ECAL 2013, the twelfth European Conference on Artificial Life, presents the current state of the art of a mature and autonomous discipline collocated at the intersection of a theoretical perspective (the scientific explanations of different levels of life organizations, e.g., molecules, compartments, cells, tissues, organs, organisms, societies, collective and social phenomena) and advanced technological applications (bio-inspired algorithms and techniques to building-up concrete solutions such as in robotics, data analysis, search engines, gaming).
This volume contains research by leading scientists in the field, from fifty different countries and five continents, and describes an impressive array of results, ideas, technologies and applications, including such new and exciting tracks as Adaptive Hardware & Systems and Bioelectronics, Adaptive Living Material Technologies & Biomimetic Microsystems, Artificial Immune, Neural and Endocrine Systems, Artificial Immune Systems–ICARIS, Bioinspired Learning and Optimization, Bioinspired Robotics, Biologically Inspired Engineering, Evolvable Hardware, Evolutionary Electronics & BioChips, Foundations of Complex Systems and Biological Complexity, Mathematical Models for the Living Systems and Life Sciences, Music and the Origins and Evolution of Language, Programmable Nanomaterials, and Synthetic and Systems Biochemistry and Biological Control. This edition also highlights a more profound integration of concepts and ideas from life sciences, artificial intelligence, mathematics, engineering and computer science than have past volumes, as well as a greater integration between dry and wet lab biological results.
About the Editors
Pietro Liò is Reader in Computational Biology at the University of Cambridge and a member of the Artificial Intelligence group of the University's Computer Laboratory. He researches on Predictive models in Personalized medicine and Multiscale modelling of molecules-cell-tissue-organ interactions.
Orazio Miglino is a full Professor of Psychology at University of Naples Federico II where he leads the Natural and Artificial Cognition Lab. He is also an associate researcher at the Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies of Italian National Research Council (ISTC-CNR) in Rome.
Giuseppe Nicosia is an Associate Professor in Computational Systems and Synthetic Biology in the Dept. of Mathematics and Computer Science of the University of Catania, Italy. His research activities focus on the design of biological systems, neuroinformatics, system design, design automation, optimization, solar cells, circuit and semiconductor design.
Stefano Nolfi is Research Director at the Italian National Research Council (CNR), director of the Laboratory of Autonomous Robots and Artificial Life of the Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies. His research activities focus on the evolution and development of behavioural and cognitive skills in natural and artificial embodied agents (robots).
Mario Pavone is an Assistant Professor in computer science at the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science of the University of Catania. He is co-founder of TaoScience Research center, and he is also a member of the EURO association (The Association of European Operational Research Societies).