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EC-Digest v23n7


Adam Campbell <[log in to unmask]>


Evolutionary Computation Digest <[log in to unmask]>


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Evolutionary Computation Digest Sunday, August 2, 2009 Volume 23 : Issue 7

SUBMISSION ADDRESS:    [log in to unmask]

(UN)SUBSCRIPTION INSTRUCTIONS:  at the bottom of this email


Today's Topics:

    - Book of Music-Inspired Harmony Search Algorithm
    - New Master in Soft Computing and Intelligent Data Analysis
    - ECJ 19 Released
    - FOGA, GECCO and GEC 2009 conferences bibtex available
    - Request for information about human-competitive results produced by GP

    - 2nd CFP: NICSO 2010 (The IV Intl Wksp on Nature Inspired Cooperative ...
    - EvoStar 2010 - First Call for Papers
    - CFP: EvoTransLog 2010: EC for Transportation and Logistics
    - EvoCOP 2010 Call for Papers
    - EvoMUSART 2010: 8th European Wksp on Evol. and Bio. Inspired Music, ...
    - Call For Entries for 2010 human-competitive awards at GECCO-2010 conf.
    - CFP: 3rd Workshop on Theory of Randomized Search Heuristics


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

TRSH09, Wksp on Theory of Randomized Search Heur, Birmingham,UK,Oct19-20(v23n7)
ACAL09, Australian Conference on Artificial Life, Melbourne, Dec 1-4,09 (v23n4)
AI09, Australian Conference on Artifical Intelligence, Melbourne,Dec 1-4(v23n4)
AI*IA09, Conf. of the Italian Assoc. for AI, Reggio Emilia,Italy,Dec9-11(v23n7)
EVO* 2010, EuroGP EvoCOP EvoBIO and EvoAppl., Istanbul, Turkey, Apr 7-9 (v23n7)
NICSO10,IV Intl Wksp on Nature Inspired ..., Granada, Spain, May 12-14  (v23n7)

  Send announcements of other activities to [log in to unmask]

Sender: Zong Woo Geem <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Book of Music-Inspired Harmony Search Algorithm

Recently, one book has been edited on music-inspired harmony search algorithm
which mimics musician's behavior in improvization process.

Applications include music composition, Sudoku puzzle solving, tour planning,
web page clustering, structural design, water network design, vehicle routing,
dam scheduling, ground water modeling, soil stability analysis, ecological
conservation, energy system dispatch, heat exchanger design, transportation
energy modeling, pumping operation, model parameter calibration, satellite heat
pipe design, medical physics, etc.

Sender: Oscar Cordon <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: New Master in Soft Computing and Intelligent Data Analysis

Soft Computing (SC) and Intelligent Data Analysis (IDA) provide powerful tools
for problem solving in a variety of domains. A non-exhaustive list of typical
applications includes client segmentation, fraud detection, credit scoring,
process control, logistics and information retrieval. Applications can be found
in all sectors: engineering, finance, marketing, operations research,
bioinformatics, medicine, ...

SC is composed of four main branches: evolutionary computation, fuzzy logic,
neural networks, and probabilistic reasoning. The current master aims to provide
a wide overview and strong basis on the fundamentals and applications of these
four families of techniques and of their hybridization. Several courses are thus
devoted to evolutionary computation and to its hybridizations with fuzzy logic,
neural networks and probabilistic reasoning (such as Evolutionary Computation
and Metaheuristics; Genetic Fuzzy Systems and Neuro-fuzzy Systems;
Evolutionary, Neural and Probabilistic Hybrid Models; ...).

The tremendous potential of SC and IDA has created a demand for well-trained
professionals in this field. For this reason, the University of Oviedo and the
European Centre for Soft Computing have joined efforts to offer an Official
Master Course in Soft Computing and Intelligent Data Analysis. This is a
one-year full-time program that combines rigorous training in advanced
techniques with a close contact with real applications.

The objective of the Master is to provide students with the foundations required
to pursue a PhD degree, as well as with applied skills to prepare for a research
career in academy or industry.

The program is designed to provide a balanced mix of academic and professional
training. The course is divided into four Modules plus a Master's project:

Module I: Fundamentals of Soft Computing
Module II: Hybrid Intelligent Systems
Module III: Intelligent Data Analysis
Module IV: Application Domains

The teaching staff has been selected among the top academics in this field. All
lecturers have considerable teaching experience (on average, 15 years) and a
world-class reputation in research. The list of lecturers includes among others:
Piero Bonissone, Christian Borgelt, Oscar Cordón, Sven Crone, Didier Dubois,
M. Ángeles Gil, Francisco Herrera, Janusz Kacprzyk, Rudolf Kruse, Manuel Laguna,
Pedro Larrañaga, Ramón López de Mántaras, Luis Magdalena, and Enric Trillas.

Academic Period: October 2009 to July 2010.
Language: English.
Class Schedule: From 15:30 until 20:00, Monday through Friday.
Location: Scientific Building in the Mieres Campus of the University of
Oviedo (SPAIN).
Application Period: June 1 to July 15. Late applications will be processed only
if there are places available.
Course Fee: approximately 1800?(official prices for next year not yet published)
Financial Aid: The Master offers scholarships that will cover registration fee,
round trip and living expenses. Scholarships are open to all applicants and will
be awarded on the basis of academic excellence.

For any specific information write or call:
Telephone: +34 985 456545
e-mail: [log in to unmask]

Sender: Sean Luke <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: ECJ 19 Released

Just in time for GECCO!  No, wait...

After languishing a long time out on CVS for a year, ECJ 19 has been finally
released as a snapshot.  See

ECJ is a Java-based evolutionary computation toolkit developed at George Mason
University, and is reasonably widely used in the research community.  ECJ has
support for a large number of evolutionary computation techniques and
representations, including strong support for genetic programming and a robust
set of parallel evolutionary procedures.

Have fun!
Sean Luke

Sender: Langdon W B <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: FOGA, GECCO and GEC 2009 conferences bibtex available

I am pleased to announce that bibtex files describing the papers recently
presented at the Foundations of Genetic Algorithms workshop in Orlando, the
ACM/SigEvo GEC Summit in Shanghai and GECCO in Montreal are available via
anonymous ftp:

They may be incorporated into the collection of computer science bibliographies,
and DBLP. The papers are available via the ACM library.

Sender: John Koza <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Request for information about human-competitive results produced by GP

I am in the process of writing a review article on human-competitive results
produced by genetic programming.  I'd like to assemble a complete collection
of such results.  Of course, the human-competitive results that have already
been entered into the annual "Humies" awards at GECCO at are well-known.  Aside from those, I would
appreciate receiving a copy of any published article (and complete
bibliographic citation for the article if not apparent from the face of the
article itself).  I am planning to use this information for the immediate
article (due soon) and probably also for an expanded human-competitive web
site, tutorials, etc .

Thank you.

Dr. John R. Koza
Box K
Los Altos Hills, California 94023 USA
Phone: 650-941-0336
Fax: 650-941-9430
Email: [log in to unmask]

Sender: Federico Divina <[log in to unmask]>

25th ACM Symposium On Applied Computing
March 22-26, 2010
Sierre, Switzerland

For over twenty years, the ACM Symposium on Applied Computing has been an
important forum for applied computer scientists, computer engineers, software
engineers, and application developers to interact and present their work.
The Evolutionary Computation (EC) track welcomes original, unpublished papers
describing advances in and applications of evolutionary computation and related
techniques, including genetic algorithms, evolution strategies, evolutionary
programming, memetic algorithms, genetic programming, ant colony optimization,
co-evolutionary algorithms, artificial immune systems, particle swarm
optimization, and classifier systems. All accepted papers will appear in the
SAC 2010 Proceedings. Selected papers, not accepted as full papers, will be
accepted as poster papers. These will be presented at a poster session during
the Symposium and will be published as two-page extended abstracts in the
Proceedings. A paper may be submitted to only one track of SAC 2010.

* Papers should represent original and previously unpublished works that are
  currently not under review for any journal or other conference. Both basic and
  applied research papers are welcome.
* Submissions will be in electronic format via this web site:
* Submission must follow ths template found at this URL:
* Authors are allowed up to eight (8) pages in the specified format, but there
  is a charge of US$80 for each page over five (5).
* Authors' names and addresses must not appear in the body of the submitted
  papers, and self-references should be in the third person. This is to
  facilitate blind review.
* Begin the submission process by submitting your paper's abstract on the
  conference web site at the URL above.
* All submitted papers must include the paper identification number (assigned
  when the abstract is submitted) on the front page above the title of the paper
* No author's name may appear on more than two papers accepted to the EC track.

Note also the guidelines in the general SAC 2010 Call for Papers

IMPORTANT DATES (all deadlines will be strictly enforced)

For additional information, visit the SAC 2010 EC Track web page
( and the general  SAC 2010 web page

Federico Divina, Raúl Giráldez Rojo
School of Engineering
Pablo de Olavide University
Seville, Spain
{fdivina,giraldez} AT upo DOT es
Phone: +34 954 977592
Fax: +34 9543 48689

Sender: Stefano Cagnoni <[log in to unmask]>

             12 December 2009 Reggio Emilia (Italy)

                     Satellite workshop of
            AI*IA 2009 International Conference of the
         Italian  Association for Artificial Intelligence
* * * CALL   FOR  PAPERS   -  Deadline   October   4,  2009   *  *  *

Updated  information can  be  found  on the  workshop  section of  the
conference website,

The  workshop  aims at  bringing  together  scientists  who work  from
different  perspectives, from  basic science  to applications,  on the
common  theme of  systems composed  by many  components  that interact

Due  to the  different backgrounds  and references  of  the scientific
communities of  researchers working in these  fields, opportunities to
exchange ideas  and to  achieve cross-fertilization are  lacking.  The
aim of the workshop is therefore  to try and bridge this gap and reach
a better  comprehension of the mechanisms underlying  such systems, as
well as to find new applications based on them.

Such systems  (complex systems,  or CS for  short) very  often exhibit
interesting  features,  as  self-organisation, robustness,  surprising
collective processes and  occasionally intelligence; in particular, up
to now  the living CSs are the  only systems able to  support the last

As already  suggested, the  contemporary presence of  intelligence and
complex interactions may not be  casual but, instead, able to disclose
deeper  links between  the two  characteristics.  Are  there universal
patterns   of  organization  in   complex  systems,   from  pre-biotic
replicators  to  evolved  beings,  to  artificial  objects?  Do  these
structures allow effective computational processes to develop?

Key questions are how robust  structures which develop in such systems
are,  how information is  incorporated into  these structures  and how
computation emerges.  The study of complex systems  is also interested
in   determining   the   contributions   of  selection,   chance   and
self-organization  to   the  functioning  and   evolution  of  complex

The interactions  between the  communities of Complex  Systems Science
(CSS)  and Artificial Intelligence  (AI) have  been rather  limited so
far,  although both  might benefit  from closer  interactions.  Recent
developments  for example  in  the context  of agent-based  modelling,
distributed   and/or   evolutionary   computation  -   represent   new
opportunities for further exploring and strengthening these scientific
interactions and connections.

Could  methodologies coming  from research  in Complexity  inspire the
rise of new paradigms  and/or theories in Artificial Intelligence?  Or
could AI  methods deepen the  knowledge of complex  environments? This
workshop  would  like  to  encourage  the  dialogue  between  the  two
disciplines and,  possibly, recognise  that this dialogue  is actually
already fruitfully commenced.

Papers not exceeding  10 pages, written in English  and complying with
the              LNCS              Springer-Verlag              format
(    should
be  submitted  electronically.  Submissions  are  due  in  PDF  format
attached to an email sent to the following email address:
[log in to unmask]

  * Paper submission: October 4, 2009
  * Camera-ready of accepted papers: November 11, 2009
  * Workshop day: December 12, 2009

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Sender: German Terrazas Angulo <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: 2nd CFP: NICSO 2010 (The IV International Workshop on Nature Inspired
         Cooperative Strategies for Optimization)

The IV International Workshop on Nature Inspired Cooperative Strategies for
Optimization - NICSO 2010
May 12th - 14th | Granada, Spain |

Biological and natural processes have always been a source of inspiration for
computer science and information technology. It is well known that biological
entities, from single cell organisms -like bacteria- to humans, often engage in
a rich repertoire of social interaction that could range from altruistic
cooperation through open conflict. One specific kind of social interaction is
cooperative problem solving (CPS), where a group of autonomous entities work
together in order to achieve certain goal.

The NICSO 2010 aims at promoting cooperative problem solving strategies bringing
together international researchers and practitioners from different disciplines
in order to discuss the investigations and exchange ideas on the current state
of the art of the topic. The conference seeks contributions that are inspired by
Nature and that encompass a range of spatio-temporal scales, for visionary
conceptions of information processing and computation as pertaining to
cooperation mechanisms in the context of problem solving.

All submitted papers will be blind reviewed by at least two reviewers. Selection
criteria will be based on relevance, originality, significance, impact,
technical soundness and quality of the presentation. Contributions are expected
to provide original results, insights and experimental innovations. Manuscripts
must be in PDF, not exceeding 12 pages and conforming to the guidelines
specified in the workshop's website. Contributions are welcome to submission
through the system available at The accepted papers will
be published in the book series on Studies in Computational Intelligence
(Springer). The authors of the best accepted papers will be invited to revise
and extend their contributions for publication in a special issue in the
Memetic Computing Journal (Springer).

Target topics (but not limited to):
Adaptive Behaviour
Ants Colonies
Amorphous Computing
Artificial Life
Artificial Immune
Bio-inspired architecture
Distributed Computing
Evolutionary Robotics
Evolvable Systems
Genetic Algorithms
Genetic Programming
Membrane Computing
Quantum Computing
Software Self-Assembly
Systems Coevolution
Swarm Intelligence

Full paper submission: October 15, 2009
Acceptance notification: November 30, 2009
Final camera ready: December 15, 2009
NICSO: May 12 - 14, 2010

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Sender: Stephen Dignum <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: EvoStar 2010 - First Call for Papers

EVO* 2010 including EuroGP, EvoCOP, EvoBIO and EvoApplications
7th - 9th April, 2010
Istanbul Technical University | Istanbul, Turkey |

The EuroGP, EvoCOP, EvoBIO and EvoApplications conferences compose EVO*:
Europe's premier co-located events in the field of Evolutionary Computing.

Featuring the latest in theoretical and applied research, EVO* topics include
recent genetic programming challenges, evolutionary and other meta-heuristic
approaches for combinatorial optimization, evolutionary algorithms, machine
learning and data mining techniques in the biosciences, in numerical
optimization, in music and art domains, in image analysis and signal processing,
in hardware optimization and in a wide range of applications to scientific,
industrial, financial and other real-world problems.

Important dates for all events are:
*** Submission deadline: 4th November 2009 ***
Conference: 7th - 9th April 2010

Scope of the events:

13th European Conference on Genetic Programming: high quality papers are
sought on topics strongly related to the evolution of computer programs,
ranging from theoretical work to innovative applications.

10th European Conference on Evolutionary Computation in Combinatorial
Optimization: practical and theoretical contributions are invited, related
to evolutionary computation techniques and other meta-heuristics for solving
combinatorial optimization problems.

8th European Conference on Evolutionary Computation, Machine Learning and
Data Mining in Bioinformatics: the emphasis is on evolutionary computation
and other advanced techniques addressing important problems in molecular
biology, proteomics, genomics and genetics, that have been implemented and
tested in simulations and on real-life datasets.

EvoCOMNET: Telecommunication networks and other Parallel and Distributed Systems
EvoCOMPLEX (new): Interaction of evolutionary algorithms (and metaheuristics
in general) with complex systems
EvoENVIRONMENT: Environmental issues
EvoFIN: Finance and economics
EvoGAMES: Bio-inspired Algorithms in Games
EvoIASP: Image analysis and signal processing
EvoINTELLIGENCE (new): Interactive evolution and humanized computational
EvoMUSART: Music, sound, art and design
EvoNUM: Continuous parameter optimisation
EvoSTOC: Stochastic and dynamic environments
EvoTRANSLOG: Transportation and logistics

EvoPHD: Graduate student workshop on evolutionary computation

Evo* 2010 proceedings will be published by Springer Verlag in the Lecture
Notes in Computer Science series.
The website offers information relevant to all events,
including calls for papers, deadlines, organizing committees, submission
requirements, local information and information about previous conferences.

Sender: Joern Grahl <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: CFP: EvoTransLog 2010: EC for Transportation and Logistics

We would like to draw your attention to the fourth edition of EvoTransLog,
Evolutionary Computation in Transportation and Logistics. EvoTransLog 2010 is
incorporated in Evo* 2010, which joins Europe's premier co-located conferences
in the field of evolutionary computing, namely EuroGP, EvoCOP, EvoBIO, and the
EvoApplications Conference on the Application of Evolutionary Computation.

EvoTransLog will be held in Istanbul, Turkey, 7-9 April 2010.
Submission deadline is November 4, 2009. For more information, visit
--> and
--> .

EvoTransLog addresses all aspects of the use of evolutionary computation, local
search, and other nature-inspired optimisation and design techniques for
transport, logistics, and supply chain management.

Relevant application topics include (but are not limited to):
          - transportation and supply networks
          - logistics
          - freight and passenger services
          - tracking and tracing
          - fleet and order management
          - modelling and traffic management
          - traffic simulation
          - individual and public transportation
          - inventory optimisation
          - routing and scheduling
          - supply chain management

Accepted papers will be published in a volume of the Springer Lecture Notes in
Computer Science series together with papers from the EvoApplications Conference
on the Application of Evolutionary Computation.

Sender: Peter Merz <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: EvoCOP 2010 Call for Papers

                         CALL FOR PAPERS
                           EvoCOP 2010
     The Tenth European Conference on Evolutionary Computation
         and Metaheuristics in Combinatorial Optimization
                Istanbul, Turkey, 7-9 April 2010
              (Submission deadline 4th November 2009)

Metaheuristics are used to solve difficult combinatorial optimization problems
appearing in various industrial, economic, and scientific domains. Prominent
examples of metaheuristics include: evolutionary algorithms, simulated
annealing, tabu search, scatter search and path relinking, memetic algorithms,
ant colony and particle swarm optimization, variable neighborhood search,
iterated local search, greedy randomized adaptive search procedures, estimation
of distribution algorithms, and hyperheuristics. Successfully solved problems
include scheduling, timetabling, network design, transportation and distribution
problems, vehicle routing, traveling salesman, graph problems, satisfiability,
packing problems, planning problems, and general mixed integer programming.

The EvoCOP series, started in 2001 and held annually since then, was the first
event specifically dedicated to the application of evolutionary computation and
related methods to combinatorial optimization problems. Following the general
trend of hybrid metaheuristics and diminishing\ boundaries between the different
classes of metaheuristics, EvoCOP broadened its scope in 2006, and now
explicitly invites submissions on any kind of metaheuristic for combinatorial
optimization. All accepted papers will be presented orally at the conference and
printed in the proceedings published by Springer in the LNCS series (see LNCS
volumes 2037, 2279, 2611, 3004, 3448, 3906, 4446, 4972 and 5482 for the previous

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
- Applications of metaheuristics to combinatorial optimization problems
- Novel application domains for metaheuristic optimisation methods
- Representation techniques
- Neighborhoods and efficient algorithms for searching them
- Variation operators for stochastic search methods
- Constraint-handling techniques
- Hybrid methods and hybridization techniques
- Parallelization
- Theoretical developments
- Search space analyses
- Comparisons between different (also exact) techniques
- Automated tuning of metaheuristics using machine learning, evolutionary and
  other approaches

The conference will be held in conjunction with EuroGP2010 (the 13th European
Conference on Genetic Programming), EvoBIO 2010 (the 8th European Conference on
Evolutionary Computation, Machine Learning and Data Mining in Bioinformatics),
and EvoWorkshops 2010 (including specialist workshops on a range of evolutionary
computation topics and applications), in a joint event collectively known as
EvoStar 2010.

Submissions will be done electronically using the online submission service.
More details will be available at the conference website
Papers must be formatted following Springer LNCS guidelines, with no more than
12 pages. The submission deadline is 4th November, 2009.
IMPORTANT: The reviewing process will be double-blind, so please omit
information about the authors in the submitted paper. The submissions will be
peer reviewed by at least three members of the program committee.

More Information
More detailed information on the event, including venue, committees, contact
addresses, etc., can be found at the Evo* homepage:

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Sender: Penousal Machado <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: EvoMUSART 2010: 8th European Workshop on Evolutionary and Biologically
         Inspired Music, Sound, Art and Design

EvoMUSART 2010
8th European Workshop on Evolutionary and Biologically Inspired Music, Sound,
Art and Design
7-9 April, 2010, Istanbul, Turkey |

EvoMUSART 2010 is the eight workshop of the EvoNet working group on Evolutionary
Music and Art. Following the success of previous events and the growth of
interest in the field, the main goal of EvoMUSART 2010 is to bring together
researchers who are using biologically inspired techniques for artistic tasks,
providing the opportunity to promote, present and discuss ongoing work in this

The workshop will be held from 7-9 April, 2010 in Istanbul, Turkey as part of
the EvoStar event.

Accepted papers will be presented orally at the workshop and included in the
EvoWorkshops proceedings, published by Springer Verlag in the Lecture Notes in
Computer Science series.

EvoMUSART 2010 important dates are:
Submission deadline: November 4, 2009
Conference: 7-9 April, 2010

The papers should concern the use of bio-inspired techniques (Evolutionary
Computation, Artificial Life, Artificial Neural Networks, Swarm Intelligence,
etc.) in the scope of the generation, analysis and interpretation of art, music,
design, architecture and other artistic fields. Topics of interest include, but
are not limited to:
- Generation
   o Biologically Inspired Design and Art-Making Systems that create drawings,
     images, animations, sculptures, poetry, text, objects, designs, webpages,
     buildings, etc.;
   o Biologically Inspired Sound-Generators and Music-Systems that create music,
     aggregate sound, or simulate instruments, voices, effects, etc;
   o Robotic Based Evolutionary Art and Music;
   o Other related generative techniques;
- Theory
   o Computational Aesthetics, Emotional Response, Surprise, Novelty;
   o Representation techniques;
   o Comparative analysis and classification;
   o Validation methodologies;
   o New biologically inspired computation models in art, music and design;
- Computer Aided Creativity
   o New ways of integrating users into evolutionary computation art and music
   o Analysis and evaluation of: the artistic potential of biologically inspired
     art and music; the artistic processes inherent to these approaches; the
     resulting artifacts;
   o Collaborative distributed artificial art environments;
- Automation
   o Techniques for automated fitness assignment;
   o Systems that exploit biologically inspired computation to analyze artistic
     objects and artifacts;

Submit your manuscript, at most 10 A4 pages long, in Springer LNCS format no
later than November 4, 2009. Formatting instructions available at:

The papers will be peer reviewed by at least three members of the program
committee. Authors will be notified via email on the results of the review by
20 December 2009.

The authors of accepted papers will have to improve their paper on the basis of
the reviewers' comments and will be asked to send a camera ready version of
their manuscripts, along with text sources and pictures, by 10 January 2010.
The accepted papers will appear in the workshop proceedings, published in
Springer LNCS Series, which will be available at the workshop.

Further information, including the Online Submission Details, can be found on
  the following pages:

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Sender: John Koza <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Call For Entries for 2010 human-competitive awards at GECCO-2010

                   Call For Entries
            for 7th Annual "Humies" Awards
            for Human-Competitive Results
  Produced by Genetic and Evolutionary Computation

Entries are hereby solicited for awards totaling $10,000 for the 2010 awards for
human-competitive results that have been produced by any form of genetic and
evolutionary computation (including, but not limited to genetic algorithms,
genetic programming, evolution strategies, evolutionary programming, learning
classifier systems, grammatical evolution, gene expression programming,
differential evolution, etc.) and that have been published in the open
literature between the deadline for the previous competition and the deadline
for the current competition.

. Monday May 31, 2010 - Entries are due by e-mail
. Monday June 21, 2010 - Finalists will be notified by e-mail
. Wednesday June 30, 2010 - Finalists must submit their presentation
. July 7-11, 2010 - Dates for GECCO conference in Portland, Oregon
. Friday July 9, 2010 (TENTATIVE) - Presentations before judging committee at
  public session at GECCO conference
. Sunday July 11, 2010 (TENTATIVE) - Announcement of awards at morning plenary
  session of GECCO conference

If you plan to make an entry into this competition, please check the web site at for updated information prior to submitting your
entry.  If you make an entry, please re-check this web site periodically prior
to the conference for additional (and possible changing) information and

Wolfgang Banzhaf, Erik Goodman, John R. Koza, Riccardo Poli, Darrell Whitley

Techniques of genetic and evolutionary computation are being increasingly
applied to difficult real-world problems - often yielding results that are not
merely academically interesting, but competitive with the work done by creative
and inventive humans. Starting at the Genetic and Evolutionary Computation
Conference (GECCO) in Seattle in 2004, cash prizes have been awarded for
human-competitive results that had been produced by some form of genetic and
evolutionary computation in the previous year.

This prize competition is based on published results. The publication may be a
paper at the GECCO conference (i.e., regular paper, poster paper, or any other
full-length paper), a paper published anywhere in the open literature (e.g.,
another conference, journal, technical report, thesis, book chapter, book), or
a paper in final form that has been unconditionally accepted by a publication
and is "in press" (that is, the entry must be identical to something that will
be published imminently.  The publication may not be an intermediate or draft
version that is still subject to change or revision by the authors or editors.
The publication must meet the usual standards of a scientific publication in
that is must clearly describe a problem, the methods used to address the
problem, the results obtained, and sufficient information to enable the work
described to be replicated by an independent person.

Cash prizes of $5,000 (gold), $3,000 (silver), and bronze (either one prize of
$2,000 or two prizes of $1,000) will be awarded for the best entries that
satisfy the criteria for human-competitiveness. The awards will be divided
equally among co-authors unless the authors specify a different division at the
time of submission.  Prizes are paid by check in U.S. dollars.

The competition will be held as part of the 2010 Genetic and Evolutionary
Computation (GECCO) conference. Presentations of entries will be made at the
Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO). The awards and prizes
will be announced and presented during the GECCO conference.

Sender: Per Kristian Lehre <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: CFP: 3rd Workshop on Theory of Randomized Search Heuristics

                Call for Abstracts and Participation
       3rd Workshop on Theory of Randomized Search Heuristics
                Birmingham, UK, October 19-20th 2009

Important dates
   * Submission: Sep 11th 2009
   * Notification: Sep 18th 2009
   * Registration: Oct 1st 2009
   * Workshop: Oct 19th-20th 2009

Randomised search  heuristics have  been highly successful  in various
applications,  both in  combinatorial and  numerical  optimisation. In
contrast to problem-specific  randomised algorithms, they are designed
to be general black-box optimisers.

Given such  a scenario, proving  that such algorithms  satisfy certain
performance guarantees remains a hard and widely open problem. Gaining
a  theoretical  understanding   of  randomised  search  heuristics  is
therefore an  important task. Since  these search heuristics are  of a
stochastic nature,  there is a clear potential  in applying techniques
developed  in the  area  of design  and  analysis of  problem-specific
randomised algorithms,  in addition  to the mathematical  methods that
are developed specifically to analyse randomised search heuristics.

Randomised search heuristics include, but are not limited to,
   * evolutionary algorithms,
   * immune system inspired algorithms,
   * particle swarm optimisation
   * ant colony optimisation,
   * simulated annealing, and
   * tabu search.

The aim of  this workshop is to stimulate  interactions between people
already working on these problems  and those with a general background
in natural  computation or randomised algorithms or  both. The primary
focus is  on discussing recent ideas and  detecting interesting topics
for future work, rather than in presenting final results.

Keynote speaker
   * Artur Czumaj (University of Warwick, UK)

Tutorial speakers
Theory of randomised search heuristics for continuous optimisation.
   * Anne Auger (INRIA Saclay, France)
   * Nikolaus Hansen (INRIA Saclay, France)

Theory of randomised search heuristics for discrete optimisation.
   * Thomas Jansen (University College Cork, Ireland)

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theory  of randomised  search  heuristics will  follow the  tutorials.
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heuristics are  invited to submit  proposals for a  talk in form  of a
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Participants are  free to present  both previously published  work and
new ideas. As there will be no printed proceedings, presented work can
be published elsewhere.

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