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Monday, September 13, 2004





AISB 2005 Symposium






  Memetic Theory in Artificial Systems and Societies (METAS)


12-13 April 2005

University of Hertfordshire, de Havilland Campus, Hatfield, England


A symposium within the AISB 2005 Convention with the theme:   ``Social Intelligence and Interaction in Animals, Robots and Agents''





Memetic Theory and Artificial Societies (METAS) is the first edition of a series of international symposia dedicated to qualitative and quantitative aspects of memetic research as applied to artificial (and natural) systems and societies.


Since Dawkins inception in 1976 of the "meme" concept, we have witnessed enormous advances in computational and communication technologies, not least the creation and popularisation of the Internet. These computational and communication advances allow researchers to simulate large and complex systems of interactive agents in scales not dreamt-of a short time ago. At the same time, these same resources represent sophisticated evolving computational substrates in which artificial societies (could) exist and where the science of memetics could be tested, developed and exploited.


This symposium will bring together researcher working at the cutting-edge of memetic theory as applied to artificial systems and societies. METAS aim is to promote multidisciplinary studies and promote the best science on memetics.


Some of the themes covered by METAS are:


Fundamental concepts on memetics and theoretical frameworks for Memetics (eg., evolutionary, cognitive, societal and computational mechanisms,  etc)


Memetics as an evolutionary model of information transmission


Qualitative and Quantitative issues of memetics in artificial and natural societies (eg. the impact of memes in the individual VS the society, etc)


Computer simulations of memetics systems and dynamics


The memetics nature of information processing in networks (in general) and the Internet (in particular)


The memetics of software evolution


Memetics simulations in economy, marketing, policy-making, conflict    resolution, game playing


Memetics in artificial and natural problem solving, software engineering and multi-agent systems


Requirements for effective memetics systems (computational substrates, communication mechanisms, etc)


This symposium will provide a unique opportunity for researchers in artificial intelligence, artificial life, robotics, cognitive science, biologist, social sciences, political studies and distributed systems engineering to interact with memetic scientist and to share a forum for discussion. The symposium will also serve as a common publication outlet for interdisciplinary research in these areas.


The papers collected in the symposium will be extended and fully reviewed and will be published after the symposium in a book (preliminary agreement with the Natural Computation Series in Springer). The interdisciplinary programme committee will select the papers to be presented during the symposium and will also advice on which papers should appear latter (in extended version) in the book.


The symposium will consist of 2 plenary talks, one on each of the two day of the symposium.  The symposium will continue with papers presentations where each author will be given the opportunity to speak to the audience on his work.  The symposium will finish with a round-panel discussion in the last day.






01 Sept. 2004: Call For Papers 31 Oct.  2004: Paper Submissions Deadline 22 Nov.  2004: Paper Acceptance Notification Deadline 17 Dec.  2004: Camera-ready Deadline 14 Jan.  2005: Early registration deadline


12-15 April 2005: AISB 2005 convention






Short, self-contained papers, between 3-6 pages, should be emailed to both Natalio.Krasnogor@Nottingham.ac.uk and Steven.Gustafson@Nottingham.ac.uk with the SUBJECT: AISB 2005 Submission.  The paper format should be similar to AAAI style, i.e. two-column.  The symposium chairs strongly recommend using Latex (a style file will be provided shortly on the symposium  website). Papers should be between 3-6 pages in length, although longer submissions are possible.






Yaneer Bar-Yam - New England Complex Systems Institute, Boston, USA Mark Bedau - Editor in Chief of Artificial Life Journal, USA Elhanan Borenstein - Dept. of Computer Science, Tel-Aviv University, Israel Larry Bull - School of Computer Science, Univ. of the West of England, UK Agner Fog - Engineering College of Copenhagen, Denmark Liane Gabore - Dept. of Psychology, Univ. of CA, Berkeley, USA Nigel Gilbert - Dept. of Sociology, Univ. of Surrey, UK Steven Gustafson - Dept. of Computer Science and IT, Univ. of Nottingham, UK William Hart - Sandia National Laboratories, USA Natalio Krasnogor - Dept. of Computer Science and IT, Univ. of  Nottingham, UK Eytan Ruppin - Dept. of Computer Science, Tel-Aviv University, Israel Sorin Solomon - RACAH Institute of Physics, Hebrew University, Israel Jim Smith - University of the West of England, UK












Dr. Natalio Krasnogor and Dr. Steven Gustafson School of Computer Science and Information Technology Jubilee Campus, University of Nottingham, NG81BB Nottingham, United Kingdom Tel.: +115 8467592 Fax : +115 8467591


  Natalio.Krasnogor@Nottingham.ac.uk    Steven.Gustafson@Nottingham.ac.uk