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EC-Digest v24n3


Adam Campbell <[log in to unmask]>


Evolutionary Computation Digest <[log in to unmask]>


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Evolutionary Computation Digest Monday, March 1, 2010 Volume 24: Issue 3

SUBMISSION ADDRESS:    [log in to unmask]

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


Today's Topics:

 - Two jobs in evolutionary computation and SE
 - Postdoc Position on Routing optimization under uncertainty
 - New Book on Advances in Multi-Objective Nature Inspired Computing
 - Postdoc position in Learning Classifier Systems at the University of Notti...

 - FOGA 2011 CALL FOR PAPERS Submission Deadline: Monday July, 5, 2010
 - Call for Papers: Special Issue on Heuristic Search Methods for Large Scale...
 - Car Setup Optimization Problem Competition at EvoStar 2010
 - 2010 IEEE Conference on Computational Intelligence and Games - Second Call...
 - [META10] Metaheuristics Eternity II contest
 - IDEAL2010 will be held in 2010/09/01~03, Paisley, Scotland
 - Call for Papers - Special session on Multiobjective Optimization at META-2010
 - DEADLINE EXTENSION - ANTS 2010: International Conference on Swarm Intellig...
 - [icescfp] ICES 2010 - 9th International Conference on Evolvable Systems
 - ICNC'10-FSKD'10 Final Deadline 10 March, Yantai, China [EI/ISTP/IEEE Xplore]
 - PRICAI 2010 CFP
 - CFP: GECCO-2010 Workshop on Entropy, Information & Complexity
 - Special Session on Genetic Programming : Call for papers
 - Call for Abstracts: Workshop on Theoretical Aspects of Evolutionary Multio...
 - CFP: Extended deadline! IIS 2010 Conference


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)
FOGA'11,Foundations of Gen. Alg. XI, Schwarzenberg, Austria, Jan 5-9 2011(v24n3)

Sender: Xin Yao <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Two jobs in evolutionary computation and SE

Research Fellow in Evolutionary Computation
University of Birmingham - School of Computer Science

(Two Positions)

Starting salary of £27,183, in the range of £27,183 to £35,469 a year
(potential progression on performance once in post to £37,651)

Applications are invited for two Research Fellows in Evolutionary Computation
to work on an EPSRC-funded project on "Software Engineering By Automated SEarch
(SEBASE)" (, which is a
collaborative project between King's College and the Universities of York and
Birmingham. The posts are available immediately and are funded until 28
December 2011.

The research at Birmingham focuses on theoretical analysis of average
computation time of EAs and other meta-heuristic search algorithms on software
engineering problems and the fitness landscape characterisation of software
engineering problems. The successful candidates will be based in the Centre of
Excellence for Research in Computational Intelligence and Applications (CERCIA,, School of Computer Science, University of Birmingham.

The successful candidate is expected to have completed, or be near completion
of, a PhD in evolutionary optimisation and have good knowledge of software
engineering. S/he must have outstanding analytical skills and research
achievements evidenced by publications in leading international journals and
conferences. New PhDs will be considered whose achievements or potentials may
be assessed by their PhD theses. Strong mathematical background and excellent
computational skills are essential. Also essential are communication (both oral
and written) skills, people skills, ability to work independently as well as a
team member, and ability to take initiatives and be proactive.

Informal enquiries can be made to Professor Xin Yao, School of Computer Science,
via email at: [log in to unmask]

Closing date: 12 March 2010

Reference: 43503

To download the details and submit an electronic application online visit: alternatively information can be obtained from 0121 415

Sender: Laetitia Jourdan <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Postdoc Position on Routing optimization under uncertainty

The INRIA DOLPHIN research group ( at INRIA Lille Nord
Europe (French EPST) has an opening for a postdoctoral fellow in the field of
routing optimization under uncertainty.

Team-Project: DOLPHIN
Location: INRIA Lille Nord Europe

Scientific context:
The objective of the DOLPHIN (Discrete multi-objective Optimization for Large
scale Problems with Hybrid dIstributed techNiques) project is the modelization
and resolution of large multi-objective combinatorial optimization problems
using parallel and distributed hybrid techniques. Cooperation of methods (exact
methods and metaheuristics, for instance) is one of the important issue as well
as GRID enabled optimization. Members of the project are actively participating
to international manifestations in Operations Research, Evolutionary
Computation, Multi-objective Optimization.

A large part of real world optimization problems (e.g. transportation and
scheduling problems) are subject to multiple criteria and uncertainties due to,
e.g. noisy, approximated or unknown objective functions, data and environment
parameters. Vehicle routing problems (VRPs) are classical transportation
problems where the aim is to determine a route or a set of routes that one or
more vehicles should undertake to collect, deliver or transport goods and/or
people. VRPs are particularly concerned by the presence of multiple objective
(e.g. cost, quality of service, environment impact) and uncertainty in their
data; e.g. stochastic travel time of the vehicles caused by the presence of
traffic jams and/or atmospheric conditions (snow, pollution restriction speed),
stochastic demands and customers…

The objective of this work is to study the adaptation of metaheuristics in
solving stochastic optimization problems and in particular stochastic routing
problems. A design (for a future implementation) of the proposed optimization
algorithm will be considered.

The objectives of this work are then:
1. Review and analysis of the different research studies dealing with modelling
   and robust planning in uncertain and multi-objective distribution
   optimization problems. Two aspects will be deeply studied: uncertainty on
   demands and uncertainty on travel times (e.g. Time dependent VRP).
2. Definition of robustness metrics to be included into the model of
   distribution problem.
3. Modelling robust routing in uncertain and multi-objective distribution
   optimization problems.
4. Design of robust optimization algorithms for solving multi-objective and
   uncertain VRP models.
5. Performance assessment of the proposed optimization models and algorithms on
   real problem data and extended benchmarks from the literature.

Conctact: Clarisse Dhaenens ([log in to unmask]) and
Laetitia Jourdan ([log in to unmask]) With subject Post Doc00806
EMail must contain at least a statement of interest, a CV, the names of two

Apply also directly online one the website of INRIA:

Sender: Laetitia Jourdan <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: New Book on Advances in Multi-Objective Nature Inspired Computing

It is a pleasure to announce the publication of the book:
*Advances in Multi-Objective Nature Inspired Computing *

Edited by:
Carlos A. Coello Coello
Clarisse Dhaenens
Laetitia Jourdan

Studies in Computational Intelligence, Vol. 272
1st Edition., 2010, 200 p.

ISBN: 978-3-642-11217-1

The purpose of this book is to collect contributions that deal with the use of
nature inspired metaheuristics for solving multi-objective combinatorial
optimization problems. Such a collection intends to provide an overview of the
state-of-the-art developments in this field, with the aim of motivating more
researchers in operations research, engineering, and computer science, to do
research in this area.

As such, this book is expected to become a valuable reference for those wishing
to do research on the use of nature inspired metaheuristics for solving
multi-objective combinatorial optimization problems.

This volume consists of eight chapters, including an introduction that provides
the basic concepts of multi-objective combinatorial optimization.

Sender: Jaume Bacardit <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Postdoc position in Learning Classifier Systems at the University of

Research Fellow
Project Title: Principled Application of Learning Classifier Systems to
               Large-Scale Challenging Datasets (LCSxLCD)
University of Nottingham - School of Computer Science
Deadline for application: March 31st, 2010
Salary: 27,319 per annum
Project duration: 15 months

Applications are invited for the above EPSRC funded post to work on the project
"Principled Application of Learning Classifier Systems to Large-Scale
Challenging Datasets (LCSxLCD)".

Learning Classifier Systems (LCS) are robust machine learning techniques very
suitable for data mining and knowledge discovery. In recent years, there has
been important research effort in advanced representations, search mechanisms,
theoretical analysis, etc. The goal of this project is to study the general
applicability of LCS to large-scale challenging data mining tasks.

The project involves
1) the development of theoretical models for the performance of LCS when applied
   to large volumes of data that can inform us of when and why LCS methods are
   successful and also when do LCS fail and
2) proposal of new LCS methods with improved performacen and robustness based on
   the insight gained from these models .

The person appointed will be based in the Automated Scheduling, Optimisation &
Planning (ASAP) Group, which is one of four main research groups within the
School of Computer Science at Nottingham. The School was ranked 8th in UK in the
2008 RAE. ASAP has been carrying out innovative research into the development
and investigation of decision support, search methodologies and machine learning
for a wide and diverse range of real world problem environments for the last 10
years. The group comprises 12 members of academic staff, 16 researchers, 51 PhD
students and three administrators. The project also includes budget for a
two-month visit for the candidate to the University of Illinois at
Urbana-Champaign, USA.

Candidates should have a PhD in computer science and experience in evolutionary
algorithms, learning classifier systems and/or machine learning. Past experience
in the development of theoretical models will be an advantage together with
evidence of top quality research in the form of published papers and/or
software. The successful candidate will be able to access all the resources of
the rich career development programme of the University of Nottingham.

Salary will be 27,319 per annum. This post is available from June 2010 and will
be offered on a fixed-term contract for period of 15 months.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Dr J Bacardit, tel: 0115 846 7044,
Email: [log in to unmask] Please note that applications sent
directly to this Email address will not be accepted.

To apply on-line please access: Please
quote ref. SCI/792. Closing date: 31 March 2010.

Sender: w langdon <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: FOGA 2011 CALL FOR PAPERS Submission Deadline: Monday July, 5, 2010

                      CALL FOR PAPERS
                           FOGA 2011
               Foundations of Genetic Algorithms XI
              5-9 January 2011 Schwarzenberg, Austria
             Submission Deadline: Monday July, 5, 2010

 We invite submissions of extended abstracts for the eleventh Foundations of
Genetic Algorithms workshop. FOGA is only held every two years and focuses on
theoretical foundations of all flavors of evolutionary computation.  The next
FOGA is in the Gasthof Hirschen hotel in Schwarzenberg in Austria from
Wednesday, January 5 to Sunday January 9, 2011. Prof. Dr. Karl Sigmund has
agreed to deliver a keynote lecture. Attendance is limited to people who
submitted papers, or those requesting attendance in advance. Students are
particularly encouraged to participate.

Prof. Dr. habil. Hans-Georg Beyer
Dr. W. B. Langdon

 Submissions should address theoretical issues in evolutionary computation.
Papers that consider foundational issues, place analysis in the wider context of
theoretical computer science, or focus on bridging the gap between theory and
practice are especially welcome. This does not prevent the acceptance of papers
that use an experimental approach, but such work should be directed toward
validation of suitable hypotheses concerning foundational matters.

Further information:
 Enquiries and submissions   [log in to unmask]

 Extended abstracts should be between 10-12 pages long.  To submit, please email
a compressed postscript or a PDF file to [log in to unmask] no later than Monday,
July 5, 2011.  In your email, also include the title of the paper, and the name,
address and affiliation of all the authors.  Submitted papers should use
standard spacing and margins, with 11pt or 12pt font for the main text. Authors
using LATEX should either use the standard article style file or the FOGA style
file which can be found at the conference web-site.  To ensure the reviews are
double-blind authors are asked to remove references to themselves from their

 Notification will be September 13, 2011 and drafts of the full paper will be
needed by December 6, 2010.  These drafts will be distributed as part of a
preprint to participants at FOGA. Authors of papers presented at the FOGA
workshop will be asked to contribute final versions of their papers (based on
discussion/feedback at the meeting) as part of the final volume.

Important Dates
Extended abstracts due                      July 5,       2010
Notification to authors                     September 13, 2010
Registration and room booking deadline      October 8,    2010
Pre-proceedings camera ready manuscript due December 6,   2010
FOGA workshop                               January 5-9,  2011
Post workshop proceedings                   February 21,  2011

FOGA XI is sponsored by ACM SIGEVO and supported by
Vorarlberg University of Applied Sciences (FHV)

Sender: Frank Neumann <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Call for Papers: Special Issue on Heuristic Search Methods for Large
         Scale Optimization Problems in Industry, Evolutionary Computation

                             Special Issue on
   Heuristic Search Methods for Large Scale Optimization Problems in Industry
        Evolutionary Computation Journal, MIT Press
            SUBMISSION DEADLINE: July 31, 2010.

Guest Editors:
Andreas Ernst, CSIRO Mathematical and Information Science,
[log in to unmask] Zbigniew Michalewicz, University of Adelaide,
[log in to unmask] Frank Neumann, Max Planck Institute for
Informatics, [log in to unmask]

This special issue aims to provide a forum for researchers working on large
applied optimization problems arising in industry. Such problems often defy
solution by exact approaches such as integer and constraint programming.
Particular challenges of large applied problems include the presence of complex
objectives containing a mixture of real costs and soft constraints which can be
time consuming to evaluate. In addition the search space of problems is often so
large that traversing it with neighbourhood-move, crossover or mutation
operators can take too long to allow effective exploration. This special issue
solicits novel high-quality contributions on heuristic methods for large applied
optimization problems that have been used in practice. While papers on any
aspect of solving large scale optimization problems in industry are welcome, of
special interest are submissions on:

-Scheduling/planning problems solved for particular organizations
-Novel methods for exploring very large search spaces
-Decomposition and parallel computing techniques for solving large optimization
-Hybrid heuristics for real world optimization problems
-Methods for dealing with large data sets in formulating and solving large
 optimization problems, including issues around data consistency and
-Case studies of successful (or unsuccessful) implementations of large scale
 heuristic optimization algorithms in a business and lessons learned from these.

Authors are encouraged to make available (de-identified) versions of some of
their real world data sets to support the development of more sophisticated
methods to deal with some of these challenging problems.

This special issue will not consider the solution of large abstract problems (eg
classical VRP or job shop scheduling problems) nor papers that only test
algorithms on randomly generated data sets. Authors are invited to submit
original work on topics relevant for this special issue. The publication of the
special issue is tentatively scheduled for Summer 2011.

Authors should submit their manuscripts to the Evolutionary Computation
Editorial Manager at
When submitting a paper, please send at the same time also an email to Frank
Neumann ([log in to unmask]) with paper title and author list to inform about
the submission.

Sender: Mike Preuss <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Car Setup Optimization Problem Competition at EvoStar 2010

Solve a noisy simulated real-world optimization problem

Problem sketch: noisy, 22 variables, real-valued, limited time
Platforms: Windows / Linux
Interface: Java
Submission deadline: April 1st 2010
Further information:

The problem resembles the situation faced by car racing teams prior to a world
cup race: Adapt the car to the driver and the track to maximize performance,
under given time constraints. Here, an evolutionary or other optimization
algorithm shall be used to adjust brakes, suspension, gears and so on.

Different from the related GECCO-2009 competition, the meaning of the variables
is not a secret: You know what kind of car you have created. However, you still
have to distribute the budget of racing time in an effective way over the
configurations tried, finding a tradeoff between many noisy short evaluations
and few near deterministic long evaluations.

Please try it out, it is easy and fascinating!

Results are going to be presented at the EvoStar conference,
April 7th-9th, Istanbul

* Luigi Cardamone, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
* Daniele Loiacono, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
* Markus Kemmerling, TU Dortmund, Germany
* Mike Preuss, TU Dortmund, Germany

Sender: Julian Togelius <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: 2010 IEEE Conference on Computational Intelligence and Games - Second
         Call for Papers

Second call for papers - Paper submission deadline: March 15, 2010
2010 IEEE Conference on Computational Intelligence and Games (CIG)
Center for Computer Games Research, IT University of Copenhagen,
Denmark, August 18-21, 2010

Games have proven to be an ideal domain for the study of computational
intelligence as not only are they fun to play and interesting to observe, but
they provide competitive and dynamic environments that model many real-world
problems. Additionally, methods from computational intelligence promise to have
a big impact on game technology and development, assisting designers and
developers and enabling new types of computer games. The 2010 IEEE Conference
on Computational Intelligence and Games aims to bring together leading
researchers and practitioners from academia and industry alike to share the
latest advances in computational intelligence as applied to games.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:
 * Learning in games
 * Coevolution in games
 * Neural-based approaches for games
 * Fuzzy-based approaches for games
 * Player/Opponent modeling in games
 * CI/AI-based game design
 * Multi-agent and multi-strategy learning
 * Applications of game theory
 * CI for Player Affective Modeling
 * Intelligent Interactive Narrative
 * Imperfect information and non-deterministic games
 * Player satisfaction and experience in games
 * Theoretical or empirical analysis of CI techniques for games
 * Comparative studies and game-based benchmarking
 * Computational and artificial intelligence in:
       o Video games
       o Board and card games
       o Economic or mathematical games
       o Serious games
       o Augmented and mixed-reality games
       o Games for mobile platforms

The conference will consist of a single track of oral presentations, tutorial
and special sessions, and live competitions. The proceedings will be placed in
IEEE Xplore, and made freely available on the conference website after the

Paper submission deadline: March 15, 2010
Decision Notification:       May 15, 2010
Camera-ready Submission:    June 15, 2010
Conference starts:        August 18, 2010

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Sender: Laetitia Jourdan <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: [META10] Metaheuristics Eternity II contest

*** Contest on Eternity II ***
A contest of META'2010
Registration deadline to the contest April 15th 2010

We are pleased to announce the official start of the Metaheuristics Eternity II
Contest of META'2010.
Eternity II is a puzzle game. The puzzle consists of 256 square pieces that are
bordered by colored patterns which must be aligned across the whole puzzle.

Entrants must submit a zip file which will be organized with a pdf at the root
(a two pages description of the application+results), an executable file and a
folder source with the instructions to compile it.

More information is available at

*** Important Date ***
- February 2010: registration to the contest is open, send an email to
- April 15th 2010: Registration deadline to the contest
- July 15th 2010: Send the deliverable
- September 15th 2010: acceptance notification

Jérémie Humeau (INRIA, France)
Laetitia Jourdan (INRIA, France)
Arnaud Liefooghe (Coimbra, Portugal)
Marie-Eléonore Marmion (LIFL, France)

Sender: IDEAL2010 <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: IDEAL2010 will be held in 2010/09/01~03, Paisley, Scotland

IDEAL is an annual conference dedicated to emerging and challenging topics in
intelligent data analysis and engineering and their associated learning
paradigms. Previous successful IDEAL conferences include Daejeon (2008),
Birmingham (2007), Burgos, (2009, 2006), Brisbane (2005), Exeter (2004),
Hong Kong (2003), Manchester (2002) and Hong Kong (2002, 1998). The 11th
International Conference on Intelligent Data Engineering and Automated Learning
(IDEAL 2010) will be held on 1st – 3rd September 2010 in the University of the
West of Scotland, on its Paisley campus which is 15 kilometres from the city of

The 11th International Conference on Intelligent Data Engineering and Automated
Learning (IDEAL 2010) provides an interesting opportunity to present and discuss
the latest theoretical advances and real-world applications in Intelligent Data
Engineering and Automated Learning.

As in the past, the IDEAL 2010 proceedings will be published by Springer as
Lecture Notes in Computer Science Series and promising authors will be invited
to submit extended versions of their papers to the International Journal of
Neural Systems.

 Submission of papers -     April 19th 2010
 Notification of acceptance -    May 21st 2010
 Final Submission -     June 15th 2010
 Conference -     Sept. 1-3rd 2010

More information can be found at

Session topics would include ensemble learning methods, kernel methods, feature
extraction, classification, data mining, agents, evolutionary computation,
knowledge and rule-based systems, gene expression, protein data, image analysis,
finance, fuzzy sets, time series, spam detection and rule engineering.

-Learning and Information Processing
 o Machine Learning
 o Neural Networks
 o Emergent Systems
 o Probabilistic Learning
 o Clustering and Classification
 o Feature Selection and Extraction
 o Information Fusion
 o Evolutionary Computation
 o Fuzzy Logic
 o Applications

Paper Submission:
Manuscripts must be written in English. All submissions will be refereed by
experts in the field based on originality, significance, quality and clarity.
All contributions must be original, should not have been published elsewhere and
should not be intended to be published elsewhere during the review period.
Accepted papers will be included in IDEAL 2010 Proceedings that will published
by Springer Verlag in the prestigious LNCS Series.
All papers must be initially submitted in electronic PDF format using the online
paper submission system on conference website
( Papers should not exceed 8 pages and must
comply with the format of LNCS/LNAI Series. Please visit Springer website for
the paper format on

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Sender: Arnaud Liefooghe <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Call for Papers - Special session on Multiobjective Optimization at

Special session on Multiobjective Optimization
as a part of
META 2010
International Conference on Metaheuristics and Nature Inspired Computing
October 28-30, 2010 - Djerba, Tunisia

Important dates
 - Submission (2-page abstract): May 15, 2010
 - Notification of acceptance: July 15, 2010
 - Camera-ready version: September 15, 2010
 - Conference: October 28-30, 2010

The scope of the special session includes (but is not limited to):
 - Adaptation of metaheuristics to multiobjective optimization: local search,
   simulated annealing, tabu search, iterated local search, evolutionary
   algorithms, swarm optimization, scatter search.
 - Algorithmic aspects of metaheuristics for multiobjective optimization: search
   strategies, fitness assignment, diversity preservation, elitism, constraint
   handling, implementation issues, analysis.
 - Hybridization with other techniques: hybrid metaheuristics for multiobjective
   optimization, cooperation with exact approaches, interaction with
   multicriteria decision making.
 - Performance assessment of metaheuristics for multiobjective optimization: new
   performance indicators, theoretical properties and relation between
 - Theoretical aspectsof metaheuristics for multiobjective optimization:
   landscape analysis, problem properties.
 - Application of metaheuristics for multiobjective optimization to academic and
   real-world multiobjective optimization problems: transportation, scheduling,
   timetabling, bioinformatics.

Submission of papers should be in shape of a 2-page abstract (including figures,
tables, and references). Templates are available on the website:
Extended versions of selected papers will be considered for publication in the
following journals: COR (Computers and Operations Research), ITOR (International
Transactions in Operational Research), JMMA (Journal of Mathematical Modelling
and Algorithms).

Program Committee (to be completed)
 - Matthieu Basseur, University of Angers (FR)
 - Clarisse Dhaenens, University of Lille (FR)
 - José R. Figueira, Technical University of Lisbon (PT)
 - Carlos Fonseca, University of Algarve (PT)
 - Laetitia Jourdan, INRIA Lille – Nord Europe (FR)
 - Nicolas Jozefowiez, University of Toulouse (FR)
 - Francisco Luna, University of Malaga (ES)
 - Thibaut Lust, University of Mons (BE)
 - Julian Molina, University of Malaga (ES)
 - Ricardo Takahashi, Federal University of Minas Gerais (BR)

Organizing Committee
 - Arnaud Liefooghe, University of Lille (FR) – University of Coimbra (PT)
 - Luis Paquete, University of Coimbra (PT)

Sender: Ants 2010 <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: DEADLINE EXTENSION - ANTS 2010: International Conference on Swarm

Submission Deadline Extended to: March 7, 2010

                            ANTS 2010
      Seventh International Conference on Swarm Intelligence
             September 8-10, 2010. Brussels, Belgium
          Call for papers prepared on September 2, 2009
              Last modification: February 19, 2010
            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.

Further Information
 Up-to-date information will be published on the web site For information about local arrangements,
 registration forms, etc., please refer to the above-mentioned web site or
 contact the local organizers at the address below.

Important Dates
 Extended submission deadline            March 7, 2010
 Notification of acceptance             April 30, 2010
 Camera ready copy                        May 14, 2010
 Conference                       September 8-10, 2010

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Sender: ICES <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: [icescfp] ICES 2010 - 9th International Conference on Evolvable Systems

Just a small reminder that the deadline for ICES 2010 is fast approaching.


Meanwhile, we have some exciting news: we have secured two great keynote
speakers: Prof. Andrew Turberfield, from the Clarendon Laboratories at the
University of Oxford will present a keynote on "Using DNA to construct molecular
systems", while Prof. Steve Furber, from the University of Manchester, will
speak on "Biologically-Inspired Massively-Parallel Architectures - computing
beyond a million processors". We are hard at work to secure a third keynote
speaker that we hope will be as interesting and relevant to our research.

So get those papers in!
We are really looking forward to seeing you in York this September!

Gianluca Tempesti
ICES 2010 General Chair

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.

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Sender: ICNC'10-FSKD'10 <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: ICNC'10-FSKD'10 Final Deadline 10 March, Yantai, China
         [EI/ISTP/IEEE Xplore]

Due to Lunar New Year holidays and numerous requests, the 6th International
Conference on Natural Computation (ICNC'10) and the 7th International
Conference on Fuzzy Systems and Knowledge Discovery (FSKD'10) is extending
the submission deadline to 10 March 2010. We cordially invite you to submit
a paper or invited session proposal.

Yantai was listed as one of the world's most inhabitable places by the
United Nations and was recognized as the "most charming city of China" by
China Central Television. Undulating hills rise above the area's many rivers
and are framed by beaches and neighboring islands. Famous tourist
attractions include the Tashan Mountain, Kongdong Island, and Penglai
Pavilion Scenic Area. Seafood and fruits are plentiful in Yantai.

Selected best papers will appear in SCI-indexed journal(s). All papers in
conference proceedings will be indexed by both EI Compendex and ISTP, as
well as the IEEE Xplore.

ICNC-FSKD is a premier international forum for scientists and researchers to
present the state of the art of data mining and intelligent methods inspired
from nature, particularly biological, linguistic, and physical systems, with
applications to signal processing, design, and more. This is an exciting and
emerging interdisciplinary area in which a wide range of theory and
methodologies are being investigated and developed to tackle complex and
challenging problems. Previously, the joint conferences in 2005 through 2009
each attracted over 3000 submissions from around the world. ICNC'10-FSKD'10
is technically co-sponsored by the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society. The
registration fee of US*D 390 includes proceedings, lunches, dinners,
banquet, and all technical sessions.

To promote international participation of researchers from outside the
country/region where the conference is held (i.e., China's mainland),
researchers outside of China's mainland are encouraged to propose invited
sessions. The first author of each paper in an invited session must not be
affiliated with an organization in China's mainland. All papers in the
invited sessions can be marked as "Invited Paper". One organizer for each
invited session with at least 6 registered papers will enjoy an honorarium
of US*D 400. Invited session organizers will solicit submissions, conduct
reviews and recommend accept/reject decisions on the submitted papers.
Invited session organizers will be able to set their own submission and
review schedules, as long as a list of recommended papers is determined by
30 March 2010. Each invited session proposal should include: (1) the name,
bio, and contact information of each organizer of the invited session; (2)
the title and a short synopsis of the invited session. Please send your
proposal to [log in to unmask]

For more information, visit the conference web page:

If you have any questions after visiting the conference web page, please
email the secretariat at [log in to unmask]

Join us at this major event in beautiful Yantai !!!

Organizing Committee

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

                              Call for Papers
                          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

Workshop Website:

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

The workshop will be a half-day, with 60% talks, 40% brainstorming/panel
discussion. Each presentation will be a half an hour.  To present, please
submit 8 page papers in PDF format, using the ACM style at, to
steven[dot]gustafson[at]research[dot]ge[dot]com. Please use a subject line of
"GECCO 2010 SRM Workshop" in the submission.  Accepted papers will be published
in the GECCO Workshop Proceedings.

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

Submission: March 25, 2010
Notification: April 1, 2009
Camera-ready: April 13, 2009
Registration: April 19 2009

Sender: TaeGil Noh <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: PRICAI 2010 CFP

The 11th Pacific Rim International Conference on Artificial Intelligence

Daegu, Korea, Aug. 30 - Sept. 2, 2010

The Pacific Rim International Conference on Artificial Intelligence (PRICAI) is
a biennial international event which concentrates on AI theories, technologies
and their applications in the areas of social and economic importance for
countries in the Pacific Rim. The Program Committee invites technical papers on
substantial, original, and unpublished research in all aspects of Artificial
Intelligence. PRICAI 2010 aims to bring together a large and diverse community,
which includes practitioners, researchers, educators, and users. The conference
URL is

?AI foundations
?Applications of AI
?Bayesian networks
?Bio-inspired intelligence
?Cognitive systems
?Constraint satisfaction
?Data mining and knowledge discovery
?Decision theory
?Education and tutoring systems
?Evolutionary computation
?Games and interactive entertainment
?Information retrieval and extraction
?Knowledge acquisition and ontology
?Knowledge representation
?Machine learning

Paper Submission
Proceedings will be published by Springer as a volume of LNAI series. All papers
should be submitted electronically using the conference management tool in
PDF/DOC format and formatted using Springer LNAI template
( Submitted papers should not
exceed 12 pages. Submitted papers must not be published or under consideration
to be published elsewhere. Detailed instructions are available at the conference

Call for Proposals for Workshops and Special Sessions
The PRICAI 2010 organizers invite proposals for organizing workshops and special
sessions in the area of Artificial Intelligence in various topics. See the
conference website for details.

Important Dates
?Paper Submission Deadline: March 15, 2010
?Paper Acceptance Notification: May 15, 2010
?Camera-ready Papers & Copyright: May 31, 2010
?Workshop & Special Session Proposals: February 1, 2010
?Tutorial Proposals: February 1, 2010
?Conference: August 30 - September 2, 2010

Contact Information
?For conference program and paper submission
  [log in to unmask]

?For registration, accommodation, venue,
  transportation and travel info
  [log in to unmask]

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Sender: Brenda & Stu Card <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: CFP: GECCO-2010 Workshop on Entropy, Information & Complexity

                             WORKSHOP ON

                      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


Among the basic concepts and state variables of thermodynamics, ENTROPY plays a
central role, explained by Boltzmann et al as statistical mechanics. Entropy and
its complement [mutual] INFORMATION play key roles in the theory of
communication by Shannon et al. COMPLEXITY and algorithmic information play the
corresponding roles in the complexity theory of Kolmogorov et al.

All three theories are directly applicable to both natural biological evolution
and evolutionary computation, but have been applied generally by neither
theoreticians nor practitioners in the latter field. In the past few years, a
few papers have appeared, scattered across different venues. This workshop will
for the first time bring together researchers with a common interest in applying
these concepts systematically to evolutionary computation and learning.

This Call For Participation invites submissions of 8 page papers to be published
in the GECCO proceedings and the ACM digital library (in ACM format, see and extended abstracts of
presentations on research in progress or concepts likely to be of interest to
workshop participants. Each submitted paper will be independently reviewed by at
least two reviewers.

Important dates:
 Paper submission deadline: 25 March 2010
 Notification of acceptance: 01 April 2010
 Camera-ready copy deadline: 13 April 2010
 Workshop: afternoon of Thursday 08 July 2010

For more information about the workshop as it develops see

To be able to post information there, register for a login (we ask only for a
login name and a valid e-mail address).

 Stuart W. Card <[log in to unmask]>
 Yossi Borenstein < yos <dot> bor <at> gmail <dot> com >

GECCO is sponsored by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Special Interest Group on Genetic and Evolutionary Computation (SIGEVO).
SIG Services: 2 Penn Plaza, Suite 701, New York, NY, 10121, USA,
1-800-342-6626 (USA and Canada) or +212-626-0500 (Global).

Sender: John Edward <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Special Session on Genetic Programming : Call for papers

The above session will be held as part of 2010 Multi-Conference (MULTICONF-10)
(website: ). MULTICONF-10 will be held during
July 12-14, 2010 in Orlando, Florida, USA.

The primary goal of MULTICONF is to promote research and developmental
activities in computer science, information technology, control engineering, and
related fields. Another goal is to promote the dissemination of research to a
multidisciplinary audience and to facilitate communication among researchers,
developers, practitioners in different fields. The following conferences are
planned to be organized as part of MULTICONF-10.

• International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Pattern Recognition
• International Conference on Automation, Robotics and Control Systems (ARCS-10)
• International Conference on Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, Genomics
  and Chemoinformatics (BCBGC-10)
• International Conference on Computer Communications and Networks (CCN-10)
• International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems and Web
• International Conference on High Performance Computing Systems (HPCS-10)
• International Conference on Information Security and Privacy (ISP-10)
• International Conference on Image and Video Processing and Computer Vision
• International Conference on Software Engineering Theory and Practice
• International Conference on Theoretical and Mathematical Foundations of
  Computer Science (TMFCS-10)

will be held at Imperial Swan Hotel and Suites.  It is a full-service resort
that puts you in the middle of the fun! Located 1/2 block south of the famed
International Drive, the hotel is just minutes from great entertainment like
Walt Disney World® Resort, Universal Studios and Sea World Orlando. Guests can
enjoy free scheduled transportation to these theme parks, as well as spacious
accommodations, outdoor pools and on-site dining — all situated on 10 tropically
landscaped acres. Here, guests can experience a full-service resort with
discount hotel pricing in Orlando.

see the website  for more details.

PS: While submitting the draft paper (please see submission instructions at the
website), please include the session name at the top of the email body.

Sender: Dimo Brockhoff <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Call for Abstracts: Workshop on Theoretical Aspects of Evolutionary
         Multiobjective Optimization

Workshop on Theoretical Aspects of Evolutionary Multiobjective Optimization ---
Current Status and Future Trends

Nicola Beume, TU Dortmund, Germany
Dimo Brockhoff, INRIA Saclay, France

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


Evolutionary Multiobjective Optimization (EMO), i.e., the simultaneous
optimization of 2 or more objective functions by means of bio-inspired
search heuristics, has become one of the main research fields in evolutionary
computation in recent years and as such also gained interest from the classical
field of multicriteria decision making (MCDM). Together with its fast
development in practice, also theoretical analyses of EMO gained more and more

To foster this growing interest of theory in EMO, the workshop "Theoretical
Aspects of Evolutionary Multiobjective Optimization" aims at bringing together
theoreticians both working in the field of EMO and from single-objective
optimization as well as EMO practitioners. Besides presenting the newest
theoretical results about EMO, the workshop aims at identifying a broad list of
challenging questions to be tackled in the near future for which we explicitly
invite both theoreticians and practitioners. The workshop covers all theoretical
topics of EMO, including but not limited to
- convergence analysis
- decision making
- diversity mechanisms
- experimental studies based on theoretical considerations
- hybridized EMO approaches
- indicator-based search
- many-objective optimization
- multiobjectivization
- performance assessment
- preference handling
- runtime analyses (incl. approximation results)
- set-based EMO
- variation operators specific to the multiobjective case

We invite submissions as proposals for a talk in form of a short abstract of
maximally 4 pages in ACM format. The talks should present recent research ideas
and identify open theoretical questions to foster discussions rather than
showing finalized results. Accepted abstracts will be published in a separate
workshop proceedings associated to the GECCO conference which also appears in
the ACM Digital Library.

Important Dates
• 03/25/2010 abstract submission deadline
• 04/01/2010 decision notification
• 04/13/2010 camera-ready files submission deadline
• 04/19/2010 registration deadline for presenting authors
• 07/07/2010 or 08/07/2010 workshop

GECCO is sponsored by the Association for Computing Machinery Special
Interest Group on Genetic and Evolutionary Computation (SIGEVO). SIG
Services: 2 Penn Plaza, Suite 701, New York, NY, 10121, USA,
1-800-342-6626 (USA and Canada) or +212-626-0500 (Global).

Sender: IIS 2009 Conference <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: CFP: Extended deadline! IIS 2010 Conference


                          CALL FOR PAPERS:
                  The 18th International Conference
                    Siedlce, Poland, June 8-10, 2010

The conference will cover a broad spectrum of areas related to
intelligent information systems including:

- Tools and Methods of AI
- Multiagent systems
- Evolutionary and reconfigurable distributed systems
- Parallel and distributed graph transformations
- Recognition classification and regression systems
- New optimization technologies
- Applied data mining using statistical and non-standard approaches
- Intelligent control systems.
- Cellular automata
- Neural networks
- Adaptive design processes
- Knowledge Discovery
- Machine learning and statistical tools in knowledge discovery
- Knowledge representation and its impact on discovery processes
- Machine learning algorithms
- New knowledge discovery paradigms
- Learning from data versus learning from knowledge sources
- Autonomous knowledge discovery robots
- Knowledge discovery tools in OLAP
- Knowledge acquisition from the Web
- Applications of knowledge acquisition methodologies and software
- Specification and verification of concurrent systems
- Mathematical models of concurrency
- Timed hybrid and stochastic systems
- Software and hardware verification
- Modelling  and  specification   formalisms
- Theory of programming
- Verification techniques for security
- Model checking simulation and testing
- Analysis and verification tools
- Search Engines
- Large scale search engines
- Personal search tools
- Intelligent spiders
- On-line and off-line document clustering
- Static and dynamic document maps
- Intelligent navigation through hypertext document collections
- Linguistic research on Web documents
- Web mining
- Question answering versus document retrieval
- Natural Language Processing
- Syntax, semantics and the lexicon
- Statistical and machine learning methods
- Information extraction and text mining
- Spoken language processing and understanding
- Question answering systems
- Dialogue systems
- Text summarization
- Machine and machine-aided translation tools
- Corpus-based language processing
- Language resources development
- Evaluation methods

Invited Speakers:
Alessio Lomuscio (Imperial College London, UK)
Andrzej Skowron (University of Warsaw, Poland)
Tomek Strzalkowski (University at Albany, USA)


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