Self-organization and artificial life: A review

Carlos Gershenson*, Vito Trianni, Justin Werfel, Hiroki Sayama

*Corresponding author for this work

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Self-organization has been an important concept within a number of disciplines, which Artificial Life (ALife) also has heavily utilized since its inception. The term and its implications, however, are often confusing or misinterpreted. In this work, we provide a mini-review of self-organization and its relationship with ALife, aiming at initiating discussions on this important topic with the interested audience. We first articulate some fundamental aspects of self-organization, outline its usage, and review its applications to ALife within its soft, hard, and wet domains. We also provide perspectives for further research.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Externally publishedYes
Event2018 Conference on Artificial Life: Beyond AI, ALIFE 2018 - Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 2018 Jul 232018 Jul 27


Conference2018 Conference on Artificial Life: Beyond AI, ALIFE 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Modelling and Simulation


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