© 1999

Advances in Artificial Life

5th European Conference, ECAL’99 Lausanne, Switzerland, September 13–17, 1999 Proceedings

  • Dario Floreano
  • Jean-Daniel Nicoud
  • Francesco Mondada
Conference proceedings ECAL 1999

Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 1674)

Also part of the Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence book sub series (LNAI, volume 1674)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XVI
  2. Keynote Lectures

  3. Epistemology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. Edmund M. A. Ronald, Moshe Sipper, Mathieu S. Capcarrère
      Pages 13-20
  4. Evolutionary Dynamics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 27-27
    2. Richard A. Watson, Jordan B. Pollack
      Pages 29-38
    3. Yuka Yamamoto, Takahiro Sasaki, Mario Tokoro
      Pages 39-48
    4. Tsutomu Oohashi, Tadao Maekawa, Osamu Ueno, Emi Nishina, None Kawai
      Pages 49-53
    5. Gabriela Ochoa, Inman Harvey, Hilary Buxton
      Pages 54-63
    6. Sevan G. Ficici, Jordan B. Pollack
      Pages 79-88
    7. Atsuko Mutoh, Satoru Oono, Kousuke Moriwaki, Tsuyoshi Nakamura, Nobuhiro Inuzuka, Hidenori Itoh
      Pages 89-93
    8. Tim Taylor
      Pages 94-103

About these proceedings


No matter what your perspective is, what your goals are, or how experienced you are, Artificial Life research is always a learning experience. The variety of phe­ nomena that the people who gathered in Lausanne reported and discussed for the fifth time since 1991 at the European Conference on Artificial Life (ECAL) has not been programmed, crafted, or assembled by analytic design. It has evolved, emerged, or appeared spontaneously from a process of artificial evolution, se- organisation, or development. Artificial Life is a field where biological and artificial sciences meet and blend together, where the dynamics of biological life are reproduced in the memory of computers, where machines evolve, behave, and communicate like living organ­ isms, where complex life-like entities are synthesised from electronic chromo­ somes and artificial chemistries. The impact of Artificial Life in science, phi­ losophy, and technology is tremendous. Over the years the synthetic approach has established itself as a powerful method for investigating several complex phenomena of life. From a philosophical standpoint, the notion of life and of in­ telligence is continuously reformulated in relation to the dynamics of the system under observation and to the embedding environment, no longer a privilege of carbon-based entities with brains and eyes. At the same time, the possibility of engineering machines and software with life-like properties such as evolvability, self-repair, and self-maintainance is gradually becoming reality, bringing new perspectives in engineering and applications.


artificial life autonom autonomous agent communication cybernetics epistemology evolution robot robotics

Editors and affiliations

  • Dario Floreano
    • 1
  • Jean-Daniel Nicoud
    • 1
  • Francesco Mondada
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratory of Microprocessors and Interfaces (LAMI) Department of Computer ScienceSwiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL)LausanneSwitzerland

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