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.
In the early 1990′s, the first two ECAL conferences in Paris and Brussels were mainly centered on theoretical biology and the physics of complex systems. Today, the Alife comunity can look back on these origins and take more inspiration from new developments at the intersection between computer science and theoretical biology — thus this year’s ECAL will refocus on complex biological systems. Closing a loop, this ECAL will mark the 20th anniversary of the 1st ECAL and will be framed as a tribute to the late Francisco Varela, co-organizer in 1991 with two of this year’s committee members (Paul Bourgine and Hugues Bersini).
All information about the conference can be found at this addres: www.ecal11.org