Call for Papers

Call for Papers for 'Illusions of Self: Beyond Human, Animal, and Robot'

CSAS has been selected to run a special session on 'Illusions of Self: Beyond Human, Animal, and Robot' at the ALIFE conference and we're soliciting papers for the session.
By Olaf Witkowski
February 24, 2021
A human hand rubbing the chin of a friendly robot dog.

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).​

This year's conference theme is 'Robots: The Century Past and the Century Ahead' and will take place in Prague (Czech Republic), 19-23 July, 2021 in person and via videoconference.

The 'Illusions Of Self' special session aims at fostering research contributions and discussions on the topic of illusions of self in natural and artificial agents—including humans, animals, and robots. Developments in fields such as robotics, artificial intelligence and virtual reality make it possible for us to act in the world through the instrument of so-called artificial agents and immersive environments.

Such developments challenge common intuitions about what is near and far, valuable and insignificant, real and unreal. Our closest and most trusted companions are often no longer strictly human, or members of a few select animal species. Instead, they emerge in a spectrum that includes a wide array of technology, digital and embodied, bots and robots.

Key Dates:

  • 14th March 2021 – Paper submission deadline
  • 25th April 2021 – Paper acceptance notification
  • 16th May 2021 – Camera-ready version
  • 19th-23rd July 2021 – Artificial Life conference (ALife), Prague, Czech Republic

For more information on submissions, please visit