2023 ERA Workshop


2023 Emerging Researchers in Artificial Life Workshop (@ ALife 2023)


The Emerging Researchers in Artificial Life (ERA) is the official student, post-doc, and junior researcher group for the International Society for Artificial Life (ISAL). The purpose of the ISAL student group is to provide opportunities for students and post-docs interested in artificial life to interact with each other, develop professionally, and contribute to the broader artificial life community.

This workshop will be held as part of the 2023 Conference on Artificial Life. The workshop will be hybrid, supporting both those attending the conference virtually and those physically in Japan. The goal of this workshop is to provide a venue for junior researchers to meet, share their work, and network.


Sign up for a research lightning talk or to participate in academic karaoke!

Sign up for a lightning talk slot and/or to participate in academic karaoke by emailing us at emerging.researchers.alife@gmail.com or reaching out to us on the Discord!

You do not need to commit to a topic for your lightning talk in order to sign up for a speaking slot. We don’t need to know your topic until you present! If you do know what you’d like to talk about, however, we’ll post the topic/description here.

We should have time for roughly 10 speaking slots split between lightning talks and academic karaoke (allocation depending on interest). Sign-ups are first-come, first-serve, so feel free to sign up as early as you’d like! We will be accepting sign-ups up until the time of the workshop or until all slots have been filled.

If you have any questions feel free to email us at emerging.researchers.alife@gmail.com or reach out on the Discord (link below!).

Lightning talks

Time Slot Speaker Topic Contact
1 Nanako Shimaoka Soft robot design based on coevolution of morphology, material and control shimaoka.nanako.x1 (at) s.mail.nagoya-u.ac.jp
2 Georgina Montserrat Reséndiz-Benhumea The Clash of Agents’ Worlds: A 4E Cognition Perspective on Social Ontogeny gmontserb (at) comunidad.unam.mx
3 Thomas Willkens ADDRESSA: Visualizing and Analyzing Evolutionary Trajectories of Graph-Structured Data twillkens (at) brandeis.edu
4 Stavros Anagnou The effect of noise on the emergence of norms and its evolutionary dynamics s.anagnou (at) herts.ac.uk
5 Ryan Boldi The emergence of diversity rbahlousbold (at) umass.edu

Academic Karaoke

Time Slot Speaker
1 Aidan Barbieux
2 Chris Reeves
3 Zachary Laborde
4+ Potential walk-ons, depending on time

Important Dates

Organizers and contact info

It’s easiest to reach us on the ERA Discord server! Communication about this workshop will likely be in the #conference channel.

Otherwise, you can direct questions to us at emerging.researchers.alife@gmail.com.

Follow us on Twitter!