12th European Conference on Artificial Life

September 2-6 2013, Taormina, Italy

Designing, Programming, Evolving, Simulation and Synthesis of Natural and Artificial Living Systems
"What is Life?", Erwin Schrödinger.


We thank all participants for making ECAL 2013 a GREAT SUCCESS!

ECAL 2013 is featured on Wired Online

Complete Proceedings e-Book ECAL 2013,
P. Liò, O. Miglino, G. Nicosia, S. Nolfi and M. Pavone eds.
MIT Press, ISBN 978-0-262-31709-2, 2013

We are pleased to inform that we received 267 submissions!

We thank all the authors for their interest in the ECAL Conference, and
we are looking forward to see you in Taormina!


Download ECAL2013 official poster here

The Numbers of ECAL 2013:
16 Tracks, 9 Keynote Speakers, 10 Workshops, 5 Tutorials, 267 submissions

Welcome to ECAL 2013!

Artificial Life is an interdisciplinary undertaking that investigates the fundamental properties of living systems through the simulation and synthesis of biological entities and processes. It also attempts to design and build artificial systems that display properties of organisms, or societies of organisms, out of abiotic or virtual parts.

ECAL, the European Conference on Artificial Life, is a biennial event that alternates with the US-based Alife conference series.

We look forward to seeing you in Taormina - Italy!


Taormina is a small town on the east coast of the insland of Sicily, and is one of the beautiful place in Italy. Taormina has been a very popular tourist destination since the 19th century.

It has popular beaches (accessible via an aerial tramway) on the Ionian sea, which is remarkably warm and has a high salt content. Taormina can be reached via highways (autostrade) from Messina from the north and Catania from the south.

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Important dates

Workshop/Tutorial submission: February 25, 2013
Workshop/Tutorial acceptance: March 4, 2013
Paper submission: Friday May 10, 2013
Call for Late Breaking Abstracts/Posters: May 31, 2013
Call for Late Breaking Posters/Demos:June 14, 2013
Author notification: June 17, 2013
Camera-ready Paper Submission: June 30, 2013
Conference: September 2-6, 2013

Paolo Arena
University of Catania, Italy
Roberto Cingolani
IIT, Italy
Roberto Cipolla
University of Cambridge, UK
Martin Hanczyc
University of Southern Denmark, Denmark
Henrik Hautop Lund
Technical University of Denmark, Denmark
Didier Keymeulen
Caltech, USA
Steve Oliver
University of Cambridge, UK
Bernhard Ø. Palsson
University of California, San Diego, USA
Rolf Pfeifer
ETH, Switzerland