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From alife@COGNET.UCLA.EDU Sat Jul 31 16:58:19 1993 Flags: 000000000000 Return-Path: Received: from Regulus.COGNET.UCLA.EDU by (5.65c/Spike-2.0) id AA29600; Sat, 31 Jul 1993 16:58:09 -0400 Received: by (Sendmail 5.61c+YP/3.20-COG) id AA25469; Sat, 31 Jul 93 12:44:05 -0700 Date: Sat, 31 Jul 93 12:44:05 -0700 From: alife@COGNET.UCLA.EDU Message-Id: <> To: alife@COGNET.UCLA.EDU Subject: Alife Digest Volume #109 Alife Digest, Number 109 Saturday, July 31st 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 Glasgow Robot Games ALIFE models in Business Programming position on Swarm project at SFI Nanotech & Computer Conference ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Sat, 31 Jul 93 12:32:55 -0700 From: liane@CS.UCLA.EDU (Liane Gabora) Subject: Calendar of Alife-related Events ********************************************************************** Dynamically Interacting Robots Workshop Late Aug, 1993 v91 Molecular Nanotechnology Oct 14-16, 193 v109 Neural Networks and Telecommunications, Princeton, NJ Oct 18-20,1993 v100 Fluctuations and Order, Los Alamos, NM Sept 9-12, 1993 v102 Robot Games, Glasgow Scotland Sept 23-25, 1993 v109 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: Fri, 23 Jul 93 09:14:37 -0400 From: "Mark W. Tilden" Glagow Robot Games - Where and When. The next Robot Games based at least partially on BEAM rules will be held at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow, Scotland, Sept 23-25 (Thurs-Sat) 1993. Visitors and participants welcome. Further details and entrance form available from Is all. See you there. -- Mark W. Tilden. "Gomi no Sensei des" _ _ ________________________ MFCF, Un. of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. / \ / \ /________________________) 519/885-1211 //\ \//\ \// ___o___________________ #include (standard.disclaimer); // \_/ \_/ (_______________________) ------------------------------ Date: Fri, 23 Jul 1993 13:17:02 -0500 From: (Kevin D. Hufford, Ph.D.) Subject: ALIFE models in Business I am interested in beginning research and investigation into the application of ALIFE models and techniques to the areas of Business. Specifically Business Operation, Management, and Processes as well as Manufacturing, etc. If anyone knows of any specific references for ALIFE application to these areas please send them to I will gladly compile a list of what I receive and post it back to the list. If time permits I plan on reveiwing and annotating the list of references received. Thanks in advance!! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Kevin D. Hufford, Ph.D. Cornell Information Technologies phone: 254-6475 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ------------------------------ Date: Tue, 27 Jul 93 22:38:58 MDT From: (Chris G. Langton) Subject: Programming position on Swarm project at SFI... RESEARCH PROGRAMMER SOUGHT FOR SWARM PROJECT AT SANTA FE INSTITUTE. We are looking for a someone experienced in C/C++, X-windows, object-oriented programming style, and MIMD parallel computing. The job involves taking over the lead programming position on the SWARM project: a general purpose simulation system for investigating the behaviors of large collections of semi-autonomous agents interacting in the context of a dynamic environment. We will apply the SWARM simulation system to the study of collective behavior in a diverse spectrum of systems, including molecular self-assembly, social insects, economic systems, traffic flow, ecological and evolutionary dynamics, and so forth. Responsibilities include taking over the development and maintenance of the current working beta version of SWARM, consulting with a select set of beta users as they get their simulations up and running under SWARM, and the production and/or oversight of a parallel version of SWARM. Candidates must be able to start as soon as possible.The position pays from $35K depending on experience. Please send vita, references, a 2 page statement of experience and research interests, and any questions to: Chris Langton Santa Fe Institute 1660 Old Pecos Trail Santa Fe, NM 87501 Email: FAX: (505) 982-0565 ------------------------------ Date: Wed, 28 Jul 93 14:41:33 PDT From: John Koza Subject: Computer Nanotechnology ANNOUNCEMENT: Third Foresight Conference on Molecular Nanotechnology: Computer-Aided Design of Molecular Systems October 14-16, 1993 Palo Alto, California SUMMARY: The first nanotechnology conference specifically for the computer community will be held in Palo Alto on October 14-16. It is designed for those interested in what nanotechnology will do for the computer field and in how to steer their careers toward nanotechnology today. The meeting is also of interest to those in other fields who want to learn more about molecular nanotechnology, that is, about thorough three-dimensional structural control of materials and devices at the molecular level. For further information, contact Sponsor: Foresight Institute Cosponsors: Stanford University Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Molecular Graphics Society (USA), Institute for Molecular Manufacturing Support for nanotechnology has always been strong -- perhaps strongest -- within the computer community. The first nanotechnology course was taught in a computer science department, the first conference was sponsored by the same (along with Foresight Institute), the first Ph.D. was granted by a computer-oriented department (MIT's Media Lab), and the first text won the publishing industry's "best computer science book" award. A high proportion of those interested in nanotechnology are computer professionals of one flavor or another, and for years they have asked with increasing vigor "What can I do to further nanotechnology?" In response to these demands, Foresight's third research conference is especially designed to enable members of the computer community -- programmers, software engineers, hardware designers, and computer scientists in general -- to move their knowledge base and, ideally, their careers toward nanotechnology. All those with a computer background are urged to attend. The Third Foresight Conference on Molecular Nanotechnology: Computer-Aided Design of Molecular Systems will be held in Palo Alto on October 14-16, 1993. The meeting includes speakers who have made or are making the transition from computer science to nanotechnology. According to conference co-chair Ralph Merkle, "The main emphasis of this conference will be on computational approaches to the development of molecular manufacturing, in particular the use of molecular modeling and the development of molecular computer-aided design (CAD) tools. The conference will be valuable both for people who work professionally in computational chemistry and also for people who have a background in computer science and are interested in finding out what they can do to contribute to the development of molecular manufacturing. "There will also be a tutorial the day before the conference, so that people who have a background in computer science and wish to come up to speed in computational chemistry can get an introduction to the methodologies and techniques that are commonly used." The conference will feature fifteen or more speakers giving presentations on topics relevant to the pursuit of molecular control. We can only sketch a few of these here: Joel Orr, Autodesk Fellow, past president of the National Computer Graphics Association, and president of the Virtual Worlds Society, will address CAD industry professionals, potential nanotech designers, and others interested in hearing about the special needs of nanotechnology with respect to CAD. In the macro and micro worlds, computer-aided design is optional: design can be done by hand. But in the nano world, CAD is essential. He will discuss: * Is standard CAD good enough for nanotech? * What are the characteristics of the ideal system? * Who is working on such systems? * When will results be available? * Nano a mano: What can be done by hand, without CAD? Virtual Reality for Nanotechnology Russell Taylor, a researcher at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will be speaking on a subject of particular interest to two groups of people: (1) surface scientists who are interested in better interfaces to their instruments, and (2) builders of virtual worlds, since the system is an example of a virtual world applied to a scientific problem. The system under discussion, the Nanomanipulator, is an immersive virtual-environment interface to a Scanning Tunneling Microscope (STM). A head-mounted display presents a scaled image of the surface being scanned by the STM in front of the user while a force-feedback Argone-III Remote Manipulator (ARM) allows the user to feel contours on the surface. Computer-controlled instrumentation allows the user to make bias pulses at specified locations, thus modifying the surface. Ted Kaehler, a computer scientist at Apple Computer, points out that we do not know how the first assembler will be built or what exact research is needed to get there. A person who is not a professional chemist or materials scientist, and yet wants to be involved in this effort, has to think about how his/her skills match the problem. In this talk, entitled "What Can a Programmer Do to Help Create Nanotechnology?", he discusses three efforts he has been involved in. The first is a program to discover voids inside large molecules. Programs that search for the proper design of a large molecule need to know where the empty spaces are. The second is a project to build the "relaxation server" on the Internet. This server accepts proposed molecules (via email messages) and computes the coordinates of the atoms. The results are sent back by email. The third project is a "program" of a different sort -- a meeting group. The "Assembler Multitude," a subgroup of the local Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility chapter -- meets every other Monday night in Palo Alto and covers a wide variety of nanotechnology-related topics. Charles Musgrave, a doctoral candidate at the California Institute of Technology, will talk about ab initio calculations for mechanosynthetic construction of diamondoid structures. Accurate transition state barriers for a positionally controlled reaction are necessary to both the design of the tool and the design of the synthetic process. If either of these designs is not practical, then an alternate structure is required. High level ab initio calculations are required to obtain accurate transition state structures and thus reliable mechanochemical modeling. J. Storrs Hall, Rutgers University, will be speaking on nanocomputing; particularly the expected developments in computer architecture that make use of reversibility to reduce heat dissipation. The techniques will be critical for nanocomputers, but are on the verge of becoming useful in VLSI, so the talk will be of interest to anyone in computer architecture as well as those studying molecular computers per se. Markus Krummenacker, an Institute for Molecular Manufacturing researcher, will be presenting a "cavity stuffer" program which should enable the design of macromolecules the size of proteins. These macromolecules should then be easily synthesizable and should also have specifiable interface surfaces so that they can self assemble. Additional talks include: * Introduction to the Design of Molecular Systems, by Eric Drexler, IMM * Computational Nanotechnology, by Ralph Merkle, Xerox PARC * Design of Macromolecular Objects, by Manfred Mutter, Institut de Chimie Organique * Molecular Modeling, by William Goddard, Caltech * Crystal-Based Molecular CAD, by Geoff Leach, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology * Visualization with Molecular Graphics, by Michael Pique, Scripps Research Institute * Modeling Diamond CVD with Density Functional Theory, by Warren Pickett, NRL * Ab Initio Methods and Software, by Charles Bauschlicher, NASA Ames * Atom Manipulation by Proximal Probes: Experiment and Theory, by Makoto Sawamura, Aono Atomcraft Project The first Nanotechnology Award (and accompanying cash prize) will be presented at the meeting. Nomination information will be available from Foresight Institute. DEMONSTRATIONS Leading vendors will demonstrate products useful in the pursuit of molecular control, including molecular modeling software and hardware, and proximal probe systems (e.g. STM). CALL FOR PAPERS Contributions on relevant topics are solicited for presentation in lecture or poster format. Potential contributors are asked to submit an abstract (200-400 words), including names, addresses, telephone and fax numbers of the author(s), and an indication of whether oral or poster presentation is preferred. Papers of both kinds will be reviewed for publication. In choosing papers, priority will be given to (1) cogent descriptions of the state of the art in techniques relevant to the construction of complex molecular systems, (2) well-grounded proposals for interdisciplinary efforts which, if funded and pursued, could substantially advance the state of the art, and (3) reports of recent relevant research. JOURNAL & BOOK PUBLICATION OF PROCEEDINGS Proceedings of the conference will be refereed and published in a special issue of the international journal Nanotechnology, and later in book form. Abstracts due August 15, 1993 Notification of acceptance September 1, 1993 Manuscripts due October 14, 1993 Abstracts should be directed to the Foresight Institute, Box 61058, Palo Alto, CA 94306, USA. PRE-CONFERENCE TUTORIAL A full-day tutorial on molecular modeling and computational chemistry will be held on October 13. This tutorial is designed for computer scientists and programmers interested in using their computer skills to become active in the field of nanotechnology. The workshop will be taught by Bill Goddard, Ralph Merkle, Eric Drexler and others. More detailed information, including registration materials, will be sent to all conference registrants. SITE AND ACCOMMODATIONS Conference sessions will be held at the Hyatt Rickeys Hotel in Palo Alto. Accommodation arrangements should be made directly with the hotel. Reservations should be made by September 29; when making reservations, mention that you are attending the "Foresight Nanotechnology Conference" to obtain the lower conference room rate. Deposits in the amount of the first night's stay plus tax are required to guarantee reservations; these are refundable up to 6 PM on the date of arrival. Room rate: $89, single or double occupancy, plus 10% local tax. Hyatt Rickeys 4219 El Camino Real Palo Alto, CA 94306 (415) 493-8000 tel (415) 424-0836 fax TRANSPORTATION The conference site is easily reached from San Francisco International Airport and San Jose International Airport. Information on ground transportation services will be mailed to registrants. REGISTRATION FORM (please print and mail or fax) Name: Title: Dr. Prof. Ms. Mr. Address: Tel.: Fax: Email: Position (programmer, professor, director, etc.): Organizational affiliation (for your badge): The registration fee includes the scientific program, Wednesday evening reception, Thursday and Friday luncheons, and a copy of the proceedings journal issue. (Student and one-day rates do not include proceedings.) postmarked: by Sept. 1 after Sept. 1 Regular $350 $400 Academic, nonprofit, governmental $275 $325 Student $100 $125 One day (specify day) $135 $160 Add $200 for Pre-conference Tutorial registration. Total amount: $ Payment may be made by VISA, MasterCard, check, or international money order valid in the U.S. Make checks payable to "Foresight Conferences"; checks and bank drafts must be in U.S. dollars drawn on a U.S. bank. Refunds of registration fees can only be made on receipt of a written request which must be postmarked no later than September 15, and are subject to a $50 administrative fee. Credit card registrations may be faxed; please do not send credit card information over the Internet. Card #: Exp. date: Signature (required for credit card registrations): Mail or fax registration to: Foresight Institute Box 61058, Palo Alto CA 94306 USA Tel. 415-324-2490 Fax 415-324-2497 Internet: ------------------------------ End of ALife Digest *******************


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