In this laboratory, we have been working on the field of artificial life for more than 15 years. Evolution of genetic codes, mutation rates and cooperative relationships were the main target of the first era of this lab. Then complexity of coupled cognitive systems were studied using dynamical recognizers and other recurrent neural (often embodied) systems. This was the second era.
Recently, we have entered the third era which is to construct artificial life in the real world. Any basic science can lead to innovative applications and Artificial life studies is no exception. In order to fruition the concepts developed through the study of artificial life, such as "autonomy", "enaction", "sustainability", and "evolvability", we have newly started several experimental and conceptual works, using chemical experiments, the internet web and some artworks.
2016.1.14 Victoria Vesna (collaborator) gives a talk at Creative Media Colloquium in Hong Kong