[robotics-worldwide] [journals] Call for Paper: Artificial Life Journal Special Issue on the Evolution of Physical Systems

Nicolas Bredeche nicolas.bredeche at upmc.fr
Thu Nov 12 01:34:03 PST 2015

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Dear colleagues,

We are inviting submissions to a forthcoming special issue of Artificial
Life Journal devoted to the topic of the Evolution of Physical Systems

This special issue emerges from a series of successful workshops held at
the International Society for Artificial Life (ISAL) sponsored conferences
ECAL and ALIFE.  We use the term EPS to refer to evolutionary algorithms
which occur  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).

While submissions describing reality-based and model-free work is
encouraged, we would also be interested in submissions aimed at crossing
the “Reality Gap” between simulation and reality.

keywords: evolutionary robotics, embodied evolution, reality gap, evolvable

* Special Issue Website:


Please direct all correspondence to rieffelj at union.edu


Submission Deadline: April 15, 2016
Author Notification: July 1, 2016
Expected Publication: November 1, 2016

* Special Issue Editors:

John Rieffel, Union College, USA  (rieffelj at union.edu)
Jean-Baptiste Mouret, Inria Nancy - Grand Est, France (
jean-baptiste.mouret at inria.fr)
Nicolas Bredeche, Sorbonne Universités, France (nicolas.bredeche at upmc.fr)
Evert Haasdijk, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands (e.haasdijk at vu.nl)


--- Nicolas Bredeche

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