Evolutionary and Adaptive Systems (EASY)


There are a number of regular seminar series that are of interest to EASy members, including some in other schools.

Research Seminars


Alergic (Artificial life reading group) meetings are a regular seminar series where presentations on recent work in Artificial Life, Adaptive Behaviour, Computational Neuroscience, Adaptive Robotics and related areas are given, both by internal and external speakers. About 200 people are on the Alergic mailing list, and audience numbers at seminars are typically in the range of 15 to 60 people. Alergic has roughly fortnightly talks, usually in room Pevensey 1, 1A6, on Wednesdays from 4.30 to 5.30pm. To be added to the Alergic email list, which is primarily for advertising local talks and events, please notify Phil Husbands or subscribe at alergic_list page.


16:30 in Pevensey I, 1A6 (unless otherwise stated)


Academic Year 2018/19

DateSpeaker DepartmentTitle
28-08-2018 Martin Biehl Araya Inc.

Extending active inference to other intrinsic motivations

Kimberly Stachenfeld

The hippocampus as a predictive map

14-11-2018 Greg Stephens

VU University Amsterdam

Towards a physics of behavior: If Newton watched the worm, not the apple

James Bennett
University of Sussex

Computing reward prediction errors and learning reward distributions in a circuit model of the Drosophila mushroom body

05-12-2018  Adam Barrett

University of Sussex

Perspectives on the Integrated Information Theory of Consciousness



Academic Year 2017/18

DateSpeaker DepartmentTitle
06-09-2017 Richard Spinney University of Sidney

Understanding stochastic thermodynamics and information dynamics

Lana Sinapayen
University of Tokyo
Online Fitting of Computational Cost to Environmental Complexity: Predictive Coding with the ε-network
Inaugural seminar 2017-18
Thomas Nowotny
University of Sussex
Odour Objects and Brains on Board: What we can learn about the brain from humble insects and how to build smarter robots
Anil Seth
University of Sussex
The neuroscience of consciousness: tackling the real problem
Blay Whitby
University of Sussex
Is AI Brain Dead?
08-11-2017 Lionel Barnett University of Sussex Neural connectivity analysis: An overview
Takuya Niikawa
Chiba University
Neurophenomenology and its potential application to artificial experiences
15-11-2017 Ron Chrisley University of Sussex TBA (Postponed)
Pablo Varona
Autonomous University of Madrid
Discrimination of temporal sequences with intrinsic and synaptic dynamics
24-10-2017 Irene Elices Autonomous University of Madrid Assessing rhythm negotiation from irregular spiking-bursting activity in central pattern generators
Carlos Garcia-Saura
Autonomous University of Madrid
Bio-inspired robotic foraging under uncertainty conditions. Monitoring the environment with electronic noses
29-11-2017 Peter Overbury University of Sussex The use of genetic algorithms in optimizing the diversity of sampling from massive unknown variable spaces
Ron Chrisley
University of Sussex
TBA (Postponed)
31-01-2018 Eduardo Izquierdo Indiana University Bloomington The Whole Organism: Brain–Body–Environment Models of C. elegans
Steve Keen
Kingston University London
Minsky and Deriving Complex Systems Macroeconomics from Macroeconomic Definitions
14-02-2018 Christian Bick University of Exeter/Oxford Oscillator Networks: Collective Dynamics through Generalized Interactions
Takuya Isomura
Riken Brain Science Institute
The free-energy principle in biological neural networks
14-03-2018 Giovanni Pezzulo Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies, CNR Rome The importance of interoception for adaptive control: an active inference perspective
Alex Gibberd
Imperial College London

Characterising Functional Dependence in Computer Network Traffic

18-04-2018 Thomas Parr UCL Uncertainty and active inference
Marc de Kamps
University of Leeds
TBA (Postponed)
09-05-2018 Netta Cohen University of Leeds Sensorimotor computation in C. elegans
Antoine Cully

Imperial College London

Quality-Diversity Optimization: Learning large sets of diverse and high-performing solutions

06-06-2018 Inman Harvey University of Sussex

Artificial Life Beyond AI: Neats, Scruffies and Holograms

Matthieu Gilson
University of Leeds
Estimation and analysis of network connectivity and application to fMRI data
20-06-2018 Yoshiaki Hayashi University of Reading

Anticipation synchronization, its mechanism and application to coordinate the body motion

Academic Year 2016/17

DateSpeaker DepartmentTitle
22-02-2017 Richard Vaughan

Simon Fraser University

Simple, Robust Interaction Between Humans and Teams of Robots

22-03-2017 Blesson Varghese Queens University Belfast Distributing Computing Beyond the Cloud
05-10-2016 Simon McGregor University of Sussex Cutting The Gordian Knot: How To See Systems As Agents
19-10-2016 Mike Beaton

University of Sussex

Sensorimotor Direct Realism: How We Enact Our World
26-10-2016 Inman Harvey

University of Sussex

Circular Causality, Cognition, Complexity and Climate Change: Capricious Conjectures?
02-11-2016 Marku Brede University of Southampton Optimal Small Worlds?
16-11-2016 Peter Overbury University of Sussex

A genetic algorithm-based approach to mapping the diversity of networks sharing a given degree distribution and global clustering

23-11-2016 Rafal Bogacz University of Oxford Approximation of the back-propagation algorithm in predictive coding network with local Hebbian synaptic plasticity

Academic Year 2015/016

14-10-2015 Micheal Schartner

University of Sussex

Signal complexity and conscious level
28-10-2015 Ben Cowley

University of Sussex and Griffith University

Feedback Modulated Attention within a Predictive Framework
11-11-2015 Pedro Mediano Imperial Integrated Information and Metastability in Systems of Coupled Oscillators
18-11-2015 John Thornton University of Sussex and Griffith University TBA
25-11-2015 Jay Perret Aria Networks Bio-inspired solutions to real world problems
2-12-2015 James Dyke University of Southampton TBA
9-12-2015 Anil Seth University of Sussex Cancelled
27-10-2016 Will Penny UCL Approximate Bayesian Inference for Brain Connectivity Modeling
3-02-2016 Richard Waston University of Southampton Understanding the evolution of evolvability using the theory of memory, learning and generalisation
10-02-2016 Enzo Tagliazucchi  Conscious states and collective behaviour in the human brain
24-02-2106 Bjorn Cruts BrainMarker

Changing the Game - connecting brain research to clinical practice

2-03-2016 Alex Dewar University of Sussex
9-03-2016 Adam Barret University of Sussex

Explaining and measuring consciousness in terms of information integration and complexity.

6-04-2016 Hywel William University of Exeter TBA
13-04-2016 Anil Seth University of Sussex TBA
06-04 Hywel Williams
06-05-2016 Ben Torber Nielsen

Academic Year 2014/15

01-10-2014 All EASy/CCNR University of Sussex Inaugural Seminar
08-10-2014 Kiesuke Suzuki University of Sussex Virtual reality and experience of bodily self
15-10-2014 Paulm Calcraft University of Sussex Propagating the Species? Mating system evolution in the Solanaceae
22-10-2014 Marieke Rohde University of Bielefeld Visual feedback delays in perception and action: recalibrating motor control, time perception, and the sense of agency.
29-10-2014 Emili Balaguer-Ballester Bournemouth University Attracting dynamics and trial-to-trial variability
12-11-2014 Yuzuro Sato UCL Random dynamical systems approaches to noise-induced phenomena
19-11-2014 Paul Brown University of Sussex
26-11-2014 Dr Micheal Mangan University of Edinburgh

Bio-inspired sensors and algorithms for navigation

3-12-2014 Jeremy Niven University of Sussex
10-12-2014 Micheal Schaub Imperial College Unravellng complex networks under the prism of dynamical processes: Relations between structure and dynamics
28-01-2015 Lionel Barnett University of Sussex Predicting Catastrophe - Information Flow and Phase Transitions in
Complex Dynamical Systems
04-02-2015 Seth Bullock University of Southampton
18-02-2015 Fumiya Iida  University of Cambridge
25-02-2015 Luc Berthouze and Peter Overbury University of Sussex
04-03-2015 Paul Expert

 King's College London

11-03-2015 Luc Berthouze and Peter Overbury University of Sussex
19-03-2015 Daniel Polani Hertfordshire
25-03-2015 Anil Seth University of Sussex  Cancelled
If you would like to suggest speakers for the Alergic seminar series, contact James Bennett in the first instance.


COGS fosters interaction and collaboration among all those working in Cognitive Science at Sussex, including researchers and students in Artificial Intelligence, Psychology, Linguistics, Neuroscience and Philosophy. It is a pioneering, internationally recognised centre for interdisciplinary investigation into the nature of cognition, be it natural or artificial. It holds regular research seminars at which internationally-recognised researchers from all corners of cognitive science research present and discuss their latest findings. All are welcome to attend. Further details.

COGS also runs a series of open lectures on the history of cognitive science.

Philosophy Society

Everybody is welcome to come to the weekly Philosophy Society, which all Philosophy students are encouraged to attend. A talk is given by a visiting philosopher, or one of the Sussex tutors or students. This lasts for approximately one hour, and is followed by a further hour of discussion, which is then continued informally in the bar. These meetings are entertaining as well as instructive, and always well attended.

Centre for Study of Evolution

The CSE (Centre for the Study of Evolution) runs a weekly in-house seminar series where CSE members and invited guests present recent results of their own research or current advances in their field from the literature, in an informal atmosphere which encourages discussion and debate. All are welcome to join in.

Natural Language and Computational Linguistics

The "Natural Language & Computational Linguistics" (NLCL) seminar series.

Life Sciences

Seminars in the school of Life Sciences, including Neuroscience seminars.


Seminars and events by one of the largest Psychology departments in the UK.