About ALIFE 2021

Taking into consideration the continued erratic development of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic and the accompanying restrictions of worldwide travelling as well as the safety and health of the ALIFE community, the organizing committee decided to host ALIFE 2021 as a virtual conference in July 19-23, 2021. Unfortunately, the current situation does not allow a face-to-face conference in Prague, Czech Republic.

The organizing committee is working intensively to create a virtual conference that gives as much of a real conference atmosphere as possible.

The ALIFE conferences are the major meetings of the artificial life research community since 1987. These scientific gatherings are supported by the International Society for Artificial Life (ISAL).

The conference theme will be

Robots: The century past and the century ahead.

The world-wide used word "robot" comes from Czech. It was first used to depict a fictional humanoid in Czech writer Karel Čapek’s play R.U.R. Although the play is one hundred years old it opens many contemporary questions and many of them are related to artificial life research. It will be great to celebrate this centenary with artificial life community in the Czech Republic!




Call for Workshops, Special Sessions & Tutorials


Submission deadline:
31 January, 2021

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Call for Papers & Extended Abstracts


Submission Deadline:

07 March, 2021

Extended Deadline:

14 March, 2021

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Call for Art & Vizualizations


25 April, 2021

Extended Deadline:

31 May, 2021

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Student Essay Competition


31 May, 2021

Extended Deadline:

10 June, 2021

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Special Sessions

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Keynote Speakers

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Virtual conference  program

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Organizing Committee


General Chair

Jitka Čejková

Associate Professor at University of Chemistry and Technology Prague,

Czech Republic



Tomáš Mikolov

Czech Institute of Informatics, Robotics and Cybernetics (CIIRC),

Prague, Czech Republic


Program Committee Chair

Silvia Holler

University of Trento


Proceedings Chair

Lisa Soros

Cross Labs


Workshops Chair

Richard Löffler

Polish Academy of Sciences

Tutorials Chair

Barbora Hudcová

Czech Institute of Informatics, Robotics and Cybernetics (CIIRC),

Prague, Czech Republic



Senior Program Committee

Martyn Amos

Manuel Baltieri

Julyan Cartwright

Harold Fellermann

Takashi Ikegami

Jean-Baptiste Mouret

Stefano Nichele

Charles Ofria

Alexandra Penn

Donato Romano

Hiroki Sayama

Thomas Schmickl

Lana Sinapayen

Pasquale Stano

Susan Stepney

Olaf Witkowski

Program Committee

​See the list of all reviewers of ALIFE 2021

Art Chair

Conference Graphics

Student Essay Competition - Jury Chair

Local Chair

Will Millership

Good AI

Czech Republic


ALIFE 2021 was planned to be held on in Campus Dejvice in Prague, namely at University of Chemistry and Technology Prague .

Due to COVID-19 pandemic organizing committee decided to host ALIFE 2021 as a virtual conference in July 19-23, 2021.


Prague is the capital of the Czech Republic. Prague with its rich history is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Central Europe.

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Besides R.U.R. story, there are several legends related to artifical life. The special guided tour focusing on Prague mysterious stories will be offered to ALIFE participants (e.g. Jewish Golem - animated being created entirely from inanimate matter, The Metamorphosis - the work of Franz Kafka).




The registration system is open.

Early bird registrations were until May 20, 2021.


We offered a limited number of Student Scholarships in the form of free conference tickets for students (deadline was April 30).


Sponsors & Partners

Sponsorship Opportunities


The organizers of ALIFE 2021 warmly welcome corporate, institutional, and philanthropic sponsors. Sponsorships are a fantastic opportunity for companies and institutions to have a presence at the premier conference on Artificial Life.

Please check the sponsorship opportunties  page  where we outline how to become a sponsor or a partner.