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AISB event Bulletin Item

1st CALL FOR PAPERS: Artificial Life 13, July 1922, 2012, USA

Artificial Life 13 - The Thirteenth International Conference on the Synthesis and Simulation of Living Systems, Evolution in Action -Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, USA

You are invited to submit papers to the upcoming Thirteenth International Artificial Life 
Conference.  Please forward this call responsibly.  

It is a great pleasure for the BEACON Center for the Study of Evolution in Action at Michigan 
State University to host the 13th International Artificial Life Conference.  Artificial life 
(ALife) refers to the synthesis and simulation of living systems as these occur in nature and 
also to possible alternative life forms and concepts that may not have occurred in natural 
evolutionthat is, not only in life-as-we-know-it, but also life-as-it-might-be.  ALife 
research may use not only biochemical models, but also computer models and robotics.  The 
Artificial Life conference is held every other year under the auspices of the International 
Society for Artificial Life (ISAL), alternating with the European Conference on Artificial Life.

This years major conference theme is Evolution in Action.  Life is shaped by evolutionary 
processes, and ALife models are a powerful way to investigate and utilize this key characteristic 
of living systems.  We encourage submissions by biologists as well as by computer scientists and 
engineers, especially interdisciplinary papers that explore the many ways that evolution and 
artificial life research intersect.  Other tracks this year include Behavior & Intelligence, 
Collective Dynamics, Synthetic Biology, and The Humanities and ALife.  See the list of tracks 
below for examples of topics that may fall under these headings.

Steven Benner, Foundation for Applied Molecular Evolution, Synthetic Biology

Oron Catts, University of Western Australia, Biotechnology & Art

Benjamin Kerr, University of Washington, Experimental Evolution

Radhika Nagpal, Harvard University, Self-Organizing Systems

Jack Szostak, 2009 Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital,  
Evolution in Action

 Full paper/abstract submission deadline: 26 February 2012

 Notice of acceptance for full papers: 22 April 2012

 Early Registration deadline (required for presenting authors): 14 May 2012

 Camera ready deadline: 14 May 2012

 Conference: 19-22 July 2012 

A submission can either be in the form of a full paper or an extended abstract.  Full papers have 
an 8 page maximum length, while abstracts are limited to two pages.  Graphics and figures are 
encouraged.  All submissions must be made using a pre-formatted MS Word or LaTeX template, which 
is available from the conference site.

All submissions will be subject to peer review.  Submissions may be accepted as either a talk or
as a poster, with no distinction being made between the two submission formats. 

Every accepted full paper will be published by the MIT Press in an online open-access proceedings 
volume.  The top 10 accepted papers will have the opportunity to publish a revised and expanded 
version in the Artificial Life journal.

NOTE: In addition to the main conference, ALIFE 13 will host related workshops and tutorials.  
Details on proposing such events can be found on the conference web site.

 Evolution in Action - Including evolutionary dynamics, simulations of evolution, developmental 
systems, experimental evolution, viral and bacterial evolution, evolution of drug resistance.

 Behavior & Intelligence - Including animal behavior; evolution of cognition and intelligence; 
evolutionary robotics; embedded systems.

 Collective Dynamics - Including group selection; evolution and stability of ecosystems; network 
dynamics; social dynamics; evolution of cooperation and conflict; collective motion and swarming in animals and animats.

 Synthetic Biology - Including synthetic cells, synthetic organisms, biological engineering, 
artificial genetic systems, artificial chemistry, origin of life, paleogenetics

 The Humanities and ALife  Including art, music, history and philosophy of artificial life.

See the conference web site for more detailed descriptions of each of the tracks.

The conference will be held in East Lansing, Michigan, home of Michigan State University (MSU).  
Sessions will take place at MSUs Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center, located on the Red Cedar 
River on the edge of campus and within walking distance of downtown East Lansing.

Flights are available directly into Lansing, Michigans Capital City Airport.  Alternatively, 
one may fly to Detroit and then take a bus (the Michigan Flyer - from 
Detroit Metro Airport to East Lansing.

Accommodations: A block of rooms in the Kellogg Center hotel will be available, as well as some 
university dormitory rooms.  See the conference web page for further information.

Charles Ofria  Organizing Chair
Chris Adami  Program Chair
Adam Brown  Art Advisory Committee Chair
David Bryson  Technology Chair
Erik Goodman  Engineering Advisory Committee Chair
Connie James  Local Logistics Chair
Taylor Kelsaw  Sponsorship Chair
Richard Lenski  Scientific Advisory Committee Chair
Phil McKinley  Workshops & Tutorials Chair
Robert T. Pennock  Publicity & Proceedings Chair
Danielle Whittaker  BEACON Coordination Chair
BEACON Center for the Study of Evolution in Action

Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, U.S.A.

BEACON is a National Science Foundation (NSF) Science and Technology Center founded with the 
mission of illuminating and harnessing the power of evolution in action to advance science and 
technology and benefit society. Research at BEACON focuses on biological evolution, digital 
evolution, and evolutionary applications in engineering, uniting biologists who study natural 
evolutionary processes with computer scientists and engineers who are harnessing these processes 
to solve real-world problems.

For more information see the BEACON web site at:

For further information about the conference program, travel, accommodation, and local arrangements,
please see  For questions not addressed on the web site, please