Intelligent Autonomous systems are beginning to enter our daily life in ambient intelligence applications. These systems can directly sense and act in their own environment without demanding detailed supervision from humans. Many new challenges are emerging to create systems that can operate and interact in human inhabited environments. The goal of IAS 8 is to exchange and stimulate research ideas about how to bring active, intelligent systems into our daily lives. This publication contains an excellent selection of papers that shows the research of autonomous systems today. Subjects discussed are the designing of autonomous agents, Artificial Emotional Creatures and Multi-Robot Coordination in Highly Dynamic Environments.