LAST CALL FOR PAPERS: Workshop on the Emergence of Social Behaviour (ECAL 2007)

LAST CALL FOR PAPERS: Workshop on the Emergence of Social Behaviour (ECAL 2007)

Post by jghuber » Wed, 16 May 2007 17:40:17


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LAST CALL FOR PAPERS
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Workshop on the Emergence of Social Behaviour:
From Cooperation to Language
European Conference on Artificial Life (ECAL 2007)
Lisbon, Portugal, 10th September 2007
http://lis.epfl.ch/workshops/ECAL07
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Important Dates
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* Submission deadline: 18.05.07
* Notification of acceptance: 22.06.07
* Camera ready submission: 30.07.07
* Workshop: 10.09.07


Brief description
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The emergence of social groups has been identified as a major
transition
in the evolution of complex life [1]. However, the conditions that
allowed individuals to overcome conflict and establish different types
of stable social behaviours remain a major unresolved question.

Different types of social behaviour, such as altruism, cooperation and
communication in social bacteria, social insects, and vertebrates, as
well as language in human societies, show the huge range of complexity
and the integrated role of social behaviour in the formation of
complex
life. Most research focuses on one particular type of sociality within
this range; however, it remains unclear how different levels of social
complexity are achieved, how they follow from one another and how a
gradual complexification in sociality occurs.

Current work addresses the emergence of social behaviour using
different
approaches, from analytical and game theoretical models, minimalist
and
complex agent-based simulations to robot language games and
experiments
in simple social organisms.

The focus of the workshop is threefold: (1) understanding the minimum
requirements for the emergence of each type of sociality and the
transitions between these various degrees of complexity from
non-sociality to sociality; (2) finding common mechanisms in the
emergence of different types of social behaviour observed in natural
systems, how they relate to each other and how they are influenced by
environmental conditions and other evolutionary parameters; (3)
finding
the strengths and limitations of the various scientific approaches
taken
in addressing these questions and integrating them into a common
framework for research on social behaviour.

[1] Maynard-Smith, J. and Szathmary, E. (1997). The Major Transitions
in Evolution (New York: Oxford University Press).


Call for Papers
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The workshop welcomes contributions from research areas that address
one
or more of the following topics:

* Types of social behaviour
- Coordination, Cooperation, Conflict and Altruism
- Communication and Language
* Factors influencing the emergence of social behaviour
- Interaction topologies (mean field, small world, etc.): Limited
dispersal, range of competition, levels of selection
- Social hierarchies and social queues
- Sexual vs. asexual reproduction, monogamy vs. polygamy,
reproductive
skew models
- Individual and kin recognition
- Reputation and tags

In order to unify the different fields of study tackling these issues,
and come up with a general framework to study social behaviour that
will
result in a foundation for future cooperation and joint work, we
stress
the importance of the participation of an interdisciplinary body of
researchers in