OEE3: The Third Workshop on Open-Ended Evolution

Taking place at the 2018 Conference on Artificial Life (ALIFE 2018), Tokyo, Japan, 23-27 July 2018

Overview

Following the success of our first two workshops (OEE1, OEE2), the Third Workshop on Open-Ended Evolution (OEE3) will take place at the ALIFE 2018 conference in Tokyo, Japan in July 2018.

From the first experiments with digital evolution in the 1950s to the increasingly sophisticated simulations of the present day, the concept of open-ended evolution (OEE) has been a central concern for Artificial Life researchers. Recent years have seen a massive renewed interest in the topic, as demonstrated by the rising attendance at the first two workshops and by the success of the OEE1 Workshop Report published in the Artificial Life journal (where it is currently the most read article over the last 12 months by a long margin). The excitement in the field has been well summarised in a recent article by OEE researchers Kenneth O. Stanley, Joel Lehman and Lisa Soros.

Building upon this momentum, the OEE3 workshop will be a launchpad for a special issue of the Artificial Life journal. We will accept extended abstract submissions and full paper submissions for the workshop, and will invite authors of selected contributions to expand their work for submission to the special issue. All submissions should refer to the observable behavioral hallmarks listed in section 3 of the OEE1 Workshop Report published in the Artificial Life journal, whether reporting progress on behavioral hallmarks, hypothesized requirements (mechanisms) or empirical demonstrations.


Topics of Interest

The goal of the OEE3 workshop is to build upon the outcomes of OEE1 and OEE2 by discussing recent progress on the following key issues:

  • Behavioral hallmarks of systems undergoing OEE
  • Hypothesized requirements (mechanisms) for systems to undergo OEE
  • Empirical demonstrations of hallmarks or requirements of OEE in models or natural systems

Contributions on OEE perspectives are encouraged from all three of the major branches of ALife: simulation, wet, and robotic. As previously, the workshop will emphasize precise, operational, quantitative, empirical definitions of hallmarks and requirements for OEE, and will presume that there could be more than one interesting and important kind of OEE. We also encourage critical reflections about all these topics.


Submission of Extended Abstracts

We invite contributions in the form of either 4-page extended abstracts or full papers (maximum 8 pages) for presentation at the workshop. Submissions should be prepared according to the ALIFE 2018 paper format and sent by email to oee3@openended.ai on or before 14 May 2018.

All submissions will be peer reviewed. Submissions will be selected for presentation on the basis of their alignment with the topics of interest listed above, and the extent to which they refer to the observable behavioral hallmarks listed in section 3 of the OEE1 Workshop Report (whether reporting progress on behavioral hallmarks, hypothesized requirements/mechanisms or empirical demonstrations) and build upon the outcomes of the OEE1 and OEE2 workshops as documented in the OEE1 Workshop Report and on the OEE2 website.

All accepted extended abstracts and full papers will be made publicly available on the workshop's website in good time before the workshop, so that there can be well-informed discussion from the start of the workshop. Authors of selected contributions will be invited to expand their work for submission to a peer-reviewed special issue on OEE to be published in the journal Artificial Life.

Please note that participation at the workshop will require registration for the ALIFE 2018 conference.

Important Dates

Abstract submission deadline 14 May 2018
Notification of acceptance 28 May 2018
Website-ready abstract due 11 June 2018
Workshop date 23-27 July 2018
(exact date TBC)

OEE1 Workshop Report

T. Taylor, M. A. Bedau, A. Channon et al. " Open-Ended Evolution: Perspectives from the OEE Workshop in York", Artificial Life 22(3) 408-423 (2016) [ Available open access]