Workshop at ALIFE 2018 • Tokyo, Japan • 23 – 27 July 2018

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The chemical basis for smart droplets

Protocognition not Protocomputation

Taichi HarunaTaichi
Protocomputational network  model


Andy Adamatzky (UWE, Bristol, UK)
Yukio Gunji (Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan)
Jordi Vallverdú Segura (Autonomous University of Barcelona, Catalonia)


Protocognition is acquaintance of information, recognition of stimulatory spaces, building up knowledge,  and developing wisdom, sensing, decision mapping, learning, reasoning, believing, being erroneous, showing feeling and emotional states by chemical and physical substrates and living creatures without a nervous system. We welcome presentations on protocognitive abilities of single molecules and their ensembles, chemical reactions and media, fluids, patterns and nonlinearities, droplets, polymers, single cell organisms, including bacteria, protists and moulds, and their colonies, fungi, plants, algae. Papers are encouraged to show how apparently non-intelligent or even non-living substrates behave as if they sensibly and purposefully acquire information about their surroundings, analyse the information concurrently and make decisions based on the analysis. Processes analogous to memorising, learning and classification by protocognitive agents  are of great interest. We also would like to have presentations on protoaffects, where spatio-temporal behavioural patterns of  substrates and creatures are interpreted in a frameworks of emotional space. Experimental laboratory, computer modelling, mathematical and philosophical papers are very welcome.

Potential target participants and audience

The workshop will be interdisciplinary, it will appeal to biologists, computer scientists, psychologists, engineers, philosophers, mathematicians, physicists, chemists.

Tentative format

Half a day workshop, c. 6  presentations 25 mins long (+ 5 min questions), one coffee break. The workshop will be broadcasted online subject to facilities provided.


Extended and updated papers derived from the workshop presentations will be published in a special issue of Int J Uncoventional Computing (OCP Publishers, USA).