Proceedings of the 14th European Conference on Artificial Life 2017

Conference Date
Lyon, France
Date Published
September 2017
Proceedings of the European Conference on Artificial Life

Proceedings of the 14th European Conference on Artificial Life 2017

This volume is the proceedings of ECAL 2017, the Fourteenth European Conference on Artificial Life, held September 4–8th 2017, in Lyon, France ( Since the first ECAL in 1991, the conference is the main international event of the International Society for Artificial Life in odd-numbered years, alternating with ALife, the International Conference on the Synthesis and Simulation of Living Systems. The theme of this edition of ECAL was "Create, play, experiment, discover: The experimental power of virtual worlds". The volume contains the abstracts of the seven invited presentations, as well as 87 contributed articles selected by the programme committee based on at least three independent reviews. Contributions are either long (up to 8 pages) or short (up to 2 pages) articles. Long articles present original results, while short articles are extended abstracts presenting either original work or recently published work. These contributions cover all the topics of artificial life, including: artificial chemistry; origins of life; self-replication, self-repair and morphogenesis; evolutionary dynamics; ecological dynamics; social dynamics; computational cellular biology; computational physiology; bio-inspired robotics; evolutionary robotics; perception, cognition and behavior; evolution of language and computational linguistics; embodied and interactive systems; collective dynamics of swarms; complex dynamical systems and networks; cellular automata and discrete dynamical systems; economic and social systems as living systems; computational humanities; methodologies and tools for artificial life; interactions between in silico/in vitro/in vivo experiments; philosophical, epistemological and ethical issues; artificial life and education; artificial life-based art; applications of artificial life; living technologies.

Table of Contents

pp. vii-xiii
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What is life? The emergence of life in a mineral world
pp. 1-1
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Experimenting with computing and in computing: Stretching the traditional notion of experimentation
pp. 2-3
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The illusion of life
pp. 4-5
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Evolution of complex adaptations
pp. 6-7
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Synthetic palaeontology: Reconstructing ancient life using virtual robots
pp. 8-9
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Drug addiction and alteration of decision making process
pp. 10-10
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Swarm engineering across scales: From robots to nanomedicine
pp. 11-12
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Structural coupling of a Potts model cell
pp. 13-20
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Criticality as it could be: Organizational invariance as self-organized criticality in embodied agents
pp. 21-28
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Signatures of criticality in a maximum entropy model of the C. elegans brain during free behaviour
pp. 29-35
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An active inference implementation of phototaxis
pp. 36-43
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Reweighting rewards in embodied evolution to achieve a balanced distribution of labour
pp. 44-51
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Delving deeper into homeostatic dynamics of reaction diffusion systems with a general fluid dynamics and artificial chemistry model
pp. 52-59
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Choice of robot morphology can prohibit modular control and disrupt evolution
pp. 60-67
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Action and perception for spatiotemporal patterns
pp. 68-75
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MABE (Modular Agent Based Evolver): A framework for digital evolution research
pp. 76-83
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Sexual selection promotes ecological speciation in digital organisms
pp. 84-90
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Life-like swarm behavior of multiple chemotactic droplets
pp. 91-95
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Evolution of a complex anti-predator niche construction in a physical 2D predator-prey simulation and a feature analysis of defensive structures using a deep auto-encoder
pp. 96-97
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Evolutionary game-theoretic modeling of past societies' social organization
pp. 98-105
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Mood modelling within reinforcement learning
pp. 106-113
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Dynamic thresholds for self-organizing predictive cells
pp. 114-121
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Spatial resource heterogeneity creates local hotspots of evolutionary potential
pp. 122-129
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Lag in situated, embodied and dynamical adaptive systems
pp. 130-137
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Evolving neural networks with multiple internal models
pp. 138-145
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Building physical self-replicating machines
pp. 146-153
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Effects of local communication and spatial position in a collective decision-making model
pp. 154-161
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Learning collaborative foraging in a swarm of robots using embodied evolution
pp. 162-161
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Investigating the effects of noise on a cell-to-cell communication mechanism for structure regeneration
pp. 170-177
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Comparing and contrasting functional blueprints for simple self-replicating protocellular and robotics systems
pp. 178-183
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A self-organized one-neuron controller for artificial life on wheels
pp. 184-185
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Simulating multicell populations with an accelerated gro simulator
pp. 186-188
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Programmed self-replication and life-cycles of microchip swarming protocells
pp. 189-189
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Competitive dynamics in eco-evolutionary genetically-regulated swarms
pp. 190-197
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Going round in circles
pp. 198-199
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Can social learning increase learning speed, performance or both?
pp. 200-207
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How mutation alters fitness of cooperation in networked evolutionary games
pp. 208-213
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Analysis of Lamarckian evolution in morphologically evolving robots
pp. 214-221
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Reservoir computing with a chaotic circuit
pp. 222-229
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An evolutionary robotics model of visually-guided braking: Testing optical variables
pp. 230-236
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A minimal model of collective behaviour based on non-reciprocal interactions
pp. 237-244
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Criticality of gene regulatory networks and the resulting morphogenesis
pp. 245-246
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Functional grouping analysis of varying reactor types in the Spiky-RBN AChem
pp. 247-254
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Evolution-in-materio computations: Hierarchies rising from electron dynamics in carbon nanotubes
pp. 255-256
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Gene duplications drive the evolution of complex traits and regulation
pp. 257-264
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A 4-base model for the Aevol in-silico experimental evolution platform
pp. 265-266
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The effects of environmental structure on the evolution of modularity in a pattern classifier
pp. 267-274
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Learning by stimulation avoidance scales to large neural networks
pp. 275-282
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Let the explanation fit the theorist - Enactive explanatory pluralism and the representation debate
pp. 283-289
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Lexicase selection outperforms previous strategies for incremental evolution of virtual creature controllers
pp. 290-297
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Effects of cooperative and competitive coevolution on complexity in a linguistic prediction game
pp. 298-205
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Improved adaptation in exogenously and endogenously changing environments
pp. 306-313
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Road detection using convolutional neural networks
pp. 314-321
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Modeling patterns of wealth disparity in predynastic Upper Egypt
pp. 322-323
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The development of spatial recognition and navigation in hierarchical recurrent neural network with convolution processing
pp. 324-331
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Shepherding with robots that do not compute
pp. 332-339
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EvoMove: Evolutionary-based living musical companion
pp. 340-347
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Emergence of hierarchy from the evolution of individual influence in an agent-based model
pp. 348-355
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The evolution of active droplets in chemorobotic platforms
pp. 356-357
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Investigations into the evolutionary origin of navigation and learning
pp. 358-359
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Time as it could be measured in artificial living systems
pp. 360-367
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Environmental seasonality drives digital populations towards stable cross-feeding
pp. 368-369
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Locating critical regions by the Relevance Index
pp. 370-371
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Stochastic sexual interaction facilitates the evolution of asexual cooperation in the social amoeba
pp. 372-379
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Online fitting of computational cost to environmental complexity: Predictive coding with the ε-network
pp. 380-387
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Virtual experience of complex dynamics emerging in a social particle swarm model by sonification
pp. 388-395
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Evolution of recursive combination operation
pp. 396-403
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Transparency Of Execution Using Epigenetic Networks
pp. 404-411
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A dynamic model of the phosphate response system with synthetic promoters in Escherichia coli
pp. 412-419
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Lineage selection leads to evolvability at large population sizes
pp. 420-427
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Development of morphology based on resource distribution: Finding the shortest path in a maze by vascular morphogenesis controller
pp. 428-429
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Towards making a cyborg: A closed-loop reservoir-neuro system
pp. 430-437
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Open-ended evolution in cellular automata worlds
pp. 438-445
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Critical mutation rate in a population with horizontal gene transfer
pp. 446-453
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Tuning extrinsic noise effects on a small genetic circuit
pp. 454-459
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An adaptive approach for monitoring evolutionary algorithms behavior for dynamic environments
pp. 460-466
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Better than average: Analyzing distributions to understand robot behavior in a multi-agent area coverage problem
pp. 467-474
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A human-in-the-loop environment for developmental biology
pp. 475-482
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An architecture for the closed-loop control of droplet thermocapillary motion
pp. 483-489
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A new design principle for an autonomous robot
pp. 490-466
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Tuning Jordan algebra artificial chemistries with probability spawning functions
pp. 497-504
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The statistical thermodynamics of active perception
pp. 505-512
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Complex flocking dynamics without global stimulus
pp. 513-520
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A tool to construct simulation models of biochemical cascades
pp. 521-528
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Animal-guided evolutionary computation in honeybees and robots
pp. 529-536
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Ortus: An emotion--driven approach to (artificial) biological intelligence
pp. 537-544
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Self-organized criticality in code repositories
pp. 545-552
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Major evolutionary transitions in the Voxelbuild virtual sandbox game
pp. 553-560
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A curiosity model for artificial agents
pp. 561-568
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Role reassignment and resource management in human organizations
pp. 569-576
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On virtual machine architectures for evolutionary music composition
pp. 577-584
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Learning aquatic locomotion with animats
pp. 585-592
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Threshold for cooperation on irregular spatial networks
pp. 593-599
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Sense of presence in oneiric virtual environments: Sketching the necessary and sufficient conditions
pp. 600-605
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