[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] Call for Abstracts: Third Int'l Workshop on the Evolution of Physical Systems -- Updated deadlines

Jean-Baptiste Mouret mouret at isir.upmc.fr
Sat May 17 14:43:17 PDT 2014

Call for Abstracts: Third Int'l Workshop on the Evolution of Physical Systems 
!! Updated deadlines !!

to be held at the
14th International Conference on the Synthesis
and Simulation of Living Systems (ALIFE-14)

New York City, 31 July 2014



The aim of this half-day single-track workshop is to bring together
researchers who are currently involved in the Evolution of Physical
Systems, as well as those interested in the technique, in order to share
ideas and innovations. As the frontiers of artificial life move from the
computer to the petri dish, the Evolution of Physical Systems offers to
provide inroads into domains which are otherwise impossible to simulate.

We use the term Evolution of Physical Systems (EPS) to refer to
evolutionary algorithms which occur entirely in real-world physical
substrates rather than in simulation. The term encompasses both parallel
Embodied Evolution (Watson et al., 2002), in which evolution is distributed
across a population of robots, as well as Evolutionary Robotics (Floreano
and Mondada, 1994) where evaluation is serialized on a single robot.
Notable examples of EPS occur across a wide variety of systems, ranging
from Robotics (Zykov et al., 2004)] to FPGAs (Thompson, 1996) to 3D
printers (Rieffel and Sayles, 2010). Although EPS comes at a cost (the
speed of the real world, unlike CPUs, does not follow Moore's Law), by
definition it avoids the "reality gap" imposed by simulation, and has
produced novel and tangeable real-world results.

The first two EPS Workshops at ALIFE13 and ECAL '13 were tremendous
successes. We hope to continue the tradition at ALIFE14. We will have time
for 4-6 speakers, as well as an extended panel session on the promises and
pitfalls of the Evolution of Physical Systems. In addition, this year we
will also feature a poster session.

We invite authors to submit a 1-page abstract describing research or a
review/discussion related to the Evolution of Physical Systems.

Following the workshop, we will invite participants and attendees to submit
to an upcoming special issue of Artificial Life Journal (MIT Press) devoted
to the Evolution of Physical Systems.

How to Submit: E-mail the workshop chair (rieffelj at union.edu) with your
name, contact info, and a PDF containing your 1 page submission.

Submission Deadline: May 31, 2014
* Author Notification: June 7th, 2014
* Early Bird Registration [conference]: June 13, 2014
* Workshop Date: July 31, 2014

— Jean-Baptiste Mouret

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