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THE 15TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON THE SIMULATION OF ADAPTIVE BEHAVIOR (SAB2018) FROM ANIMALS TO ANIMATS 15 The 15th International Conference on the Simulation of Adaptive Behavior (SAB2018) 14-17 August 2018, Frankfurt, Germany

  • Keynote speakers *

Auke Jan Ijspeert, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), Switzerland Jan Peters, Darmstadt University of Technology, Germany Koh Hosoda, Osaka University, Japan Tom Froese, National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico

Organising Committee

Conference Chairs: Jochen Triesch, John Hallam Program Chair: Poramate Manoonpong Tutorial Chair: Jørgen Christian Larsen

Important Dates

Paper Submission Deadline: 11st March, 2018 Notification of Acceptance: 15th May, 2018 Camera Ready Submission: 1st June, 2018 Tutorial Proposal Deadline: 21st May, 2018 Tutorial Notification of Acceptance: 31st May, 2018 Tutorials: 14th August, 2018 Conference: 15-17th August, 2018

Scope of the Conference

The objective of this interdisciplinary conference is to bring together researchers in computer science, artificial intelligence, artificial life, control, robotics, neurosciences, 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

SAB2018 solicits contributions dealing with any aspect of adaptive behaviour in natural and artificial systems. Typical, but not exclusive, topics of interest are:

Bio-inspired and hybrid robotics Autonomous robotics Humanoid robotics Soft robotics Cognitive and developmental robotics 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 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 (14th of August).

Paper Submission Instruction and Publication Details

Submitted papers must not exceed 12 pages. Detailed submission instructions will be made available on 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 SAB2018 organising committee invites proposals for tutorials, which will be held on the 14th of August, 2018.

Exhibition Section

During SAB2018 there will be an exhibition section, where latest developments in hardware and software technologies will be displayed to the conference attendees and the Press.

Further Information

More information will be published on the conference website in October 2017./