SAB2016 - From Animals to Animats 14

The 14th International Conference on the Simulation of Adaptive Behavior



Important Dates :

  • Paper Submission Deadline: 21st March, 2016 8th April, 2016
  • Notification of Acceptance: 16th May, 2016
  • Camera Ready Submission: 6th June, 2016
  • Tutorial Proposal Deadline: 21st May, 2016
  • Tutorial Notification of Acceptance: 31st May, 2016
  • Tutorials: 23rd August, 2016
  • Conference: 24-26th August, 2016

 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

SAB 2016 solicits contributions dealing with any aspect of adaptive behaviour in natural and artificial systems. Typical, but not exclusive, topics of interest are:

  • 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
  • Bio-inspired and hybrid robotics
  • Autonomous robotics
  • Humanoid robotics
  • Cognitive and developmental robotics
  • 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 (23rd August).


Publication Details

The conference proceedings will be published in the Springer Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence series (link is external). Both oral and poster presentations will be published in the conference proceedings. Selected authors may additionally be invited to submit extended versions for a conference Special Issue of the Journal of Adaptive Behavior (link is external).


Submission Instructions

Please follow the instructions on this page. (Also available from main menu item "Submission") 

Follow this link for a direct access to the online submission system.



The SAB 2016 organising committee invites proposals for tutorials, which will be held on the 23rd August 2016.

Tutorials 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 idea, please write up to two sides of A4 describing the content of the tutorial, 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 (computers, software, hardware, network, etc.) and how many people you could cater for.

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During SAB2016 we will have an exhibition section, where latest developments in hardware and software technologies can be displayed to the conference attendees and the Press.


Best Paper Award

Two best paper prizes will be awarded at the end of the conference to honour the authors of papers of exceptional merit. The prizes will be sponsored by Springer and Webots.


Student Bursaries

ISAB sponsored student bursaries are available to cover conference fees, meals and accommodation. Preference will be given to students who are first authors on accepted papers. Information on how to apply can be found on


Further Information

Up-to-date information will be published on the website For information about local arrangements, registration forms, etc., please refer to the website or contact the local organisers at the address below.


Conference Address

Computer Science Department
Llandinam Building
Aberystwyth University Tel: +44-1970-622928
Aberystwyth Fax: +44-1970-628536
SY23 3DB

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