi (Physics and Nuclear Engineering Dept., UPC) * Louis Lemkow (Sociology Dept., UAB) * Manel Moreno (Physics and Nuclear Engineering Dept., UPC) --------------------------------------------------------------------- INSTRUCTIONS TO AUTHORS Paper submissions must be in English and no more than 6000 words long. The Proceedings of the Workshop will be published by the organi- zing institution. Authors are requested to submit a "Letter of Intention" with the title of the paper and a short abstract (less than one page) be- fore November 30, 1993. Authors must submit five copies of each paper, before January 31, 1994, to the: Program Chairperson: Miquel Barcels Facultat d'Inform`tica Universitat Polithcnica de Catalunya Pau Gargallo, 5 E 08028 BARCELONA (Spain) Tel: 34.3.401.6958 Fax: 34.3.401.7113 E-mail: --------------------------------------------------------------------- IMPORTANT DATES * Deadline for Letter of Intention: November 30, 1993 * Deadline for Paper Submission: January 31, 1994 * Notification of Acceptance: March 15, 1994 * Camera Ready Papers Due: April 30, 1994 * Workshop: June, 22-23, 1994 --------------------------------------------------------------------- ------------------------------ End of ALife Digest *******************


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