OEE2: The Second Workshop on Open-Ended Evolution

Taking place at the 15th International Conference on the Synthesis and Simulation of Living Systems (ALIFE XV), Cancún, Mexico, 4-8 July 2016


Following the success of the First Workshop on Open-Ended Evolution (OEE1) at the ECAL 2015 conference, the Second Workshop on Open-Ended Evolution (OEE2) will take place at the ALIFE XV conference in Cancún, Mexico on Monday 4 July 2016.

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.

The first workshop closed with a better appreciation of what remains to be learned about open-ended evolution, and a clearer picture of the most important open research questions, as set out in the OEE1 Workshop Report.

Topics of Interest

The goal of the workshop is to build upon the outcomes of OEE1 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

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.

After the workshop, authors of selected workshop presentations will be invited to write up and submit their results to a peer-reviewed special issue on OEE to be published in the journal Artificial Life.

Important Dates

Abstract submission deadline 16 May 2016
Notification of acceptance 30 May 2016
Website-ready abstract due 13 June 2016
Workshop date 4 July 2016 (Monday)

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 (Hallmarks and Requirements of OEE)
09:00-09:05 Introduction Mark Bedau, Alastair Channon, Tim Taylor
09:05-09:30 Open-Endedness: Definitions and Shortcuts Wolfgang Banzhaf, Guillaume Beslon, René Doursat, Susan Stepney
09:30-09:55 Is Evolution Fundamentally Creative? Lisa Soros, Kenneth O. Stanley
09:55-10:20 Identifying Necessary Components for Open-Ended Evolution Anya Vostinar, Emily Dolson, Michael Wiser, Charles Ofria
10:20-10:45 Open-Ended Evolution: The Cooperation Barrier John E. Stewart
Coffee break (10:45-11:15)
Session 2 (Requirements and Demonstrations of OEE)
11:15-11:40 The Infiniteness of Open-Ended Evolution Peter Andras
11:40-12:05 The Limits of Decidable States on Open-Ended Evolution and Emergence Santiago Hernández-Orozco, Francisco Hernández-Quiroz, Hector Zenil
12:05-12:30 Quantifying Non-trivial Open-Ended Evolution Reveals Necessary and Sufficient Conditions Alyssa M. Adams, Sara I. Walker, Hector Zenil, P.C.W. Davies
12:30-12:55 Open-Endedness and Thermodynamic Reversibility in Algebraic Chemistry Nathaniel Virgo
Lunch (13:00-14:30)
Session 3 (Demonstrations of OEE)
14:30-14:55 Complexity-Invariant Dynamics: A Recipe for an Open-Ended Increase in Complexity in Evolution Nicholas Guttenberg, Nigel Goldenfeld
14:55-15:20 Two mini talks:
What can we learn from the Big History view of Major Transitions?
Is Geb Indefinitely Scalable?
Alastair Channon
15:20-15:45 Measurement of Open-Ended Evolution of Technology Mark Bedau
15:45-16:10 The Role of Subjectivity in the Evaluation of Open-Endedness Kenneth O. Stanley, Lisa Soros
Coffee break (16:15-16:45)
Session 4 (Discussion, Synthesis and Planning)
16:45-17:10 Planning a review paper on Open-Ended Evolution led by Tim Taylor
17:10-18:00 General discussion, next steps led by Mark Bedau, Alastair Channon, Tim Taylor
(Venue booked until 18:30)