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SAB 2016 : The 14th International Conference on the Simulation of Adaptive Behavior: From Animals to Animats


Conference Series : Simulation of Adaptive Behavior
When Aug 24, 2016 - Aug 26, 2016
Where Aberystwyth University, Aberystwyth, UK
Submission Deadline Mar 21, 2016
Notification Due May 16, 2016
Categories    computer science   artificial intelligence   modelling   evolutionary computation

Call For Papers


The 14th International Conference on the Simulation of
Adaptive Behavior (SAB2016)
23-26 August 2016, Aberystwyth, UK

*Organising Committee*

Conference Chairs: Myra S. Wilson, John Hallam
Program Chairs: Elio Tuci, Alexandros Giagkos
Tutorial Chair: Fred Labrosse

*Important Dates*

Paper Submission Deadline: 8th April, 2016 (extended)
Notification of Acceptance: 16th May., 2016
Camera Ready Submission: 6th Jun., 2016
Tutorial Proposal Deadline: 21st May, 2016
Tutorial Notification of Acceptance: 31th May, 2016
Tutorials: 23rd Aug., 2016
Conference: 24-26th Aug., 2016

*Scope of the Conference*

The objective of this interdisciplinary conference is to bring together researchers in computer science, artificial intelligence, artificial life, control, robotics, eurosciences, ethology, evolutionary biology and related fields in order to further our understanding of the behaviours and underlying mechanisms that allow natural and artificial animals to adapt and survive in uncertain environments. The conference will focus on experiments with well-defined models including robot models, computer simulation models and mathematical models designed to help characterise and compare various organisational principles or architectures underlying adaptive behaviour in real animals and in synthetic agents, the animats.

*Relevant Research Areas*

SAB2016 solicits contributions dealing with any aspect of adaptive behaviour in natural and artificial systems. Typical, but not exclusive, topics of interest are:

The animat approach
Motor control
Body and brain co-evolution
Self-assembling and self-replication
Sensory-motor coordination
Action selection and behavioural sequencing
Navigation and mapping
Internal models and representation
Evolution, development and learning
Collective and social behaviour
Applied adaptive behaviour
Motivation and emotion
Communication and language
Emergent structures and behaviours
Neural correlates of behaviour
Evolutionary and co-evolutionary approaches
Bio-inspired and hybrid robotics
Autonomous robotics
Humanoid robotics
Cognitive and developmental robotics
Software agents and virtual creatures
Philosophical and psychological issues
Animats in education

*Conference Format*

Following the tradition of SAB conferences, the conference will be single track with additional poster sessions. There will also be a day of tutorials (23rd of August).

*Paper Submission Instruction and Publication Details*

Submitted papers must not exceed 12 pages. Detailed submission instructions are available from the conference website ( All accepted papers with oral or poster presentation will be published in Springer Lecture Notes in Artificial
Intelligence series conference proceedings. Selected authors may additionally be invited to submit extended versions for a conference Special Issue of the Journal of Adaptive Behavior.


The SAB2016 organising committee invites proposals for tutorials, which will be held on the 23rd of August, 2016. Instructions for preparing the tutorial proposal and further details on the tutorials can be found at

*Exhibition Section*

During SAB2016 there will be an exhibition section, where latest developments in hardware and software technologies will be displayed to the conference attendees and the Press.

*Student Bursaries*

ISAB sponsored student bursaries are available to cover conference fees,
meals and accommodation. Preference will be given to students who are
first authors on accepted papers. Information on how to apply can be
found on

*Best Paper Award*

Two best paper prizes will be awarded at the end of the conference to honour the authors of papers of exceptional merit. The prizes will be sponsored by Springer and Webots. For more information please refer to the official SAB2016 website.

*Further Information*

Up-to-date information will be published on the website For information about local arrangements, registration forms, etc., please refer to the website or contact the local organisers at the address below.

*Conference Address*

Computer Science Department
Llandinam Building
Aberystwyth University
SY23 3DB

Tel: +44-1970-622928
Fax: +44-1970-628536

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