Publications and Outputs

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  • Borg JM, Buskell A, Kapitany R, Powers ST, Reindl E and Tennie C (under review). Evolved Open-Endedness in Cultural Evolution: A New Dimension in Open-Ended Evolution Research. Artificial Life. MIT Press.

  • Grove M, Timbrell L, Jolley B, Polack F and Borg JM. (2022). The importance of noise colour in simulations of evolutionary systems. Artificial Life, vol. 27 (3–4), pp.164-182. MIT Press.

  • Borg JM and Channon A. (2021). The effect of social information use without learning on the evolution of social behavior. Artificial Life, vol. 26(4), pp.431-454. MIT Press.

  • Marriott C, Borg JM, Andras P, Smaldino PE. (2018). Social Learning and Cultural Evolution in Artificial Life. Artificial Life, vol. 24(1). MIT Press.

Conference Proceedings

  • Grove M, Borg JM and Polack F. (2020). Coloured noise time series as appropriate models for environmental variation in artificial evolutionary systems. Proceedings of ALIFE 2020: The 2020 Conference on Artificial Life. (pp. 292-299) MIT Press. (awarded Best Paper) [preprint]

  • Brooks N, Powers ST and Borg JM. (2020). A mechanism to promote social behaviour in household load balancing. Proceedings of ALIFE 2020: The 2020 Conference on Artificial Life. (pp. 95-103) MIT Press. [preprint]

  • Borg JM and Channon A. (2017). Evolutionary Adaptation to Social Information Use Without Learning. Applications of Evolutionary Computation, EVOAPPLICATIONS 2017, PT I (vol. 10199, pp. 837-852).

  • Jolley BP, Borg JM, Channon A. (2016). Analysis of Social Learning Strategies When Discovering and Maintaining Behaviours Inaccessible to Incremental Genetic Evolution. From Animals to Animats 14 (vol. 9825, pp. 293-304).

  • Borg J and Channon AD. (2012). Testing the Variability Selection Hypothesis: The Adoption of Social Learning in Increasingly Variable Environments. In: ALIFE 13: The 13th Conference on the Synthesis and Simulation of Living Systems. (pp. 317-314). MIT Press.

  • Borg JM, Channon A, Day C. (2011). Discovering and maintaining behaviours inaccessible to incremental genetic evolution through transcription errors and cultural transmission. In: ECAL 2011: Proceeding of the Eleventh European Conference on the Synthesis and Simulation of Living Systems. (pp. 101-108). MIT Press. [Read Here]

Workshop Abstracts

Thesis and Dissertations

  • Borg JM (2018). The emergence and utility of social behaviour and social learning in artificial evolutionary system. PhD Thesis, Faculty of Natural Sciences, School of Computing and Mathematics, Keele University. [Read Here]


  • Royal Society Discussion Meeting: The emergence of collective knowledge and cumulative culture in animals, humans and machines (03/2022): Beyond Cumulative Culture: Evolved Open-Endedness in Real and Artificial Cultural Evolutionary Systems [Poster]

  • Artificial Life Conference (2021): The Effect of Social Information Use Without Learning on the Evolution of Social Behavior [Slides]

  • OEE4: The Fourth Workshop on Open-Ended Evolution (2021): Evolved Open-Endedness in Cultural Evolution [Slides]

  • Cultural Evolution Society Conference (2021): Insights from Artificial Life: Measuring and Classifying Open-Ended Evolutionary Dynamics [Video + Slides]

  • York Cross-disciplinary Centre for Systems Analysis Seminar Series (18/03/2021): Coloured noise and the evolution of environmental tolerance in artificial evolutionary systems [Video + Slides]