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EC-Digest v24n2


Adam Campbell <[log in to unmask]>


Evolutionary Computation Digest <[log in to unmask]>


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Evolutionary Computation Digest Monday, February 1, 2010 Volume 24: Issue 2

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Today's Topics:

  - GP bibliography - call for new URLs and papers

  - CFP (OBUPM-2010): Wksp on Optimization by Building and Using Prob. Models
  - ThRaSH'2010 - Call for abstracts and participation
  - Call for workshops SAB2010
  - EvoPhD 2010 Call for Papers
  - ANTS 2010 - International Conference on Swarm Robotics
  - BIOMA 2010 - Submission Deadline EXTENDED
  - [icescfp] ICES 2010 - Call for Papers
  - Call for papers: MEDGEC 2010
  - CFP: IWLCS 2010, 13th International Workshop on Learning Classifier Systems


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

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)
BIOMA'10,4th Intl Conf on Bioinspired ..., Ljubljana, Slovenia, May 20-21(v24n2)
IIS'10,18th Intl Conf on Intel Inform Syst, Siedlce, Poland, June 8-10'10(v24n1)
ICML-10, Intl Conference on Machine Learning, Haifa,Israel,June 21-25'10(v23n10)
GECCO'10,Genetic and Evol Comp Conference, Portland, Oregon,July 7-11 '10(v23n9)
ICES'10,9th Intl Conference on Evolvable Systems, York, UK, Sep 5-8, 2010(v24n2)
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)

Sender: w langdon <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: GP bibliography - call for new URLs and papers

The genetic programming bibliography contains details of more than 6000 GP
papers. Of which 60% have direct hyperlinks (up 10%).

The complete GP-biblio is available via anonymous ftp or
Additionally there is a www search interface at

New GP papers:

If I am are missing any of your GP publications please send me a _full_
citation (preferably in BibTeX and including the URLs of your publications).
Also, if details are missing (eg URLs) or there are any errors do let me have
corrections or additions.

Sender: Hauschild, Mark Walter (UMSL-Student) <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Call for Papers (OBUPM-2010): Workshop on Optimization by Building
         and Using Probabilistic Models

                             Workshop on
                 PROBABILISTIC MODELS (OBUPM-2010)
                       to be held as part of the
                  July 7-11, 2010 (Wednesday-Sunday)
                       Portland, Oregon, USA
                       Organized by ACM SIG-EVO

Genetic and evolutionary algorithms (GEAs) evolve a population of candidate
solutions to a given optimization problem using two basic operators: (1)
selection and (2) variation. Selection introduces a pressure toward
high-quality solutions, whereas variation ensures exploration of the space of
all potential solutions. Two variation operators are common in current genetic-
and evolutionary computation (GEC): (1) crossover, and (2) mutation. Crossover
creates new candidate solutions by combining bits and pieces of promising
solutions, whereas mutation introduces slight perturbations to promising
solutions to explore their immediate neighborhood. However, fixed,
problem-independent variation operators often fail to effectively exploit
important features of high-quality selected solutions. One way to make
variation operators more powerful and flexible is to replace traditional
variation of GEAs by the following two steps: 1. Build a probabilistic model
of the selected promising solutions, and 2. sample the built model to generate a
new population of candidate solutions. Algorithms based on this principle are
commonly called probabilistic model-building genetic algorithms (PMBGAs) but are
also known as estimation-of-distribution algorithms (EDAs) and as iterated
density-estimation evolutionary algorithms (IDEAs).

The general purpose of this workshop is to present and discuss
   * recent advances in PMBGAs,
   * new theoretical and empirical results,
   * applications of PMBGA, and
   * promising directions for future PMBGA research.

We invite submissions on any of these topics, as well as any material on related
research areas (such as the cross-entropy methods or quantum-inspired

The workshop will feature a series of selected presentations. To submit your
contribution, send your ACM-formatted paper in Postscript or PDF by e-mail to
Mark W. Hauschild at [log in to unmask] Papers should not exceed the limit of
8 pages and must meet with deadline of the workshop (see important dates for
details). In case you can not submit your paper electronically, please contact
one of the workshop chairs.

Please note that all contributions must abide ACM formatting rules because all
contributions will be on the conference CD as well as in the ACM digital
library. Failing to comply with the ACM formatting rules will result in
exclusion from the proceedings.
Visit for formatting details.

March 25, 2010: Paper submission deadline
April  1, 2010: Notification of acceptance
April 13, 2010: Camera ready files due
April 19, 2010: Registration deadline for presenting authors
April 23, 2010: Registration advance rate ends

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Sender: Dimo Brockhoff <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: ThRaSH'2010 - Call for abstracts and participation

4th Workshop on Theory of Randomized Search Heuristics (ThRaSH'2010)

March 24-25, 2010, Paris, France

Deadline for abstract submission: February 8, 2010
Registration deadline: March 5, 2010

Following the workshops in Wroclaw, Poland, Dortmund, Germany, and Birmingham,
UK, the 4th workshop on Theory of Randomized Search Heuristics (ThRaSH'2010)
will take place in Paris on the 24th and 25th of March 2010. The purpose of the
workshop is to address questions related to theory of randomized search
heuristics such as evolutionary algorithms, ant colony optimization, or
simulated annealing for both combinatorial and numerical optimization. The
primary focus lies on discussing recent ideas and detecting challenging topics
for future work, rather than on the presentation of final results.

Researchers working on theoretical aspects of randomized search heuristics are
invited to submit a short abstract (one single page) by email to
"[log in to unmask]". No registration fee will be charged but participants are
asked to register before the workshop.

Sender: Stephane Doncieux <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Call for workshops SAB2010

                     CALL FOR WORKSHOP PROPOSALS

The SAB2010 program committe invites proposals for workshop to be held in
conjunction with the 11th conference on Simulation of Adaptive Behavior
(SAB2010) in Paris, France, August 24-28

** Important dates **
Deadline for workshop proposals:      April 1st, 2010
Notification of acceptance:          April 15th, 2010
Transmission of final versions of papers or videos: July 15th, 2010
Information and Submissions:    [log in to unmask]

SAB workhops provide a unique opportunity to meet people and exchange ideas in
an informal setting. A SAB workshop should focus on a specialized research area,
or on interdisciplinary research field related to the Animat community. SAB
workshops are full- or half-day workshops.

Each proposal should contain the following information:
1. Description of the workshop topics (half-page)
2. A brief description of why and how workshop topics are of interest for
   SAB (half-page)
3. The estimated number of participants
4. A tentative schedule
5. Contact information

Workshops will be held the 24th of August in the "couvent des cordeliers" in

All workshop attendees will get a copy of the workshop materials. Workshop
organizers will be invited to send their own workshop materials (articles and
videos) before July the 15th for inclusion in the electronic proceedings
(CD-ROM or USB key).

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

Fifth European Graduate Student Workshop on Evolutionary Computation

Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey
7th - 9th April 2010

This is the fifth European workshop on evolutionary computation that focuses on
the work of PhD students. For the first time this year, submissions to EvoPhD
are open both to students who are still working on their PhD and to researchers
who have completed their work in 2009.

Moreover, starting from this year, EvoPhD has instituted the *First European PhD
award*, awarding the best PhD-summary submission with the publication on the
Journal of Artificial Evolution and Application (JAEA).

The main aims of EvoPhD are (i) to give students feedback on the current state
of their thesis, and (ii) to give the opportunity to newly finished researchers
to present a summary of their PhD work to an audience of internationally
recognised experts in the field of Evolutionary Computation.

As usual, the workshop also provides students with contacts and professional
networking opportunities, which helps them to integrate into the community.

For students, the aim of a submission is to get feedback on the current state of
their thesis. Submissions will be evaluated by members of a high-quality
committee that consists of long running members of the community with the goal
to provide in-depth feedback. Students are required to submit a paper that
summarizes the research performed and planned as part of their dissertation.

For new researchers, the workshop is an opportunity to give broader visibility
to their original research, both by presenting to an audience of interntionally
recognised EC experts, and thanks to the possibility to have their work
published on an international journal of EC.

The number of participants is limited. Accepted papers will be published in a CD
with ISSN 1974-4145, that will be disseminated among the participants of the

The workshop is part of Evo*2010, which combined form Europe's premier
co-located events in the field of evolutionary computing. The next event takes
place in Istanbul, Turkey. Featuring the latest in theoretical and applied
research, the topics include recent genetic programming challenges, evolutionary
and other meta-heuristic approaches for combinatorial optimization, evolutionary
algorithms in the biosciences, in music and art domains, in image analysis and
signal processing systems, in hardware optimisation and as applied to a range of
industrial and financial optimisation problems.

Evo*2010 web address:

Topics include, but are not limited to,
* Any topic that fits in the scope of the conferences and workshops
* Bio-inspired computing, such as evolutionary computing, ant colony
  optimization, swarm intelligence, and neural networks
* Local optimisation methods (tabu search, simulated annealing)
* All flavours of evolutionary computation (genetic programming, evolution
  strategies, genetic algorithms, memetic algorithms, etc.)
* Combinatorial optimisation with bio-inspired computing
* Application of evolutionary computation to real-life problems
* Hybrid architectures that include bio-inspired components

Sender: Xiaodong Li <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: ANTS 2010 - International Conference on Swarm Robotics

                           ANTS 2010
       Seventh International Conference on Swarm Intelligence
              September 8-10, 2010. Brussels, Belgium
           Call for papers prepared on September 2, 2009
             More details and up-to-date information at

Scope of the Conference
 Swarm intelligence is a relatively new discipline that deals with the study of
 self-organizing processes both in nature and in artificial systems. Researchers
 in ethology and animal behavior have proposed many models to explain
 interesting aspects of social insect behavior such as self-organization and
 shape-formation. Recently, algorithms and methods inspired by these models have
 been proposed to solve difficult problems in many domains.

 An example of a particularly successful research direction in swarm
 intelligence is ant colony optimization, the main focus of which is on discrete
 optimization problems. Ant colony optimization has been applied successfully to
 a large number of difficult discrete optimization problems including the
 traveling salesman problem, the quadratic assignment problem, scheduling,
 vehicle routing, etc., as well as to routing in telecommunication networks.
 Another interesting approach is that of particle swarm optimization, that
 focuses on continuous optimization problems. Here too, a number of successful
 applications can be found in the recent literature. Swarm robotics is another
 relevant field. Here, the focus is on applying swarm intelligence techniques to
 the control of large groups of cooperating autonomous robots.

 ANTS 2010 will give researchers in swarm intelligence the opportunity to meet,
 to present their latest research, and to discuss current developments and

 The three-day conference will be held in Brussels, Belgium, on September 8-10,
 2010. Tutorial sessions will be held in the mornings before the conference

Relevant Research Areas
 ANTS 2010 solicits contributions dealing with any aspect of swarm intelligence.
 Typical, but not exclusive, topics of interest are:
   + Behavioral models of social insects or other animal societies that can
     stimulate new algorithmic approaches.
   + Empirical and theoretical research in swarm intelligence.
   + Application of swarm intelligence methods, such as ant colony optimization
     or particle swarm optimization, to real-world problems.
   + Theoretical and experimental research in swarm robotics systems.

Publication Details
 As for previous editions of the ANTS conference, proceedings will be published
 by Springer in the LNCS series.  The journal Swarm Intelligence will publish a
 special issue dedicated to ANTS 2010 that will contain extended versions of the
 best research works presented at the conference.

Important Dates
 Submission deadline             February 28, 2010
 Notification of acceptance         April 30, 2010
 Camera ready copy                    May 14, 2010
 Conference                   September 8-10, 2010

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Sender: BIOMA 2010 <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: BIOMA 2010 - Submission Deadline EXTENDED

BIOMA 2010
The 4th International Conference on
Bioinspired Optimization Methods and their Applications
20-21 May 2010
Ljubljana, Slovenia

Submission Deadline - EXTENDED: 2 February 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)

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

Sender: ICES <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: [icescfp] ICES 2010 - Call for Papers

9th International Conference on Evolvable Systems (ICES)
- From Biology to Hardware
St. William's College, York, UK, 5th-8th September 2010
*** Submission Deadline: 5th March 2010 ***

Held without interruption since 1995, ICES has become the leading conference in
the field of evolvable hardware and systems. The 9th ICES conference, to be held
in York, UK, in September 2010, hopes to build on the success of its
predecessors by bringing together researchers who combine biologically inspired
concepts with hardware and presenting the latest developments in the field.

Topics include, but are not limited to:
* Evolutionary hardware design
* Co-evolution of hybrid systems
* Embryonic hardware
* Intrinsic and extrinsic evolution
* Hardware/software co-evolution
* On-line hardware evolution
* Evolutionary robotics
* Autonomic and organic computing
* Evolutionary circuit diagnostics and testing
* Self-repairing and fault tolerant systems
* Self-reconfigurable and adaptive hardware
* Generative and developmental approaches
* Real-world applications of evolvable hardware
* MEMS and nanotechnology in evolvable hardware
* Formal models for bio-inspired hardware systems
* Novel devices/testbeds/tools for evolvable hardware

=== Paper Submission ===
Prospective authors are cordially invited to submit original papers using the
electronic submission form on the conference webpage. All accepted papers will
be included in the conference proceedings.

=== Conference Venue ===
The conference will be held in the historic centre of York, a walled riverside
city in the north of England, around two hours by rail from London, Edinburgh
and Manchester. York is a small city with a rich 2000 years history, a popular
tourist destination with a lively café bar and restaurant culture, offering a
number of museums and galleries set around the Minster, one of Europe's largest
Gothic cathedrals.

=== Organising Committee ===
General Chair:
Gianluca Tempesti, University of York, UK

Programme Co-Chairs:
Julian F. Miller, University of York, UK
Andy Tyrrell, University of York, UK

Publicity Chairs:
Andy Greensted, University of York, UK
Michael Lones, University of York, UK

Local Chairs:
Stephen L. Smith, University of York, UK
James Walker, University of York, UK

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Sender: Stefano Cagnoni <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Call for papers: MEDGEC 2010

                          to be held as part of the
                          Sponsored by ACM SIGEVO
                    July 7-11, 2010 (Wednesday-Sunday)
                Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront Hotel
                          Portland, Oregon, USA

We are pleased to invite you to submit a paper to MedGEC 2010 the GECCO
Workshop on Medical Applications of Genetic and Evolutionary Computation.

Full details can be found at the MedGEC Web site:

Subjects will include (but are not limited to) applications of GEC to:
   Medical imaging
   Medical signal processing
   Medical text analysis
   Clinical diagnosis and therapy
   Data mining medical data and records
   Clinical expert systems
   Modelling and simulation of medical processes
   Drug description analysis
   Patient-centric care

A dedicated workshop at GECCO provides a much needed focus for medical related
Applications of EC, providing not only a clear definition of the state of the
art, but also support to practitioners for whom GEC might not be their main
area of expertise or experience.

The Workshop has two main aims:
(i) to provide delegates with examples of the current state of the art of
applications of GEC to medicine.
(ii) to provide a forum in which researchers can discuss and exchange ideas,
support and advise each other in theory and practice.

GECCO is widely regarded to be the most authoritative conference in GEC and,
as such, offers the ideal venue for this important and growing community.

Important dates:
Paper submission deadline: 25 March 2010
Notification of acceptance: 1 April, 2010
Camera-ready copy deadline: 13 April, 2010
Workshop: 7 or 8 July, 2010

For full details, please see the Workshop home page at:

Sender: Jan Drugowitsch <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: CFP: IWLCS 2010, 13th International Workshop on Learning Classifier

        13th International Workshop on Learning Classifier Systems
                          to be held as part of the
                         Sponsored by ACM SIGEVO
                   July 7-11, 2008 (Wednesday-Sunday)
               Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront Hotel
                      Portland, Oregon, USA
                             Workshop Website:

The Thirteenth International Workshop on Learning Classifier Systems
(IWLCS 2010) will be held in Portland, Oregon, USA, Thursday, July 8, 2010
during the Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO-2010),
July 7-11, 2010.

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

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

Thus, we invite submissions that discuss recent developments in all areas of
research on, and applications of, Learning Classifier Systems. IWLCS is the
event that brings together most of the core researchers in classifier systems.
Moreover, a free introductory tutorial on LCSs is presented the day before the
workshop at GECCO 2010. Tutorial and IWLCS workshop thus also provide an
opportunity for researchers interested in LCSs to get an impression of the
current research directions in the field as well as a guideline for the
application of LCSs to their problem domain.

Topics of interests include but are not limited to:
- Paradigms of LCS (Michigan, Pittsburgh, ...)
- Theoretical developments (behavior, scalability and learning bounds, ...)
- Representations (binary, real-valued, oblique, non-linear, fuzzy, ...)
- Types of target problems (single-step, multiple-step, regression/function
- System enhancements (competent operators, problem structure identification
  and linkage learning, ...)
- LCS for Cognitive Control (architectures, emergent behaviours, ...)
- Applications (data mining, medical domains, bioinformatics, ...)

Submissions and Publication
Submissions will be short-papers up to 8 pages in ACM format. Please
see the GECCO 2010 information for authors for further details. However,
unlike GECCO, papers do not have to be submitted in anonymous format.

All accepted papers will be presented at IWLCS 2010 and will appear in
the GECCO workshop volume. Proceedings of the workshop will be
published on CD-ROM, and distributed at the conference. Authors will
be invited after the workshop to submit revised (full) papers that, after
a thorough review process, are to be published in the next post-workshop
proceedings volume (scheduled for 2012), in the Springer LNCS/LNAI book

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

Important dates
* Paper submission deadline: Thursday, March 25, 2010
* Notification to authors: Thursday, April 1, 2010
* Submission of camera-ready material: by Tuesday, April 13, 2010
* Conference registration: by Monday, April 19, 2010
* Workshop date: Thursday, July 8, 2009


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