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EC-Digest v23n2


Adam Campbell <[log in to unmask]>


Evolutionary Computation Digest <[log in to unmask]>


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Evolutionary Computation Digest Sunday, February, 8 2009 Volume 23 : Issue 2

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Today's Topics:

    - SIGEVOlution Volume 3, Issue 2, Now Available!

    - IEEE Symposium on Computational Intelligence and Games (CIG-2009)
    - CIGPU 2009 Second Call for Papers
    - IJDE Special Issue on Evolutionary Computing for Engineering Design
    - CFP_Special Issue of EAAI journal_Advances in metaheuristics for hard opt.
    - Call for Papers - 12th ANNUAL GECCO 2009 GRADUATE STUDENT WORKSHOP
    - Call For Papers - Memetic Computing Journal
    - Paper submission deadline extended: Evolutionary Computation
    - 12th International Workshop on Learning Classifier Systems CFPs


CALENDAR OF GA-RELATED ACTIVITIES: (with EC-Digest issue reference)

Evo*'09,EuroGP,EvoCOP,EvoBIO,EvoWorkshops,Tübingen,Germany,Apr15-17,09  (v22n4)
CEC'09,IEEE Congress on Evol. Computa., Trondheim, Norway, May 18-21,09 (v22n5)
GEC-Summit'09, Wold Summit on Gen. and Evo. Comp, Shanghai, Jun 12-14,09(v22n9)
BADS'09,Intl WS Bio-Insp Alg for Distr Sys, Barcelona,Spain, Jun15-19,09(v23n1)
GECCO'09, Genetic and Evolutionary Conf., Montreal,Canada, July 8-12,09 (v22n7)
AIPR'09,Intl Conf on Art Int and Pattern Recogn. Orlando,FL,Jul 13-16,09(v22n9)

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Sender: Pier Luca Lanzi <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: SIGEVOlution Volume 3, Issue 2, Now Available!

The new issue of SIGEVOlution is now available for you to download from:

The issue features:

* Solving Complex Problems in Human Genetics Using GP
by Casey S. Greene and Jason H. Moore
* A Camera Obscura for Ants by Carlos M. Fernandes
* GEVA: Grammatical Evolution in Java by Michael O'Neill et. al.
* Events Reports: ICSE-2008
* Forthcoming papers
* Calls & calendar

The newsletter is intended to be viewed electronically.

Sender: Pier Luca Lanzi <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: IEEE Symposium on Computational Intelligence and Games (CIG-2009)

*** IEEE Symposium on Computational Intelligence and Games (CIG-2009) ***
                   Milano, Italy - September 7-10, 2009

Games are an ideal domain to study computational intelligence methods. They
provide cheap, competitive, dynamic, reproducible environments suitable for
testing new search algorithms, pattern based evaluation methods or learning
concepts. At the same time they are interesting to observe, fun to play, and
very attractive to students. This symposium, sponsored by the IEEE Computational
Intelligence Society aims to bring together leading researchers and
practitioners from both academia and industry to discuss recent advances and
explore future directions in this field.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
* Learning in games
* Coevolution in games
* Neural-based approaches for games
* Fuzzy-based approaches for games
* Console and video games
* Character Development and Narrative
* Opponent modeling in games
* CI/AI-based game design
* Multi-agent and multi-strategy learning
* Comparative studies
* Applications of game theory
* Board and card games
* Economic or mathematical games
* Imperfect information and non-deterministic games
* Evasion (predator/prey) games
* Realistic games for simulation or training purposes
* Player satisfaction in games
* Games for mobile or digital platforms
* Games involving control of physical objects
* Games involving physical simulation

General Chair: Pier Luca Lanzi
Program Chair: Sung-Bae Cho
Proceedings Chair: Luigi Barone
Publicity Chair: Julian Togelius
Competition Chair: Simon Lucas
Sponsorship Chair: Georgios N. Yannakakis
Local Chairs: Nicola Gatti and Daniele Loiacono

IMPORTANT DATES (tentative schedule)
Tutorial proposals:     15 April 2009
Paper submission:       15 May 2009
Decision Notification:  15 June 2009
Camera-ready:           15/30 July 2009
Symposium:              7-10 September 2009

The symposium will be held at the Politecnico di Milano, the largest
technical university in Italy, ten minutes from downtown Milan, the shopping
area, and its famous galleries and museums.

For more information please visit:

Sender: Garnett Wilson <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: CIGPU 2009 Second Call for Papers

The Second International Workshop and Tutorial on Computational Intelligence
on Consumer Games and Graphics Hardware (CIGPU 2009) will be held in
Montréal, Québec, Canada, as part of the Genetic and Evolutionary
Computation Conference (GECCO-2009), July 8, 2009.
Everyone who has implemented an evolutionary algorithm or other computational
intelligence approach using graphics processing units (GPUs), video game
systems, mobile devices, cellular phones, etc. will want to submit to this
workshop.  Due to its speed, price, and availability, there is increasing
interest in using mass consumer market commodity hardware for engineering and
scientific applications. Mostly this has concentrated upon graphics hardware,
particularly GPUs, due to their ability to offer teraflop performance on a
desktop using a restricted form of parallel computing (known as "General Purpose
computing on Graphics Processing Units",  or "GPGPU").  There is also increasing
interest in using the computing power of game consoles such as Microsoft's Xbox,
Sony's Playstation and the Cell processor, and portable entertainment and/or
cellular phone mobile devices for research and applications.

Submissions are invited in (but not limited to) the following areas:
- Parallel genetic programming (GP) on GPU
- Parallel genetic algorithms (GA) on GPU
- Parallel evolutionary programming (EP) on GPU
- Associated or hybrid computational intelligence techniques on GPU
   - Support Vector Machines
   - Bayesian Networks
   - Parallel search algorithms
   - Data mining
- Differential Evolution on GPU
- Computational Biology or Bioinformatics on GPU
- Evolutionary computation on video game platforms
- Evolutionary computation on mobile devices

The workshop will be held in conjunction with the tutorial "Accelerating
Evolutionary Computation with Graphics Processing Units" by Dr. Wolfgang
Banzhaf and Dr. Simon Harding.  In addition, an nVidia-sponsored GECCO 2009
competition on GPUs for Genetic and Evolutionary Computation has been
organized with the prize of a state-of-the-art nVidia graphics card.

Workshop website:
Submissions and Publication
Submissions will be for papers up to 8 pages in ACM format, submitted to
[log in to unmask]  As the review process is double-blind, please make your
submission anonymous by removing all references to the authors.  Please see
the GECCO 2009 information for authors for further details.  All accepted
papers will be presented at CIGPU 2009 and published by Sheridan/ACM Press
in the workshop proceedings to be included on the GECCO Proceedings and
Companion Material CD and placed in the ACM Digital Library.
Important Dates
Paper submission deadline: March 25, 2009 (Please submit to [log in to unmask])
Notification to authors: April 3, 2009
Submission of camera-ready version: April 22, 2009
Conference registration: April 27, 2009
Workshop date: July 8, 2009
Workshop Format and Schedule
CIGPU 2009 will be held as a full day event including:
- GPU Tutorial - Accelerating Evolutionary Computation with Graphics Processing
  Units (where this will shift with final scheduling)
- Paper presentations
- Discussion of experiences with latest GPU and commodity device technology
- Presentations by GPU competition entrants and subsequent award presentation by
Dr. Harding (prize of state-of-the-art nVidia graphics card)

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Sender: Tiwari, Ashutosh [SAS] <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: IJDE Special Issue on Evolutionary Computing for Engineering Design


Special Issue of the International Journal of Design Engineering (IJDE)
Evolutionary Computing for Engineering Design

Guest Editors: Ashutosh Tiwari, Elhadj Benkhelifa and Rajkumar Roy
Cranfield University (UK)

Research in Evolutionary Computing (EC) for engineering design has a long
history. Early applications of EC in engineering design can be traced back to
the 1960's in areas such as fluid mechanics, pipe design and structural
engineering. This field has seen further significant advances in the last two
decades. Since then research in this area has been expanding to a large spectrum
of engineering design problems from numerous disciplines. Having been
successfully applied to solve several engineering design problems, EC has
demonstrated some important advantages compared to conventional design and
optimisation techniques. Different methods have been developed in EC to tackle
different problem characteristics and domains. Multi-objective optimisation and
co-evolution are two examples of this.

This call for papers is soliciting original contributions to research with
relevance to the application of Evolutionary Computing to Engineering Design.
The selected papers will highlight the state-of-the-art, emerging technologies
and recent successes, and will define major research challenges. Topics of
relevance include, but are not limited to:
* Theory and Applications of Evolutionary Design
* Evolutionary Methods for Engineering Design
* Evolutionary Multi-objective Optimisation
* Co-evolutionary Engineering Design
* Multi-disciplinary Engineering Design Optimisation
* Design for X (DFX) using Evolutionary Computing
* Topology Optimisation using Evolutionary Computing
* Constraint-handling Methods in Evolutionary Design Optimisation
* Scalability of Evolutionary Computing Methods in Engineering Design
* Evolutionary Robotics
* Medical Applications of Engineering Design using Evolutionary Computing
* Design of Micro/Nano Systems using Evolutionary Computing
* Evolutionary Hardware
* Creativity and Innovation using Evolutionary Computing
* Evolutionary Machine Design
* Real-life Applications of Evolutionary Design Optimisation
* Memetic Algorithms Applied to Engineering Design
* Immune System based Algorithms Applied to Engineering Design
* Engineering Design Applications of Evolutionary Algorithms Based on
  Probabilistic Models
* Computational Swarm Intelligence Applied to Engineering Design

Submission of papers: May 15th, 2009
First decision notification: July 15th, 2009
Submission of revised papers: September 15th, 2009
Final decision notification: November 15th, 2009

Submission Instructions
Please submit your contributions to the guest editors
([log in to unmask] or [log in to unmask])

The original manuscript should be submitted electronically using template for
9.5 x 6.5 size (single column) in Word format
( The number of words in a paper
should be within the range of 5000-7000 (excluding figures). All papers will be
rigorously refereed. Submission of a paper to this special issue of IJDE
implies that no similar paper has already been accepted or will be submitted
to any other conference or journal.

Sender: Gustafson, Steven M (GE, Research) <[log in to unmask]>


to be held as part of the
July 9, 2009 (Thursday)
Delta Centre-Ville
Montreal, Canada
Sponsored by ACM SIGEVO


Workshop Website:

The workshop will focus on advances in using symbolic modeling for real world
problems in industry, economics, finance and science. Papers are sought that
contribute to the state of the art in symbolic modeling, either through
innovative applications, theoretical work on issues of generalization, size
and comprehensibility of the results produced, and algorithmic improvements
to make the techniques faster, more reliable and generally better controlled.

The workshop will be a half-day, with 60% talks, 40% brainstorming/panel
discussion. Each presentation will be a half an hour. To present, please
submit 8 page papers in PDF format, using the ACM style at, to
steven [d0t] gustafson [at] research [d0t] ge [d0t] com. Please use a subject
line of "GECCO 2009 SRM Workshop" in the submission. Accepted papers will be
published in the GECCO Workshop Proceedings.

The audience is expected to consist of people from industry and academia, not
necessarily limited to an audience with an evolutionary computation background.

Sender: SIARRY <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Call for papers_Special Issue of EAAI journal_Advances in
         metaheuristics for hard optimization


The International Journal of Intelligent Real-Time Automation
A journal of IFAC, the International Federation of Automatic Control

CALL FOR PAPERS – special issue
Advances in metaheuristics for hard optimization: new trends and case studies

Deadline for paper proposals: May 15, 2009.
Expected publication date: March 2010.
In recent years, metaheuristics have become important tools for solving hard
optimization problems encountered in industry as well as in the theoretical
field. Many different metaheuristics exist (and new ones are under constant
development). Some of the most famous ones are Evolutionary Algorithms, Tabu
Search, Simulated Annealing, GRASP, Ant Systems, Memetic Algorithms,
Particle Swarm Optimization,...This special issue aims at bringing together
outstanding research and recent developments in the field of metaheuristics
and their applications in the industrial world.

The topics of this special issue include but are not limited to methodological
developments aimed at adapting some metaheuristics to various industrial
problems, which handle continuous variables, or miscellaneous continuous and
discrete variables; theoretical and experimental studies on metaheuristics,
e.g., convergence analysis, performance evaluation methodology, test-case
generators, constraint handling, etc.; software implementations and algorithms
for metaheuristics; real-life applications of metaheuristics; performance
comparisons of metaheuristics with competing approaches; new metaheuristics;
hybrid metaheuristics; metaheuristics for dynamic optimization.

We encourage submissions from academia or submissions from practitioners
describing real case studies. The aim of this CFP is then to focus on new trends
and case studies. Both highly prospective and technical (industrial feasibility)
papers are welcomed but have to suit to Elsevier standards.

Scientific areas (not limited to):
* Convergence analysis
* New metaheuristics, especially hybrid metaheuristics
* Adaptation of metaheuristics to mixed discrete-continuous variable problems
* Statistical techniques for comparison of competing metaheuristics
* Metaheuristics for dynamic optimization

Application domain (not limited to):
* Real-life applications
* Test-case generators
* Constraint handling
* Parallel implementations

Full papers can be submitted to:

During the submission process, please select special issue on
'Metaheuristics' as paper category.

Please submit papers until May 15, 2009.
The special issue is planned to be published in March 2010.

Sender: Gustafson, Steven M (GE, Research) <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Call for Papers - 12th ANNUAL GECCO 2009 GRADUATE STUDENT WORKSHOP


to be held as part of the
July 8, 2009 (Wednesday)
Delta Centre-Ville
Montreal, Canada
Sponsored by ACM SIGEVO


Workshop Website:

This full day workshop will involve presentations by approximately 12 selected
students pursing research in some aspect of evolutionary computation. Students
will make 15-20 minute presentations to an audience that will include a 'mentor'
panel of established researchers in evolutionary computation. Presentations will
be followed by a 10 minute question and discussion period led by the mentor

To present, submit a 4-page paper to
Steven[D0T]Gustafson[AT]research[D0T]ge[D0T]com describing your current
research. Please submit a PDF in the ACM format, details found at, using a subject line of
"GECCO 2009 Graduate Workshop". Accepted papers will be published in the GECCO
Workshop Proceedings.

Students will also be invited present their work as a poster at the evening
Poster Session - an excellent opportunity to network with industry and academic
members of the community.

The goal of this workshop is to assist students regarding their research:
research methodology, goals, and plans. Students will also receive feedback on
their presentation style. Other attendees will benefit by learning about current
research, engaging in technical discussions and meeting researchers with related
interests. Other students are encouraged to attend as a means of strengthening
their own research.

The group of presenting students will be chosen with the intent of creating a
diverse group of students working on a broad range of topic areas.

Awards will be presented for best work and best presentation.  See the workshop
website additional details.

Sender: Ke Tang <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Call For Papers - Memetic Computing Journal

Memetic Computing Journal
Thematic Issue on "Memetic Algorithms for Evolutionary Multi-objective

As an emerging field within computational intelligence, Memetic algorithms
(MAs) have attracted more and more interests in recent years. In general,
MAs are population-based meta-heuristic search methods that are inspired by
Darwinian principles of natural selection and Dawkins' notion of a meme. In
the literature, MAs are also referred to as hybrid evolutionary algorithms
(EAs), Baldwinian EAs, Lamarckian EAs, cultural algorithms, or genetic local
search. With the help of local improvement procedures or synergy between
different computational frameworks, MAs are reported to be capable of
obtaining high quality solutions more efficiently than the conventional EAs.
Their successes have been revealed on a wide variety of real world problems
including multi-objective (MO) optimization problems, which have been one of
the most active research topics in the field of evolutionary computation. In
accordance with the increasing popularity of both MAs and Evolutionary
Multi-objective Optimization (EMO), we are organizing this thematic issue on
"Memetic Algorithms for Evolutionary Multi-objective Optimization" to bring
together the most recent advances on the research topic and enrich our
understanding of the relevant research areas.

This thematic issue is devoted to the current state-of-the-art in the theory
and practice of MAs for multi-objective optimization. Topics of interests
include, but are not limited to:

. Theoretical analysis of MAs' performance on EMO
. Novel approaches that adopt the general idea of MAs to tackle
multi-objective optimization problems, either continuous or combinatorial
. Empirical comparative studies that reveal how, why and when the MAs
outperforms conventional EAs on MO problems
. Application of Multi-objective MAs to real-world problems

Manuscripts should be prepared following the format standards of the Memetic
Computing Journal. All submissions will be peer reviewed subject to the
standards of the journal. To be considered for the thematic issue,
prospective authors should submit their complete manuscript (indicating that
the paper is submitted for the thematic issue) via the Memetic Computing
Journal website at:   <>

Important Dates
Deadline for Submission:                     15 April 2009
Notification of Publication Decision: 15 September 2009
Final Version Expected:                        15 November 2009

Guest Editors
Ke Tang ( <mailto:[log in to unmask]> [log in to unmask])
Kay Chen Tan ( <mailto:[log in to unmask]> [log in to unmask])
Hisao Ishibuchi ( <mailto:[log in to unmask]>
[log in to unmask])

Sender: John Edward <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Paper submission deadline extended: Evolutionary Computation

The deadline for draft paper submission at the 2009 International Conference on
Artificial Intelligence and Pattern Recognition (AIPR-09)
(website: is extended due to numerous requests
from the authors. As a result, the deadline for paper submission for the special
session on Evolutionary Computation is also extended accordingly. The conference
and the session will be held during July 13-16 2009 in Orlando, FL, USA.. We
invite draft paper submissions. The conference will take place at the same time
and venue where several other international conferences are taking place. The
other conferences include:

- Intl Conf on Automation, Robotics and Control Systems (ARCS-09)
- Intl Conf on Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, Genomics
  and Chemoinformatics (BCBGC-09)
- Intl Conf on Enterprise Information Systems and Web Technologies (EISWT-09)
- Intl Conf on High Performance Computing, Networking and Communication Systems
- Intl Conf on Information Security and Privacy (ISP-09)
- Intl Conf on Recent Advances in Information Technology and Applications
- Intl Conf on Software Engineering Theory and Practice (SETP-09)
- Intl Conf on Theory and Applications of Computational Science (TACS-09)
- Intl Conf on Theoretical and Mathematical Foundations of Computer Science

The website contains more details.

Sender: Jan Drugowitsch <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: 12th International Workshop on Learning Classifier Systems CFPs

        12th International Workshop on Learning Classifier Systems
                          to be held as part of the

                   July 8-12, 2009 (Wednesday - Sunday)
                        Delta Centre-Ville hotel
                        Montreal, Quebec, Canada
                        Sponsored by ACM SIGEVO

                             Workshop Website:

The Twelfth International Workshop on Learning Classifier Systems
(IWLCS 2009) will be held in Montreal, Canada, Thursday, July 9, 2009
during the Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference
(GECCO-2009), July 8-12, 2009.

Originally, Learning Classifier Systems (LCSs) were introduced by John
H. Holland as a way of applying evolutionary computation to machine
learning and adaptive behavior problems. Since then, the LCS paradigm
has broadened greatly into a framework that encompasses many
representations, rule discovery mechanisms, and credit assignment

Current LCS applications range from data mining, to automated
innovation and the on-line control of cognitive systems. LCS research
includes various actual system approaches: While Wilson's accuracy-
based XCS system (1995) has received the highest attention and gained
the highest reputation, studies and developments of other LCSs are
usually discussed and contrasted. Advances in machine learning, and
reinforcement learning in particular, as well as in evolutionary
computation have brought LCS systems the necessary competence and
guaranteed learning properties. Novel insights in machine learning and
evolutionary computation are being integrated into the LCS framework.

Thus, we invite submissions that discuss recent developments in all
areas of research on, and applications of, Learning Classifier Systems.
IWLCS is the event that brings together most of the core researchers
in classifier systems. Moreover, a free introductory tutorial on LCSs
is presented the day before the workshop at GECCO 2009. Tutorial and
IWLCS workshop thus also provide an opportunity for researchers
interested in LCSs to get an impression of the current research
directions in the field as well as a guideline for the application of
LCSs to their problem domain.

Submissions and Publication
Submissions will be short-papers up to 8 pages in ACM format. Please
see the GECCO 2009 information for authors for further details.

All accepted papers will be presented at IWLCS 2009 and will appear in
the GECCO workshop volume. Proceedings of the workshop will be
published on CD-ROM, and distributed at the conference. Authors will
be invited after the workshop to submit revised (full) papers for
publication in the next post-workshop proceedings volume (scheduled
for 2010), in the Springer LNCS/LNAI book series.

All papers should be submitted in PDF format and e-mailed to:
[log in to unmask]

Important dates
* Paper submission deadline: Wednesday, March 25, 2009
* Notification to authors: Friday, April 3, 2009
* Submission of camera-ready material: by Wednesday, April 15, 2009
* Conference registration: by Monday, April 27, 2009
* Workshop date: Thursday, July 9, 2009


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