What is Artificial Life?

Artificial Life” is a research field that explores the essence of “life” by constructing a living system from scratch with the help of computers, and constructively studies the basic principles of life. The goal of Artificial Life is to understand what life is, and what it could be. ​Artificial Life is a multi-disciplinary field that includes informatics, physics, biology, chemistry and social sciences. We explore all phenomenas that characterize life-like behavior, such as autonomy, evolution, consciousness, emergent systems, virtual organisms, open-ended innovation.

What is Artificial Life Japan (SIG-Alife)?

SIG-Alife is a type II academic society part of the Japanese Society of Artificial Intelligence, which aims to promote and support the research of artificial life in Japan.​Our activities include the organization of academic seminars, promoting national and international networking of Alife researchers, curating Alife research, and organizing public outreach activities.​ Although most of our activities take place in the Japanese language, we are happy to answer queries from interested people all over the world.

Steering Committee

  • Mizuki Oka (University of Tsukuba)
  • Olaf Witkowski (Cross Labs)
  • Reiji Suzuki (Nagoya University)
  • Yasuhiro Hashimoto (University of Aizu)


  • Alyssa Adams (Cross Labs)
  • Atsushi Masumori (University of Tokyo)
  • Dominique Chen (Waseda University)
  • Hirotake Abe (University of Tsukuba)
  • Hiroki Kojima (University of Tokyo)
  • Hiroki Sayama (State University of New York)
  • Hiroyuki Iizuka (Hokkaido University)
  • Itsuki Doi (University of Tokyo)
  • Kazutoshi Sasahara (Tokyo Institute of Technology)
  • Keisuke Suzuki (Hokkaido University)
  • Takashi Ikegami (University of Tokyo)
  • Takaya Arita (Nagoya University)


For inquiries, please contact alife-japan+owner@groups.io