• LuxLogAI 2018

    Luxembourg Logic for AI Summit

    17-26 September 2018


Self-Organising Systems in Art, Business and Science (SOS/ABS)



Self-Organising Systems have been a subject of fascination in many disciplines, ranging from Biology over Cybernetics to Sociology. However, and despite their obvious commonalities, many of the insights, methods and their applications remain disparate or incompatible. The SOS/ABS workshop intends to bring together different perspectives on self-organising systems from fields as diverse as art, business and science in order to gain an emerging higher-order understanding of self-organisation for application, study and creativity.


One-day workshop, open to conference participants who have registered.

Registration is mandatory. Price: 50 euros. See registration page for details.


Wednesday, September 19

Schedule (tentative)

Deniz Ezgi Kurt (Radboud University, NL)
Artistic Creativity in Artificial Intelligence: An Autonomous Art Genre

Artistic creativity in artificial intelligence is a phenomenon that indicates the self-organizing systems (SOS), through combinational, exploratory and transformational features. My research on computational artworks and the computer programs that generate those artworks, aims to introduce that the function of artificial intelligence is far beyond being merely a tool to create art, it is rather an actor that has an artistic and creative agency. By exploring the creative aspects in artificial intelligence in the domain of art, and reflecting on what is creativity and how it works cognitively in human & machine intelligence, I would like to present A.I. Art (or computational art) as an autonomous genre that redefines the dynamics between the artwork, the art-maker and the audience.

Jean Botev (University of Luxembourg, LU)
Scientific Research on Self-Organising Systems – an Overview

Self-Organising Systems have been a subject of research in various disciplines such as Biology, Cybernetics or Sociology. In this talk, I will provide an overview of the different approaches and discuss example applications in engineered (computer) systems including network design, load balancing and others.

Coffee break
Thibaud Latour (LIST, LU)
Traces: Anatomy of a Digital Artwork

After a brief overview of digital artwork constructed round games of life, a digital artwork entitled ‘Traces’ will be presented with under-the-hook considerations on some basic learning and evolutionary principles as well as artistic reflection on the digital traces we disseminate on the web and their potential implication for other to forecast future plausible personal evolution scenarii.

Alexandre Gurita (Biennale de Paris, FR)
The Liquid Organization

The liquid organization is a mode of organization of a non-standard artistic practice that cannot be captured by the institutional organizations mode, which is rigid by definition. This mode of organization is at the same time a survival necessity for the practice and a constraint for its development. The liquid organization composes with the environment. The water changes state but not nature.

Lunch Break
Egberdien van der Torre (Alien Artworks, LU)
The Art of Recycling

Self-organization is a process where some form of overall order arises from local interactions between parts of an initially disordered system, this is spontaneous, not needing control. In my talk I will explain that there are also traces of self-organizing systems visible in contemporary artists’ activities.

Aad Nales (Almende, Rotterdam, NL)
How to get Robots organized

Aad Nales takes a step by step on how to build a robot that can autonomously move through its environment and that is sufficiently trained to take the right decisions. Dobots, the company he works for is part of Almende (english: the commons) a group of companies that make the support of self organisation its mission.

Coffee Break
Fishbowl Discussion


Deniz Ezgi Kurt, scientist
Deniz Ezgi Kurt is a researcher and MA graduate from Creative Industries, Radboud University,
Netherlands. She works on the artistic creativity in artificial intelligence, exploring the creative
features of machine intelligence and its capability to generate an artistic genre, in comparison
with human intelligence and human creativity as a cognitive novel.

Jean Botev, scientist
Dr. Jean Botev is a senior researcher at the Computer Science and Communications Research Unit of the University of Luxembourg, specialising in the domains of complex networks, self-organisation, and collaborative socio-technical systems. He is involved in the organisation of various international scientific events and conferences related to self-systems, such as IEEE SASO, SASO^ST or SAOS. [Website]

Thibaud Latour, scientist and artist
Dr. Thibaud Latour is the Head of the Human Dynamics In Cognitive Environments Research Unit and of the Cognitive Environment Lab at the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST). As an artist, Thibaud explores the symbiotic relationships that can be created between humans and machines, including aspects of self-organisation such as the duality between simple repeated forms that never reproduce the same arrangements and the resulting infiniteness. [Website]

Alexandre Gurita, invisual artist
Alexandre Gurita defines himself as an artist who practices an art of invisual nature. He dispenses with works of art in order to modify the idea of ​​the agreed art. [Website]

Egberdien van der Torre, visual artist
The artist Egberdien van der Torre introduced her artistic bottom-up method at the campus Walferdange – Luxembourg in 2010 with a lecture called: “Paint/Pixels/Bites.” Nowadays she is working on an extended archive containing her video works that can be used in the future by other artists.

Aad Nales, partner of Almende Rotterdam.
At Almende, Aad helps companies to do away with hierarchy and focus on the interactions between staff, customers and suppliers that create real value. His activities focus on incubating new start-ups that are based on current research or previous inventions related to machine learning, energy technology and logistics – all based on the principles of self-organization. [Website]


  • Egberdien van der Torre (egberdien@gmail.com)
  • Jean Botev (jean.botev@uni.lu)