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EC-DIGEST-L November 2009

Subject:

EC-Digest v23n10

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Evolutionary Computation Digest Tuesday, November 3, 2009 Volume 23: Issue 10

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Today's Topics:

  ANNOUNCEMENTS
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    - New Book on Metaheuristics

  CFPs
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    - EuroGP 2010 - 13th European Conference on Genetic Programming
    - EvoNUM 2010 - 3th European Event on Bio-inspired algorithms for continu...
    - a new journal by Springer on Evolving Systems
    - CFP:International Journal of Applied Metaheuristic Computing
    - 2nd CFP: Evolutionary Computation in Transportation and Logistics 2010
    - CFP: EvoCOMPLEX 2010
    - BIOMA 2010 - Call for papers
    - CfP ICML 2010 Haifa
    - CFP: CEC2010 Special Session: Niching Methods for Multimodal Optimization
    - Generative and Developmental Systems Track, GECCO 2010, CFP and Partici...
    - CFP: Variants of Evolutionary Algorithms for Real-World Applications
    - [NATComp'2010] 2nd CFP: Wksp on Nature Inspired Comp, ACS/IEEE AICCSA 2010
    - UPDATES on IEEE TEC Special Issue on Differential Evolution
    - DEADLINE EXTENSION FOR GEFS2010 CONFERENCE: 14 NOVEMBER 2009!!
    - EvoStar 2010 Submission Deadline Extended and Final Call For Papers
    - CFP: EVOIASP2010
    - EvoMUSART 2010 - Submission Deadline Extension
    - Extended Deadline EvoCop 2010

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

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,Apr7-9 '10(v23n7)
NICSO10,IV Intl Wksp on Nature Inspired ..., Granada, Spain,May 12-14 '10(v23n7)
ICML-10, Intl Conference on Machine Learning, Haifa, Israel, June 21-25 (v23n10)
GECCO'10,Genetic and Evol Comp Conference, Portland, Oregon,July 7-11 '10(v23n9)
ANTS10,7th Intl Conf on Swarm Intelligence, Brussels, Belgium,Sep8-10 '10(v23n9)
PPSN'10,11th Intl Conf on Parallel Problem ..., Krakow, Poland, Sep 11-15(v23n9)

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

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Sender: Laetitia Jourdan <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: New Book on Metaheuristics

Title : "Metaheuristics: from design to implementation"
Author: Prof. El-Ghazali Talbi (University of Lille, CNRS, INRIA)

Wiley 2009 (624pp),
http://eu.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-0470278587.html

ISBN: 978-0-470-27858-1

Enclosed the table of contents

A unified view of metaheuristics

Abstract: This book provides a complete background on metaheuristics and shows
readers how to design and implement powerful search algorithms to solve complex
optimization problems across a diverse range of optimization problems in science
and industry. It presents the main design questions for all families of
metaheuristics (e.g. representations, neighborhoods, parameter tuning,
constraint handling, performance evaluation).

The key search components of metaheuristics are considered as a toolbox for:
• Designing efficient single-solution based metaheuristics (e.g. local search,
  tabu search simulated annealing, GRASP, variable neighborhood search,
  iterative local search, guided local search).
• Designing efficient population based metaheuristics (e.g. evolutionary
  algorithms, scatter search, particle swarm, ant colonies, bee colonies,
  artificial immune systems, EDA, differential evolution).
• Designing efficient metaheuristics for multi-objective optimization.
• Designing hybrid, parallel and distributed metaheuristics.
• Implementing metaheuristics on sequential and parallel machines. It clearly
  illustrates how to implement algorithms to reuse both the design and code.

With more than 200 illustrative examples using various case studies and treating
design and implementation independently, this book gives readers the skills
necessary to solve large-scale problems quickly and efficiently.

It is a valuable reference for practicing engineers from diverse areas dealing
with optimization; researchers and developers designing metaheuristics; and
graduate or undergraduate students in business, management, computer science,
operations research, engineering, and applied mathematics. More than 200
exercises are also provided.

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Sender: Anna I Esparcia Alcazar <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: EuroGP 2010 - 13th European Conference on Genetic Programming

EuroGP 2010 The 13th European Conference on Genetic Programming
2nd CALL FOR PAPERS
Istanbul, Turkey, 7-9 April 2010
(Submission deadline 4th November 2009)
 <http://www.evostar.org> http://www.evostar.org

EuroGP is the premier annual conference on Genetic Programming. We invite high
quality submissions in all areas of evolution of computer programs describing
new original research.

The EuroGP conference is always a very enjoyable event offering excellent
opportunities for networking, informal contact, exchange of ideas and
discussions with fellow researchers in a friendly and relaxed setting.

The conference will be held in conjunction with EvoCOP2010 (the 10th European
Conference on Evolutionary Computation and Metaheuristics in Combinatorial
Optimization), EvoBIO 2010 (the 8th European Conference on Evolutionary
Computation, Machine Learning and Data Mining in Bioinformatics), and
EvoApplications 2010 (European Conference on Applications of Evolutionary
Computation), in a joint event collectively known as EvoStar 2010.

Previous editions of EuroGP were published in the Springer Verlag LNCS volumes
1598, 1802, 2038, 2278, 2610, 3003, 3447, 3905, 4445, 4971, 5481.

Topics
------
High quality papers are sought on topics strongly related to the evolution of
computer programs, ranging from theoretical work to innovative applications.
Topics include, but are not limited to
* Theoretical developments
* Empirical studies of GP performance and behaviour
* Algorithms, representations and operators
* Applications of GP to real-life problems
* Hybrid architectures including GP components
* Unconventional evolvable computation
* Evolutionary design
* Evolutionary robotics
* Grammar-based GP
* Evolvable hardware
* Linear GP
* Self-reproducing programs
* Evolution of tree or graph structures
* Evolution of various classes of automata or machine (e.g. cellular automata,
finite state machines, pushdown automata, Turing machines)
* Object-oriented genetic programming

Submission
----------
Submission will be done electronically using the online submission service.
More details will be available at the conference website
<http://www.evostar.org> www.evostar.org

Papers must be at most 12 pages long and formatted following Springer
LNCS guidelines.

Accepted papers will be presented orally or as posters at the Conference and
will be printed in the proceedings published by Springer Verlag in the
LNCS series.

Important Dates
---------------
Submission deadline: 4 November 2009
Notification of acceptance: mid December 2009
Camera ready papers due: early January 2010
Conference: 7-9 April 2010

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Sender: Anna I Esparcia Alcazar <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: EvoNUM 2010 - 3th European Event on Bio-inspired algorithms for
         continuous parameter optimisation

EvoNUM 2010 - Bio-inspired algorithms for continuous parameter optimisation
part of the Evo* 2010 EvoApplications Conference
Istanbul, Turkey, 7-9 April 2010

__Introduction__
Many engineering problems of both theoretical and practical interest involve
choosing the best configuration of a set of parameters to achieve a specified
objective. Numerical optimisation refers to the case when these parameters take
continuous real values, as opposed to combinatorial optimisation, which deals
with discrete values. Examples include designing production processes for
maximum efficiency, optimal parameter adjustment for controllers and many
others. EvoNUM focuses on such problems.

We seek high quality papers involving the application of bio-inspired algorithms
(genetic algorithms, genetic programming, evolution strategies, differential
evolution, particle swarm optimization, evolutionary programming, simulated
annealing... and their hybrids) to continuous optimisation problems in
engineering. We also welcome cross-fertilisation between Nature-inspired
algorithms and more classical numerical optimisation algorithms.

EvoNUM deals with engineering applications where continuous parameters or
functions have to be optimised, in fields such as control, chemistry,
agriculture, electricity, building and construction, energy, aerospace
engineering, design optimisation...

The workshop will be part of Evo* 2010, a joint event which will incorporate
EuroGP 2010, the 13th European Conference on Genetic Programming, EvoCOP 2010,
the 10th European Conference on Evolutionary Computation in Combinatorial
Optimisation, EvoBIO 2010, the 8th Conference on Evolutionary Bioinformatics,
and EvoApplications 2010, the European Conference on the Applications of
Evolutionary Computation.

__Topics of Interest__
EvoNUM aims to cover areas that include but are not limited to:
- Local learning of parameters
- Mechanisms to incorporate constraints
- Theoretical developments
- Performance measures and performance analysis
- Benchmark problems

__Submission details and additional information__
Submit your manuscript, at most 10 A4 pages long, in Springer LNCS
format (instructions are downloadable from:
http://www.springeronline.com/sgw/cda/frontpage/0,11855,5-164-2-72376-0,00.html)
using the online submission service no later than 4 November 2009.

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

The authors of accepted papers may 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, including all source files (text and images), by January
2010. All accepted papers will appear in the workshop proceedings, published in
the Springer LNCS series, which will be available at the workshop.

The authors of papers that receive the best reviews will be nominated
for the 'Best paper Award'.

__Important Dates__
Submission deadline: 4 November 2009
Notification of acceptance: Mid December 2009
Camera ready papers due: early January 2010
EvoNUM : 7-9 April 2010

__Web Addresses__
Conference web page http://www.evostar.org
EvoNUM web page http://dces.essex.ac.uk/research/evostar/EvoNUM.htm

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Sender: Angelov, Plamen <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: a new journal by Springer on Evolving Systems

The new journal on Evolving Systems: An International Journal of Advanced
Science and Technology, ISSN 1868-6478
(http://www.springer.com/engineering/journal/12530) published by Springer has
now been launched. It will provide fast processing times (on -line submission at
https://www.editorialmanager.com/evos/), focused, yet encompassing hot emerging
topic area, professional and dedicated editorial staff and more.

It will solicit high quality publications that will undergo double blinded
thorough review process (minimum three reviews required to proceed) and yet will
give chance to young authors by dedicated special issues.

Evolving Systems" covers surveys, methodological, and application-oriented
papers in the emerging area of evolving systems. Evolving systems are inspired
by the idea of system model evolution in a dynamically changing and evolving
environment. They use inheritance and gradual change with the aim of life-long
learning and adaptation, self-organization including system structure evolution
in order to adapt to the (unknown and unpredictable) environment as structures
for information representation with the ability to fully adapt their structure
and adjust their parameters.

"Evolving Systems" solicits publications that address the problems of modelling,
control, prediction, classification and data processing in non-stationary,
unpredictable environments and describe new methods and approaches for design of
systems able to fully adapt its structure rather than adjust its parameters
based on a pre-trained and fixed structure.

The journal is devoted to the topic of self-developing, self-organised, and
evolving systems in its entirety - from systematic methods to case studies and
real industrial applications. It covers all aspects of the methodology such as
conventional systems, neuro-fuzzy systems, evolutionary systems, Bayesian
systems, machine learning methods, clustering, and classification, but also
looking at new paradigms and applications, including medicine, robotics,
business, industrial automation, control systems, transportation,
communications, environmental monitoring, biomedical systems, security, and
electronic services. The common features for all submitted methods and systems
are evolvability and knowledge discovery.

The journal is encompassing contributions related to:
1) Methods of computational intelligence and mathematical modelling
2) Inspiration from Nature and Biology, including Neuroscience, Bioinformatics
   and Molecular biology, Quantum physics
3) Applications in engineering, business, social sciences.

Abstracted/Indexed in Google Scholar and ISI Web of Knowledge

Looking forward to your contributions,
Dr. Plamen Angelov, SMIEEE, Senior Lecturer
co-Editor-in-chief Evolving Systems (Springer)
Director Intelligent and Robotic Systems Programme
Intelligent Systems Research Laboratory
Infolab21, Department of Communication Systems
Lancaster University, Lancaster, LA1 4WA, UK
tel: +44 (1524) 510391; fax: +44 (1524) 510493

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Sender: pyyin <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: CFP:International Journal of Applied Metaheuristic Computing

We like to draw your attention to the new ”International Journal of Applied
Metaheuristic Computing” http://www.igi-global.com/ijamc to be launched in 2010.
You are courteously invited to submit your research articles to this journal.
Please find below a CFP for the journal’s information.

*** MISSION OF IJAMC ***
The engineering and business problems we face today become more impenetrable and
unstructured, making the design of a satisfactory problem-specific algorithm
nontrivial. Alternatively, researchers and practitioners look for generic
metaheuristic computing that guides the course of a heuristic to search beyond
the local optimality, which impairs the capability of traditional computation
methods. Prospective authors are invited to submit manuscripts for possible
publication in the International Journal of Applied Metaheuristic Computing
(IJAMC). The IJAMC provides a forum for researchers, scientists, practitioners
and students who wish to learn, analyze, improve and apply technologies in
metaheuristic computing.

*** RECOMMENDED TOPICS ***
Topics to be discussed in this journal include (but are not limited to):

Modeling and analysis of metaheuristic computing
- Random optimization
- Local search
- Greedy algorithm
- Genetic algorithm
- Simulated annealing
- Tabu search
- Path relinking
- Ejection chain
- Strategic oscillation
- Scatter search
- Ant colony optimization
- Particle swarm optimization
- Immune algorithm
- Differential evolution
- Memetic algorithm
- Culture algorithm
- Foraging algorithm
- GRASP
- Variable neighbourhood search
- Hybrid method
- Model-based metaheuristics (Matheuristics)
- Hyper-heuristics
- Metaheuristics in dynamic, multi-objective, constrained environment

Applications of metaheuristic computing
- Distributed computing, multimedia processing, machine learning, data
  mining, bioinformatics, data security, network design, and decision making
- Control system, evolvable hardware, power system, vehicular system,
  communication system, transportation system, and simulation optimization
- Supply-chain management, production scheduling, resource allocation, human
  resource planning, strategic planning, project portfolio management, and
  business process management
- Government, education, economics, finance, and the others

*** SUBMITTING TO IJAMC ***
Prospective authors should note that only original and previously unpublished
articles will be considered. Interested authors must consult the journal’s
guidelines for manuscript submissions at http://www.igi-global.com/ijamc . All
article submissions will be forwarded to at least 3 members of the Editorial
Review Board of the journal for double-blind, peer review. Final decision
regarding acceptance/revision/rejection will be based on the reviews received
from the reviewers. All submissions must be forwarded electronically to
[log in to unmask]

All inquiries and submissions should be directed to the attention of:
Peng-Yeng Yin;  Editor-in-Chief;
International Journal of Applied Metaheuristic Computing
E-mail: [log in to unmask]
www.igi-global.com/ijamc

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Sender: Joern Grahl <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: 2nd CFP: Evolutionary Computation in Transportation and Logistics 2010

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 volutionary 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 http://www.evostar.org and
http://dces.essex.ac.uk/research/evostar/EvoTRANSLOG.htm .

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.

Best regards,

Andreas Fink and Jörn Grahl
(program chairs)

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Sender: Carlos Cotta <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: CFP: EvoCOMPLEX 2010

EvoCOMPLEX 2010
Evolutionary Algorithms and Complex Systems
7-9 April, 2010, Istanbul, Turkey
http://www.evostar.org

EvoCOMPLEX 2010 covers all aspects of the interaction of evolutionary algorithms
(and metaheuristics in general) with complex systems. Relevant topics include
the use of evolutionary algorithms for the analysis or design of complex
systems, as well as the use of complex systems and tools thereof to model,
analyse or improve the performance of evolutionary algorithms.

EvoCOMPLEX 2010 is held within the European Conference on the Applications of
Evolutionary Computation, EvoApplications 2010.

EvoCOMPLEX Chairs
Carlos Cotta, University of Malaga, Spain
Juan J. Merelo, University of Granada, Spain

IMPORTANT DATES
Submission: 4 November 2009
Notification: 20 December 2009
Camera ready: 10 January 2010
EvoCOMPLEX: 7-9 April 2010

FURTHER INFORMATION
Further information on the conference, co-located events, and submission details
can be found in http://www.evostar.org

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Sender: BIOMA <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: BIOMA 2010 - Call for papers

BIOMA 2010
The 4th International Conference on
Bioinspired Optimization Methods and their Applications
20-21 May 2010
Ljubljana, Slovenia
http://bioma.ijs.si/conference/2010/

Important Dates:
- Submission Deadline - 15 January 2010
- Notification of Acceptance - 12 March 2010
- Final Copy Due - 2 April 2010

Conference Topics:
Areas of interest include genetic algorithms, evolution strategies, evolutionary
programming, genetic programming, ant colony optimization, particle swarm
optimization and related bioinspired methods, and their applications in science,
engineering and business. Papers addressing real-world applications are
especially welcome.

Keynote Speaker:
Christian Blum (Technical University of Catalonia, Barcelona)

Proceedings:
All accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings that will
be available at the conference.

Journal Publications:
Revised and extended versions of selected application papers from the conference
will be invited for a "fast track" submission to the Elsevier Science Journal of
Applied Soft Computing. In addition, selected papers will be invited to a
special issue of the International Journal of Innovative Computing and
Applications, Inderscience Publishers.

Program Chairs:
- Bogdan Filipic, Chair, Jozef Stefan Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia
- Jurij Silc, Chair, Jozef Stefan Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Program Committee:
- Christian Blum, Technical University of Catalonia, Barcelona, Spain
- Janez Brest, University of Maribor, Slovenia
- Dirk Büche, MAN Turbo AG, Zürich, Switzerland
- Carlos A. Coello Coello, CINVESTAV-IPN, Mexico
- Kalyanmoy Deb, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, India
- Rolf Drechsler, University of Bremen, Germany
- Jürgen Jakumeit, ACCESS e.V., Aachen, Germany
- Peter Korosec, Jozef Stefan Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia
- Barbara Korousic-Seljak, Jozef Stefan Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia
- Marjan Mernik, University of Maribor, Slovenia
- Zbigniew Michalewicz, University of Adelaide, Australia
- Edmondo Minisci, University of Glasgow, UK
- Nalini N, Siddaganga Institute of Technology, Karnataka, India
- Gregor Papa, Jozef Stefan Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia
- Mario Pavone, University of Catania, Italy
- Jim Torresen, University of Oslo, Norway
- Xin-She Yang, National Physical Laboratory, Teddington, UK

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Sender: Johannes Fuernkranz <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: CfP ICML 2010 Haifa

The 27th International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML-10) will be held in
Haifa, Israel, June 21-25, 2010, and will be co-located with the 23rd
Conference on Learning Theory (COLT-10).

ICML 2010 invites submission of engagingly written papers on substantial,
original, and previously unpublished research in all aspects of machine
learning. We welcome submissions of innovative work on systems that are self
adaptive, systems that improve their own performance, or systems that apply
logical, statistical, probabilistic or other formalisms to the analysis of data,
to the learning of predictive models, to cognition, or to interaction with the
environment.  We welcome innovative applications, theoretical contributions,
carefully evaluated empirical studies, and we particularly welcome work that
combines all of these elements. We also encourage submissions that bridge the
gap between machine learning and other fields of research.

To further strengthen and broaden participation in all areas of machine
learning, we followed an area-driven process for selecting the area chairs and
are confident that we have competent people for handling submissions in /all/
areas of machine learning.

Further information is available at http://icml2010.haifa.il.ibm.com/.

  IMPORTANT DATES
   * October 12, 2009 Call for papers issued
   * February 1, 2010 Full paper submissions due
                      (no separate abstract date)
                      Deadline: 11:59pm, Samoa time
   * April 16, 2009   Acceptance notification

   * June 21, 2010    ICML tutorials
   * June 22-24, 2010 ICML conference
   * June 25, 2010    Joint ICML/COLT workshop day
   * June 26, 2010    Organized trip (Jerusalem or Nazareth)
   * June 27-29, 2010 COLT conference

  FORMAT OF THE CONFERENCE
The conference will include three days of technical presentations, one day of
tutorials and one day of workshops. Accepted papers will each have an oral
presentation as well as a poster in an evening poster session. Awards will be
given for papers of outstanding quality. There will also be talks by several
invited speakers, and a banquet.

  SUBMISSION
Submission of papers and the management of the paper reviewing process
will be entirely electronic. More instructions for authors can be found
at http://icml2010.haifa.il.ibm.com/.

  REVIEW PROCESS
The review process will be similar to last year's process, but incorporates some
of the community feedback. Authors, reviewers, and area chairs indicate subject
areas. With the help of these subject areas, area chairs bid for papers and one
area chair is assigned to each paper. During a first round of reviewing, each
paper will receive two reviews. First-round reviewers are assigned via subject
areas and bidding. As in recent years, authors will have the opportunity to see
and respond to the reviews before a final decision is made. Papers that receive
at least one positive review in the first round, or where otherwise deemed
necessary by the area chair, will receive one or more additional reviews. These
additional reviewers are manually selected by the area chair. Final decisions
will be made using the input from all reviewers, the author feedback, the area
chair, and the program chairs. Reviewing for ICML 2010 will be blind to the
identities of the authors. No conditional accepts will be granted this year.

ICML 2010 will not accept any paper that is substantially similar to another
paper that is currently under review or has already been accepted for
publication in a journal or another conference. Please clearly indicate in the
submission which contributions are novel and which are previous work, either by
the authors or others. If a paper\ submitted to ICML 2010 and another already
published or already submitted paper contain substantial overlap in content and
this overlap is not clearly indicated (anonymously) as being previous work, then
the ICML submission may be rejected on the grounds of being a dual submission.
Similarly, authors must withdraw their papers if they submit an overlapping
paper elsewhere during ICML's review period. For papers published in
substantially disjoint communities (application conferences, for example), the
amount of novel content a paper needs to contain may be less, as long as the
submitted papers are themselves clearly targeted to a machine-learning audience.

With your help, we expect another excellent conference!

 THE ICML2010 ORGANIZATIONAL TEAM
   * General Chair:
         o Stefan Wrobel (Fraunhofer IAIS & Universität Bonn)
   * Program Co-chairs:
         o Johannes Fürnkranz (Technische Universität Darmstadt)
         o Thorsten Joachims (Cornell University)
   * Local Arrangements Chair:
         o Shai Fine (IBM Research Haifa)

Contact us at <[log in to unmask]>

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Sender: Xiaodong Li <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: CFP: CEC2010 Special Session on: Niching Methods for Multimodal
         Optimization

2010 IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation Special Session on:
Niching Methods for Multimodal Optimization
July 18 - 23, 2010, Barcelona, Spain
http://goanna.cs.rmit.edu.au/~xiaodong/cec10-niching/

AIMS AND SCOPES
---------------
Evolutionary Algorithms (EAs) in their original forms are usually designed for
locating a single global solution. These algorithms typically converge to a
single solution because of the global selection scheme used. Nevertheless, many
real-world problems are “multimodal” by nature, i.e., multiple satisfactory
solutions exist. It may be desirable to locate many such satisfactory solutions
so that  a decision maker can choose one that is most proper in his/her problem
domain. Numerous techniques have been developed in the past for locating
multiple optima (global or local). These techniques are commonly referred to as
“niching” methods. A niching method can be incorporated into a standard EA to
promote and maintain formation of multiple stable subpopulations within a single
population, with an aim to locate multiple globally optimal or suboptimal
solutions. Many niching methods have been developed in the past, including
crowding, fitness sharing, derating, restricted tournament selection, clearing,
speciation, etc.

Most of existing niching methods, however, have difficulties which need to be
overcome before they can be applied successfully to  real-world multimodal
problems. Some identified issues include: difficulties to pre-specify some
niching parameters; difficulties in  maintaining found solutions in a run; extra
computational overhead; poor scalability when dimensionality is high. This
special session aims  to highlight the latest developments in niching methods,
bring together researchers from academia and industries, and explore future
research directions on this topic. We invite authors to submit original and
unpublished work on niching methods. Topics of interest include  but are not
limited to:

- Theoretical developments in multimodal optimization
- Niching methods that incurs lower computational costs
- Handling the issue of niching parameters in niching methods
- Handling the scalability issue in niching methods
- Handling problems characterized by massive multi-modality
- Adaptive or parameter-less niching methods
- Multiobjective approaches to niching
- Multimodal optimization in dynamic environments
- Niching methods applied to discrete multimodal optimization problems

- Niching methods applied to constrained multimodal optimization problems
- Niching methods using parallel or distributed computing techniques
- Benchmarking niching methods, including test problem design and performance
  metrics
- Comparative studies of various niching methods
- Niching methods applied to engineering and other real-world multimodal
  optimization problems

Please note that we are NOT interested if the adopted task is to find a
single solution of a multimodal problem.

PAPER SUBMISSION
----------------
Manuscripts should be prepared according to the standard format and page limit
of regular papers specified in CEC2010 and submitted through the website
http://www.wcci2010.org/. Special session papers will be treated in the same way
as regular papers and included in the conference proceedings

IMPORTANT DATES
---------------
Paper Submission: 31 January 2010
Decision Notification: 15 March 2010
Final Camera-Ready Submission: 2 May 2010

For general enquiries, please contact Xiaodong Li via email:
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Sender: Jeff Clune <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Generative and Developmental Systems Track, GECCO 2010, Call for Papers
         and Participation

            GENERATIVE AND DEVELOPMENTAL SYSTEMS TRACK
   2010 GENETIC AND EVOLUTIONARY COMPUTATION CONFERENCE (GECCO-2010)
                  http://www.sigevo.org/GECCO-2010

We invite you to submit a paper to the GDS track at GECCO 2010, which we believe
is the premier conference for GDS-related work worldwide.

Our program committee of GDS experts means that your paper will be reviewed by
many leaders in the field. Moreover, the attendance at the GDS track has been
high ever since it started in 2007. The size and prestige of the GECCO
conference will allow many researchers to learn about your work, both at the
conference and via the proceedings (GECCO has the highest impact rating of all
conferences in the field of Evolutionary Computation and Artificial Life*).

This track focuses on work which has gone by many names, such as artificial
development, artificial embryogeny, computational embryology, generative
systems, indirect encodings, developmental encodings, genetic regulatory
networks (GRNs), Lindenmayer Systems (L-Systems), genotype to phenotype
mappings, etc. We invite papers on these topics or related subjects.

We also want to alert you to the historical importance of this track. Many of
you share our excitement about this field and its connection to the powerful
capabilities of biological encoding and development. For many years, there was
no consistent annual venue to which researchers in this area could submit papers
to be reviewed by a committee of GDS researchers.

Most opportunities to present work in this area have been through one- time
workshops or symposia that do not carry the same weight as a GECCO conference
publication.

To address this gap, a committee of GDS researchers encouraged GECCO to
establish an official conference track in 2007. With the establishment of the
track, we now have an opportunity to build a strong and consistent community
that can improve and flourish over time.

However, the track can only survive with your submissions.   It is important to
note that GECCO permanently cancels tracks that fail to attract sufficient
submissions.  Therefore, our community can preserve this new resource only by
contributing papers.  We know that you have many options for submitting your
GDS-related ideas, and we hope that you will consider the long-term investment
that GDS represents for the community.  Our program committee is selected from
among the top GDS researchers in the world, and we hope that our track will
continue to flourish with your enthusiasm.

IMPORTANT DATES
* Submission deadline: January 13, 2010
* Notification of paper acceptance: March 10, 2010
* Camera-ready submission: April 5, 2010
* GECCO-2010 Conference: July 7-11, 2010

The conference will be held July 7-11, 2010 in the very nice city of
Portland, Oregon, USA.

For more information, please see the GECCO homepage at
http://www.sigevo.org/gecco-2010

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Sender: Thomas Weise <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Call for Chapters: Variants of Evolutionary Algorithms for Real-World
         Applications

Variants of Evolutionary Algorithms for Real-World Applications
A volume edited by Raymond Chiong, Thomas Weise and Zbigniew Michalewicz

Proposals Submission Deadline: 15 DECEMBER 2009
Full Chapters Due: 15 FEBRUARY 2010
Website: http://www.it-weise.de/book/
To be published by Springer-Verlag in 2011

Book Objectives & Mission:
Started as a mere academic curiosity, Evolutionary Algorithms (EAs) first came
into sight back in the 1960s. However, it was not until the 1980s that the
research on EAs became less theoretical and more practical. As a manifestation
of population-based, stochastic search algorithms that mimic natural evolution,
EAs use genetic operators such as crossover and mutation for the search process
to generate new solutions through a repeated application of variation and
selection.

Due to their ability to find satisfactory solutions for conventionally hard and
dynamic problems within acceptable time, EAs have attracted interests from many
researchers and practitioners in recent years. The general-purpose, black-box
character of EAs makes them suitable for a wide range of real-world
applications. Standard EAs such as Genetic Algorithms, Evolutionary Programming,
Evolution Strategies and Genetic Programming are becoming more and more accepted
in the industry and commercial sectors. With the dramatic increase in
computational power today, an incredible diversification of new application
areas of these techniques can be observed. At the same time, new variants and
classes of evolutionary optimisation methods such as Differential Evolution,
Estimation of Distribution Algorithms, Cultural Algorithms, Grammatical
Evolution, Gene Expression Programming, Cooperative and Competitive
Co-evolutionary Algorithms, Multi-objective Evolutionary Algorithms, to name
just a few, emerged.

When systems utilising EAs reach production stage, off-the-shelf versions of
these methods are regularly replaced by dedicated algorithm variants. These
specialised EAs often use tailored reproduction operators, search spaces
differing significantly from the well-known binary or tree-based encodings,
non-trivial genotype- phenotype mappings, or are hybridised with other
optimisation algorithms. This book aims to promote the practitioner's view on
EAs by giving a comprehensive discussion of how EAs can be adapted to the
requirements of various applications in the real-world domains. It will pool
knowledge and experience on how EAs can be exploited to solve a wide range of
problems in diverse fields such as scheduling, manufacturing, logistics, space
allocation, stock cutting, anomaly detection, engineering design, software
testing, bioinformatics and data mining, among others. The main focus will be on
applications which are actually delivered and integrated in some industrial or
real-world settings.

Recommended topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
 + Methods (variants of):
   - Genetic Algorithms
   - Genetic Programming
   - Evolution Strategies
   - Evolutionary Programming
   - Differential Evolution
   - Estimation of Distribution Algorithms
   - Co-evolutionary Algorithms
   - Multi-objective Evolutionary Algorithms
   - Memetic Algorithms

 + Applications:
   - Planning, Scheduling and Timetabling
   - Space Allocation, Bin Packing and Stock Cutting
   - Logistics and Transportation
   - Computer Networks and Telecommunications
   - Computer Security, Privacy and Anomaly Detection
   - (Computer) System Configuration and Management
   - Software Testing and Software Engineering
   - Hardware Design and Testing, Circuit Layout, Circuit Synthesis
   - Engineering Design and (Industrial) Design Optimisation
   - Data Mining, Customer Decision Prediction
   - Expert Systems
   - Medicine, Diagnosis
   - Chemistry
   - Biology, Molecular Biology, Genetics, Bioinformatics
   - Business and Financial Applications, Fraud Detection

Submission Procedure:
Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before December 15,
2009 a 2-3 pages proposal to [log in to unmask] (cc. [log in to unmask]) clearly
explaining the mission and concerns of the proposed chapter. Authors of accepted
proposals will be notified between 2 to 3 weeks time about the status of their
proposals. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by February 15, 2010. All
submitted chapters will be reviewed by at least three reviewers and the final
decision of acceptance or rejection will be based on their recommendations.

Manuscript Preparation:
The full chapters must be prepared according to Springer's style guide for
contributed books and conform to additional instructions provided at
http://www.it-weise.de/book/style.zip. Manuscript preparation in LaTeX is
strongly recommended. Works based on previously published materials must be
substantially extended.

Important Dates:
Deadline for chapter proposals                      15 December 2009
Deadline for full chapters                          15 February 2010
Notification of acceptance/rejection of chapters    15 May 2010
Deadline for submission of final chapters           15 June 2010
Publication of book                                 First half of 2011

All inquiries can be forwarded to Dr.-Ing. Thomas Weise via e-mail at
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Sender: Laetitia Jourdan <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: [NATComp'2010] 2nd Call for paper: Workshop on Nature Inspired
         Computing, ACS/IEEE AICCSA 2010

Workshop on Nature Inspired Computing (NATComp'2010) as a part of 2010 ACS/IEEE
International Conference on Computer Systems and Applications
HAMMAMET TUNISIA
May 16-19th, 2010

http://www2.lifl.fr/AICCSA2010/index.php?n=Main.Natcomp

IMPORTANT DATES:
* Full Paper Submission Deadline ------------- November 6, 2009
* Notification of Acceptance -------------------- December 19, 2009
* Camera-Ready papers Due ------------------- February 5, 2010
* Author Registration ---------------------------- February 5, 2010
* Workshop ---------------------------------May 16-19, 2010

We would like to draw your attention to the Workshop on Nature Inspired
Computing (NATComp'2010), which has currently an open call for papers.
NATComp'2010 will be held in Hammamet, Tunisia, next May 16-19th 2010
as a part of ACS/IEEE International Conference
on Computer Systems and Applications (http://www2.lifl.fr/AICCSA2010)

Nature inspired computing is a field that studies and creates innovating
computing algorithms inspired by nature principle. The goal is to
benefit from the robustness, decentralized and parallel properties coming
from nature to solve new large and complex problems.

WORKSHOP TOPICS:

The papers are solicited in the following (but not limited) Areas:
* Evolutionary algorithms, swarm optimization, scatter search, …
* Emergent nature inspired algorithms: quantum computing,
artificial immune systems, bee colony, DNA computing, …
* Parallel algorithms and hybrid methods with metaheuristics,
machine learning, game theory, mathematical programming, constraint
programming, co-evolutionary, …
* Artificial Neural Networks
* Biodegradability Prediction
* Cellular Automata
* Nano Computing
* Application to: logistics and transportation,
telecommunications, scheduling, data mining, engineering design,
bioinformatics, …
* Theory of metaheuristics, landscape analysis, convergence,
problem difficulty, very large neighbourhoods, …
* Application to multi-objective optimization
* Application in dynamic optimization, problems with uncertainty, …

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.

Submissions should not exceed 8 two columns, 8.5x11 inch pages
(including figures, tables, and references) in 10 point fonts. IEEE
templates are available at the url
http://www.ieee.org/web/publications/pubservices/confpub/AuthorTools/
conferenceTemplates.html

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Sender: Ponnuthurai Nagaratnam Suganthan (Assoc Prof) <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: UPDATES on IEEE TEC Special Issue on Differential Evolution

Dear DE Researcher,

The CFP is available from http://www3.ntu.edu.sg/home/epnsugan/
(the last link on the left)

The submission deadline is now 30th of November, 2009.

As soon as you submit your 'DE special Issue manuscript' to the IEEE TEC MC
submission system, please let us know the submission number and the title. This
way, we'll be able to choose reviewers for your submissions and this can
potentially speed-up the review process.

 We look forward to receiving your contributions.

Thank you

Special Issue Organizers
Dr. Swagatam Das
Dr. P. N. Suganthan
Dr. Carlos A. Coello Coello

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Sender: Oscar Cordon <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: DEADLINE EXTENSION FOR GEFS2010 CONFERENCE: 14 NOVEMBER 2009!!

PLEASE MIND THE DEADLINE EXTENSION:
STRICT DEADLINE: 14 NOVEMBER 2009!!!

FINAL CALL FOR PAPERS
FOURTH INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP ON GENETIC AND EVOLUTIONARY FUZZY SYSTEMS
17 - 19 March 2010
Mieres, Asturias, Spain
http://www.softcomputing.es/gefs2010

SCOPE
GEFS2010 will become the fourth workshop in a series of highly successful
symposiums dedicated to serve the needs of academics and practitioners in
computational intelligence following the previous workshops in Granada (Spain),
Ambleside (UK), and Witten-Bommerholz (Germany). The objective of GEFS2010 is to
facilitate the promotion of novel problems, research, results, and future
directions in the growing area of genetic and evolutionary fuzzy systems.
GEFS2010 will provide an opportunity to exchange ideas, make new contacts and
meet old friends.

PAPER SUBMISSION
The proceedings will be published by IEEE Press. Prospective authors are
invited to submit full papers of up to 6 pages following the double column IEEE
format. All papers should be submitted electronically through the workshop
website (http://www.softcomputing.es/gefs2010/en/contributions.php).

TOPICS OF INTEREST
* Genetic Fuzzy Rule-Based Systems
Michigan, Pittsburgh, and iterative rule learning approaches in genetic fuzzy
rulebased systems; Multiobjective genetic fuzzy systems; Genetic learning and
tuning of fuzzy rule-based systems; Genetic fuzzy systems and the
interpretability-accuracy trade-off; Scalability issues on genetic fuzzy
rule-based systems for high-dimensional problems
* Other Evolutionary Fuzzy Systems
Evolutionary fuzzy rule-based systems; Evolutionary-neuro-fuzzy systems and
models; Evolutionary fuzzy clustering; Fuzzy systems and hybrid soft computing
approaches
* Real-world applications
Robotics and control systems; Industrial applications; Data mining and knowledge
discovery; Bioinformatics; Other application domains

VENUE
The workshop will take place in Mieres (Asturias), a small town located in the
North of Spain, in a former mining area, being held at the facilities of the
European Centre for Soft Computing, sited in the Scientific-Technological
Building of the University Campus.

IMPORTANT DATES
Paper submission, tutorial, special sessions   14 Nov. 2009
Acceptance notification                        11 Dec. 2009
Final version due                              15 Jan. 2010
Workshop                                       17-19 Mar. 2010

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Sender: Stephen Dignum <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: EvoStar 2010 Submission Deadline Extended and Final Call For Papers

*** Submission now open for all conferences ***
*** SUBMISSION DEADLINE EXTENDED: 11th November 2009 ***
EuroGP, EvoCOP, EvoBIO and EvoApplications

7th - 9th April, 2010; Istanbul Technical University; Istanbul, Turkey
http://www.evostar.org

The EuroGP, EvoCOP, EvoBIO and EvoApplications conferences comprise 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.
*** Conference: 7th - 9th April 2010 ***

Scope of the events:

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

EvoCOP:
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.

EvoBIO:
8th European Conference on Evolutionary Computation, Machine Learning and
Data Mining in Bioinformatics: 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.

EvoApplications:
EvoCOMNET: 7th European event on nature-inspired techniques for
telecommunication networks and other parallel and distributed systems
EvoCOMPLEX (new): Evolutionary algorithms and complex systems
EvoENVIRONMENT: 2nd European event on nature inspired methods for
environmental issues
EvoFIN: 4th European event on evolutionary and natural computation in
finance and economics
EvoGAMES: 2nd European event on bio-inspired algorithms in games
EvoIASP: 12th European event on evolutionary computation in image analysis
and signal processing
EvoINTELLIGENCE (new): Interactive evolution and humanized computational
intelligence
EvoMUSART: 8th European event on evolutionary and biologically inspired
music, sound, art and design
EvoNUM: 3rd European event on bio-inspired algorithms for continuous
parameter optimisation
EvoSTOC: 7th European event on evolutionary algorithms in stochastic and
dynamic environments
EvoTRANSLOG: 4th European event on evolutionary computation in
transportation and logistics
EvoPHD: 5th Graduate Student Workshop on evolutionary computation.

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Sender: Stefano Cagnoni <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: CFP: EVOIASP2010

Evolutionary Computation in Image Analysis and Signal Processing
an  EvoApplication   (European  Conference  on   the  Applications  of
Evolutionary Computation) event

incorporated in Evo* 2010
Istanbul, Turkey, 9-11 April 2010
******** SUBMISSION DEADLINE: EXTENDED TO 11 November 2009 ***********
******** special issue OF JAEA BEING NEGOTIATED **********************

Evolutionary algorithms have been shown  to be tools which can be used
effectively in  the development of systems (software  or hardware) for
image  analysis  and signal  processing  in  complex  domains of  high
industrial and social relevance.

EvoIASP has  been the first  European event specifically  dedicated to
the applications  of evolutionary  computation (EC) to  image analysis
and  signal  processing (IASP)  and  gives  European and  non-European
researchers  in those  fields, as  well  as people  from industry,  an
opportunity to  present their latest  research and to  discuss current
developments  and   applications,  besides  fostering   closer  future
interaction between members of the three scientific communities.

In 2010, EvoIASP  will reach its twelfth edition,  after being held in
Gothenburg, Sweden  (1999), Edinburgh, UK (2000),  Como, Italy (2001),
Kinsale,  Ireland  (2002), Colchester,  UK  (2003), Coimbra,  Portugal
(2004),  Lausanne,  Switzerland   (2005),  Budapest,  Hungary  (2006),
Valencia, Spain  (2007), Naples, Italy (2008),  and Tuebingen, Germany
(2009).

EvoIASP   is  part   of  EvoApplications   2010,  the   Conference  on
Applications of Evolutionary Computation, one of the events which will
take place under the common name of Evo* 2010.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
applications of evolutionary computation to real-life IASP problems
evolvable vision and signal processing hardware
evolutionary pattern recognition
hybrid architectures for machine vision and signal processing
including evolutionary components
theoretical developments
comparisons between different evolutionary techniques and between
evolutionary and non-evolutionary techniques in IASP applications,
time series analysis by means of EC techniques.

Submissions
Submit your  manuscript, at  most 10 A4  pages long, in  Springer LNCS
format            (instructions            downloadable           from
http://www.springeronline.com/sgw/cda/frontpage/0,11855,5-164-2-72376-0,00.html)
using  the online submission  service (see  http://www.evostar.org for
further details)  no later than November 11, 2009. The  papers will be
peer   reviewed   by   at   least   two   members   of   the   program
committee. Authors  will be notified via  email on the  results of the
review before 6 January, 2010.

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 15 January, 2010.  The accepted papers will appear in the
proceedings of Evo*, published in  Springer LNCS Series, which will be
available at the Conference.

Web address   http://www.evostar.org

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Sender: Penousal Machado <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: EvoMUSART 2010 - Submission Deadline Extension

8th European Event on Evolutionary and Biologically Inspired Music, Sound, Art
and Design; 7-9 April, 2010, Istanbul, Turkey; http://www.evostar.org

INTRODUCTION
EvoMUSART 2010 is the eighth European Event on Evolutionary and Biologically
Inspired Music, Sound, Art and Design. Following the success of previous
editions 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 area.

EvoMUSART 2010 will be held from 7-9 April, 2010 in Istanbul, Turkey as part of
the European Conference on the Applications of Evolutionary Computation,
EvoApplications 2010.

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

TOPICS OF INTEREST
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
     frameworks;
   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;

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AND SUBMISSION DETAILS
Submit your manuscript, at most 10 A4 pages long, in Springer LNCS format no
later than November 11, 2009. Formatting instructions available at:
http://www.springer.com/computer/lncs?SGWID=0-164-7-72376-0

Further information, including the Online Submission Details, can be found on
the following pages:
   Evo*2010: http://www.evostar.org
   EvoMUSART2010: http://dces.essex.ac.uk/research/evostar/evomusart.html

Submission:        11 November 2009
EvoMUSART:        7-9 April 2009

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Sender: Peter Merz <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Extended Deadline EvoCop 2010

          --> Extended deadline: 11th November 2009 <--
                           EvoCOP 2010
     The Tenth European Conference on Evolutionary Computation
         and Metaheuristics in Combinatorial Optimization
                Istanbul, Turkey, 7-9 April 2010
                     http://www.evostar.org

Topics
------
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
proceedings).

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.

Submission
----------
Submissions will be done electronically using the online submission service.
More details will be available at the conference website
http://www.evostar.org

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: http://www.evostar.org

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