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EC-Digest v25n06


Christopher Hollander <[log in to unmask]>


Evolutionary Computation Digest <[log in to unmask]>


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Evolutionary Computation Digest Friday, June 3th, 2011 Volume 25: Issue 6

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Today's Topics:

 - Special Issue Announcement of JECE
 - Book Announcement: The Silicon Jungle
 - Evolving Objects, release 1.2.0

 - CFP: MIWAI 2011
 - CFP: EC track - ACM SAC 2012
 - CFP: Special Issue on EMO in the Journal of Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis
 - CFP: WORLDCOMP 2011 Congress Short Papers and Abstracts


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: jjeng [log in to unmask]
Subject: Special Issue Announcement of JECE

Journal of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Special issue on
Soft Computing for Multimedia Processing

Multimedia processing, which includes image/graphics, speech/audio,
and video/animation, is always an essential research area in
real-world applications. In recent years, advanced applications such
as content analysis, indexing, retrieval, and recognition become much
more attracting. For such techniques, sophisticated algorithms as well
as complicated computations are often involved. Therefore, the
so-called soft computing methods, essentially optimization algorithm
and machine learning, have gained the attention for multimedia

Examples of optimization algorithms are Genetic Algorithms (GA) and
Particle Swarm Optimization (PSO). Machine learning includes
Artificial Neural Network (ANN) and Support Vector Machine (SVM).
These techniques are experiencing high success and promising results
due to the cognitive ability and good tolerance of uncertainty and
imprecision. In short, the solutions can be obtained in a “good
enough,” “fast enough,” and “cheap enough” fashion. The aim of this
special issue is to reflect the most recent advances of soft computing
for multimedia processing. Potential topics include, but are not
limited to:

Simulated annealing
Genetic algorithm
Swarm intelligence
Ant colony optimization
Artificial neural network
Fussy system
Support vector machine
Statistical regression

Image and graphics processing
Speech, music, and audio processing
Video and animation processing
Recognition, identification, and classification
Multimedia content-based processing
Intelligent transportation system
Automatic optical inspection
Medical image processing

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 September 1, 2011
First Round of Reviews December 1, 2011
Publication Date March 1, 2012

Sender: shumeet baluja <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Book Announcement: The Silicon Jungle

Dear Colleagues,

If you teach courses about, or are interested in, data privacy and
machine learning, the role of technology in society, or
engineering/scientific responsibility and ethics, please read on.

Princeton has just published The Silicon Jungle.  It is a
fictionalized account of data mining and machine learning in today's
largest internet companies. It is written for a general audience and
is easily accessible for a non-specialist.  Though it
provides a gentle introduction to data mining, the lessons are on data
safety, scientific responsibility, and how data can be constructively
used as well as misused when not handled carefully.

If you, or faculty in your department, may be interested in using this
book for undergraduate courses (typical courses will use novels from
Sinclair, Orwell, Huxley, etc) or simply as a
"what-not-to-do-with-user-data" manual,  please contact me - course
materials will follow based on interest.

Thank you,
Shumeet Baluja
Google, Inc.

p.s. because of my current and previous affiliations, I must emphasize
that though the lessons are real, the events are not.
p.p.s. as special interest to this group - the book's cover was
designed with evolutionary algorithms!

The Silicon Jungle:
A Novel of Deception, Power, and Internet Intrigue

What happens when a naive intern is granted unfettered access to
people's most private thoughts and actions? Young Stephen Thorpe lands
a coveted internship at Ubatoo, an Internet empire that provides its
users with popular online services, from a search engine and shopping
to e-mail and  social networking. When Stephen's boss asks him to work
on a project with the American Coalition for Civil Liberties, Stephen
innocently obliges, believing he is mining Ubatoo's vast databases to
protect the ever-growing number of people unfairly targeted in the
name of national security. But nothing is as it seems. Suspicious
individuals--do-gooders, voyeurs, government agents, and
radicals--surface, doing all they can to access the mass of desires
and vulnerabilities gleaned from scouring Ubatoo's wealth of intimate
information. Entry into Ubatoo's vaults of personal data need not
require technical wizardry--simply knowing how to manipulate a
well-intentioned intern may be enough.

Set in today's cutting-edge data mining industry, The Silicon Jungle
is a cautionary tale of data mining's promise and peril, and how
others can use our online activities for political and personal gain
just as easily as for marketing and humanitarian purposes. A timely
thriller, The Silicon Jungle raises serious ethical questions about
today's technological innovations and how our most confidential
activities and minute details can be routinely pieced together into
rich profiles that reveal our habits, goals, and secret desires--all
ready to be exploited in ways beyond our wildest imaginations.

Sender: Johann Dréo <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Evolving Objects, release 1.2.0

A new version of the "Evolving Objects" framework is available.

EO is a template-based, C++ evolutionary computation library which
helps you to write your own stochastic optimization algorithms
insanely fast.

Learn more about EO on the official website:

You will find the release *1.2.0* at the following address:

Here is a summary of the change log:
 - new class eoParallel enabling *parallelization in EO using OpenMP*.
At this time, it only concerns the evaluation operator, for advanced
details go to the file test/t-eoParallel.cpp. The default
parallelization mode is off, to switch it on, see the parameters
prefixed by --parallelize-*
 - pyeo (binding for *using EO within python*) compatible with the
last version of Boost and Python libraries
 - updated instructions on *how to build and install* (at last!)
 - fixed the incremental allocation issue in variation operators which were
   taking too much time for big population sizes
 - *package generators* for easy installation
 - script installing EO manually, using symbolic links
 - evaluators that throw an exception if a maximum time has been
reached (wallclock and CPU user time for POSIX systems), independently
of the number of generations
 - an advanced logging system available out-of-the-box
 - some bugfixes for windows systems
 - and more…

Do not hesitate to submit the bugs you will face:

Happy evolutionary hacking.


Sender: Alok Singh [log in to unmask]
Subject: CFP: MIWAI 2011

On behalf of the organizing committee, we invite you to participate in
the 5th Multi-Disciplinary International Workshop on Artificial
Intelligence (MIWAI 2011) scheduled to be held in University of
Hyderabad, Hyderabad, India from December 7 to December 9, 2011.

MIWAI 2011 is organized jointly by the Department of Computer &
Information Sciences, University of Hyderabad, India and Faculty of
Informatics, Mahasarakham University, Thailand.

This workshop aims to be a meeting place where excellence in
Artificial Intelligence research meets the needs for solving dynamic
and complex problems in the real world. The academic researchers,
developers, and industrial practitioners will have extensive
opportunities to present their original work, technological advances
and practical problems. Participants can learn from each other and
exchange their experiences in  order to fine tune their activities in
order to help each other better.

As Artificial intelligence is a broad area of research, we encourage
researchers to submit papers in the following areas but not limited

Agent-based simulation          Agent-oriented software engineering
Agents and Web services         Agent-based electronic commerce,
auctions and markets

AI in video games               Computer vision
Constraint satisfaction         Data mining
Decision theory                 Distributed AI

E-Commerce and AI               Game theory
Internet/WWW intelligence       Industrial applications of AI
Intelligent tutoring            Knowledge representation and reasoning

Machine learning
Multiagent planning and learning
Multiagent systems and their applications
Multiagent systems and evolving intelligence
Natural language processing
Neural networks

Planning and scheduling         Robotics
Uncertainty in AI               Web services

The last date for paper submission is June 15, 2011.

MIWAI 2011 proceedings will be published by Springer-Verlag in LNAI
series. Further details about this workshop can be accessed at

Sender: Federico Divina [log in to unmask]
Subject: 1st CFP EC track - ACM SAC 2012

For the past twenty-six years, the ACM Symposium on Applied Computing
has been a primary gathering forum for applied computer scientists,
computer engineers, software engineers, and application developers
from around the world. SAC 2012 is sponsored by the ACM Special
Interest Group on Applied Computing (SIGAPP), and is hosted by The
Microsoft Research - University of Trento, Centre for Computational
and Systems Biology, Trento, Italy.

The Evolutionary Computation (EC) track welcomes original, unpublished
papers describing advances in and applications of evolutionary
computation and related techniques, including genetic algorithms,
evolution strategies, evolutionary programming, memetic algorithms,
genetic programming, ant colony optimization, co-evolutionary
algorithms, artificial immune systems, particle swarm optimization,
and classifier systems. All accepted papers will appear in the SAC
2012 Proceedings. Selected papers, not accepted as full papers, will
be accepted as poster papers. These will be presented at a poster
session during the Symposium and will be published as two-page
extended abstracts in the Proceedings.
Peer groups with expertise in the track focus area will blindly review
submissions to that track. Accepted papers will be published in the
annual conference proceedings. Submission guidelines can be found on
SAC 2012 Website (

A paper may be submitted to only one track of SAC 2012.

* Papers should represent original and previously unpublished works
that are currently not under review for any journal or other
conference. Both basic and applied research papers are welcome.
* Submissions will be in electronic format via this web site:
* Submission must follow ths template found at this URL:
* Authors are allowed up to eight (8) pages in the specified format,
but there is a charge of US$80 for each page over six (6).
* Authors' names and addresses must not appear in the body of the
submitted papers, and self-references should be in the third person.
This is to facilitate blind review.
* Begin the submission process by submitting your paper's abstract on
the conference web site at the URL above.
* All submitted papers must include the paper identification number
(assigned when the abstract is submitted) on the front page above the
title of the paper.
* No author's name may appear on more than two papers accepted to the EC track.

Note also the guidelines in the general SAC 2012 Call for Papers

IMPORTANT DATES (all deadlines will be strictly enforced)
Aug 31, 2011: Paper Submission
Sept 31, 2011: Tutorial Proposals
Oct 12, 2011: Author Notification
Nov 2, 2011: Camera-ready copies

For additional information, visit the SAC 2012 EC Track web page
( and the general  SAC 2012 web

Sender: Dimo Brockhoff <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: CFP: Special Issue on EMO in the Journal of Multi-Criteria
Decision Analysis

Special Issue on Evolutionary Multiobjective Optimization:
Methodologies and Applications of the Journal of Multi-Criteria
Decision Analysis (Wiley-Blackwell)

Submission deadline: July 31, 2011

Guest editors: Dimo Brockhoff and Kalyanmoy Deb

The goal of this special issue is to present salient current research
and application studies, using evolutionary multiobjective
optimization methodologies to the general MCDM audience. We welcome
high quality papers in all theoretical, developmental,
implementational, and applied aspects of EMO and decision making,
though papers focusing on combining EMO and MCDM methodologies are
highly encouraged.

Potential topics of research include, but are not limited to:
    o EMO for dynamic optimization
    o handling a large number of objectives
    o hybrid EMO methodologies
    o innovative applications
    o interactive EMO
    o multiobjectivization studies
    o performance metrics
    o preference articulation in EMO
    o set-based MCDM approaches
    o theoretical foundations of EMO
    o uncertainty handling

Key Dates:
    o Submission deadline for full-length papers: July 31, 2011
    o Tentative notification about acceptance: October 2011
    o Tentative deadline for final submission: December 2011
    o Expected publication date: 2nd quarter of 2012

Submission Process:
Manuscripts should be submitted via the online system of
Wiley-Blackwell which can be accessed via All papers will be reviewed by
at least three different reviewers and should contain unpublished
material that is not under review elsewhere. For details, we refer to
our web page at

Sender: Laetitia Jourdan <[log in to unmask]>


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
* New submission deadline: 05 June 2011
* Notification of acceptance: 10 July 2011

Sender: Computational Science [log in to unmask]
Subject: CFP: WORLDCOMP 2011 Congress Short Papers and Abstracts

Dear Colleagues:

This is a "Call For Papers" for Short Research Papers (max of 4 pages)
and Abstracts (max of 2 pages). All accepted papers and abstracts will
be published and scheduled for presentation as posters. Please share
this announcement with those who may be interested. We anticipate
having about 2,100 attendees from 85 countries.

With kind regards, Organizing Committee

    CALL FOR PAPERS (Short Research Papers and Abstracts)
                   Deadline: June 8, 2011

        The 2011 World Congress in Computer Science,
        Computer Engineering, and Applied Computing
             July 18-21, 2011, Las Vegas, USA



June 8, 2011:       Submission of Short Research Papers and Abstracts
June 16, 2011:      Notification of acceptance/not-acceptance
July 1, 2011:       Registration
July 18-21, 2011:   WORLDCOMP'11 Congress (all joint-conferences)
July 30, 2011:      Camera-Ready Papers and Abstracts Due for publication
                    in the Final Edition of the proceedings.

WORLDCOMP'11 is composed of a number of tracks (joint-conferences,
tutorials, and workshops); all will be held simultaneously, same
location and dates: July 18-21, 2011. For the complete list of joint
conferences, see below.


This announcement is ONLY for those who MISSED the opportunity to
submit their papers in response to earlier "Call For Papers".
Therefore, authors who have already submitted papers in response to
earlier "Call For Papers" should IGNORE this announcement. (Those who
have been notified that their papers have been accepted, MUST still
follow the instructions that were emailed to them; including meeting
the deadlines mentioned in the notifications that were sent to them).

Authors who submit papers in response to this announcement, will have
their papers evaluated for publication consideration in the Final
Edition of the conference proceedings which will go to press in late
August 2011 (the conference would then make the necessary arrangements
to ship the printed proceedings/book to such authors). The Final
Edition of the conference proceedings will be identical to earlier
edition except for a number of sections/chapters appended to the
proceedings/book. The Final Edition will be indexed by Inspec / IET /
The Institute for Engineering and Technology, DBLP / CS Bibliography,
and others. The proceedings will be published in both, printed
book/ISBN form as well as online.

Prospective authors are invited to submit their papers (4-page Short
Research Papers or 2-page Abstracts) by uploading them to the
evaluation web site at:

Submissions must be uploaded by June 8, 2011 and they must be in
either MS doc (but not docx) or pdf formats (about 4 pages for Short
Research Papers or about 2 pages for Abstracts). All reasonable
typesetting formats are acceptable (later, the authors of accepted
papers will be asked to follow a particular typesetting format to
prepare their final papers for publication.) Papers must not have been
previously published or currently submitted for publication elsewhere.

The first page of the paper should include: title of the paper, name,
affiliation, postal address, and email address for each author. The
first page should also identify the name of the Contact Author and a
maximum of 5 topical keywords that would best represent the content of
the paper. Finally, the name of the conference (see the list below)
that the paper is being submitted for consideration must be stated on
the first page.

Each paper will be peer-reviewed by two experts in the field for
originality, significance, clarity, impact, and soundness. In cases of
contradictory recommendations, a member of the conference program
committee will be charged to make the final decision (accept/reject) -
often, this would involve seeking help from additional referees by
using a double-blinded review process. In addition, all papers whose
authors included a member of the conference program committee will be
evaluated using the double-blinded review process.
(Essay/philosophical papers will not be refereed but may be considered
for discussion/panels).



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