Artificial Life Conference




                   Granada, Spain, 4-6 June, 1995

Despite its short history, Artificial Life (AL) is already becoming a
mature scientific field. By trying to discover the rules of life and
extract its essence so that it can be implemented in different media, AL
research is leading us to a better understanding of a large set of
interesting biology-related problems.

The Conference will be organized into Scientific Sessions, Demonstrations,
Videos, and Comercial Exhibits. Scientific Sessions will consist of
Lectures (invited), Oral Presentations of submitted papers, and Posters.

The site of ECAL95 will be the city of Granada, located in the South of
Spain, in the region of Andalucia. Granada was the last Arabic site in the
Iberian Peninsula, and it has the heritage of their culture, including the
legacy of marvelous constructions such as the Alhambra and the Gardens of

ECAL95 will be organized in collaboration with the International Workshop
on Artificial Neural Networks (IWANN95) to be held at Malaga (Costa del
Sol, Spain), June 7-9, 1995. Granada and Malaga are only one hour apart by
car. Special registration rates will be offered to people wishing to
attend both meetings.

Scientific Sessions and Topics

1. Foundations and Epistemology:
     Philosophical Issues. Emergence. Levels of Organization. Evolution of
     Hierarchical Systems. Evolvability. Computation and Dynamics. Ethical

2. Evolution:
     Self-organization. Pattern Formation. Prebiotic Evolution. Origins
     of Life. Evolution of Metabolism. Evolutionary Optimization. Fitness
     Landscapes. RNA Systems. Ecosystem Evolution. Biodiversity. Natural
     Selection and Sexual Selection. Units of Selection.

3. Adaptive and Cognitive Systems:
     Reaction, Neural and Immune Networks. Growth and Differentiation.
     Multicellular Development. Natural and Artificial Morphogenesis.
     Learning and Development. Communication

4. Artificial Worlds:
     Simulation of Ecologycal and Evolving Systems. System-Environment
     Correlation. Sensor-Effector Coordination. Environment Design.

5. Robotics and Emulation of Animal Behavior:
     Sensory and Motor Activity. Mobile Agents. Adaptive Robots. Autonomous
     Robots. Evolutionary Robotics. Ethology.

6. Societies and Collective Behavior:
     Swarm Intelligence. Cooperation and Communication among Animals and
     Robots. Evolution of Social Behavior. Social Organizations. Division of

7. Applications and Common Tools:
     Optimization. Problem Solving. Virtual Reality and Computer Graphics.
     Genetic Algorithms. Neural Networks. Fuzzy Logic. Evolutionary
     Computation. Genetic Programming.

Submission Instructions

Conference Contributions can be either papers, posters, videos, or
demonstrations. Authors should specify to wich session cotributions are
intented. The contributions will be made available in two formats:

1) Conference Proceedings, published by Springer-Verlag before the
Conference, including all accepted papers. One copy of the book will be
given to each ECAL95 participant.

2) Abstracts Book, for papers and other contributions (posters, videos, or
demos). For this purpose each contribution must include one Title/Abstract
Page containing the following:
        - Title
        - Full name(s) of author(s)
        - Address(es) of author(s) with phone, fax, and E-mail
        - Extended abstract (100-200 words)
        - Keywords

- Full papers: In addition to the Title/Abstract Page, manuscripts should
not exceed 12 pages, including figures, in DIN-A4 format, with 2.5 cm
(1 inch) margins all around, and no smaller than 10 point type in
Times-Roman typeface. Cammera ready versions of the papers will be
required after acceptance.

- Posters: Submit only the Title/Abstract Page.

- Demonstrations: In addition to the Title/Abstract Page, author(s) must
specify the equipment needed for the demonstration. Robotic demonstrations
are encouraged, approximately 250 m2 will be available for this purpose.

- Videos: 15 minutes maximum duration, VHS format. In addition to the
Title/Abstract Page, author(s) must specify recording standard (NTSC, Pal,
or Secam).

Submissions can be done in 2 different formats: hardcopy or electronic.

A) Hardcopy originals (4 copies) should be sent by the author(s) to the
Program Secretary at the address below.

B) Electronic submission: an anonymous ftp directory has been created at
the ECAL95 site (, /pub/ecal95/submissions). Only LaTeX and
PostScript submissions will be accepted. The papers must be in the format
specified above, and must include everything needed to print them (e.g.,
fonts, macros, figures, etc).

LaTeX macros and more detailed instructions will be given upon request to
the ECAL95 Program Secretary, or can be got by ftp from the ECAL95 site.
For demonstrations and videos contact the Program Secretary.

Registration / Information
    Program Secretary:

           Juan J. Merelo
           Dept. Electronica |
           Facultad de Ciencias | Phone: +34-58-243162
           Campus Fuentenueva | Fax: +34-58-243230
           18071 Granada, Spain | E-mail:

    Access to ECAL95 site: (
                            login: anonymous
                            cd /pub/ecal95

Organization Committee

Federico Moran U. Complutense Madrid (E) Chair
Alvaro Moreno U. Pais Vasco, San Sebastian (E) Chair
Arantza Etxeberria U. Sussex (UK)
Julio Fernandez U. Pais Vasco, San Sebastian (E)
George Kampis ELTE Univ. Budapest (H)
Francisco Montero U. Complutense, Madrid (E)
Tim Smithers U. Pais Vasco, San Sebastian (E)
Carme Torras U. Politecnica Catalunya, Barcelona (E)

Local Committee

Alberto Prieto U. Granada (E) Chair
Juan J. Merelo U. Granada (E) Secretary
Julio Ortega U. Granada (E)
Francisco J. Pelayo U. Granada (E)

Program Committee

Francisco Varela CNRS/CREA, Paris (F) Chair
Juan J. Merelo U. Granada (E) Secretary
Riccardo Antonini U. Carlos III, Madrid (E)
Michael Arbib USC, Los Angeles, CA (USA)
Randall D. Beer Case Western Reserve U., Cleveland, OH (USA)
George Bekey USC, Los Angeles, CA (USA)
Hugues Bersini ULB, Brussels (B)
Paul Bourgine CEMAGREF, Antony (F)
Rodney Brooks MIT, Cambridge, MA (USA)
Scott Camazine Wissenschaftskolleg, Berlin (D)
Peter Cariani MEEI, Boston, MA (USA)
Michael Conrad Wayne State U., Detroit, MI (USA)
Jaques Demongeot U. J. Fourier, La Tronche (F)
Jean-Louis Deneubourg U. Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels (B)
Michael Dyer UCLA, Los Angeles, CA (USA)
Claus Emmeche U. of Rosekilde, (DK)
Walter Fontana U. of Vienna, (A)
Brian C. Goodwin Open U., Milton Keynes (UK)
Pauline Hogeweg U. of Utrecht, (NL)
Philip Husbands U. of Sussex, Brighton (UK)
John Koza Stanford U., CA (USA)
Chris Langton Santa Fe Institute, NM (USA)
Pier L. Luisi ETHZ, Zurich (CH)
Pattie Maes MIT, Cambridge, MA (USA)
Pedro C. Marijuan U. Zaragoza, (E)
Maja J. Mataric MIT, Cambridge, MA (USA)
Enrique Melendez-Hevia U. La Laguna, Tenerife (E)
Eric Minch Stanford U., CA (USA)
Melanie Mitchel Santa Fe Institute, NM (USA)
Jim D. Murray U. of Washington, Seattle, WA (USA)
Juan C. Nuno U. Politecnica de Madrid, (E)
Domenico Parisi CNR, Roma (I)
Mukesh Patel Politecnico di Milano, Milan (I)
Howard Pattee SUNY, Binghampton, NY (USA)
Juli Pereto U. Valencia, (E)
Rolf Pfeifer U. Zurich-Irchel, Zurich (CH)
Steen Rasmussen LANL, Los Alamos, NM (USA)
Robert Rosen Dalhousie U. Halifax (CA)
Peter Schuster IMB, Jena (D)
Luc Steels VUB, Brussels (B)
John Stewart Institut Pasteur, Paris (F)
Jon Umerez SUNY Binghamton, NY (USA)
William C. Winsatt U. of Chicago, (USA)
Rene Zapata LIRM, Montpellier (F)

Official Language: English

Publisher: Springer-Verlag

Important dates:

January 9, 1995 Submission deadline
March 10 Notification of acceptance
March 24 Camera-ready due
March 31 Early registration deadline
May 4 Regular registration deadline
June 3 Reception and on site registration
June 4-6 Conference dates

Sponsored by:

Spanish RIG IEEE Neural Networks Council
Silicon Graphics (Spain)
Parque de las Ciencias de Granada
DGICYT (Spain)
CICYT (Spain)
Junta de Andalucia (Spain)

Organised by:

Universidad de Granada
Universidad Complutense de Madrid
Universidad del Pais Vasco