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Workshops

ABMHuB'22: 4th International Workshop on Agent-Based Modelling of Human Behaviour

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Organizers: Dr, Soo Ling Lim, Professor Peter J. Bentley

Description: ABMHuB'22 aims to bring together researchers who are interested in using agent-based modelling to understand human behaviour. It combines computational modelling with social science and behavioural science.

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SB-AI 7: What can Synthetic Biology offer to Artificial Intelligence? Strategies and Perspectives for Embodied Chemical Approaches to AI

 

Organizers: Pasquale Stano, Luisa Damiano, Yutetsu Kuruma

Description: The workshop intends to collect a series of original contributions related to bio-inspired modelling of life and cognition, in its hard/soft/wet-ware or hybrid expressions, aiming to promote the emergence of novel paradigms for AI firmly grounded in Synthetic Biology and Artificial Life research.

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Chemaliforms II: The Second Workshop on Chemistry and Artificial Life Forms

Organizers:​ Jitka Čejkova, Tan Phat Huynh and Richard Loeffler

Description: “CHEMALIFORMS II - the Second Workshop on Chemistry and Artificial Life Forms” focuses on the life-like forms created in a laboratory using chemical and biochemical materials. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to: wet artificial life, synthetic biology, origin of life, protocells, self-propelled droplets and other objects, chemobrionics, and messy chemistry. The aim of the workshop is to bring together researchers interested in wet artificial life, namely chemists, physicists, biologists. Further, it is expected that computer scientists performing mathematical simulations of life-like phenomena in chemical systems and experts from robotic field that build the platforms for laboratory experiments automatization will participate as well.

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OGD-CLEA: Origins of Goal Directedness: Ideas, Structures and Models  

 

Organizer: Tomas Veloz

Description: What are the origins of goal-directed behavior? How agency and free will emerged in the universe? No one knows...but one thing we know is that the answer lies at the intersection between Philosophy, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Cognition, Computation and System Theory.

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LIFELIKE 2022: Lifelike Computing Systems Workshop 2022

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Organizers:​ Anthony Stein, Sven Tomforde, Jean Botev, Peter Lewis

Description: The Lifelike Computing Systems initiative aims to learn from the study of life and living systems to develop new, practical, computing systems that possess ‘lifelike' properties; a further goal is to identify when such complex features are of particular value to people, society, and the world. The initiative's focus lies primarily on engineered technological systems broadly within the domain of computing. The annual LIFELIKE workshop is intended to provide a forum for discussing new insights and implications from adopting Artificial Life principles to technical computing systems deployed to flexibly and robustly act in real-world environments.

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WiDWS: Why it Didn't Work-Shop 

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Organizers:​ Lisa Soros, Lana Sinapayen and Nicholas Guttenberg

Description: Experiments don't always turn out as planned, but often we can still learn something useful via principled scientific explorations. This workshop will provide a venue for publishing explorations of negative results related to artificial life.

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ERA: Emerging Researchers in Artificial Life

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Organizers:​ Federico Pigozzi, Abraham J. Leite and Imy Khan 

Description: Emerging ALifers come together and share their research in a fun and relaxed lightning talk format. Participants will also be introduced to ERA, its projects, and an invited talk from an outstanding emerging researcher.

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Web Hackathon: Developing Artificial Life Web Resources 

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Organizer: Emily Dolson

Description: Come learn how to contribute to the Encyclopedia of Artificial Life, and maybe even write a short article about your area of expertise! Together, we can build a comprehensive reference for the whole community.

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VCC workshop: The Virtual Creatures Workshop

Organizers: Kathryn Walker, Caitlin Grasso, Lana Sinapayen and Sam Kriegman

Description: This workshop runs alongside the already successful virtual creatures competition, giving competitors the opportunity to showcase their virtual creatures further, explain the methods used to generate them and initiate dialogues into the future of this research field.

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ALife Ethics: Should Artificial Systems Have Rights?

 

Organizers: Olaf Witkowski and Eric Schwitzgebel, 

Description: The moral considerability of artificial living systems might not be considerably reduced from the fact that they are non-human and evolve in a potentially radically different substrate, nor by the fact that they owe their existence to humans. On the contrary, their creation may come with additional moral obligations to them, which may be similar to those of an owner to their pet or a parent to their child. For a field that aims to create artificial lifeforms with increasing levels of sophistication, it is crucial to consider the possible implications of our activities under an ethical perspective, and infer the moral obligations for which we should be prepared. If artificial life is larger than life, then the ethics of artificial beings ought to be larger than human ethics. We invite everyone willing to take an active part in the workshop to contact the organizers in advance.

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