ECAL2007: Event of Scientific Interest

  • Portuguese Presidency of the European Union 2007

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Important Dates

  • [Extended] Paper submission deadline: April 16, 2007
  • Notification of acceptance: May 14-16, 2007
  • Camera ready submissions: May 31, 2007
  • Workshops and tutorials proposals deadline: Nov 30, 2006
  • Conference dates: September 10-14, 2007


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Keynote Speakers

  • Brian Goodwin (Special Guest), Schumacher College
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    Meanwhile, check the available information on Brian Goodwin's participation in the special session on Friday afternoon: Program [Click for Bio]

  • Rudolf Bannasch, Technical University Berlin
    Morphological intelligence in bionic applications [Abstract]

    Bio: Rudolf Bannasch. Born in 1952 in Berlin, 1971 Abitur with honors; 1971-1976 biology studies, animal and human physiology in Donezk, Kiev and St. Petersburg; 1976 thesis (diploma): Neuronal Activation and Signal Processing in the Motor System of Higher Vertebrate Animals. From 1976 academic assistant in the Institute of Vertebrate Animals Research in the Academy of Science, Berlin: research on behavior and eco-energetic, functional morphology and aerodynamics of the flight of the birds; 1985 graduation to the Dr. rer. nat.: Experimental Investigations and Modelling of the Underwater Flight of the Penguin (summa cum laude); Department Chief of polar biology: chief of 9 expeditions in the Arctic and Antarctic. Special training courses and Workshops in polar biology. Besides, evening study of painting and graphics at the academy of art Berlin-Weißensee. 1990, moves to bionics and evolution technology: TU Berlin (Prof. Dr.-Ing. Rechenberg); additional qualifications in the engineering sciences, chief of the work group of polar biology; chief of numerous national and international research projects especially in the fields of the flow bionics, construction bionics, bio-sensors, robotic and communication bionics. Teaching: TU Berlin: Special lectures, seminars and practical courses for bionics in the engineering sciences; Humboldt-university in Berlin, FB zoology: Lectures series : Praktukum Lokomotion, eco-energetic and Bionics, Guest lectures at numerous German and foreign universities. 180 academic publications, 6 patent applications in the area of bionics. August 2000: joint founder and manager of EvoLogics GmbH (Spin off the TU Berlin), main focus: applied bionics research, conversion of innovative concepts from the bionics to technical procedures and products. From 1. June 2001 coordinator of the bionic competence network (all-german group project, sponsored by BMBF). Since 9 January 2004 chairman of the bionics research network with already actual 32 research institutes and companies.
  • Randall D. Beer, Indiana University
    The Dynamics of Brain-Body-Environment Systems: A Status Report [Abstract]
    Bio: Randall D. Beer received his Ph.D. in Computer Science in 1989. From 1989 to 2006, he was a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Biology, and Cognitive Science at Case Western Reserve University. He spent the 1995-1996 academic year as a visiting scientist at the Santa Fe Institute, where he also served as an external faculty member for the next 6 years. In 2006, he joined the Cognitive Science program at Indiana University, where he is currently a Professor of Computer Science and of Informatics, as well as a member of the Center for the Integrative Study of Animal Behavior. In addition, he serves as an associate editor for the journal Adaptive Behavior and is a member of the editorial board of the journal Autonomous Robotics. Prof. Beer's research is broadly concerned with understanding how coordinated behavior arises from the dynamical interaction of an animal's nervous system, its body, and its environment.
  • António Coutinho, Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência
    Purposeless diversity and degeneracy of molecular “recognition” are the solution to the unknown: each individual immune system is a fractal of evolution [Abstract] [Click for Bio]
  • Ezequiel Di Paolo, University of Sussex
    Escape from pervasive individualism: Why should embodied cognition seriously study the collective dynamics of social interaction? [Abstract]
    Bio: Ezequiel Di Paolo studied Physics in Buenos Aires and obtained an MSc in Nuclear Engineering in 1994 from the Instituto Balseiro, Argentina. He did a D.Phil at the University of Sussex on models and theories of social behaviour. After a postdoc at the German National Research Center for Information Technology, GMD, in Sankt Augustin, he returned to Sussex in 2000 where he is now senior lecturer in Evolutionary and Adaptive Systems at the Centre for Computational Neuroscience and Robotics (CCNR). He is also a member of the Centre for Research in Cognitive Science at Sussex (COGS). His research interests include adaptive behavior in natural and artificial systems, biological modelling (niche construction, minimal cellular systems), complex systems engineering (air traffic control, spatial complex networks), evolutionary robotics (homeostatic adaptation, communication, minimal cognition), psychology (cognitive development, social cognition), and enactive cognitive science (autopoiesis, agency, sense-making). He is author of over 60 peer-reviewed publications and an associate editor for the journal Adaptive Behavior. He has served in the programme committee of several international conferences.
  • Dario Floreano, Laboratory of Intelligent Systems, EPFL
    Evolution of Altruistic Cooperation and Communication in Robot Societies [ Abstract ]
    Bio: Dario Floreano (M.A. 1988, M.S. 1992, Ph.D. 1995) is Associate Professor in the School of Engineering at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) where he is director of the Laboratory of Intelligent Systems, of the Institute of Systems Engineering, and responsible for the EPFL Master curriculum in Robotics and Autonomous Systems. His research activities include embodied cognitive science, evolutionary robotics, bio-mimetic robotics, neural computation, and biology reverse engineering. Dario published more than 100 peer-reviewed papers, authored 2 books, and edited 3 other books. He co-organized 10 international conferences and joined the program committee of approximately 100 conferences. He is on the editorial board of 9 international journals: Neural Networks; Genetic Programming and Evolvable Machines; Adaptive Behavior; Artificial Life; Connection Science; Evolutionary Computation; IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation; Autonomous Robots; Evolutionary Intelligence (Jan 2008). He is also editor-in-chief of the podcast "Talking Robots" featuring interviews with key figures in Robotics and A.I. He is co-founder and member of the Board of Directors of the International Society for Artificial Life, Inc. and member of the Board of Governors of the International Society for Neural Networks. Dario was involved in the launch of several research programs by the European Commission in the areas of Future Emergent Technologies, Robotics, Control, and Complex Systems.

  • Peter Todd, Indiana University
    Minding the Environment in Simulations of Cognition
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    Bio: Peter M. Todd grew up in Silicon Valley, studied mathematics and electronic music at Oberlin College, received an MPhil in computer speech and language processing from Cambridge University, and developed neural network models of the evolution of learning for his 1992 PhD in psychology at Stanford University. In 1995 he moved to Germany to help found the Center for Adaptive Behavior and Cognition (ABC), based at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin. His research interests while assistant director there for ten years focused on modeling the interactions between decision making and decision environments, including how the two co-evolve over time. The Center's work was captured in the book Simple Heuristics That Make Us Smart (Gigerenzer, Todd, and the ABC Research Group; Oxford, 1999); the upcoming sequel, Ecological Rationality: Intelligence in the World, focuses on environment structures and their impact on decision making and behavior. In addition, Todd has coedited three books on neural network and artificial life models in music and has written papers on topics ranging from social decision processes in rats to modeling patterns of age at first marriage. He is currently Professor of Informatics, Cognitive Science, and Psychology at Indiana University, Bloomington, where he leads the ABC-West Research Lab.

  • Ricard V. Solé, Complex Systems Lab, Universitat Pompeu Fabra
    Synthetic Protocell Biology: from Reproduction to Computation [ Abstract]
    Bio: I am ICREA research professor (the Catalan Institute for research and Advanced Studies) at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, where I'm the head of the new COMPLEX SYSTEMS LAB. I am External Professor of the Santa Fe Institute (New Mexico, USA), senior member of the NASA-associate Center of Astrobiology (CAB) and member of the Council of the European Complex Systems Society. I am on the editorial board member of the editorial board of several peer-review journals. One of my main research interests is to understand the possible presence of universal patterns of organization in complex systems, from prebiotic replicators to evolved artificial objects. Key questions are how robust structures emerge, how information is incorporated into these structures and what are the contributions of selection, chance and selforganization to the final outcome.

  • Janet Wiles, The University of Queensland
    Complex Systems from DNA to development [Abstract]
    Bio: Janet Wiles research program involves using computational modelling to understand complex systems with particular applications in biology, neuroscience and cognition. She leads the Biocomplexity Research Theme of the ARC Centre for Complex Systems and is Director of the ARC-funded Special Research Initiative, Thinking Systems: Navigating in Real and Conceptual Spaces.