EPS 2016 Workshop

We use the term Evolution of Physical Systems (EPS) to refer to evolutionary algorithms which occur entirely 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). Although EPS comes at a cost (the speed of the real world, unlike CPUs, does not follow Moore’s Law), by definition it avoids the “reality gap” imposed by simulation, and has produced novel and tangeable real-world results. Regardless of application or method, all implementations of EPS are bound by many of the same constraints and technical challenges.

The aim of this half-day single-track workshop is to bring together researchers who are currently involved in the Evolution of Physical Systems, as well as those interested in the technique, in order to share ideas and innovations. As the frontiers of artificial life move from the computer to the petri dish, the Evolution of Physical Systems offers to provide inroads into domains which are otherwise impossible to simulate.

The first four EPS Workshops at ALIFE13,  ECAL ’13, and ALIFE14 and ECAL15 were tremendous successes. We hope to continue the tradition at ALIFE ’16 in Cancun.

For this workshop, we are inviting participants and attendees to submit a draft paper for our upcoming special issue of Artificial Life Journal (MIT Press) devoted to the Evolution of Physical Systems, to be published November 2016.

How to Submit: E-mail the workshop chair (rieffelj@union.edu) with your name, contact info, and a PDF containing your either an extended abstract or complete draft of your special page submission.


  • Submission Deadline: 15April, 2015
  • Author Notification: 15 May, 2015

Organizing Committee:

John Rieffel, Union College, New York, USA
Jean-Baptiste Mouret, Universite Pierre et Marie Curie<br> Paris, France
Nicolas Bredeche, Universite Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France
Evert Haasdijk, University of Amsterdam Amsterdam, Netherlands

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