[CogSci] [CFP] Call for Papers - Hybrid Life at ALIFE 2022, Deadline 1st March

Manuel Baltieri manuel.baltieri at gmail.com
Tue Feb 8 18:20:41 PST 2022

********** Call for Papers - Submission Deadline 1st March **********

Special session - Hybrid Life V: Approaches to integrate biological, artificial and cognitive systems

https://sites.google.com/view/hybridlife <https://sites.google.com/view/hybrid-life-ii/>

2022 Artificial Life conference (ALIFE 2022)
Online, 18th-22nd July - http://2022.alife.org/ <http://2022.alife.org/>

The main focus of ALife research is the study of natural systems with the goal of understanding what life is. More concretely, ALife defines ways to investigate processes that contribute to the formation and proliferation of living organisms. In this session we focus on three common approaches used to tackle this investigation, proposing new and hybrid ways to integrate, extend and improve them. Traditionally, ALife has focused on areas including: 1) the formalisation of properties necessary for the definition of life, 2) the implementation and analysis of artificial agents, and 3) the study of the relation between life and cognition.

For this special session we propose to start from these well-established Alife methodologies, and to create hybrid approaches that extend them through:
the search for a unifying framework that spans across (models of) living, artificial and cognitive systems, overcoming the limitations of approaches focusing only on one type of systems; this area may include life-mind-continuity thesis, systems biology, theories of agency based on Bayesian inference, dynamical systems, information theory, etc.
the exploration of biological creatures enhanced by artificial systems (or artificial systems augmented with organic parts) in order to investigate the boundaries between living and nonliving organisms; this includes work from bio-inspired robotics, human augmentation, synthetic biology, etc.
the evaluation of coupled biological-artificial systems that could shed light on the importance of interactions among systems for the study of living and cognitive organisms; this approach welcomes contributions from the fields of human-agent interaction, animal-computer interaction, virtual / augmented reality systems, etc.

The session focuses on hybrid methods, theoretical contributions that can shed new light on concepts common across artificial/ living/ cognitive systems (e.g., agency, goal-directed behaviour, self-organisation, adaptation and self-maintenance), and hybrid systems, where robotics and biology are combined to study areas in the cognitive domain.

This special session aims to invite contributions from the fields of psychology, computational neuroscience, human-computer interaction (HCI), theoretical biology, artificial intelligence, robotics and cognitive science. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:
Mathematical frameworks for life and cognition (e.g. dynamical systems theory, stochastic optimal control, Bayesian inference, etc.)
Cognitive robotics
Life-mind continuity thesis
Systems biology
Origins-of-life theories with relationships to artificial and cognitive systems
Animal-robot interaction
Bio-inspired robotics
Bio-integrated robotics
Human-machine interaction
Augmented cognition
Sensory substitution
Interactive evolutionary computation
Artificial phenomenology

Important Dates
1st March 2022 – Paper submission deadline
15th April 2019 – Paper acceptance notification
15th May 2019 – Camera-ready version
18th-22nd July – Artificial Life conference (ALIFE), Online

Paper Submission
Papers and abstracts submitted to this special sessions will be reviewed by a selected group of experts from the ALife community as well as from other areas key to our proposal, specifically chosen for this review process. If you are submitting to a special session you will be given the opportunity to select it during the submission process. Submissions to special sessions follow the same format, instructions and deadlines of regular ALife papers.

Manuel Baltieri, Araya Inc., Tokyo, Japan - University of Sussex, Brighton, UK
Keisuke Suzuki, Center for Human Nature, Artificial Intelligence, and Neuroscience, Hokkaido, Japan
Olaf Witkowski, Cross Labs, Kyoto, Japan

For questions, enquiries and more information please check our website https://sites.google.com/view/hybridlife <https://sites.google.com/view/hybrid-life-ii/> or get in touch with using hybrid.alife [at] gmail.com <http://gmail.com/> (please notice the ‘a’ in alife). 

All the best,

Manuel Baltieri, PhD
Researcher, Araya Inc., Tokyo, Japan
Visiting researcher, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK

www.manuelbaltieri.com <http://www.manuelbaltieri.com/>
Twitter: @manuelbaltieri
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