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EC-Digest v24n12


Christopher Hollander <[log in to unmask]>


Evolutionary Computation Digest <[log in to unmask]>


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Evolutionary Computation Digest Saturday, December 4, 2010 Volume 24: Issue 12

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


Today's Topics:

 - Evo* 2011: FINAL DEADLINE December 13
 - FOGA 2011 Papers to be presented
 - Post-doctoral Researcher position at the University of Orleans, France
 - New book announcement by N. Monmarché, F. Guinand and P. Siarry (Eds)

 - The First Cross-Domain Heuristic Search Challenge
 - Special Issue on “Emerging Synergies of AI and Software Engineering”, IJSEKE
 - GECCO 2011: Call for Papers
 - [CFP] Matheuristic track at MIC 2011


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FOGA'11,Foundations of Gen. Alg. XI, Schwarzenberg, Austria, Jan 5-9 2011(v24n3)
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ICANNGA'11,Intl Conf. on Adaptive and ...,Ljubljana, Slovenia,Apr14-16'11(v24n6)
EVO*'11, The main European events on EC, Torino, Italy, April 27-29, 2011(v24n9)
GECCO'11,Genetic and Evol Comp Conference, Dublin, Ireland,July 12-16 '11(v24n7)

Sender: Sara Silva <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Evo* 2011: FINAL DEADLINE December 13

Due to a large number of requests for extensions to the EvoStar submission
deadlines, submissions will continue to be accepted until 13 December but
please note that this is the absolutely final deadline and that all submissions
made after this date will not be considered. Please contact the chairs to
advise that you are sending your paper and ensure that it is submitted by
13 December.

Please see the official website at for more information.

Sender: w langdon <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: FOGA 2011 Papers to be presented

The list of papers to be presented is now on  the Foundations of Genetic
Algorithms XI web site

FOGA has a post workshop review during which papers are further
selected and refined. So the current list should not be taken as final.

Online registration is via

Attendance is limited and is now on a first come-first served basis.

Sender: Frédéric Loulergue <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Post-doctoral Researcher position at the University of Orleans, France



The HPIAF project is a two years project funded by EXQIM S.A.S. and is
concerned with the application of evolutionary computation to the production
and improvement of trading automata. The amount of data to be processed
requires the use of parallel architectures. The selected candidate is expected
to study, define, implement and evaluate the appropriate evolutionary
algorithms and their parameters, as well as design, implement, test and
evaluate parallel versions of the algorithms with predictable performance.

The post-doctoral researcher will work in close collaboration with LIFO's HPIAF
researchers (Pr F. Loulergue and Dr M. Bamha) and with EXQIM researchers who
have a long experience of industry-academia research collaboration. This
collaboration will involve sharing realistic datasets and parallel systems made
available by EXQIM, sharing and interfacing software libraries with EXQIM while
combining regular web-conferences with a moderate amount of travel to Paris
where EXQIM is based.

About EXQIM and LIFO

EXQIM - EXclusive Quantitative Investment Management is a company in the legal
form of a société par actions simplifiée (S.A.S.), registered under French law
since June 17, 2009, with a capital of €650,020. EXQIM has been approved by the
AMF since October 2010 as an asset management firm, and is to launch its first
fund in Luxembourg in the first quarter of 2011.

EXQIM's business objective is to generate returns for its funds using
proprietary investment strategies with an exclusively quantitative and
well-diversified approach.

The founding of EXQIM rests on the following observations:
- Machines do not make mistakes and are more efficient than human beings
(faster detection & execution, no emotions).
- Technological innovations have opened new investment horizons.

EXQIM has three fundamental pillars:
- A department for applied financial mathematics research, which develops
  arbitrage models;
- A department for computing research, development and exploitation, which is
  in charge of implementing and monitoring trading automata;
- A department for operational control to ensure the management of risk and

The Computer Science laboratory of the University of Orleans (LIFO, is a research and doctoral training unit
recognised and funded by the French Ministry of Research. The laboratory
specialises in software science. The Parallelism, Virtual Reality and
Verification group conducts research on parallel computing and verification
and hosts PC clusters for its experiments and for the benefit of its industrial
partners. This work has been rewarded by international, national and regional
grants. The group's techniques for scalable performance are applied to
simulation, databases and machine learning. LIFO is a member of the Cascimodot
cluster federating Loire Valley-region laboratories involved in numerical


The candidate must hold a doctorate in Computer Science with experience in some
of the following areas:
- genetic algorithms
- genetic programming
- machine learning
- parallel algorithms and applications
- parallel programming languages and applications.

The candidate must also be interested in producing high quality
research reports
and software documentations.

Knowledge of French is not required but language courses can be made available.

Job conditions

Title: Post-doctoral researcher
Location: Laboratoire d'Informatique Fondamentale d'Orléans, France
Contract: 1 year fixed term contract (option to renew for up to two years)


To apply, send a detailed CV including a list of publications and a letter of
motivation to Frederic Loulergue [log in to unmask]

Deadline for application is January 3, 2011.


Sender: Nicolas Monmarché <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: New book announcement by N. Monmarché, F. Guinand and P. Siarry (Eds)

Artificial Ants
Nicolas Monmarché, Frédéric Guinand and Patrick Siarry (Eds)
Iste & Wiley

ISBN 9781848211940. October 2010.
576 pp. Hardback.
Recommended Retail Price: $ 145 / £96.95 / €116.40

Artificial ants take their inspiration from observations in nature: animal
societies, such as ant colonies, have developed collective behaviors with
fascinating efficiency and robustness.

The motivation to imitate nature has grown increasingly, and throughout the
last decade, artificial ants have experienced rapid development in the research
community, mainly for solving optimization problems.

Now these algorithms have proved their efficiency and are widely used in the
industrial world. The purpose of this book is to provide an overview of the
current situation of ant colony algorithms.

The first part helps to understand the basis of ant colony algorithms, and to
discover a panorama of applications in the field of optimization, particularly
in the industrial world. The second part deals with broader issues, i.e. those
not limited to optimization, and provides an overview of current research in
the field of artificial ants.

This book is suitable for practitioners, researchers and graduate students in
disciplines such as optimization, heuristics, signal processing.

*Written for:*
Researchers and graduate students in computer science and fields related to
optimization or broader issues in swarm intelligence.

Hard optimization, Heuristic methods, Swarm intelligence.


Sender: Heuristic Search Challenge <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: The First Cross-Domain Heuristic Search Challenge (Call for

CHeSC 2011:  Call for Submissions
The First Cross-Domain Heuristic Search Challenge
Registration deadline: May 15, 2011

The first Cross-domain Heuristic Search Challenge seeks to bring together
practitioners from operational research, computer science and artificial
intelligence who are interested in developing more generally applicable
search methodologies. The challenge is to design a search algorithm that works
well, not only across different instances of the same problem, but also across
different problem domains.

The competition is organised and run by the Automated Scheduling, Optimisation
and Planning (ASAP) group at the University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK
(, with partners from Queen's University,
Belfast, UK, Cardiff University, UK and the cole Polytechnique, Montreal,Canada.

Prize Fund
The current prize fund is 3,000 GBP, to be split between the first, second
and third place competitors.

Registration Details
Interested parties should prepare a text file containing the following:
    * Name
    * Email
    * Affiliation

The text file should be sent by e-mail (with subject 'CHeSC 2011 Registration')
to: [log in to unmask] before the registration deadline (May 15, 2011).

The Cross-domain Heuristic Search Challenge differs from other competitions in
search and optimisation, as it aims to measure performance over several problem
domains rather than just one. We propose a software framework featuring a
common software interface (called HyFlex) for dealing with different
combinatorial optimisation problems. HyFlex provides the algorithm components
that are problem specific. In this way, we simultaneously liberate algorithm
designers from needing to know the details of the problem domains; and prevent
them from incorporating additional problem specific information in their
algorithms. Efforts can instead be focused on designing high-level strategies
to intelligently combine the provided problem-specific algorithmic components.

Important Dates
 * May 15, 2011: Registration deadline.
 * June 15, 2011: Deadline for submitting the final documents.
 * September 6, 2011: Announcement of the results.

Results will be announced at:
OR 53, the Operational Research Society Annual Conference,
6  8 September 2011, The East Midlands Conference Centre (EMCC)
University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK

Sender: Shih-Hsi "Alex" Liu <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: [2nd CFP] Special Issue on “Emerging Synergies of Artificial
Intelligence and Software Engineering”, IJSE

===== Call for Papers ====

A Special Issue on “Emerging Synergies of Artificial Intelligence and Software
Engineering” International Journal of Software Engineering and Knowledge

** Theme:
As software engineering is requested to answer dynamic, automated, adaptive,
optimal and/or large-scale demands, other computer science disciplines come to
play. Artificial Intelligence is one of them that may bring software
engineering into further height. Conversely, software engineering techniques
also play an important role to alleviate development cost and time of AI
techniques as well as assist in introducing new AI techniques. Such mutually
beneficial characteristics have appeared in the past few decades and still
evolved due to new challenges. Several exemplified challenges include, but not
limited to, how machine learning addresses software optimization problems
derived from new software approaches (e.g., model-driven engineering,
service-oriented computing, and cloud computing); and conversely how these new
software approaches may help develop artificial intelligence-related software

A special issue on "Emerging Synergies of Artificial Intelligence and Software
Engineering" of the International Journal of Software Engineering and Knowledge
Engineering will devote to the latest innovative “synergistic” AI and software
engineering techniques/practices to the aforementioned challenges. Namely, we
are interested in new and novel AI solutions to software engineering
challenges, software engineering practices to answer AI obstacles, and
techniques that could benefit these realms bi-directionally.

*** The special issue seeks high-quality original and unpublished papers in the
following topics including but not limited to these topics:
• AI techniques for optimization, transformation, and configuration management
• AI techniques for software reuse, evolution, maintenance and refactoring
• AI techniques for ontology and other semantic aspects in software engineering
• AI techniques for business process management and business rules
• AI techniques for reverse engineering and program understanding
• AI techniques for aspect mining and pattern mining
• AI techniques for testing and quality assurance
• AI techniques for performance engineering (e.g., performance approximation,
  monitoring, and adaptation)
• AI techniques for software specification, design, integration and requirement
• AI techniques for software analysis and validation
• AI techniques for cost analysis and risk assessment in software projects
• Agent-based software engineering
• Visual modeling and model-driven development for AI techniques
• Domain modeling and software language engineering (e.g., domain-specific
  languages) for AI techniques
• Service-oriented computing and Cloud computing for AI-based
• Object-oriented and aspect-oriented frameworks to implement and evaluate AI
• Formal methods for AI techniques
• Rapid prototyping and scripting for AI techniques
• Software for knowledge acquisition and representation
• Software metrics applied to AI techniques
• Search engines in AI
• User interfaces for AI techniques

AI techniques of interest include (but are not limited to):
• Machine Learning (unsupervised and supervised learning), Evolutionary
  Algorithms (e.g. GA, GP, ES), Swarm Intelligence, Simulated Annealing, Tabu
  Search, Probabilistic Reasoning, Fuzzy Logic, Neural Networks, Petri Nets,
  Data Mining, Game Theory, Time Series Analysis, Logic and reasoning,
  Knowledge representation, AI planning, among others.

*** Important Dates:
Paper submission due: February 15, 2011
Notification due: June 1, 2011
Revised paper submission due: August 15, 2011
Final notification: September 30, 2011
Camera-version due: October 15, 2011
Tentative publication date: February, 2012

*** Paper Preparation and Submission Guidelines:
Instead of using Editorial Manager (for regular IJSEKE submissions), the
special issue's paper submission page is available at

Template and instructions of preparation of manuscripts are available at Manuscripts using
correct template should be no longer than 20 pages. For more information,
please contact the guest editors:

Sender: Xavier Llorà <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: GECCO 2011: Call for Papers

****   GECCO-2011: Call for Papers  ****
****   Deadline January 26, 2010  ****

2011 Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO-2011)
                  July 12-16, Dublin, Ireland

                    Organized by ACM SIGEVO

20th International Conference on Genetic Algorithms (ICGA) and the
16th Annual Genetic Programming Conference (GP)
One Conference - Many Mini-Conferencesa 15 Program Tracks

The Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO-2011)
invites paper submissions for the conference to be held in Dublin, Ireland,
July 12-16, 2011. GECCO-2011 will present the latest high-quality results
in the growing field of genetic and evolutionary computation. Topics
include: genetic algorithms, genetic programming, evolution strategies,
evolutionary programming, memetic algorithms, hyper heuristics,
real-world applications, learning classifier systems and other genetics-based
machine learning, evolvable hardware, artificial life, adaptive behavior, ant
colony optimization, swarm intelli-gence, biological applications,
evolutionary r
obotics, coevolution, artificial immune systems, and more.

Important Dates
   Submission deadline: January 26, 2011
   Notification of paper acceptance: March 23, 2011
   Camera-ready submission: April 18, 2011
   Workshop and tutorial proposals submission: November 8, 2010
   Notification of workshop and tutorial acceptance: November 29, 2010
   GECCO-2011 Conference: July 12-16, 2011

More information about the call for papers can be found at

You can follow GECCO updates at

for information about deadlines, student travel grants, hotel reservations,
student housing, the graduate student workshop, the latest list of topics,
late-breaking papers, and more. For matters of science and program
content, contact Conference Chair Pier Luca Lanzi at [log in to unmask]
For general help and administrative matters contact GECCO support at
[log in to unmask]

For information regarding specific organizers and tracks, please see

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: Vittorio Maniezzo <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: [CFP] Matheuristic track at MIC 2011

CALL FOR PAPERS: Matheuristics

Special session at the 9th Metaheuristics International Conference
(MIC 2011,
Udine (Italy), July 25-28, 2011

Matheuristics are increasingly gaining interest in the optimization research
community as a means to get model grounded good quality feasible solutions
for complex optimization problems. The range of problems for which
matheuristic techniques have proved effective has widened, going from the
most theoretic ones to actual real-world case studies. This has been
possible because the range of matheuristic techniques has similarly widened,
showing the high research potential of studies aimed at the design of
generic heuristic methods based on mathematical formulations of the problem
of interest.

This session aims at bringing together the researchers exploiting
mathematical programming (MP) techniques in a metaheuristic framework or
working on granting to mathematical programming approaches the
constrained-CPU-time effectiveness which characterizes metaheuristics.

Topics of interest for the session include but are not limited to studies

* Novel  matheuristic frameworks;
* Dual information and decomposition in metaheuristics;
* Hybridizing metaheuristics with exact methods;
* Experimental analysis and modeling of matheuristics;
* Real world case histories of matheuristic applications.
* Metaheuristics as exact method components.

Submissions to the special sessions will be through the same submission site
and under the same rules as for the main conference.

Submission Details

We will accept submissions in three different formats.

S1)         Original research contributions for publication in the
conference proceedings of a maximum of 10 pages;
S2)         Extended abstracts of work in progress and position papers on an
important research aspect of a maximum of 3 pages;
S3)         High-quality manuscripts that have recently, within the last six
months, been submitted or accepted for journal publication.

Accepted contributions of categories S1 and S2 will be published in the MIC
2011 conference proceedings. The proceedings will have an ISBN number. Accepted
contributions of category S3 will be orally presented at the conference, but
will not be included into the conference proceedings (neither in the
post-conference proceedings). The submission server will be available in
January 2011.

Post-conference Publication

It has become a tradition of MIC to publish post-conference proceedings in
an edited book. Authors of accepted papers in categories S1 and S2 (see
submission details) are invited to submit improved and extended versions of
their conference papers for publications in the MIC 2011
post-conference volume.
The post-conference volume will appear in the Operations Research / Computer
Science Interfaces series of Springer Verlag (confirmation pending).


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