The global COVID-19 pandemic has given rise to an unprecedented level of complex societal challenges to the humanity. Meanwhile, it also has created a huge demand for scientific expertise in modeling, simulation and analysis of epidemic and other socio-economical dynamics, to which Artificial Life researchers can make great contributions. This extended abstract presents a brief overview of projects the author has been working on in response to COVID-19 since early 2020, summarizing the lessons learned and identifying unique skills and abilities of Artificial Life researchers that have potential to help address various societal challenges.

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