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2017 ISAL Awards: Winners

Submitted by tim on Sat, 16/09/2017 - 10:25am

ISAL Awards 2017 Trophies by Cliff Bohm
Our thanks go to Clifford Bohm for crafting these wonderful award statues for each of the winners

The International Society for Artificial Life is pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 ISAL Awards.

After an open nomination process open to all members of the broader Artificial Life community, three committees reviewed the nominations and made recommendations that were then approved by the ISAL board of directors.

The awards and 2017 winners are:

2017 ISAL Award for Lifetime Achievement in the field of Artificial Life
For an individual who has made profound contributions to the field of Artificial Life, influencing the work of many others and helping to shape the current state of the field.
Winner:
Prof. Jordan B. Pollack

2017 ISAL Award for Distinguished Young Investigator in the field of Artificial Life
For an individual early in their career (pre-tenure) that has already made important contributions to the field of Artificial Life.
Winner:
Dr. Jean-Baptiste Mouret

2017 ISAL Award for Outstanding Paper of the Decade 2002 - 2012
For an influential paper published in any venue from five to fifteen years ago (2002 through 2012) that has had a profound impact on the field of Artificial Life.
Winner:
Evolving neural networks through augmenting topologies
Kenneth O. Stanley and Risto Miikkulainen
Evolutionary Computation, Vol. 10, No. 2. (2002), pp. 99-127

2017 ISAL Award for Outstanding Paper of 2016 in the field of Artificial Life
For a paper published in any venue during the previous calendar year (2016) that shows significant potential to advance the field of Artificial Life.
Winner:
How Can Evolution Learn?
Richard A. Watson and Eörs Szathmáry
Trends in Ecology and Evolution, Vol. 31, No. 2. (2016), pp. 147-157

2017 ISAL Award for Education and Outreach using Artificial Life
For the authors of an outstanding project that either teaches about Artificial Life or uses Artificial Life techniques to teach about another topic, or inspires users to learn more on their own.
Winner:
Avida-ED (led by Prof. Rob Pennock)

2017 ISAL Award for Exceptional Service to the Artificial Life Community
For an individual who has provided truly exceptional service to the field of Artificial Life, by helping to organize community projects, developing resources, or facilitating the administration of ISAL.
Winner:
Prof. René Doursat

Our sincere thanks to the volunteers who reviewed these nominations and recommended the winners to the ISAL board of directors:

Paper Awards Committee: Tom Barbalet, Tom Lenaerts, Jean-Baptiste Mouret, Alexandra Penn, and Jordan Pollack
Achievement Awards Committee (Lifetime and Young Investigator): Katie Bentley, Ken Stanley, Chrystopher Nehaniv, Babak Hodjat, and Wolfgang Banzhaf
Service, Education & Outreach Awards Committee: Mark Bedau, Penelope Faulkner, Hiroki Sayama, and Tim Taylor

In addition to the ISAL Awards, the ECAL 2017 Conference also gave out four awards for Best Paper and Best Poster. The winners of these awards are:

Best Paper:
Nick Moran and Jordan Pollack
for
Effects of Cooperative and Competitive Coevolution on Complexity in a Linguistic Prediction Game

Best Poster:
Peter Aaser, Martinius Knudsen, Ola Huse Ramstad, Rosanne van de Wijdeven, Stefano Nichele, Ioanna Sandvig, Gunnar Tufte, Ulrich Stefan Bauer, Øyvind Halaas, Sverre Hendseth, Axel Sandvig and Vibeke Valderhaug
for
Towards Making a Cyborg: A Closed-Loop Reservoir-Neuro System

Congratulations to all the winners!