The term "artificial life" describes research into synthetic systems that possess some of the essential properties of life. This truly interdisciplinary effort includes biologists, computer scientists, physicists, chemists, geneticists, and others. The field may be viewed as an attempt to understand high-level behavior from low-level rules—for example, how the simple interactions between ants and their environment lead to complex trail-following behavior. An understanding of such relationships in particular systems can suggest novel solutions to complex real-world problems such as disease prevention, stock-market prediction, and data-mining on the Internet.
Since their inception in 1987, the Artificial Life meetings have grown from small workshops to truly international conferences, reflecting the fields increasing appeal to researchers in all areas of science. About the Editors
Christoph Adami is Professor of Applied Life Sciences at Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences.
Hiroaki Kitano is Director of the ERATO Kitano Symbiotic Systems Project of the Japan Science and Technology Corporation and a Senior Researcher at Sony Computer Science Laboratories, Inc.