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IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT ALIFE 2020: As you know, over the last few weeks, the ALife organizing team has been continuously monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak and its potential impact on the ALife 2020 conference in Montréal. After serious discussions with the ISAL board, we have decided to move all ALife 2020 activities to virtual environments; for the physical and financial health of our community.

We will be releasing many more details about this in the following days so stay tuned here or follow us on
twitter for updates and information.

We have also decided to extend the submission deadline to accommodate those who would like to contribute to the conference proceedings but could not previously attend physically or would have missed the deadline due to COVID-19. The new deadline is May 1.
We have lots of student scholarships available! Applications are open for ALIFE financial assistance awards that will allow students to attend the virtual conference, publish in the proceedings, and become an ISAL member for free! Priority will go to students who are new to our community or have an accepted paper. Application deadline to apply for financial assistance is now May 1 (the form takes approx. 3 minutes to complete) Apply Now Here


The ALIFE 2020 Organizing Committee are excited to invite you to submit your work to the 2020 ALIFE Conference.
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Dates - July 13-18, 2020
Location - Virtual
Organizers - Vermont Complex Systems Center, University of Vermont
Hashtag - #ALIFE2020


Deadline: May 1, 2020

Contact email for queries:

SUBMISSION DETAILS: Papers and Abstracts


ALIFE 2020 will showcase a wide range of topics in Artificial Life, bringing together world-leading researchers to discuss the latest advances in the synthesis and simulation of living systems. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following aspects of Artificial Life:

  • Complex dynamical systems and networks
  • Artificial chemistry, origins of life, computational biology
  • Synthetic biology, protocells and wet artificial life
  • Ecology and evolution
  • Bio-inspired, cognitive and evolutionary robotics, swarms
  • Artificial intelligence and machine learning
  • Perception, cognition, behavior
  • Social systems, artificial and alternative societies
  • Evolution of language, computational linguistics
  • Philosophy of mind, philosophy of science
  • Artificial-life-based art
  • Artificial Life in education
  • For this edition of the conference the special theme is "New Frontiers in AI: What can ALife offer AI?

Submission format
  • There are two options for submission: either full paper or extended abstract. Note that the format is exactly the same for both options. The difference resides in the number of pages and type of contents:
    • Full papers have an 8-page maximum length and should report on new, unpublished work.
    • Extended abstracts are limited to a 2-page length (not including citations pages) and can report on previously published work.
  • Please see the author guidelines below for detailed instructions and manuscript templates.
  • All submissions will undergo a detailed peer review process. Full papers will be reviewed for timeliness, novelty, scientific quality, sound methodology and use of appropriate analysis techniques. Abstracts will be reviewed for timeliness, novelty, and quality.
  • Both papers and extended abstracts will be considered for oral (parallel session or lightning session) or poster presentations, without distinction between full papers and extended abstracts.
  • Accepted papers and extended abstracts will be published by MIT Press as open-access electronic proceedings.
  • NOTE: At least one author of every accepted paper or poster must be registered before 31 May 2020, or the paper/poster will be withdrawn.

Workshops and Special Sessions
  • ALIFE 2020 will have a number of special sessions. The submission and review process for special sessions is the same as for the main conference. If you are submitting to a special session you will be given the opportunity to select it during the submission process.
  • In addition, there will be workshop sessions. Workshop papers are managed separately from the main conference. To submit a paper to a workshop, go to its own website, which will be listed on the Workshops page of the conference.

Author Guidelines
  • We encourage the use of LaTeX for the production of papers. LaTeX and Microsoft Word templates are available here:
  • Note that for both submission types you will need a text-only abstract (500 words or less) that you will need to submit in EasyChair, which will be displayed in the program and on the web after publication.
  • The reviewing process is single-blind, meaning that submissions do not have to be edited to remove authors' names.

The following formatting instructions apply to the final version of your manuscript, if it is accepted for publication:

  • One single PDF, no additional file.
  • PDF length <= 8 pages for full papers, <= 2 pages for extended abstracts (not including citations).
  • PDF size < 5 Mb.
  • All pages sized consistently at 8.5 x 11 (US letter format).
  • No visible crop marks.
  • Color figures are possible. Images at *no greater* than 300 dpi, scaled at 100%.
  • Embedded open type fonts only.
  • All layers flattened.
  • All desired links active in the files: This can be done easily with LaTeX. To automatically turn all your internal references (citations, figures, equations, sections...) into internal hyperlinks in the PDF, add \usepackage{hyperref} in the preamble of your .tex file. If you get an error ("Paragraph ended before \Hy@setref@link was complete") upon compilation, remove the .aux files and try to compile again, this should fix the problem. To insert links pointing outside the document, use \url{http://theurlyouwanttoinsert}. It will show the URL using a mono-spaced font and, if readers click on it in the PDF, their browser will be opened pointing at it.
  • Submission Process
  • Each submission should be uploaded as a single file, in PDF format only, to the Easy Chair system. You will need to create an Easy Chair account if you do not have one yet.
  • Please enter appropriate keywords for your submission when prompted to help us organize the conference program. You must also specify whether your submission is a full paper or an extended abstract. If you are submitting to a special session you will be given the opportunity to select it during the submission process.