Artficial Life based models of Higher Cognition

Deadline Extended

Call for papers

Satellite Workshop on Artficial Life based models of Higher Cognition with the Euroean Conference on Artifical Life (ECAL 2013), Taormina, Italy, 2-6 September 2013

Aims and topics

The aim of the workshop is to facilitate integration, to promote and to encourage Artificial Life modelling of higher cognitive processes, integrating complex motor systems and complex higher cognitive abilities. Artificial Life was originally conceived as a powerful tool to answer to the question about the nature of life. Many researches in the last decades drew attention on different aspects, including chemistry, biology, evolution and some minimal forms of cognition, so as to study a complex phenomenon at different scale domains. Focusing on cognition, AL techniques have been utilized to uncover minimal mechanism of important cognitive processes such as categorization, language, spatial behavior, motor control and the like. However following this bottom up approach we need to address higher cognitive processes in an integrated manner, so as to exploit the full power of AL approach.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Spatial cognition
  • Language
  • Mental Imagery
  • Decision Making
  • Social Learning
  • Cultural Transmission
  • Role Allocation
  • Active Perception
  • Awareness
  • Categorisation

Paper Submission

All researchers interested in contributing to the discussion are invited to submit an abstract of 3 pages maximum (ECAL2013 formatting required, also in workshop website), to ** **.

Formatting instructions and templates

Proceedings and journal special issue

An electronic version of the workshop proceedings will be published with ISBN and the workshop will be followed by a special issue on an ISI journal, to be announced soon.


Early registration: June 30, 2013
Late registration: June 30 - September 6, 2013
On-Site registration: September 2-6, 2013

The Workshop Registration fees will be the same of ECAL 2011:

Workshops-only rates
Student, Early          105 Euro
Student, Standard/Late  135 Euro
Academic, Early         145 Euro
Academic, Standard/Late 195 Euro
Individual, Early       225 Euro
Individual, Standard/Late 315 Euro

Student fees are reserved for full-time undergraduate and graduate (Master's, Doctorate) students enrolled in accredited educational institutions. To belong to this category, you must be actively pursuing an undergraduate or graduate academic degree, with or without scholarship. (Postdocs, staff scientists and research engineers are not students).

Academic fees are reserved for post-doctoral researchers, university faculty (academic staff), researchers (research scientists, staff scientists), research engineers or technicians (with or without doctoral degree) and any other personnel (administrative, support) employed by an accredited academic institution who are not currently pursuing an undergraduate or graduate academic degree.

Individual fees apply to any other category of attendees: industry and business professionals, researchers, engineers and other employees of companies or non-academic organizations, unaffiliated individuals, etc.

Important dates

Deadline Extended
Submission of abstracts: May 20 June 16, 2013
Notification of authors: June 10 July 7, 2013
Workshop: 6 September 2013

Invited Speaker

Prof. Takashi Ikegami, Professor in the Department of General Systems Sciences at the University of Tokyo

Program co-chairs

  • Davide Marocco, University of Plymouth, UK
  • Onofrio Gigliotta, University of Naples, Italy

Program committee

Alberto Acerbi, University of Bristol
Tony Belpaeme, University of Plymouth
Eleonora Bilotta, University of Calabria
Anna Borghi, University of Bologna
Angelo Cangelosi, University of Plymouth
Hiroyuki Iizuka, Osaka University
Takashi Ikegami, University of Tokyo
Orazio Miglino, University of Naples Federico II
Marco Mirolli, Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies, CNR
Pietro Pantano, University of Calabria
Stefano Nolfi, Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies, CNR
Elio Tuci, Aberystwyth University
Vito Trianni, Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies, CNR
Paul Vogt, Tilburg University
Ryoko Uno, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology


Taormina, Italy