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2016 ISAL Awards: Winners

Submitted by tim on Mon, 11/07/2016 - 9:21pm

The International Society for Artificial Life is pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 ISAL Awards.

After an open nomination process open to all members of the broader Artificial Life community, four committees reviewed the nominations and made recommendations that were then approved by the ISAL board of directors.

The awards and 2016 winners are:

2016 ISAL Award for Outstanding Paper of 2015 in the field of Artificial Life
For a paper published in any venue during the previous calendar year (2015) that shows significant potential to advance the field of Artificial Life.
Winner:
Robots that can adapt like animals
Antoine Cully, Jeff Clune, Danesh Tarapore, Jean-Baptiste Mouret
Nature, Vol. 521, No. 7553. (28 May 2015), pp. 503-507

2016 ISAL Award for Outstanding Paper of the Decade 2001 - 2011
For an influential paper published in any venue from five to fifteen years ago (2001 through 2011) that has had a profound impact on the field of Artificial Life.
Winner:
Resilient machines through continuous self-modeling
Josh Bongard, Victor Zykov, and Hod Lipson
Science 314.5802 (2006): 1118-1121

2016 ISAL Award for Distinguished Young Investigator in the field of Artificial Life
For an individual early in their career (pre-tenure) that has already made important contributions to the field of Artificial Life.
Winner:
Dr. Jeffrey Clune
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2016 ISAL Award for Education and Outreach using Artificial Life
For the authors of an outstanding project that either teaches about Artificial Life or uses Artificial Life techniques to teach about another topic, or inspires users to learn more on their own.
Winner:
Dr. Joshua Bongard for Ludobots
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2016 ISAL Award for Lifetime Achievement in the field of Artificial Life
For an individual who has made profound contributions to the field of Artificial Life, influencing the work of many others and helping to shape the current state of the field.
Winner:
Dr. Margaret Boden
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2016 ISAL Award for Exceptional Service to the Artificial Life Community
For an individual who has provided truly exceptional service to the field of Artificial Life, by helping to organize community projects, developing resources, or facilitating the administration of ISAL.
Winner:
Dr. Hiroki Sayama
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Our sincere thanks to the volunteers who reviewed these nominations and recommended the winners to the ISAL board of directors:

Paper Awards Committee: Chris Adami, Seth Bullock, Ezequiel Di Paolo and Hiroki Sayama
Achievement Awards Committee (Lifetime and Young Investigator): Wolfgang Banzhaf, Tom Barbalet, Carole Knibbe, and Ken Stanley
Education & Outreach Award Committee: Joel Lehman, Louise Mead, John Rieffel, Terry Soule
Service Award Committee: Mark Bedau, Charles Ofria, and Tim Taylor

Our thanks also go to Clifford Bohm for crafting award statues for each of the winners.
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In addition to the ISAL Awards, the Artificial Life XV Conference also gave out four awards for Best Artwork, Best Poster, Best Student Paper and Best Paper. The winners of these awards are:

Best Artwork:
Tatsuo Unemi and Daniel Bisig
for
"Visual Liquidizer or Virtual Merge"

Best Poster:
Jitka Cejkova, Dominik Svara, Martin M. Hanczyc and Frantisek Stepanek
for
"Shape changing multi-armed droplets"

Best Student Paper:
Alexander Lalejini and Charles Ofria
for
"The Evolutionary Origins of Phenotypic Plasticity"

Best Paper:
Stuart Bartlett and Seth Bullock
for
"A Precarious Existence: Thermal Homeostasis of Simple Dissipative Structures"

Congratulations to all the winners!