ALIFE Special Issue

Call for Submissions:

Artificial Life Journal Special Issue on the Evolution of Physical Systems

We are inviting submissions to a forthcoming special issue of Artificial Life Journal devoted to the topic of the Evolution of Physical Systems (EPS).   This special issue emerges from a series of successful workshops held at the International Society for Artificial Life (ISAL) sponsored conferences ECAL and ALIFE.  We use the term EPS to refer to evolutionary algorithms which occur  in real-world physical substrates rather than in simulation. The term encompasses both parallel Embodied Evolution (Watson et al., 2002), in which evolution is distributed across a population of robots, as well as Evolutionary Robotics (Floreano and Mondada, 1994) where evaluation is serialized on a single robot. Notable examples of EPS occur across a wide variety of systems, ranging from Robotics (Zykov et al., 2004)] to FPGAs (Thompson, 1996) to 3D printers (Rieffel and Sayles, 2010).

While submissions describing reality-based and model-free work is encouraged, we would also be interested in submissions aimed at crossing the “Reality Gap” between simulation and reality.

Please direct all correspondence to



  • Submission Deadline: April 15, 2016 May 15, 2016 EXTENDED!
  • Author Notification: July 1, 2016
  • Expected Publication: November 1, 2016
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