SETI bioastro: ALIFE VII Workshop on the Coevolution of Brains and Bodies

From: Larry Klaes (
Date: Wed Apr 26 2000 - 08:45:06 PDT

Date: Thu, 20 Apr 2000 19:08:28 +0100
From: "Taylor, Tim" <>
Subject: ALIFE VII Workshop on the Coevolution of Brains and Bodies

ALIFE VII Workshop on the Coevolution of Brains and Bodies

2-3 August 2000
Reed College, Portland, Oregan

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This workshop aims to bring together researchers working on the
co-evolution of brains and bodies for physically- or virtually-embodied
creatures. The best known work in this field is still the seminal
research by Karl Sims with his "blockies"; however, a number of
research groups have (at last) now started to emulate and extend Sims'
work, and the aim of this workshop is to provide the opportunity for
these groups to discuss their research with others working on similar
topics. The organisers also encourage the attendance of those working
on the evolution of controllers for fixed-morphology and
parametric-morphology creatures, to promote the discussion of the
relative merits of both approaches.

The main objective of the workshop is to identify the major theoretical
and technological issues facing research of this nature, and to discuss
possible resolutions of these issues. Theoretical issues include the
genetic representation of morphologies and controllers, the sorts of
controllers best suited for such systems, and the kind of evolutionary
algorithm employed. Technological issues include, for virtual
embodiment, the choice of physics engine, and, for physical embodiment,
methods for automatically generating real robots with variable

Location, Dates and Format:

This workshop is part of the International Conference on Artificial
Life (ALIFE7), taking place at Reed College, Portland, Oregan over
1-6 August 2000. The workshop itself will be split into two 3-hour
sessions, on 2 and 3 August. The organizers wish to promote group
discussion during these sessions, and to this end the time given to
individual presentations (invited or submitted) will be limited. The
number of participants will be limited to 30. To encourage group
discussions, a list of questions for discussion will be distributed
to all attendees some weeks before the workshop.


The organizers plan to publish a collection of papers based upon
the talks and discussions of the workshop. There will be a separate
Call for Papers for this AFTER the workshop.


Potential participants are asked to submit a brief summary of their
interest in attending the workshop. If you would like to
give a presentation, please include an abstract with your submission.
If you have any particular question(s) you would like to be discussed
during the workshop, you may also include details of these.
Applications for participation should be sent to Tim Taylor
( by MAY 16, 2000.


Tim Taylor
The TIGER Labs
 (Technology and Innovation in Games and Entertainment Research)
University of Abertay Dundee,

John Hallam
Institute of Perception, Action and Behaviour,
Division of Informatics,
University of Edinburgh,

Hod Lipson
Dynamics and Evolutionary Machine Organization (DEMO) Lab,
Brandeis University,

Tom Ray,
Department of Zoology,
University of Oklahoma,


Date: Fri, 21 Apr 2000 13:35:20 -0500
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