ALIFE 2019


During the 2019 Conference for Artificial Life (ALIFE2019), Richard Löffler reported on his most recent discovery of a wax-like self-propelled material which can easily be molded into any shape of interest. This years International Conference on Artificial Life, held in in Newcastle upon Tyne from the 29th of July to the 2nd of August, deal with how discoveries made within the framework of Artificial Life research could help tackle societal problems such as climate change, economic crises or geopolitical destabilization.

Richards contribution to the conference included presenting a one-minute plenary poster pitch, advertising for the Poster he brought with him, titled “Observing collective behavior of hybrid camphor camphene spheroids on a water surface”.

Furthermore, during the conference, Richard co-organized a workshop on wet artificial life where he presented his recent work on the mentioned new material in a 15-minute talk. Finally, during this workshop there was a hands-on session in which participants had the opportunity to make different self-propelled shapes out of the presented material and observe their motion on a water surface as well as observe the chemotactic movement of decanol droplets along a salt concentration gradient.

The remainder of the conference was spent by Networking and gathering inspiration for how Richards recent work could be applied in the context of artificial life.


29 July-2 August, 2019


Newcastle, UK


The International Society for Artificial Life

Richard Löffler

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No. 711859.