Public PhD Defense, May 2nd

Everyone interested is invited to my public PhD defense, next Wednesday, May 2nd at 2pm, in room D.2.01 (Promotiezaal) of the V.U.B. campus Etterbeek, followed by a reception at the STOA.

The details of the defense can be found here.

Directions to the VUB can be found here.

More details about my thesis can be found here.


CfP: 3rd ALEA Workshop in Guimarães, Portugal

3rd Workshop on Artificial Life and Evolutionary Algorithms

As the title clearly indicates, this workshop will focus on scientific research and applications of Artificial Life (ALife) and Evolutionary Algorithms (EA). Therefore, it will cover work on computer based bio-inspired models for studying natural systems as well as for solving engineering and social problems. In general, self-organisation, emergence and evolution of multicomponent systems are themes to be addressed by this workshop. We are targeting the ALife community, the EA community and researchers working in the overlap of these two areas, from computer science and exact sciences in general to social sciences. Recently self-organisation has been gaining popularity among the management community, which is a clear signal that the ALEA themes are extending over new research areas.

Topics of Interest

- Genetic Algorithms
- Evolutionary Strategies
- Evolutionary Programming
- Genetic Programming
- Classifier Systems
- Evolutionary Robotics
- Parallel Evolutionary Algorithms
- Evolution Dynamics
- Artificial Immune Systems
- Ant Algorithms
- Cultural Algorithms
- (Particle) Swarm Algorithms
- Systems with emergent properties


ALEA’07 is the third international workshop, held in Portugal, specifically dedicated both to the theory and application of Artificial Life (ALife) and Evolutionary Algorithms (EA). ALife and EA solutions have been gaining popularity in solving complex problems of different industrial, economical, and scientific domains. This workshop is a good opportunity to gather researchers to present their latest research and to discuss current developments and applications.

The format of the meeting will be designed to stimulate close interaction between members of these scientific communities. ALEA’07 has the purpose of thriving to develop this research area in Portugal, through discussion among researchers and outstanding international scientists.

The workshop will consist of an invited talk, oral presentations, poster sessions and ample time for organised discussion. The best accepted papers will appear in the proceedings published by Springer in the LNAI series. The remaining accepted papers and posters will be published in a local edition, both in hard-copy, CD-ROM and on the web.

The workshop is sponsored by APPIA, the Portuguese Association for Artificial Intelligence. It will be part of a set of Workshops that, together, will form the 13th Portuguese Conference on Artifical Intelligence (EPIA 2007).

Organising Committee

Luís Correia (contact person)
Universidade de Lisboa - Faculdade de Ciˆencias
Departamento de Informática
Campo Grande 1749-016 Lisboa, PORTUGAL
Phone: (+351) 217 500 238
Fax: (+351) 217 500 084
E-mail: Luis.Correia@di.fc.ul.ptThis email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it
URL: http://www.di.fc.ul.pt/~lcorreia

Agostinho Rosa
Universidade Técnica de Lisboa - Instituto Superior Técnico
Departamento de Engenharia Electrotécnica e de Computadores
Av. Rovisco Pais, 1049-001 Lisboa
Phone: (+351) 218 418 276
Fax: (+351) 218 418 171
E-mail: acrosa@isr.ist.utl.ptThis email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it
URL: http://laseeb.isr.ist.utl.pt/acrosa

Program Committee

Jonas Almeida, Medical Univ. South Carolina, USA
Wolfgang Banzhaf, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada
Ana Bazzan Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Brasil
Juergen Branke, University of Karlsruhe, Germany
Leandro de Castro, Catholic University of Santos, Brasil
Ernesto Costa, University of Coimbra, Portugal
Peter Eggenberger, Z¨urich University, Switzerland
Carlos Fonseca, University of Algarve, Portugal
Luca Gambardella, IDSIA, Switzerland
Inman Harvey, University of Sussex, UK
Fernando Lobo, University of Algarve, Portugal
José Ferreira Mendes, University of Aveiro, Portugal
Carlos Gershenson, Free University of Brussels (VUB), Belgium
Juan Julian Merelo, University of Granada, Spain
Zbigniew Michalewicz, University of Adelaide, Australia
Michael O’Neil, University of Limerick, Ireland
Francisco B. Pereira, Polytechnic Institute of Coimbra, Portugal
José A. Pereira, University of Porto, Portugal
Rolf Pfeifer, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, Switzerland
Colin Reeves, Coventry University, UK
Luís Rocha, Indiana University, USA
Marc Schonenauer, INRIA, France
Jorge Simão, University of Porto, Portugal
Peter M. Todd, Indiana University, USA


New Paper: The World as Evolving Information

The World as Evolving Information
Carlos Gershenson

Abstract: This philosophical paper discusses the benefits of describing the world as information, especially in the study of the evolution of life and cognition. Traditional studies encounter difficulties because it is difficult to describe life and cognition in terms of matter and energy, falling into a dualist trap. However, if matter and energy, as well as life and cognition, are described in terms of information, evolution can be described consistently as information becoming more complex. Moreover, information theory is already well established and formalized.
The paper presents five tentative laws of information, which are generalizations of Darwinian, cybernetic, thermodynamic, and complexity principles. These are further used to discuss the notions of life and cognition, including their origins and evolution.

Full paper here.