OEE3: The Third Workshop on Open-Ended Evolution

Taking place at the 2018 Conference on Artificial Life (ALIFE 2018), Tokyo, Japan, 25 July 2018

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Videos of all presentations and discussion sessions from OEE3 are now available on YouTube! (See schedule below for direct links to videos of individual talks)

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 on 25 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.


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]
Session 1 (10:30-12:00) (chair: Steen Rasmussen)
10:30-10:40 Introduction Alastair Channon, Tim Taylor Video (YouTube)
10:40-11:05 Evolved Open-Endedness, Not Open-Ended Evolution Howard H. Pattee and Hiroki Sayama Paper (PDF) Video (YouTube)
11:05-11:30 Routes to Open-Endedness in Evolutionary Systems Tim Taylor Paper (PDF) Video (YouTube)
11:30-11:55 The Role of Embodiment in Open-Ended Evolution Josh Bongard, Nick Cheney, Zahra Mahoor and Joshua Powers Paper (PDF) Video (YouTube)
11:55-12:00 Session discussion / wrap-up Video (YouTube)
Lunch (12:00-13:30)
Session 2 (13:30-15:00) (chair: Alastair Channon)
13:30-13:55 The Boundedness Illusion: Projections from early evolution can underestimate evolutionary potential Michael J Wiser, Emily L Dolson, Anya Vostinar, Richard E Lenski and Charles Ofria Paper (PDF) Video (YouTube)
13:55-14:20 Understanding Fraternal Transitions in Individuality Matthew Andres Moreno and Charles Ofria Paper (PDF) Video (YouTube)
14:20-14:45 How Novelty is Created in a Web Service Takashi Ikegami, Mizuki Oka and Yasuhiro Hashimoto Paper (PDF) Video (YouTube)
14:45-14:55 Conditions for Major Transitions in Biological and Cultural Evolution
(poster spotlight talk)
Peter D. Turney Paper (PDF) Video (YouTube)
14:55-15:00 Session discussion / wrap-up Video (YouTube)
Posters / demos / coffee break (15:00-15:30)
Poster Conditions for Major Transitions in Biological and Cultural Evolution Peter D. Turney
Poster and Demo Possible Open-Ended Strategy Selection in League of Legends Alyssa M. Adams
Session 3 (15:30-17:00) (chair: Tim Taylor)
15:30-15:55 Finding life in the shadows David H. Ackley and Elena S. Ackley Paper (PDF) Video (YouTube)
15:55-16:20 Further Investigations into Indefinite Scalability in Geb Alastair Channon Paper (PDF) Video (YouTube)
16:20-16:45 Detecting the on-going emergence of technological innovations Mark A. Bedau, Nicholas Gigliotti, Tobias Janssen, Alec Kosik, Ananthan Nambiar and Norman Packard Paper (PDF) Video (YouTube)
16:45-16:55 Possible Open-Ended Strategy Selection in League of Legends
(poster spotlight talk)
Alyssa M. Adams Paper (PDF) Video (YouTube)
16:55-17:00 Session discussion / wrap-up Video (YouTube)
Posters / demos / coffee break (17:00-17:30)
Poster Conditions for Major Transitions in Biological and Cultural Evolution Peter D. Turney
Poster and Demo Possible Open-Ended Strategy Selection in League of Legends Alyssa M. Adams
Session 4 (17:30-19:00) (chair: Norman Packard)
17:30-17:55 Cardinality Leap for Open-Ended Evolution: Theoretical Consideration and Demonstration by "Hash Chemistry" Hiroki Sayama Paper (PDF) Video (YouTube)
17:55-18:20 Two Modes of Evolution: Optimization and Expansion Steen Rasmussen and Paolo Sibani Paper (PDF) Video (YouTube)
18:20-18:45 General discussion and information about Artificial Life journal special issue on OEE led by Norman Packard Video (YouTube)