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Evolvability and Interaction Symposium


EPSRC Network on Evolvability in Biological & Software Systems

EVOLVABILITY & INTERACTION:
Evolutionary Substrates of Communication, Signaling, and Perception in the Dynamics of Social Complexity

Sponsored by
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
Queen Mary, University of London
University of Hertfordshire, Adaptive Systems Research Group

Dates: October 8-10 (Wed, Thurs, Fri), 2003

Location: Robin Brook Centre, Queen Mary University of London
London, England

General Chair and Local Organizer:

Peter McOwan (Queen Mary, London, U.K.)

Program Chairs:

Kerstin Dautenhahn (University of Hertfordshire, U.K.)
Chrystopher L. Nehaniv (University of Hertfordshire, U.K.)


SCOPE OF SYMPOSIUM

The focus of this symposium is on the relationship between evolvability and interaction in biology, robotics and software systems. Evolvability is the capacity of populations to support heritable variability and differential success, as in organic, memetic or artifical evolutionary systems. Interaction between entities (large or small populations of cells, individuals, units of selection, social agents: animals, humans, robots, software) is the background for and is harnessed by evolutionary processes. This can result in adaptation to the presence of others via signalling and perception, communication, and exploiting the dynamics of social interaction.

In humans, other primates, dolphins, corvid, parrots, and other species interaction and social complexity have evolved that exploit mechanisms of recognition of particular individuals, life-long learning, autobiographical and interaction memory, development of social relationships, and complex forms of social learning and communication. Other animals exhibit interactive signaling systems (e.g. affect, threat and courtship displays), whereas within multicellular organisms and insect societies the substrates of interactions exploit chemical and stigmergic signals, or cell-type and caste roles.

This EPSRC symposium is part of series that follows upon the growing awareness from academia, industry, and research communities of the importance of evolvability, tentatively defined as, the capacity of populations to vary robustly and adaptively over time or generations in constructed and natural systems. The symposium aims to encourage a dialogue between various research workers in areas that might benefit from a possible common framework addressing interactive systems as well as evolvability concerns.

TOPICS OF INTEREST

 

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

(*** Participation Confirmed ***)

Evolution of Communication:
Irene Pepperberg, MIT & Brandeis Univesity, USA, (social learning and communication in parrots)
Robin Dunbar, University of Liverpool, UK, (grooming, cognition, and communication in primates)
Robotics:
Kerstin Dautenhahn, University of Hertfordshire, UK, (social robotics and social intelligence in AI)

Tomio Watanabe, Okayama Prefectural University, Japan, (dynamics in man-machine interaction)
Dario Floreano, EPFL, Switzerland, (evolutionary robotics)
Yoshihiro Miyake, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan, (co-creation in interaction)

Auke Jan Ijspeert, EPFL, Switzerland, (neural models, evolvability of behaviour, humanoid imitation)
Evolvability of Interaction Networks:
Pau Fernández, ICREA - Complex Systems Lab, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain (interaction networks, small worlds)
Dynamics of Evolvability:
Richard E. Michod, University of Arizona, USA, (evolution of individuality, cooperation, sex, Darwinian dynamics)
Takashi Ikegami, University of Tokyo, Japan, (evolutionary dynamics of interaction)
Chrystopher L. Nehaniv, University of Hertfordshire, U.K., (evolvability and social learning)
Animal Learning in Societies:
Lars Chittka, Queen Mary, UK, (sensory physiology, learning and evolutionary ecology)
and others to be confirmed.

FOLLOW UP PUBLICATION:

Publication of selected papers in the indexed journal Interaction Studies: Social Behaviour and Communication in Biological and Artificial Systems (John Benjamins Publishers). Extended abstracts and abstracts of keynote lectures, contributed papers and posters will be published in a University of Hertfordshire technical report available at the meeting.

PARTICIPATION:

Participants who would like to present a paper or poster at the symposium should email the programme chairs (K.Dautenhahn@herts.ac.uk, C.L.Nehaniv@herts.ac.uk). See below for format details.

There is no registration fee. Participation is open to researchers and post-graduate students working in relevant areas. Please send an email to the general chair Peter McOwan (pmco@dcs.qmul.ac.uk) if you would like to attend without submitting a poster or talk.

Partial or full support of reasonable expenses is available for members of the Evolvability network and also UK-based postgraduate students who are presenting a paper or poster. Please inquire via email to C.L.Nehaniv@herts.ac.uk.

SUBMISSION OF CONTRIBUTED TALKS AND POSTERS:

Please email plain text abstracts (please specify poster or talk). As a guideline, poster submissions should be around 1/2 page, submissions for talks can be up to five pages long.


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Evolvability and Interaction Symposium


Chrystopher Nehaniv, 1 August 2003.
Last Update 25 Septermber 2003

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