Self-Organization and Artificial Life: A Review

TitleSelf-Organization and Artificial Life: A Review
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsGershenson, C, Trianni, V, Werfel, J, Sayama, H
EditorIkegami, T, Virgo, N, Witkowski, O, Oka, M, Suzuki, R, Iizuka, H
Book TitleThe 2018 Conference on Artificial Life: A Hybrid of the European Conference on Artificial Life (ECAL) and the International Conference on the Synthesis and Simulation of Living Systems (ALIFE)
PublisherMIT Press
CityTokyo, Japan

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.