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Call for Nominations: 2016 International Society for Artificial Life Awards

Submitted by tim on Fri, 13/05/2016 - 3:46pm

The International Society for Artificial Life (ISAL) is pleased to announce that nominations are open for the 2016 ISAL Awards.

We have expanded the set of awards being given out this year to cover more topics and career stages:

  • The Lifetime Achievement Award will recognize an individual who has made profound contributions to the field of Artificial Life, influencing the work of many others and helping to shape the state of the art.
  • The Distinguished Young Investigator Award will recognize an individual who is early in their career (typically pre-tenure), but has already made important contributions to the field of Artificial Life.
  • The Exceptional Service Award will recognize an ISAL member who has provided truly exceptional service to the field of Artificial Life by, for example, helping to organize the Artificial Life community, developing valuable resources, or facilitating administration of ISAL.
  • The award for Outstanding Paper of 2015 will go to the authors of a paper published in any venue during the previous calendar year (2015) that shows significant potential to advance the field of Artificial Life.
  • The award for Outstanding Paper of the Decade, 2001-2011 will go to the authors of 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, as evidenced by follow-up research, citations, and attention brought to the field.
  • The Education & Outreach Award will go to 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.

To nominate candidates for any of these awards (including self-nominations) please go to: http://goo.gl/forms/XRYTCkpL9M

Nominations are encouraged in any area of Artificial Life (including, but not limited to agent-based models, complex systems, evolutionary robotics, synthetic biology, biologically inspired art, or other intersections of biology and engineering.)

Award recipients will be chosen by a committee of members of the Society (see below for details), and will be announced at the Awards Ceremony at the ALife XV conference in Cancún. Nominees are expected to be registered for the conference (strongly encouraged!) or be ISAL members in good standing upon accepting the nomination.

Please submit all nominations by Friday, June 3rd. Feel free to contact ISAL with questions.

 

Award committee membership
The final decision on award recipients from among the nominations received will be made by the following committees of ISAL members:

  • Career-based achievement awards (lifetime achievement and young investigator):
    • Charles Ofria, Tom Barbalet, Ken Stanley, Carole Knibbe, Wolfgang Banzhaf
  • Paper awards (outstanding paper of 2015, and outstanding paper of the decade, 2001-2011):
    • Chris Adami, Seth Bullock, Ezequiel Di Paolo, Hiroki Sayama
  • Education & Outreach award:
    • John Rieffel, Louise Mead, Terry Soule, Joel Lehman
  • Exceptional Service award:
    • Mark Bedau, Tim Taylor, Charles Ofria