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EC-Digest v25n05


Christopher Hollander <[log in to unmask]>


Evolutionary Computation Digest <[log in to unmask]>


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Evolutionary Computation Digest Wednesday, April 27, 2011 Volume 25: Issue 5

SUBMISSION ADDRESS:    [log in to unmask]

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


Today's Topics:

 - New bibtex FOGA 2011
 - NICSO 2011 Deadline Extension - May 2nd
 - Computational Intelligence and Games: Extended Deadline, May 2
 - Draft paper submission deadline extended: IICAI-11, May 9

 - Special Issue Announcement of the J. of Electrical and Computer Eng.
 - CFP 4th Workshop on Parallel Architectures and Bioinspired Algorithms
 - CFP From Natural Computing to Self-organizing Intel Complex Systems
 - ISDA 2011 2nd CFP
 - CFP: MICAI 2011, Artificial Intelligence, Springer LNAI, Mexico
 - EA'2011 (24-26 October 2011 - Angers, France): NEW DEADLINE 15 MAY 2011
 - ALEA @ EPIA 2011 - second call for papers
 - Call for Participation ===== CIG 2011 Starcraft RTS AI competition
 - GECCO 2011 Industrial Challenge


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

ICSI 2011, Cergy (Paris area), France, June 14-15, 2011                  (v25n2)
ThRaSH'20?11, Copenhagen, Denmark, July 8-9, 2011                        (v25n4)
GECCO'11,Genetic and Evol Comp Conference, Dublin, Ireland,July 12-16 '11(v24n7)
WORLDCOMP 2011 Congress, July 18-21, 2011, USA                           (v25n1)
2011 IEEE Congress on Evo. Computation, New Orleans, June 5-8, 2011      (v25n1)
EVOLVE 2011, Luxembourg, May 25-27, 2011                                 (v25n1)
EUROGEN 2011, Capua, Italy, September 14-16, 20, 2011                    (v25n2)
NICSO 2011, Cluj Napoca, Romania, October, 20-22, 2011
EA-2011, Angers, France, October 24-26, 2011                             (v25n2)

Sender: W. B. Langdon <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: New bibtex FOGA 2011

The papers in the latest Foundations of Genetic Algorithms (FOGA 2011)
are now available in the ACM digital library
and a BibTeX file describing them can be found via:
Additionally there is a search interface at:

Sender: Rodica Ioana Lung [log in to unmask]
Subject: NICSO 2011 Deadline Extension - May 2nd

NICSO 2011

V International Workshop on
Nature Inspired Cooperative Strategies for Optimization
October 20-22, Cluj-Napoca, Romania



NICSO 2011 is the fifth edition of the International Workshop on
Nature Inspired Cooperative Strategies for Optimization and aims at
promoting deeper investigations on cooperative problem solving
strategies and bringing together international researchers and
practitioners from different disciplines to exchange ideas about
emerging new research areas. Biological and other natural processes
have always been a source of inspiration for computer science and
information technology. We seek contributions that are inspired by
Nature and that encompass a range of spatio-temporal scales, for
visionary conceptions of information processing and computation as
pertaining to cooperation mechanisms in the context of problem

Submitted papers will undergo a rigorous blind peer review process.
Selection criteria will be based on relevance, originality,
significance, impact, technical soundness and quality of the
presentation. Contributions are expected to provide original results,
insights and experimental innovations. Manuscripts must be in PDF, not
exceeding 12 pages and conforming to the Latex template at the
Springer's Instructions for Authors page. Contributions are welcome to
submission through the system available at

As in previous editions, the accepted papers will be published in the
indexed by ISI Web of Science, DBLP, Ulrichs, SCOPUS, MathSciNet,
Current Mathematical Publications, Mathematical Reviews, Zentralblatt
Math: MetaPress and Springerlink.

Authors of a selection of the best papers published in the book will
be invited to submit an extended and improved version of the work to a
special issue of the JOURNAL OF MEMETIC COMPUTING (Springer)

At NICSO 2011 a BEST PAPER competition will also take place!

Topics of interest are (but not limited to):

Adaptive Behaviour		Ant Colonies
Amorphous Computing		Artificial Life
Artificial Immune Systems	Bioinformatics
Bio-inspired Architectures	Complex Systems
Distributed Computing		Evolutionary Robotics
Evolvable Systems		Games and Game Theory
Evolutionary Algorithms		Genetic Programming
Hyperheuristics			Membrane Computing
Memetic Algorithms		Quantum Computing
Software Self Assembly		Systems Coevolution
Swarm Intelligence

EXTENDED Deadline for Submission: May, 2
Notification of Acceptance: May, 25
Deadline for Camera-ready: June, 25

Sender: Clare Bates Congdon <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Computational Intelligence and Games: Extended Deadline, May 2, 2011

Call for papers -- deadline extended!
Call for tutorial proposals

2011 IEEE Conference on Computational Intelligence and Games

COEX, Seoul

South Korea, August 31-September 3, 2011

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 2011 IEEE Conference on Computational Intelligence and Games
brings together leading researchers and practitioners from academia
and industry to discuss recent advances and explore future directions
in this quickly moving field.

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 workshop/special sessions, and live competitions. The
proceedings will be placed in IEEE Xplore, and made freely available
on the conference website after the conference.


- Greg Ashe, Director of Business Intelligence, Activision Blizzard, USA
- Jong-Hwan Kim, KAIST, Korea, "The father of robot football"
- Jeff Orkin, Massachussetts Institute of Technology, USA
- Nathan Sturtevant, University of Alberta, Canada


- Genetic Programming and Game Computational Intelligence
- Real-time strategy games
- Computational Intelligence in Racing Games


- Cultural Algorithms: Incorporating Social Intelligence into Virtual
Worlds by Bob Reynolds
- Experience-Driven Procedural Content Generation by Georgios N.
Yannakakis and Julian Togelius
- Experimentation in CI-Affected Games Research by Mike Preuss
- Automating the Analysis of Evolved Agents by Dan Ashlock


Paper submission deadline: May 2, 2011 -- extended!
Paper submission deadline for special session papers: May 2 -- extended!
Decision notification: May 15, 2011
Camera-ready submission: June 15, 2011
Conference dates: August 31-September 3, 2011

Sender: Venkateswara Rao <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Draft paper submission deadline extended for IICAI-11 - May 9, 2011

The 5th Indian International Conference on Artificial Intelligence
(IICAI-11) will be held during December 14-16, 2011 in Tumkur (near
Bangalore), India. Website:  The draft paper
submission date is extended. The conference consists of paper presentations,
tutorials, invited papers, keynote speeches, local tours, etc. We invite
draft paper submissions.

The primary goal of IICAI is to promote research and developmental
activities in AI and related fields in India and the rest of the world.
Another goal is to promote scientific information interchange between AI
researchers, developers, engineers, students, and practitioners working in
India and abroad. The conference will be held every two years to make it an
ideal platform for people to share views and experiences in AI and related

Sender: K.E. Parsopoulos <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Special Issue Announcement of the J. of Electrical and Computer Eng.

ournal of Electrical and Computer Engineering*
*Nature-Inspired Optimization in Communications and
Signal Processing
*(see also at

Call for Papers

Nature-inspired optimization algorithms have attracted a lot of
attention over the last decades. They are well-established methods
in various research fields, because they can efficiently solve hard
scientific and engineering problems. These algorithms require only
minor information about the underlying models (objective functions).
Today there are a number of established algorithms that exhibit
a plethora of applications in almost all major engineering fields.
Genetic algorithms, evolution strategies, evolutionary algorithms,
ant colony optimization, particle swarm optimization, and differential
evolution are some of the most important methods, counting a huge
number of research works. Communications constitute a research
area where nature-inspired algorithms have offered significant
contributions. Specialized variants of the algorithms have been
used for hardware design, data transmission, network design, routing,
scheduling, and resource allocation, offering solutions with significant
economic and social impact. Signal processing is another field where
nature-inspired algorithms have exhibited promising results. Image
processing, speech processing and recognition, adaptive filtering,
wavelet optimization, and software synthesis are some of the
problems tackled through nature-inspired optimization algorithms,
alone or in combination with other popular computational intelligence

The present special issue is devoted to recent developments (both
theoretical and applications) of nature-inspired optimization algorithms
in any aspect of communications and signal processing. Original
high-quality papers are solicited on the application of nature-inspired
optimization algorithms. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

   * Genetic algorithms
   * Genetic programming
   * Evolution strategies
   * Evolutionary algorithms
   * Evolutionary programming
   * Ant colony optimization
   * Particle swarm optimization
   * Differential evolution
   * Bee colony optimization
   * Bacterial foraging optimization
   * Artificial immune systems
   * Memetic algorithms
   * Cooperative/co-evolutionary algorithms
   * DNA computing
   * Hybrid methods
   * Neural networks

Before submission authors should carefully read over the journal's
Author Guidelines, which are located at
Prospective authors should submit an electronic copy of their
complete manuscript through the journal Manuscript Tracking
System at according to the
following timetable:

Manuscript Due:   *August 1, 2011*
First Round of Reviews:   *November 1, 2011*
Publication Date:   *February 1, 2012*

Sender: Francisco Chávez <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: CFP 4th Workshop on Parallel Architectures and Bioinspired Algorithms


Fourth Workshop on Parallel Architectures and Bioinspired Algorithms (WPABA

To be held in conjunction with The Twentieth International Conference on
Parallel Architectures and Compilation Techniques (PACT) Galveston Island,
Texas, USA, October 10-14, 2011.

Accepted papers will be published in separated proceedings handed out during
the workshop.

Extended version of selected papers will be published in a special issue of


Knowledge fields like Parallel Computer Architectures, Parallel and
Distributed Computing and Bioinspired Algorithms, many different in a first
approach, are able to find transversal elements that enrich them. Therefore,
the aim of this fourth workshop is to support any proposal that traverses
these fields. Bioinspired Algorithms comprise a set of heuristics that can
help to optimize a wide range of problems. Among them, many tasks that
parallel architecture designers develop may be optimized. In addition,
Bioinspired Algorithms may help finding solutions regarding compilation and
resource sharing issues, which are interesting problems for parallel
architectures. Parallel architecture designers may also propose
infrastructures that allow the increase of computing performance of
Bioinspired Algorithms, which usually face real-world problems that manage
huge amounts of data. Alternatives to the classical sequential solution are
needed by this community.

The topics include, but are not limited to:

 *  Evolutionary Algorithms for Parallel Computer Architectures
 *  Computer Architecture optimizations using other biologically inspired
algorithms: Ant Colonies, Immune Systems, Artificial Life, Cultural
Algorithms, etc…
 *  Cluster and Grid Deployment of Bioinspired Algorithms.
 *  Desktop Grids infrastructures for supporting Bioinspired Algorithms.
 *  Large Scale Parallel Processing.
 *  Heterogeneous Computing Platforms for Bioinspired Algorithms.
 *  Improvement on scheduling techniques by means of Bioinspired Algorithms.
 *  Fault tolerant implementations of PEAs.
 *  Performance evaluation of PEAs.
 *  Improvement in system performance through optimization and tuning.
 *  Parallel Reconfigurable Architectures for Bioinspired Algorithms.
 *  Graphics processing units and Evolutionary Algorithms.
 *  Profiting from Cloud infrastructure when running Bioinspired Algorithms.

As in past editions of the workshop, papers will be double blinded reviewed
by an international scientific committee.

Important dates

 *  Abstract Submission: to be announced
 *  Paper Submission: July 31st (to be confirmed)
 *  Decision Notifications: September 10th (to be confirmed)
 *  Camera-Ready Submission: September 17th (to be confirmed)
 *  Conference Dates: October 10th-14th

Sender: Barna Iantovics <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: CFP From Natural Computing to Self-organizing Intel Complex Systems



SPECIAL ISSUE:  From Natural Computing to Self-organizing Intelligent Complex
Journal of Information Technology Research (JITR)

Guest Editors:
Barna László Iantovics, Petru Maior University, Romania
Marius Stefan Marusteri, Universityof Medicineand Pharmacy, Romania
Constantin-Bala Zamfirescu, Lucian Blaga University, Romania

Recently a large number of bio-inspired computational methods have been used
(also called methods of Natural Computing) to solve computationally hard
problems in many domains. These methods have proven to be successful for
different types of problems with unknown and uncertain data where the
traditional approaches are not so effective. It is estimated that the biological
life that evolved during millions of years will be a fruitful source of
inspiration for the development of new computational methods offer in the years
to come and they will represent an important research direction in the
Artificial Intelligence mainstream.

From a practical perspective, an essential research direction is represented by
the development of highly complex systems (usually agent-based) that
intelligently solve problems of very high difficulty. We consider complex
systems composed from a large number of components (agents) capable to make
specialized computations in the problem space. Suchdevelopments are usually
composed of a very large number of computational components, who interact many
times nonlinearly, forming as a whole a complex problem solving system.A
subclass of complex systems includes the hybrid systems composed from different
type of artificial components capable to make computations, and human
specialists that could interact in different points of decisions during the
problems solving. Research related to complex systems address analysis of many
aspects such as complexity, self-organization, emergence, intelligence,
hybridization and so forth. Many computational complex systems developments
require interdisciplinary approaches, which must include methods developed in
different sciences, like sub-domains of the Artificial Intelligence like Natural
Computing and Intelligent Agents.

A particular subject by interest for this issue is represented by the
self-organizing complex systems that use methods of natural computing in
different tasks, like: problems solving, self-organization etc.This issue will
centralize some state of the art results in the theme, which we estimate that
will remain an important research direction in the near future.

Topics to be discussed in this special issue include (but are not limited to)
the following:

·        artificial intelligence
·        large-scale and complex systems
·        hybrid complex systems
·        intelligent systems
·        natural computing
·        evolutionary systems
·        complex systems’modeling
·        agents and multi-agent systems
·        complex networks
·        difficult problem for a human specialist
·        difficult problem for a computational system
·        complex systems specialized in difficult problems solving
·        decision support systems
·        problem solving method used by a complex system
·        problems that could be solved by a complex system
·        large-scale cooperative agent-based systems
·        self-organizing system

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit papers for this special
theme issue on From Natural Computing to Self-organizing Intelligent Complex
Systems on or before March 19, 2011. All submissions must be original and may
not be under review by another publication. Interested authors should consult
the journal’s guidelines for manuscript submissions at submission.pdf.
All submitted papers will be reviewed on a double-blind, peer review basis.
Papers must follow APAstyle for reference citations.

Sender: ISDA 2011 Publicity Co-Chairs (CFP) <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: ISDA 2011 2nd CFP

Eleventh International Conference on Intelligent Systems Design and
Applications (ISDA 2011)

22-24 November 2011, Cordoba, Spain


The International Conference on Intelligent Systems Design and
Applications (ISDA) is a major annual international conference to
bring together researchers, engineers, developers and practitioners
from academia and industry that work in interdisciplinary areas of
computational intelligence and system engineering in order to share their
experience, exchange and cross-fertilize their ideas. Following on
the big successes of the previous editions, ISDA'11 serves as a
forum for dissemination of state-of-the-art research, development,
and implementations of intelligent systems, technologies and useful
applications in these two fields.

ISDA 2011 welcomes high quality submissions as well as proposals for
workshops and special sessions. Keynotes will address hot topics and
issues in the domain.

ISDA 2011 will be held in Cordoba, Spain, which is a palimpsest of
history and modernity. Cordoba is over one thousand years old, and was
declared a World Heritage Site, a living witness to the cultures that
have settled there. Cordoba is unique in having been capital of the
Roman Empire's Hispania Ulterior and also the capital of the
Umayyad Caliphate. Today, Cordoba aspires to become Europe's Capital of
Culture in 2016. Cordoba is strategically located close to
important urban centers, such as Madrid, Seville, Malaga, or Granada.
For further information about the city please visit


All accepted papers will be published by the IEEE, will be included
in the IEEE-Xplore and the IEEE digital libraries and arranged for
indexing through the IEE INSPEC, EI (Compendex), Thomson ISI, and
other indexing services.

Authors of the selected papers will be invited to submit an extended
version of their contribution for possible inclusion in special issues
of international journals (to be announced later).

The Program Committee will select two winners for the Best Paper Award
(all regular papers are eligible) and two winners for the Best Student
Paper Award (to be eligible, the student must be the first author). The
award winners of both regular and student papers will be presented with
award certificates.

It is required that all accepted manuscripts will be presented at the
conference. All accepted papers must be accompanied by a fully paid
registration to appear in the proceedings. Papers have to be
submitted electronically in the PDF format via the web site. For further
instructions, See:

For a quick glimpse of the ISDA series of conferences:


Workshop and session proposals:                 15 April, 2011
Workshop and session acceptance:                29 April, 2011
Full paper submission:                          31 May, 2011
Paper acceptance notification:                  22 July, 2011
Camera-ready papers submission:                 16 September, 2011

Sender: MICAI 2011 <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: CFP: MICAI 2011, Artificial Intelligence, Springer LNAI, Mexico


       10th Mexican International Conference on Artificial Intelligence
       November 26 - December 4, Puebla City (near Mexico City), Mexico
       Publication: Springer LNAI

       Submission: June 10, 2011 (abstract), June 17, 2011 (full paper)


Topics: all areas of Artificial Intelligence, research or applications.
Workshops and tutorials.
Travel grants for student authors.
Best papers awards.


Springer LNAI anticiapted; blind reviewing; special issues of journals

Poster session: IEEE CPS anticipated.

Sender: Laetitia Jourdan <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: EA'2011 (24-26 October 2011 - Angers, France): NEW DEADLINE 15 MAY 2011


Artificial Evolution 2011 (EA-2011)
The 10th Biennial International Conference on Artificial Evolution
Angers Congress Centre
Angers, France, 24-26 October 2011


The Biennial International Conference on Artificial Evolution
(EA-2011) will celebrate its 10th anniversary from 24 to 26 October
2011 in Angers, France.

*** Topics of interest ***
Authors are invited to submit original papers related, but not limited
to the following topics:

* Evolutionary computation, evolutionary optimization, co-evolution,
natural computing, soft computing.
* Nature or biologically-inspired paradigm (swarm intelligence,
artificial ants, artificial immune systems, cultural algorithms,
scatter search and path relinking, quantum annealing etc).
* Estimation of distribution algorithms and other methods based on
probabilistic models.
* Artificial Life, population dynamics.
* Theory, algorithm design and evaluation, implementations.
* Genetic Programming
* Application of evolutionary paradigms to the Real World
(biosciences, industry, social-economic sciences etc).Continuous and
global Optimization, combinatorial and discrete optimization.
* Multi-objective optimization, dynamic optimization, constraint handling.
* Memetic algorithms.
* Machine Learning and hybridization with other soft computing techniques.
* Bioinformatics
* Evolutionary robotics...

The 2011 edition will continue the tradition which has been
progressively established during its previous editions:

Quality: With a rigorous selection by a high profile International
Program Committee, the selected papers (12 pages, LNCS format) will be
published by Springer (like for all previous editions) in the Lecture
Notes in Computer Science series.

Comfort: The single session formula of presentations eases fruitful
exchanges between the authors and participants.

Best value: As a non-profit conference, only minimal conference fees
are required to cover conference facilities, proceedings, three served
launches, coffee breaks and the conference banquet dinner (250EUR for
students and 350EUR for other academic participants).

*** Submissions ***


Submit your manuscript in Springer LNCS format according to one of the
following categories:

* REGULAR (FULL) PAPERS limited to 12 pages.
* SHORT PAPERS limited to 6 pages.
* POSTER limited to 2 pages.

Submissions must be original and not published elsewhere. The
submissions will be peer reviewed by at least three members of of the
International Program Committee. All accepted papers will appear in
the CD-ROM Proceedings (ISBN 978-2-9539267-0-5). A selection of best
full papers will appear in the Post-Conference Proceedings published
by Springer in its LNCS series.

At least one author of each accepted paper is required to attend the
conference to present the work. Authors are supposed to agree with
this requirement at the time of submission.

Submission link:

*** Important dates ***
* Conference: 24-26 October 2011
* Submission deadline: 24 April 2011 --> 15 May 2011
* Notification of acceptance: 20 June 2011
* Camera-ready paper: 10 July 2011

Sender: Sara Silva <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: ALEA @ EPIA 2011 - second call for papers

Artificial Life and Evolutionary Algorithms
(ALEA is a thematic track of EPIA 2011)

October 10-13, 2011
Lisbon - Portugal

Submission deadline:
--> May 10, 2011 <--

ALEA is dedicated to the theory and applications of Artificial Life
and Evolutionary Algorithms. It has been a track of the biennial
international EPIA conferences since 2003, aiming to bring together
researchers and practitioners from different backgrounds and domains,
and providing a pleasant venue for the fruitful discussion of current
developments and applications.

-> This year ALEA will take place in Lisbon,
one of the most beautiful European capitals:

ALEA invites contributions in all aspects related to Artificial Life
and Evolutionary Algorithms, ranging from theoretical work to
innovative applications. Topics of interest include, but are not
limited to:
- Artificial Chemistries
- Artificial Immune Systems
- Classifier Systems
- Complex Networks
- Emergent Behaviours
- Evolution and Learning Dynamics
- Evolutionary Algorithms
- Evolutionary Optimization
- Evolutionary Robotics
- Genetic Programming
- Hybrid Approaches
- Multi-objective Optimization
- Origins of Life
- Parallel Evolutionary Algorithms
- Self-organizing Systems
- Swarm Intelligence

Submissions must be original and not published elsewhere. Papers
should not exceed fifteen (15) pages in length and must be formatted
according to Springer’s LNCS instructions for authors. Papers must be
submitted in PDF and will not be accepted in any other format. Papers
that exceed 15 pages or do not follow the LNCS guidelines risk being
rejected automatically without a review. More information and
templates of the LNCS format is available on this Springer website:

The submissions will be peer reviewed by at least three members of the
Programme Committee. The reviewing process is double blind, so authors
should remove names and affiliations from the submitted papers, and
must take reasonable care not to indirectly disclose their identity.
References to own work can be included in the paper, but should be
referred to in the third person.

The authors of accepted papers will have to improve their paper on the
basis of the recommendations from the reviewers and will be asked to
send a camera ready version of their manuscripts. Even though the
submissions can be made in PDF (preferable) or PS, we encourage
authors to prepare their papers in TEX or LATEX because these are more
convenient source formats for the camera ready final version. At least
one author of each accepted work must register for the conference and
present the work.

Accepted papers will be presented orally or as posters. The best
accepted papers will appear in the proceedings published by Springer
in the Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence (LNAI), a subseries of
LNCS. The remaining accepted papers will be published in a local
edition, both in hard-copy, CD-ROM and on the web.

Important Dates:
- Paper submission: May 10
- Acceptance notifications: June 10
- Camera-ready papers: July 1
- ALEA @ EPIA 2011: October 10-13

Sender: Bing Li <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: ICNC'11-FSKD'11 2nd Round Submissions due 16 May: Shanghai, China

The 7th International Conference on Natural Computation (ICNC'11) and
the 8th International Conference on Fuzzy Systems and Knowledge
Discovery (FSKD'11) will be jointly held from 26-28 July 2011, in
Shanghai, China.. The deadline for the 2nd (final) round of
submissions is 16 May 2011 (Papers already submitted in the previous
round should not be re-submitted; however, authors who have already
submitted in the 1st round are welcome to submit new papers).We
cordially invite you to submit a paper or invited session proposal to
the conferences.

Shanghai is the largest city in China, with famous historical and
cultural heritage. Attractions include Yuyuan Garden ("Happy Garden"
built in Ming Dynasty), Shanghai Museum with 120,000 pieces of rare
relics, Shanghai World Financial Center, Jade Buddha Temple (Song
Dynasty), Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Zhujiajiao Water Town, and Expo
2010 site.

All papers in conference proceedings will be indexed by both EI
Compendex and ISTP, as well as included in the IEEE Xplore (IEEE
Conference Record Number for ICNC’11: 18082; IEEE Conference Record
Number for FSKD’11: 18083). Extended versions of selected best papers
will appear in an ICNC-FSKD special issue of International Journal of
Intelligent Systems, an SCI-indexed journal (Impact Factor: 1.194).

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. Previously, the joint conferences in
2005 through 2010 each attracted over 3000 submissions from around the
world. ICNC'11-FSKD'11 is technically co-sponsored by the IEEE
Circuits and Systems Society. The registration fee of US*D 400
includes proceedings, lunches, dinners, banquet, coffee breaks, 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]

Sender: Mike Preuss <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Call for Participation ===== CIG 2011 Starcraft RTS AI competition

Call for Participation ===== CIG 2011 Starcraft RTS AI competition

You are an amazing AI programmer and Starcraft is your favorite game?
Ever wondered if you could do "it" better? Then check out our
Starcraft Bot Competition, send us your submission, and enter the

Join us at the Conference for Computational Intelligence in Games
(CIG) 2011
in Seoul, Korea, and crush your enemies!"

Submission: August 15
Conference: August 31 - September 3

Sender: GECCO 2011 <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: GECCO 2011 Industrial Challenge

GECCO 2011: Call for Participation

INDUSTRIAL CHALLENGE: Optimizing Foreign Exchange Trading Strategies

July 12-16, Dublin, Ireland
Sponsored by ACM SIGEVO

20th International Conference on Genetic Algorithms (ICGA) and the 16th
Annual Genetic Programming Conference (GP)

One Conference - Many Mini-Conferences, 16 Program Tracks



The foreign exchange (FX) market is a financial market for trading
currencies to enable international trade and investment. Goal of the GECCO
2011 Industrial Challenge is to find profitable trading strategies for
automatic foreign exchange trading. A trading strategy is a function that
generates a trading signal based on exchange rate time series data. Trading
strategies are scored by cost-corrected profitability and risk. This scoring
is based on a representative set of real-world exchange rate time series.

The challenge is organized in two rounds. In the first round, participants
submit the sum of their scores reached on three test data sets supplied.
They also submit their executable software together with short report
describing their approach. In the second and final round, the ten best
submissions of the first round will be ranked by their scores computed on
new test data sets collected after the submission date, for the same
currency pairs as used in the first round. The winner of the challenge will
be the participant with the highest score in the final round.

Highlights of the GECCO 2011 Industrial Challenge include:

* Interesting Problem Domain: The FX market, with its complex patterns and
behavior, offers a fascinating test case for innovative optimization

* Real-world Data: Multiple real intraday FX return time series are provided
for training and testing trading strategies.

* Realistic Quality Measurement: Trading strategies are scored using a
simple but realistic trading simulator that takes trading costs and risk
into account.

* Fair Submission Assessment: Winners are determined in a second round by
simulated trading based on new FX return data sets, rendering accidental
overfitting or cheating impossible.

Important Dates and Contacts

* Software and Data Availability: immediately
* Challenge Submission Deadline: June 1, 2011
* Start of Second Round: June 13, 2011
* GECCO-2011 Conference: July 12-16, 2011
* Contact: [log in to unmask]

Submission Guidelines

* Download the Call for Participation in PDF format at .

* Download the GECCO 2011 IC Resource Package, containing the required
datasets, software, and the official rules and regulations at . Please see the file
README.txt for further instructions.

* Please use the GECCO 2011 IC Submission Form at
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