14-17 August 2018
Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies
Europe/Berlin timezone


Keynote speakers

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

Organising Committee

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

Important Dates

  • Paper Submission Deadline: 11th March, 2018 Extended to 31st March!
  • Notification of Acceptance: 25th May, 2018
  • Camera Ready Submission: 13st 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 SAB 2018 organising committee invites proposals for tutorials, which will be held on the 14th August 2018.

Tutorials/Workshops should be about topics of interest to the main conference (see above) and could cover well established techniques or new ideas. They could also have a practical aspect, if this can be organised.

To submit a tutorial/workshop idea, please write up to two sides of A4 describing the content of the tutorial/workshop, what participants can expect to get from attending (i.e. learning outcomes), and a brief biography justifying why you are the right people to deliver it.  In addition, you should specify what you would need us to provide to run the tutorial/workshop (computers, software, hardware, network, etc.) and how many people you could cater for.

Please send your proposal here: jcla@mmmi.sdu.dk

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.