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!
Over the past two decades, biological knowledge has grown at an
unprecedented rate, giving rise to new disciplines such as systems
biology - testimony of the striking progress of modeling and
quantitative methods across the field. During the same period, highly
speculative ideas have matured, and entire conferences and journals
are now devoted to them. Synthesizing artificial cells, simulating
large-scale biological networks, storing and making intelligent use of
an exponentially growing amount of data, exploiting biological
substrates for computation and control, and deploying bio-inspired
engineering are all cutting-edge topics today.
ECAL 2013 will leverage the remarkable development of biological
modeling and extend the topics of Artificial Life to the fundamental
properties of living organisms: their multiscale pattern-forming
morphodynamics, their autopoiesis, robustness, capacity to
self-repair, cognitive capacities, and co-adaptation at all levels,
including ecological ones. ECAL 2013 will bring together a large
interdisciplinary community of biologists, computer scientists,
physicists, and mathematicians. It will invite them to reflect on how
traditional boundaries between disciplines have become blurred, and to
revisit in depth what constitutes "life".