PosterECAL 2011
8-12 August 2011

Program – Wednesday, August 10

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8:00 registration   Lobby 
breakfast, posters & art   Halls 
9:00 Can we Computerize an Elephant? The talk shows how techniques from computer science and software engineering can be applied beneficially to research in the life sciences. We discuss the idea of comprehensive and realistic modeling of biological systems, where we try to understand and analyze an entire system in detail, utilizing in the modeling effort all that is known about it. I will address the motivation for such modeling and the philosophy underlying the techniques for carrying it out, as well as the crucial question of when such models are to be deemed valid, or complete. The examples will be from among the biological modeling efforts my group has been involved in: T cell development, lymph node behavior, organogenesis of the pancreas, and fate determination in the reproductive system of the C. elegans nematode worm. The ultimate long-term “grand challenge” is to produce an interactive, dynamic, computerized model of an entire multi-cellular organism, such as the C. elegans, which is complex, but well-defined in terms of anatomy and genetics. About David Harel…
10:00 coffee break, posters & art   Halls 
oral session 3

  track 3A   Aden 
  track 3B   CFB 
Cell & Biochem Nets

track 3A: Swarms
Chair: Marco Tomassini

  • H. Hamann, T. Schmickl & K. Crailsheim
    Explaining emergent behavior in a swarm system based on an inversion of the fluctuation theorem
  • A. Stranieri, E. Ferrante, A.E. Turgut, V. Trianni, C. Pinciroli, M. Birattari & M. Dorigo
    Self-organized flocking with an heterogeneous mobile robot swarm
  • J.-M. Montanier, & N. Bredeche
    Surviving the tragedy of the commons: Emergence of altruism in a population of evolving autonomous agents
  • A. Rodriguez & J. Gomez
    Programs self-healing over a termites simulator based on language games and evolutionary computing
track 3B: Cellular & Biochemical Networks
Chair: Christoph Flamm

  • B. McMullin & J. Decraene
    Evolution of self-maintaining cellular information processing networks
  • J. Payne & J. Moore
    Robustness, evolvability, and accessibility in the signal-integration space of gene regulatory circuits
  • S. Khor
    Why aren’t protein residue networks smaller worlds
  • Q. Pan, C. Darabos, A. Tyler, J. Moore & J. Payne
    The influence of whole genome duplication and subsequent diversification on environmental robustness and evolutionary innovation in gene regulatory networks
12:10 lunch, posters & art   Halls 
oral session 4

  track 4A   Aden 
Agency & Cognition
  track 4B   CFB 
Morphologies/Devel 1

track 4A: Towards Artificial Agency and Cognition
Chair: Inman Harvey

  • G. Martius & J.M. Herrmann
    Tipping the scales: Guidance and intrinsically motivated behavior
  • M. Egbert & X.E. Barandiaran
    Quantifying normative behaviour and precariousness in adaptive agency
  • A. Ghoneim, D. Essam and H. Abbass
    On computations and strategies for real and artificial systems
  • F. Mokom & Z. Kobti
    A cultural evolutionary model for artifact capabilities
track 4B: Morphologies & Development 1
Chair: Peter Dittrich

  • L. Schramm & B. Sendhoff
    An animat’s cell doctrine
  • S. Cussat-Blanc, N. Bredeche, H. Luga, Y. Duthen & M. Schoenauer
    Artificial gene regulatory networks and spatial computation: A case study
  • T. Miyake & K. Tominaga
    Modeling cell division of B. subtilis using dynamic division of reaction spaces in a membrane artificial chemistry
  • T. Maekawa, O. Ueno, N. Kawai, E. Nishina, M. Honda & T. Oohashi
    Evolutionary acquisition of genetic program for death
15:20 coffee break, posters & art   Halls 
oral session 5

  track 5A   Aden 
Mind, motion & Evol
  track 5B   CFB 
Biochemical Modeling

track 5A: Agents: Mind, motion and evolution
Chair: Mark Bedau

  • M. Schilling
    Learning by seeing: Associative learning of visual features through mental simulation of observed action
  • D. Misevic, C. Ofria & R.E. Lenski
    Digital sex: Causes and consequences
  • A. Watkins, J. Noble & C.P. Doncaster
    An agent-based model of jaguar movement through conservation corridors
  • N. Tomko, I. Harvey, A. Philippides & N. Virgo
    Many hands make light work: group evolution and the emergent division of labour
track 5B: Biochemical Modeling
Chair: John McCaskill

  • P. Kreyssig & P. Dittrich
    Reaction flow artificial chemistries
  • N. Virgo, C. Fernando, B. Bigge & P. Husbands
    The elongation catastrophe in physical self-replicators
  • T. Veloz, Bryan Reynaert, D. Rojas & P. Dittrich
    A decomposition theorem in chemical organizations
  • R. Plasson, K. Montagne, A. Padirac, T. Fujii & Y. Rondelez
    A DNA toolbox for engineering in vitro life-like behaviors
17:30 coffee break, posters & art   Halls 
18:00 Back to the Origins of Alife In addition to an exceptional selection of keynote speakers, the ECAL 2011 organizing committee is also thrilled to announce a 2-hour panel discussion involving several internationally renown pioneers of Artificial Life. They will talk about the most impressive achievements of Alife in the past, since inception of the field, and point to what they think are the most promising research directions for the future. About the Pioneers Panel Discussion…
Moderator: Hugues Bersini