important information COVID19

Dear all,
Due to COVID-19 pandemic, the organizing committee has decided to postpone the SAB2020 conference to September 2021We would like to thank you for your comprehension, and we apologize for those who submit their paper.
We have also decided that your papers will not be review this year so as not block the review process during 1 year. Obviously, it is with great pleasure that we will review your papers next year.
We are sorry for the inconvenience and hope to see you very soon at SAB2021.
We hope that your family and you are in good health.

Best regards,

the organizing team 


the conference is maintained in september and submission deadline extended :

1st of April, 2020 extension to 15th of April, 2020.

Scope of the Conference

The objective of this interdisciplinary conference is to bring together researchers in computer science, artificial intelligence, artificial life, control, robotics, eurosciences, ethology, evolutionary biology and related fields in order to further our understanding of the behaviours and underlying mechanisms that allow natural and artificial animals to adapt and survive in uncertain environments. The conference will focus on experiments with well-defined models including robot models, computer simulation models and mathematical models designed to help characterise and compare various organisational principles or architectures underlying adaptive behaviour in real animals and in synthetic agents, the animats.

Invited Speakers


Mehdi KhamassiISIR, Paris-Sorbonne Université

Some applications of the model-based / model-free reinforcement learning framework to Neuroscience and Robotics

Bruno PoucetLNC, Aix-Marseille Université

Goal-directed spatial navigation and the hippocampus


more to be announced!


Cergy-Pontoise University, close to Paris, France

Workshops & tutorials

The SAB2020 organising committee invites proposals for workshops and tutorials, which will be held on the 21st of September, 2020. Instructions for preparing the tutorial proposal and further details on the tutorials will be found at

Relevant Research Areas

SAB2020 solicits contributions dealing with any aspect of adaptive behaviour in natural and artificial systems. Typical, but not exclusive, topics of interest are:

  • The animat approach
  • Motor control
  • Body and brain co-evolution
  • Self-assembling and self-replication
  • Sensory-motor coordination
  • Action selection and behavioural sequencing
  • Navigation and mapping
  • Internal models and representation
  • Evolution, development and learning
  • Collective and social behaviour
  • Applied adaptive behaviour
  • Motivation and emotion
  • Communication and language
  • Emergent structures and behaviours
  • Neural correlates of behaviour
  • Evolutionary and co-evolutionary approaches
  • Bio-inspired and hybrid robotics
  • Autonomous robotics
  • Humanoid robotics
  • Cognitive and developmental robotics
  • Software agents and virtual creatures
  • Philosophical and psychological issues
  • Animats in education

Conference Format

Following the tradition of SAB conferences, the conference will be single track with additional poster sessions. There will also be a day of tutorials.

Important Dates

the conference will be held between 22-24 Sep 2020

Paper Submission Instruction and Publication Details

Submitted papers must not exceed 12 pages.

Detailed submission instructions are available from the conference website (

All accepted papers with oral or poster presentation will be published in Springer Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence series conference proceedings.

Selected authors may additionally be invited to submit extended versions for a conference Special Issue of the Journal of Adaptive Behavior.






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