Artificial Life: Borrowing from Biology: 4th Australian Conference, ACAL 2009, Melbourne, Australia, December 1-4, 2009. Proceedings

Kevin Korb (Editor), Marcus Randall (Editor), Tim Hendtlass (Editor)

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This book constitutes the refereed proceedings of the 4th Australian Conference on Artificial Life, ACAL 2009, held in Melbourne, Australia, in December 2009.

The 27 revised full papers presented were carefully reviewed and selected from 60 submissions. Research in Alife covers the main areas of biological behaviour as a metaphor for computational models, computational models that reproduce/duplicate a biological behaviour, and computational models to solve biological problems. Thus, Alife features analyses and understanding of life and nature and helps modeling biological systems or solving biological problems. The papers are organized in topical sections on alife art, game theory, evolution, complex systems, biological systems, social modelling, swarm intelligence, and heuristics.

As we approach the limits and capabilities of machines, we find that the principle
of diminishing returns is forcing scientists to turn their attention toward biology
to provide practical solutions to problems in our increasingly complex world. An
emerging field of science that studies the systems related to life, its processes and evolution is known as Artficial Life (ALife). It draws on the skills and talents
of scientists from a variety of disciplines, including, but not limited to, biology,
psychology, evolution and computer science. These researchers are showing that, by using even simple simulations of the basic processes of nature, much about our complex natural world and our own humanity can be revealed.
Gatherings in the expanding Alife community are becoming more common.
One such series, the Australian Conference on Artificial Life (ACAL), began in
Adelaide in 2001 and was known as the “Inaugral Workshop on Artifical Life.”
From these small beginnings, it has become a biennial event that has previously
been held in Canberra (2003), Sydney (2005) and the Gold Coast (2007). ACAL
2009 received over 60 quality submissions of which 27 were accepted for oral
presentation at the conference. Each paper submission was assigned to three
members of the Program Committee. The Program Committe, as well as the
conference delegates, came from countries across Asia-Pacific, North America
and Europe.
In addition to the regular papers, the conference was fortunate enough to be
able to have two renowned invited speakers – Mark Bedau (Reed College, USA)
and Andries Englebrecht (University of Pretoria, South Africa).
The organizers wish to acknowledge a number of people and institutions,
without whose support ACAL would not be possible. First and foremost, we wish
to thank the Program Committee for undertaking the reviewing of submissions,
providing invaluable feedback to the authors. Monash University’s Faculty of
Information Technology very kindly provided financial backing for the event.
Finally, the editors must pay tribute to the team at Springer for the production
of these proceedings.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBerlin
Publication statusPublished - 2009

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence
ISSN (Electronic)0302-9743


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