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.
|4 July 2016 (Monday)
OEE1 Workshop Report
|Session 1 (Hallmarks and Requirements of OEE)
|Mark Bedau, Alastair Channon, Tim Taylor
|Open-Endedness: Definitions and Shortcuts
|Wolfgang Banzhaf, Guillaume Beslon, René Doursat, Susan Stepney
|Is Evolution Fundamentally Creative?
|Lisa Soros, Kenneth O. Stanley
|Identifying Necessary Components for Open-Ended Evolution
|Anya Vostinar, Emily Dolson, Michael Wiser, Charles Ofria
|Open-Ended Evolution: The Cooperation Barrier
|John E. Stewart
|Coffee break (10:45-11:15)
|Session 2 (Requirements and Demonstrations of OEE)
|The Infiniteness of Open-Ended Evolution
|The Limits of Decidable States on Open-Ended Evolution and Emergence
|Santiago Hernández-Orozco, Francisco Hernández-Quiroz, Hector Zenil
|Quantifying Non-trivial Open-Ended Evolution Reveals Necessary and Sufficient Conditions
|Alyssa M. Adams, Sara I. Walker, Hector Zenil, P.C.W. Davies
|Open-Endedness and Thermodynamic Reversibility in Algebraic Chemistry
|Session 3 (Demonstrations of OEE)
|Complexity-Invariant Dynamics: A Recipe for an Open-Ended Increase in Complexity in Evolution
|Nicholas Guttenberg, Nigel Goldenfeld
|Two mini talks:
What can we learn from the Big History view of Major Transitions?
Is Geb Indefinitely Scalable?
|Measurement of Open-Ended Evolution of Technology
|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)
|Planning a review paper on Open-Ended Evolution
|led by Tim Taylor
|General discussion, next steps
|led by Mark Bedau, Alastair Channon, Tim Taylor
|(Venue booked until 18:30)