ALIFE 2020 THEME: New Frontiers in AI: What can ALife offer AI?

The fields of AI and ALife share a common history and a common approach: true understanding of living systems can only be demonstrated by successfully re-creating them using biology and/or technology. But mind and life are two of the most mysterious systems known to us, so re-creating them is exceedingly challenging, exciting and, at times, surprising. Recently, AI has "thrown down the gauntlet" by making large strides forward in understanding some aspects of intelligence, and intelligence is one of many phenomena expressed by living systems; this suggests that more big discoveries are yet to come. So, we invite you to join us, July 2020 in Montreal, to continue the search for answers to life, the universe, and everything.

Dates - July 13-18, 2020
Location - Centre Mont-Royal, Montréal, Québec, Canada
Hashtag - #ALIFE2020


ALife is the flagship conference of the International Society for Artificial Life, which aims to bring together leading researchers and practitioners working on problems related to simulating and synthesizing complex phenomena in computation, biology, artificial intelligence, robotics, philosophy, and cognitive science, just to name a few. The ALife conference has a long history of encouraging multi-disciplinary collaboration across research, business, arts, and design and we look forward to upholding this long standing tradition at the ALife 2020 conference.

The first Artificial Life workshop was held in Los Alamos, New Mexico in 1987 and brought together a (now rather legendary) group of researchers from a wide range of disciplines to explore the latest advances in the synthesis and simulation of living systems. This seminal workshop, organized by LANL and the Santa Fe Institute, gave birth to the field of Artificial Life.

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ALife 2020 will be a combination of:

  • Invited Lectures
  • Parallel Sessions
  • Tutorials
  • Lightning Talks
  • Satellite Workshops/Special Sessions
  • Poster Session

  • What Is Artifical Life?
    Artificial Life, according to Christopher Langton (ALife's first organizer) in ALife's inaugural proceedings publication, "is a field of study devoted to understanding life by attempting to abstract the fundamental dynamical principals underlying biological phenomena, and recreating these dynamics in other physical media-such as computers-making them accessible to new kinds of experimental manipulation and testing….

    In addition to providing new ways to study the biological phenomena associated with life here on Earth, life-as-we-know-it, Artificial Life allows us to extend our studies to the larger domain of the “bio-logic” of possible life, life-as-it-could-be, whatever it might be made of and wherever it might be found in the universe.

    Thus, Artificial Life is not only about studying existing life, but also about the possibility of synthesizing new life, within computers or other “artificial” media. The life that is realized in the alternative media will force us to broaden our understanding of the proper domain of biology to include self-organizing, evolving, and even “living” machines, regardless of the specific physical stuff of which they are constituted, or whether or not they are based upon the same chemical and physical principals as the life that has evolved here on Earth.”
  • Program Schedule
    Monday July 13 - Evening Keynote Lecture 18:00-19:00
    Tuesday July 14 - Saturday July 18 Main Conference
  • Invited Speakers

    Melanie Mitchell

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    Professor, Computer Science, Portland State University; External Professor, Santa Fe Institute

    Sara Walker

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    Associate Professor, School of Earth and Space Exploration; Deputy Director, Beyond Center for Fundamental Concepts in Science; Associate Director, ASU-SFI Center for Biosocial Complex Systems

    Rebecca Kramer-Bottiglio

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    John J. Lee Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science, Take School of Engineering and Applied ScienceCenter for Biosocial Complex Systems

    Michael Levin

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    Vannevar Bush Professor; Director, Allen Discovery Center at Tufts; Director, Tufts Center for Regenerative and Developmental, Biology, Department of Biology, Tufts University

  • Organizers
    Conference Chair:
    Josh Bongard, Morphology, Evolution & Cognition Laboratory, Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of Vermont
    Conference Chair:
    Josh Bongard, Morphology, Evolution & Cognition Laboratory, Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of Vermont
    Conference Organizers:
    Juniper Lovato, UVM Complex Systems Center, Director of Outreach for Complex Systems
    Laurent Hébert-Dufresne, Assistant Professor, UVM Department of Computer Science, The Vermont Complex Systems Center
    Program Committee Chair:
    Lisa Soros, Postdoctoral Fellow, NYU Game Lab
    Special Session Chairs:
    Robot Demo Session Chair: Sam Kriegman PhD student, Morphology, Evolution & Cognition Laboratory, University of Vermont
  • Location

    Location - Centre Mont-Royal
    2200 Mansfield St, Montréal, QC H3A 3R8, Canada (

    Located in the heart of Montreal's business and entertainment district.

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  • Important Deadlines
    Coming soon
  • ALife Poster