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Eric 'Siggy' Scott <[log in to unmask]>
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Evolutionary Computation Digest - Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012 Volume 26: Issue 1

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


Today's Topics:

 - Eric 'Siggy' Scott has taken over as moderator of the EC Digest
 - MIBISOC 2nd Technical course: call for participation

 - WORLDCOMP 2012 Congress (July 16-19, 2012, USA) - Computer Science
and Computer Engineering
 - WIVACE2012, workshop on Artificial Life and Evolutionary
Computation: new deadline and tutorial
 - WIVACE2012, workshop on Artificial Life and Evolutionary
Computation: new best paper award
 - Estimation of Distribution Algorithms (EDAs) Track at GECCO-2012
 - RAISE 2012: Workshop on Realizing Artificial Intelligence Synergies
in Software Engineering
 - Computational Intelligence in Bioinformatics, WCCI 2012 special session
 - GP track @ GECCO 2012
 - Special Session on *Evolutionary Computation for Creative Intelligence*
 - NUAN Conferences
 - Real World Applications track at GECCO 2012
 - CFP Special Session on Process Mining at IEEE Congress on
Evolutionary Computation
 - Second Call for Papers - International Journal of Production Economics
 - GECCO 2012 GA Track
 - Derivative-Free Methods For Engineering Optimization
 - Workshop of the GOR Working Groups


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

EVO*, Malaga, Spain, April 11-13, 2012                                  (v25n08)
EuroGP 2012, Malaga, Spain, April 11-13, 2012                           (v25n08)
PPSN2012, Taormina, Italy, September 1-5, 2012                          (v25n11)

Subject: Eric 'Siggy' Scott has taken over as moderator of the EC Digest

As is customary for the EC-Digest, moderation has been passed down to a new
student as the old moves on to other things.

It has been my pleasure to serve all of you for the past year, and I look
forward to seeing the spirit of the digest carried on by Eric.

Warm regards,

Christopher D. Hollander
University of Central Florida


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Subject: MIBISOC 2nd Technical course: call for participation

MIBISOC Second Technical Course  in Medical Imaging using Bio-Inspired
and Soft Computing

“MIBISOC: Medical Imaging Using  Bio-inspired and Soft Computing” is a
Marie  Curie International  Training Network  granted by  the European
Commission  within  the  Seventh  Framework Program  (FP7  PEOPLE-ITN-
2008).   MIBISOC  manages  a  training  programme  where  16  enrolled
early-stage researchers (ESRs) are being  exposed to a wide variety of
Soft  Computing (SC)  and Bio-inspired  Computing (BC)  techniques, as
well as to the challenge  of applying them to different situations and
problems within the different Medical Imaging (MI) stages.

MIBISOC activities also include two technical courses open to external
attendants.   The first  was held  in Mieres,  Spain, at  the European
Center of Soft Computing, in July 2011.

This  second  technical  course,  an  ideal complement  of  the  first
technical  course  held in  Mieres,  will  focus  on SC  and  BC-based
intelligent system design to  solve real-world MI problems. A detailed
summary of real-world applications will be taught by different experts
from  the  network  participants  and associated  partners,  including
topics  such  as  tracking  in  MI,  computer-aided  surgery,  medical
robotics and other SC-BC-based MI applications.

It will be  held in the facilities of the  University of Parma, Italy,
from February 21 to February 25, 2012.

Syllabus for this second technical course:

  1. Structure tracking in MI using Neural Networks and BC.
  2. BC-SC for visualisation in multidimensional MI.
  3. BC-SC solutions in surgery.
  4. Medical robotics and SC-BC.
  5. MI classification for diagnosis.
  6. Other SC-BC-based MI applications.


Registration in the course is free.

There  are 16 available  vacancies, and  the selected  applicants will
receive   a   grant   to   support  the   travel   and   accommodation
expenses. Should you be interested in some of these 16 vacancies, send
your CV to

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before January 20,  2012.

The  selected applicants  will be  notified by  e-mail by  February 1,
2012. To receive the grant it will be necessary to attend to the whole
course and  to present a poster.   This poster has to  be related with
each  participant’s experience  or research  in the  field  of medical
imaging (recommended dimensions for the poster 90x70cm).

Location and accommodation

The  course  will take  place  in  Parma, a  town  located  in a  very
convenient  position  just  in  the  middle  of  the  center-north  of
Italy. Parma has good train/bus  connections with the main airports of
the  area: Bologna (BLQ),  Milan Linate  (LIN), Milan  Malpensa (MPX),
Bergamo (BGY),  besides its own small airport  (“Giuseppe Verdi”, PMF)
with connections (three  days a week) with London  Stansted (STN), and
daily national flights to Rome Fiumicino (FCO) and Catania (CTA).

More information will be available at,173,265002,view,normal,0

Lecturers and lecture titles

Mouloud Adel, Institut Fresnel UMR-CNRS 6133, France
Some  aspects  of  statistical  image processing  applied  to  medical
images: computer aided diagnosis on mammographic and retinal images

Santiago Aja, University of Valladolid, Spain
Fuzzy  logic  in  medical  applications  and  image  processing:  main
approaches, do's and don't's

Luca Ascari, Henesis srl, Parma, Italy
A biomimetic soft computing approach to safe robotic grasping

Ottmar Beucher, University of Applied Sciences, Karlsruhe, Germany
Statistics for Evolutionary Computing

Leonardo Bocchi, University of Florence, Italy
Soft Computing for Computer Aided Diagnosis

Stefano Cagnoni, University of Parma, Italy
Evolutionary   and  Swarm   Intelligence  techniques   for  anatomical
structure detection and tracking

Gabor Fichtinger, Queens University, Canada
Medical Image Computing Problems in Needle-based Surgery

Krzysztof Krawiec, University of Poznan, Poland
Evolutionary feature selection and feature synthesis for medical diagnosis

Evelyne Lutton, INRIA – Paris, France
Tomographic 3D reconstruction using cooperative co-evolution

Andrea Moglia, Endocas, Pisa, Italy
Computer-Aided Surgery

Ingela Nyström, Upssala University, Sweden
Visualization and haptics for cranio-maxillofacial surgery planning

Riccardo Poli, University of Essex, UK
Brain   signals  +   Evolutionary   Computation  =   Human-competitive
Brain-Computer Interfaces

Stephen Smith, University of York, UK
From Breast Cancer to  Parkinson's Disease: Novel Medical Applications
of Bio-Inspired and Soft Computing

More information will be available at,173,265002,view,normal,0

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Subject: Call For Papers: WORLDCOMP 2012 Congress

                         CALL  FOR  PAPERS
                    Call For Conference Tracks

            Paper Submission Deadline: March 12, 2012

           The 2012 World Congress in Computer Science,
           Computer Engineering, and Applied Computing
                     July 16-19, 2012, USA

           (Web site is currently under construction)
         Location: See the above web site for venue/city

You are invited to submit a full paper for consideration. All accepted
papers will be published in the respective conference proceedings. The
proceedings will be indexed in Inspec / IET / The Institute for Engineering
and Technology, DBLP / Computer Science Bibliography, and others.) All
accepted papers will be published in printed conference books/proceedings
(the proceedings will also be available on the web). Like prior years,
extended versions of selected papers (about 42%) will appear in journals
and edited research books (publishers include: Springer, Elsevier, ...).

WORLDCOMP'12 is composed of a number of tracks (joint-conferences,
tutorials, workshops, and panel discussions); all will be held
simultaneously, same location and dates: July 16-19, 2012. For the complete
list of joint conferences, see below.


March 12, 2012:    Submission of full papers (about 7 pages)
April 12, 2012:    Notification of acceptance (+/- two days)
April 26, 2012:    Final papers + Copyright/Consent + Registration
July 16-19, 2012:  WORLDCOMP 2012 and all its affiliated conferences


Prospective authors are invited to submit their papers by uploading them
to the evaluation web site at:
Submissions must be uploaded by March 12, 2012 and they must be in
either MS doc or pdf formats (about 7 pages including all figures,
tables, and references - single space, font size of 10 to 12). 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. The name of the conference that the paper is being submitted
for consideration must be stated on the first page of the paper as well as
a 100 to 150-word abstract. The length of the final/Camera-Ready papers
(if accepted) will be limited to 7 (two-column IEEE style) pages.

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
include 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). All
proceedings of WORLDCOMP will be published and indexed in: Inspec / IET /
The Institute for Engineering & Technology, DBLP / CS Bibliography, & others.


o BIOCOMP'12 - 13th Int'l. Conference on Bioinformatics & Computational Biology

o CDES'12 - 12th Int'l Conference on Computer Design

o CGVR'12 - 16th Int'l Conference on Computer Graphics and Virtual Reality

o CSC'12 - 9th Int'l Conference on Scientific Computing

o DMIN'12 - 8th Int'l Conference on Data Mining

o EEE'12 - 11th Int'l Conference on e-Learning, e-Business, Enterprise
 Information Systems, and e-Government

o ERSA'12 - 12th Int'l Conference on Engineering of Reconfigurable Systems
 and Algorithms

o ESA'12 - 10th Int'l Conference on Embedded Systems and Applications

o FCS'12 - 8th Int'l Conference on Foundations of Computer Science

o FECS'12 - 8th Int'l Conference on Frontiers in Education: Computer
 Science and Computer Engineering

o GCA'12 - 8th Int'l Conference on Grid Computing and Applications

o GEM'12 - 9th Int'l Conference on Genetic and Evolutionary Methods

o ICAI'12 - 14th Int'l Conference on Artificial Intelligence

o ICOMP'12 - 13th Int'l Conference on Internet Computing

o ICWN'12 - 11th Int'l Conference on Wireless Networks

o IKE'12 - 11th Int'l Conference on Information and Knowledge Engineering

o IPCV'12 - 16th Int'l Conference on Image Processing, Computer Vision,
 & Pattern Recognition

o MSV'12 - 9th Int'l Conference on Modeling, Simulation and Visualization

o PDPTA'12 - 18th Int'l Conference on Parallel and Distributed Processing
 Techniques and Applications

o SAM'12 - 11th Int'l Conference on Security and Management

o SERP'12 - 11th Int'l Conference on Software Engineering Research and

o SWWS'12 - 11th Int'l Conference on Semantic Web and Web Services

All conferences listed above will be held simultaneously; ie, same
location and dates. A link to each of the conferences can be found at:
(Currently under construction.)


Each conference is composed of a number of tracks. A track can be a session,
a workshop, or a symposium. A session will have at least 6 papers; a
workshop at least 12 papers; and a symposium at least 18 papers. Track
chairs will be responsible for all aspects of their tracks, including:
soliciting papers, reviewing, selecting, ... The names of track chairs
will appear as Associate Editors in the conference proceedings and on
the cover of the printed books (and indexed in science databases as such).

Proposals to organize tracks (sessions, workshops, or symposiums) should
include the following information: name and address (+ email) of proposer,
his/her biography, title of track, a 100-word description of the topic of
the track, the name of the conference the track is submitted for
consideration (ie, BIOCOMP, CDES, ...), and a short description on how
the track will be advertised (in most cases, track proposers solicit papers
from colleagues and researchers whose work is known to the track proposer).
E-mail your track proposal to  [log in to unmask] . We would like to
receive the track proposals as soon as possible but by no later than
January 31, 2012.


An important mission of WORLDCOMP is "Providing a unique platform for
a diverse community of constituents composed of scholars, researchers,
developers, educators, and practitioners. The Congress makes concerted
effort to reach out to participants affiliated with diverse entities
(such as: universities, institutions, corporations, government agencies,
and research centers/labs) from all over the world. The congress also
attempts to connect participants from institutions that have teaching as
their main mission with those who are affiliated with institutions that
have research as their main mission. The congress uses a quota system to
achieve its institution and geography diversity objectives."

One main goal of the congress is to assemble a spectrum of affiliated
research conferences, workshops, and symposiums into a coordinated
research meeting held in a common place at a common time. This model
facilitates communication among researchers in different fields of
computer science, computer engineering, and applied computing. The
Congress also encourages multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary
research initiatives; ie, facilitating increased opportunities for
cross-fertilization across sub-disciplines.


Any inquiries should be sent to: [log in to unmask]

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Subject: WIVACE2012, workshop on Artificial Life and Evolutionary Computation:
new deadline and tutorial

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* DEADLINE EXTENDED.    NEW DEADLINE: JANUARY 6, 2012              *
*                                                                  *
* TUTORIAL ADDED:  "ORGANIC COMPUTING"                             *
*                                                                  *
* WIVACE 2012                                                      *
* Italian Workshop on Artificial Life and Evolutionary Computation *
* "Artificial Life, Evolution and Complexity"                      *
* Parma, Centro S.Elisabetta - University Campus                   *
* 20-21 February 2012                                              *

WIVACE  2012  will  offer  researchers  in  Evolutionary  Computation,
Artificial Life and Complex Systems  a chance to present their results
in a collaborative environment, in which knowledge can be shared based
on a multidisciplinary  approach to the study and  modeling of natural
biological  processes.  The  workshop  will include  oral sessions,  a
poster session, and a discussion panel.

Two invited talks are scheduled:

"Taming the complexity of natural and artificial evolutionary dynamics"
by Riccardo Poli, University of Essex (UK),


"Two limitations of current living artifacts and how to overcome them"
by Domenico Parisi, ISTC-CNR, Italy.

A  tutorial  on  "Organic  Computing", by  Christian  Mueller-Schloer,
University of Hannover (Germany) will also be offered.

We  invite   contributions  about  the  theory   and  applications  of
Evolutionary Computation  and Artificial Life, with  special regard to
the study of  the complex processes studied by  these disciplines and,
in particular, to the following non-exhaustive list of topics:

- Applications of Bio-inspired Algorithms
- Bio-inspired Computational Paradigms
- Bio-inspired Robotics
- Complex System Biology
- Emergent Behaviours
- Evolutionary Systems’ Dynamics
- Financial/Economical Systems
- Genetic and Evolutionary Algorithms
- Hybrid Optimization Algorithms
- Models of Collective Behaviour
- Parallel Implementation of Bio-inspired Models
- Self-organising Systems
- Swarm Intelligence e Artificial Ant Systems
- System Biology

Call for Papers
Two kinds of contributions will be considered:
- Communications (in English or Italian, up to 4 pages, presented as posters)
- Full Papers (in English, up to 12 pages, presented orally or as posters)

The contributions  can be submitted,  no later than 15  December 2011,
online at

The  proceedings will  be made  available online  and published  as an
ISBN-registered CD. A  selection of the full papers  will be published
(possibly  in  an extended  version)  in  the  book “Artificial  Life,
Evolution and Complexity” published by Springer.

Paper Submission: 6 January 2012
Notification of Acceptance: 20 January 2012
Final Version Due: 1 February 2012
Workshop: 20-21 February 2012

Email: [log in to unmask]
Web site:
Facebook: WIVACE2012
LinkedIn: WIVACE2012

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Subject: WIVACE2012, workshop on Artificial Life and Evolutionary Computation

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* DEADLINE: JANUARY 6, 2012                                        *
*                                                                  *
*                                                                  *
* WIVACE 2012                                                      *
* Italian Workshop on Artificial Life and Evolutionary Computation *
* "Artificial Life, Evolution and Complexity"                      *
* Parma, Centro S.Elisabetta - University Campus                   *
* 20-21 February 2012                                              *

AWARENESS (  is a FET  coordination action funded
by  the  European  Commission  under  FP7  and  provides  support  for
researchers interested in Self-Awareness in Autonomic Systems.

AWARENESS is sponsoring a best paper award at WIVACE2012 for papers on
topics related with the coordination action's scope.

Papers submitted to  WIVACE2012 which are eligible for  the prize will
be judged by:

   * Prof Emma Hart, Edinburgh Napier University, UK
   * Assoc Prof Giacomo Cabri, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy
   * Prof Gusz Eiben, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands
   * Dr Jeremy Pitt, Imperial College London, UK

The prize is a free place at the Awareness Summer School to be held in
Edinburgh from  10-16 June 2012,  which provides a number  of lectures
and  tutorials on self-awareness  in autonomic  systems. The  prize is
transferable to another person if the winner is unable to attend.  The
free  summer  school place  includes  six  nights' accommodation,  all
meals, all  lectures, tutorials plus  any materials provided  over the

Submission of  papers eligible  for the prize  will be  accepted until
January  20.  However, we  cannot ensure  that papers  submitted later
than the official deadline can be published in the proceedings.


WIVACE 2012 Call for Papers
Two kinds of contributions will be considered:
- Communications (in English or Italian, up to 4 pages, presented as posters)
- Full Papers (in English, up to 12 pages, presented orally or as posters)

The contributions  can be submitted,  no later than 6 January 2012,
online at

The  proceedings will  be made  available online  and published  as an
ISBN-registered CD. A  selection of the full papers  will be published
(possibly  in  an extended  version)  in  the  book “Artificial  Life,
Evolution and Complexity” published by Springer.

Paper Submission: 6 January 2012
Notification of Acceptance: 20 January 2012
Final Version Due: 1 February 2012
Workshop: 20-21 February 2012

Email: [log in to unmask]
Web site:
Facebook: WIVACE2012
LinkedIn: WIVACE2012

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Subject: CFP: Estimation of Distribution Algorithms (EDAs) Track at GECCO-2012

                     Call for Papers
         Estimation of Distribution Algorithms Track
                           at the
   Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO-2012)

                    organized by ACM SIGEVO
              July 7-11, 2012 (Saturday-Wednesday)
                    Philadelphia, PA, USA

This track promotes evolutionary algorithms based on probabilistic
models. These algorithms, often referred to as Estimation of
distribution algorithms (EDAs), are based on the explicit use of
probability distributions. They replace traditional variation operators
of evolutionary algorithms, such as mutation and crossover, by building
a probabilistic model of promising solutions and sampling the built
model to generate new candidate solutions. Using probabilistic models
for exploration in evolutionary algorithms enables the use of advanced
methods of machine learning and statistics for automated identification
and exploitation of problem regularities for broad classes of problems.
In addition, EDAs provide natural ways to introduce problem information
into the search by means of the probabilistic model and also to get
information about the problem that is being optimized. EDAs provide a
robust and scalable solution to many important classes of optimization
problems with only little problem specific knowledge.

The aim of the track is to attract the latest high quality research on
EDAs in particular, and the use of probability distribution in
evolutionary algorithms in general. We encourage the submission of
original and previously unpublished work especially in the following

1. Advances in the theoretical foundations of EDAs.
2. Novel applications of EDAs.
3. Case studies or showcases that highlight the use of EDAs in practical
decision making.
4. Interfaces between EDAs, Ant Colony Optimization, Evolution
Strategies, Cross-Entropy Method and other related methods.
5. Position papers on EDA-related topics.
6. Reviews of specific EDA-related aspects.
7. Comparisons of EDAs and other metaheuristics, evolutionary
algorithms, more traditional optimization methods of operations research
or hybrids thereof.
8. EDAs for dynamic, multiobjective or noisy problems, and interactive
9. Hybrid EDAs.
10. New EDAs.
11. Statistical modeling in evolutionary algorithms.

The above list of topics is not exhaustive; if you think that your work
does not fit the above categories but the work should belong to the EDA
track, please contact the track chairs to discuss this issue.

Important Dates:
 * Submission deadline: January 13, 2012
 * Notification of paper acceptance: March 13, 2012
 * Camera-ready submission: April 9, 2012
 * GECCO-2010 Conference: July 7-11, 2012

Submission guidelines:

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Subject: [CFP] RAISE 2012: Workshop on Realizing Artificial
Intelligence Synergies in Software Engineering

RAISE  2012
Workshop on Realizing Artificial Intelligence Synergies in Software Engineering
In Conjunction with ICSE 2012

This workshop brings together researchers from the AI and SE
communities in order to  explore the interdisciplinary synergies which
exist and to stimulate collaboration and future research across the
disciplines. The workshop is both timely and opportunistic, and will
help to promote a new community with interdisciplinary research

** Motivation **
As SE is asked to answer dynamic, automated, adaptive, and/or large
scale demands, other computer science disciplines come in to play. AI
is  a  discipline  that  may  bring  SE  new  benefits. Conversely, SE
can also play a role in alleviating development costs and the
development effort associated with AI tools. Such mutually beneficial
characteristics have appeared in the past few decades and are still
evolving due to new challenges. One example of an AI technique missing
in SE is the application of cognitive psychology to the creation of
knowledge acquisition tools.

On the other hand, SE has resulted in tools and methodologies that can
build large and complex systems. Prior research in AI suffered from
too many prototypes and not enough deployed systems. We assert that SE
 has much to offer AI about systems engineering and scalability of
methodologies. Hence, we propose this RAISE crossover workshop where
the state of the art in both fields is documented and extended. Thus
this workshop will explore not only the application of AI techniques
to software engineering problems but also the application of software
engineering techniques to AI problems.

** Topics of interest **
In particular, we wish to stimulate discussion, thoughts and
subsequent collaboration on the following themes applied to software
* Testing and quality assurance
* Spectra-based software diagnosis
* System dynamics and simulation models
* Software metrics applied to AI techniques
* Rapid prototyping and scripting for AI techniques
* Cost analysis and risk assessment in software projects
* Software for knowledge acquisition and representation
* Knowledge representation, ontologies, reasoning and other semantic
aspects in software engineering
* Software specification, design, integration and requirement engineering
* Assessing the quality of datasets (imbalance, noise, missing values, etc.)
* Cognitive psychology for requirements engineering and knowledge engineering
* Machine Learning, Optimisation and Computational Intelligence techniques

** Important Dates **
Paper submission: 17 Feb 2012
Notification of acceptance: 19 March 2012
Camera ready paper: 29 March 2012
Workshop date: 5 June 2012

** Publication **
Papers should be submitted via EasyChair: Ten position
papers will be chosen for 15 minute presentations followed by
approximately 5 minutes of critical discussion from the attendees.
Position papers
will be distributed to attendees prior to the workshop. Following
presentation of the position papers, the participants will be split
into two Working Groups, and each will be given a specific question to
focus on, taken from the workshop themes. Following the workshop the
authors of the best papers will be invited to extend their position
papers into full journal papers, for a Special Issue of the Software
Quality Journal, edited by Tim Menzies and Marjan Mernik.

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Subject: CFP: Computational Intelligence in Bioinformatics, WCCI 2012
special session

                          CALL FOR PAPERS
                     Hybrid Special Session on
           Computational Intelligence in Bioinformatics (CIB)
               WCCI 2012 (IJCNN + Fuzz-IEEE + IEEE CEC)
                June 10-15, 2012, Brisbane, Australia

                     * * *Upcoming deadlines* * *
               Paper submission deadline: Jan 18, 2012

=========================CIB Special Session===============================
The special session "Computational Intelligence in Bioinformatics" (CIB) is
intended to bring together top researchers, practitioners, and students,
from around the world. CIB will serve as a platform to discuss applications
of Computational Intelligence in the field of Bioinformatics, Computational
Biology, and Bioengineering, for solving problems in medicine, pharmacy,
health and life sciences, biology, and forensic sciences.

This CIB special session is sponsored by the IEEE Technical Committee on
Bioinformatics and Bioengineering (IEEE BBTC) and it spans the three WCCI
conferences (FUZZ-IEEE, IJCNN, and IEEE-CEC). Further details on the CIB
session can be found at:

We cordially invite you to submit research articles in this hybrid special
session. We also encourage you to distribute this "call-for-papers" to your

=================================WCCI 2012=================================
The 2012 IEEE World Congress on Computational Intelligence (IEEE WCCI 2012)
is the largest technical event in the field of computational intelligence.
It will host three conferences: the 2012 International Joint Conference on
Neural Networks (IJCNN 2012), the 2012 IEEE International Conference on
Fuzzy Systems (FUZZ-IEEE 2012), and the 2012 IEEE Congress on Evolutionary
Computation (IEEE CEC 2012). IEEE WCCI 2012 will be held in Brisbane, an
awe-inspiring city situated along the Brisbane River and the eastern coast
line of Australia. The congress will provide a stimulating forum for
scientists, engineers, educators, and students from all over the world to
discuss and present their research findings on computational intelligence.
Please visit WCCI 2012 at

===========================Important dates=================================
Paper submission deadline:          Jan 18, 2012
Paper acceptance notification date: Feb 20, 2012
Final paper submission deadline:    April 2, 2012
Early registration Deadline:        April 2, 2012
Conference Dates:                   June 10-15, 2012

===========================Paper Submission================================
Paper Submission: Electronic web submission in PDF format at the WCCI 2012

Authors can select the conference through which they will like their paper(s)
to be reviewed and published (if accepted). When an author submits a paper
for a given track of the CIB hybrid special session, s/he should: 1) select
the conference associated with the given CIB track, and then 2) tag the paper
using the CIB name (available from the paper topic roll-down menu) as the
first topic. The same paper can only appear in one conference proceeding
and it will be available from IEEEXplore (from that proceeding).

Accepted papers will be integrated and presented in a coherent manner in one
multi-disciplinary track at WCCI 2012. Each paper will be published in the
proceedings of the conference that was selected for submission. The same
paper will not appear in three conference proceedings, even though the
CIB session spans three conferences.

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Subject: CFP: GP track @ GECCO 2012


       C A L L      F O R     P A P E R S

Genetic Programming Track @ GECCO 2012, 7-11 July 2012, Philadelphia, USA


In the field of Genetic Programming (GP), evolutionary algorithms are
used to automatically search for an algorithm or structure that solves
a given problem. The Genetic Programming track invites original
submissions on all aspects of the evolutionary generation of computer
programs or other variable sized structures for specified tasks.
Topics include but are not limited to:

1. Theoretical developments
2. Empirical studies of GP performance and behavior
3. Novel algorithms, representations and/or operators
4. Hybrid architectures including GP components
5. Unconventional evolvable computation
6. Evolution of tree or graph structures
7. Evolution of Lindenmayer Systems
8. Grammar-based GP
9. Linear GP
10. Self-Reproducing Programs
11. Evolution of various classes of automata or machines (e.g.
cellular automata, finite state machines, pushdown automata, Turing
12. Object-oriented Genetic Programming
13. Evolution of functional languages


classification, planning, evolutionary theory, parallelization,
computer vision, animation, functional gp, financial application, GPU,
dynamic systems, gp fitness landscape, symbolic regression, cgp and
its applications, developmental gp and financial applications, modular
gp and analysis, bloat, SAT, local search, grammatical evolution,
coevolution, hierarchical gp, evolvability, applications (robot,
financial, gene chip etc), constraints, grammar, data mining,
visualization, art.

Important Dates:

- Submission deadline: 13 January 2012
- Notification of paper acceptance: Mid March 2012
- Camera-ready submission: 9 April 2012
- Conference: 7-11 July 2012

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Subject: CFP Special Session on *Evolutionary Computation for Creative

Call for Papers:

Special Session on *Evolutionary Computation for Creative Intelligence*

2012 IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation (IEEE CEC 2012)
In 2012 IEEE World Congress on Computational Intelligence (WCCI 2012)

Evolutionary computation (EC) techniques, including genetic algorithm,
evolution strategies, genetic programming, particle swarm optimization, ant
colony optimization, differential evolution, and memetic algorithms, have
shown to be effective for search and optimization problems. Recently, EC
gained several promising results and becomes an important tool in
Computational Creativity, such as in music, visual art, literature,
architecture, and industrial design.

The aim of this special session is to reflect the most recent advances of EC
for Computational Creativity, with the goal to enhance autonomous creative
systems as well as human creativity. This session will allow researchers to
share experiences and present their new ways for taking advantage of EC
techniques in Creativity. Topics of interest include, but are not limited
to, EC technologies in the following aspects:

- Generation of music, visual art, architecture and design
- Algorithmic design in creative intelligence
- Optimization in creativity
- Development of hardware and software for creative systems
- Evaluation methodologies
- Assistance of human creativity
- Computational aesthetics
- Emotion response
- Human-machine creativity

Submission deadline:   Jan 18, 2012 (extended)
Notification of acceptance:   Feb 20, 2012
Final paper submission:   Apr 2, 2012
WCCI 2012 Conference:   Jun 10-15, 2012

Prospective authors are invited to contribute their papers to Special
Session on Computational Intelligence in Communications and Networking. All
papers are to be submitted electronically through the IEEE WCCI 2012 main

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Subject: NUAN Conferences

Dear Colleagues,

You are invited to submit your papers until February 2, 2012 for our
parallel conferences in Faro, Algarve, Portugal (Supported by the
University of Algarve, Faro, Portugal), May 2-4, 2012
Lakes, Rivers, Groundwater and Sea 2012

Sustainable Cities, Urban Sustainability and Transportation 2012

Forests, Mountains, Valleys and Volcanoes 2012

Science Parks and Technology Parks 2012

Sustainable Tourism and Cultural Heritage 2012

Biologically Inspired Computation 2012

or via

Submission Deadline: February 2, 2012
Notification of Acceptance: March 12, 2012
Registration Deadline: April 12, 2012

Proceedings will be distributed in luxurious volumes (hard-copy) and
CD-ROM and will be included (indexed) in the ISI, SCOPUS, ACM, WSEAS

Authors will be invited to submit extended versions to a NAUN Journal
or WSEAS Journal or University Press or Springer. All submitted papers
will have opportunities for consideration for the Special Issues or
Regular Issues of several journals (some of them belong to ISI
category). The selection will be carried out during the review process
as well as at the conference presentation stage. Submitted papers must
not be under consideration by any other journal or publication. The
final decision will be made based on peer review reports by the guest
editors and the Editor-in-Chief jointly.

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Subject: Real World Applications track at GECCO 2012

You are cordially invited to contribute to the Real-world Applications
Track at the forthcoming Genetic and Evolutionary Computation
Conference(GECCO 2012) to take place in Philadelphia, USA during July
7-11, 2012.

Please visit for more information
about the conference and submission process.


Call for Papers: Real-world Applications Track at GECCO 2012, July 7-11,
Philadelphia, USA


GECCO: Real World Applications welcomes rigorous experimental,
computational and/or applied advances in evolutionary computation (EC)
in any discipline devoted to the study of real-world problems. The aim
is to bring together a rich and diverse set of fields, such as:
Engineering and Technological Sciences, Mathematical Sciences, Numerical
and Computational Sciences, Physical Sciences, Cosmological Sciences,
Environmental Sciences, Geophysical Sciences, Oceanographic Sciences,
Chemical Sciences, Biological Sciences, Atmospheric Sciences, Aerospace
Sciences, Social Sciences and Economics; into a single event where the
major interest is on applications including but not limited to:

1. Papers that describe advances in the field of EC for implementation
purposes, including scalability for solution quality, scalability for
algorithm complexity, and implementation in industrial packages like
Matlab, Mathematica, and R.

2. Papers that describe EC systems using distributed computing (cloud,
Mapreduce / Hadoop, grid, GPGPU, etc.) for real-world applications.

3. Papers that present rigorous comparisons across techniques in a
real-world application.

4. Papers that present new applications of EC to real-world problems.

All contributions should be original research papers demonstrating the
relevance and applicability of EC within a real-world problem. The
papers with a multidisciplinary interaction are welcomed, and it is
desirable that those papers are presented and written in a way that
other researchers can grasp the main results, techniques, and their
potential applications.

In summary, the real-world applications track is open to all domains
including all industries (e.g. automobile, bio-tech, chemistry, defense,
finance, oil and gas, telecommunications, etc.) and functional areas
including all functions of relevance to real-world problems (e.g.
logistics, scheduling, business, management, timetabling, design, data
mining, process control, predictive modeling, etc.) as well as more
technical and scientific disciplines (e.g. pattern recognition, computer
vision, robotics, image processing, control, electrical and electronics,
mechanics, etc.).

Important Dates:

- Submission deadline: January 13, 2012
- Notification of paper acceptance: Mid March, 2012
- Camera-ready submission: April 9, 2012
- Conference: July 7-11, 2012

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Subject: CFP Special Session on Process Mining at IEEE Congress on
Evolutionary Computation

CALL FOR PAPERS [Extended Submission Date: Jan 18, 2012 (23:59 EST)]

The IEEE Task Force on Process Mining ( <> is organizing a special session at the 2012 IEEE
World Congress on Computational Intelligence/ IEEE Congress on Evolutionary
Computation (IEEE CEC/WCCI 2012). The goal of this special session is to
join experts in the area of process mining to present new techniques and
applications. Therefore, submissions of papers on new process mining
techniques, computational intelligence applications of process mining,
business intelligence, automated business process discovery, conformance
checking, process intelligence, etc., are welcome. See
<> for more details on the special
session.  See  <> for detailed submission

Process mining is a relative young research discipline that sits between
computational intelligence and data mining on one hand, and process
modelling and analysis on the other hand. The idea of process mining is to
discover, monitor and improve real processes (not assumed processes) by
extracting knowledge from event logs readily available in today's systems.
Process mining provides an important bridge between data mining and business
process modelling and analysis. Process mining research started in the late
nineties. At that time there was little event data available and the process
mining techniques were extremely naive and hence unusable. Over the last
decade, event data has become readily available and process mining
techniques have matured. Moreover, process mining algorithms have been
implemented in various academic and commercial systems. Today, there is an
active group of researchers working on process mining and it has become one
of the "hot topics" in BPM research. Moreover, there is a huge interest from
industry in process mining. More and more software vendors started adding
process mining functionality to their tools. Furthermore, the diverse range
of computational intelligence approaches and methodologies are well suited
to approaches combining process mining and other computational intelligence
adaptive business systems.

Important Dates:

Full paper submission due: December 19, 2011 Jan 18, 2012 (23:59 EST)

Notification of acceptance: February 20, 2012

Final paper submission date: April 2, 2012

Conference dates: June 10-15, 2012

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Subject: International Journal of Production Economics - SPECIAL ISSUE

International Journal of Production Economics

“Computational Intelligence in Production and Logistics Systems (CIPLS)”


In connection with the 2011 IEEE Workshop on Computational Intelligence in
Production and Logistics Systems (CIPLS 2011), which was held at the IEEE
Symposium Series on Computational Intelligence in Paris this April, we would
like to announce a call for papers for a special issue on this theme in the
International Journal of Production Economics (IJPE).


The management of production and logistics systems in today’s fierce
competition environment is a difficult task and has become progressively
complex. Major changes in products, processes, technologies, and societies
bring along remarkable challenges and increasing market demands. Modelling
and optimisation of the complex problems arising in production and logistics
systems is of paramount importance in surviving and achieving competitive
gains in productivity and quality.

Within this context, CIPLS aims to address issues related to the design,
planning, control, and continuous improvement of production and logistics
systems using computational intelligence. In this special issue, we solicit
original, high quality papers presenting substantial results on the
development and implementation of novel approaches based on exact,
heuristic, and/or meta-heuristic techniques. This includes local search
methods (e.g., tabu search, variable neighborhood search, large neighborhood
search, scatter search, etc.), evolutionary algorithms (e.g., genetic
algorithms, memetic algorithms, etc.), and other nature inspired
optimisation methods (e.g., ant colony optimisation, particle swarm
optimisation, neural algorithms, etc.) as well as hybrid techniques and
hyper-heuristics. Our intention is to cover the full spectrum of production
from aggregate planning to shop-floor execution systems and modelling,
planning and control of logistics systems. We would particularly like to
encourage the submission of studies incorporating real-world applications.

Recommended topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

*       Production planning and control
*       Flexible manufacturing systems
*       Integrated production system and process design
*       Capacity planning
*       Lot sizing
*       Assembly lines
*       Production scheduling
*       Inventory control
*       Facilities planning and design
*       Transport and distribution planning
*       Vehicle routing and scheduling
*       Multi-modal transport
*       Sustainability and green logistics
*       Logistics network design
*       Decision support systems in production and logistics

Manuscript Preparation and Submission

To prepare their manuscripts, authors are asked to closely follow the IJPE
“Guide for Authors” at
structions. Authors should submit their papers via the EES
<> and select
“Special Issue: CIPLS” when asked to indicate the “Article Type” in the
submission process. Submitted papers should not have been previously
published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere.
Manuscripts will be refereed according to the standards of IJPE.

Publication Schedule

Deadline for submission: January 31, 2012

First review due: May 31, 2012

Revised manuscript due: July 31, 2012

Final manuscript submissions to the Publisher: October 31, 2012

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Subject: Call for Papers: GECCO 2012 GA Track

***             CALL FOR PAPERS - GENETIC ALGORITHMS (GA) TRACK           ***


***                   July 7-11, 2012,  Philadelphia, USA                 ***

***                         Organized by ACM SIGEVO                       ***

***                             ***

Dear Colleagues,

We invite you to submit a paper to the GA track at GECCO 2012.

The Genetic Algorithm (GA) track has always been the largest
scientific track at GECCO. We invite submissions to the GA track that
present original work on all aspects of genetic algorithms, including,
but not limited to:

   1. Practical and theoretical aspects of GAs
   2. Design of new GA operators including representations, fitness
functions, initialization, termination, selection, recombination, and
   3. Design of new and improved GAs
   4. Comparisons with other methods (e.g., empirical performance analysis)
   5. Hybrid approaches (e.g., memetic algorithms)
   6. Design of tailored GAs for new application areas
   7. Handling uncertainty (e.g., dynamic and stochastic problems, robustness)
   8. Metamodeling and surrogate assisted evolution
   9. Interactive GAs
   10. Co-evolutionary algorithms
   11. Parameter tuning & control (including adaptation and meta-GAs)
   12. Constraint Handling
   13. Diversity Control (e.g., Fitness Sharing & Crowding, Automatic
Speciation, Spatial models such as Island/Diffusion)

As a large and diverse track, the GA track will be an excellent
opportunity to present and discuss your research/application with a
wide variety of experts and participants of GECCO.


* Submission deadline             : January 13, 2012
* Notification of paper acceptance: March 13, 2012
* Camera-ready submission deadline: April 9, 2012
* Conference                      : July 7-11, 2012

For conference details and submission instructions, visit:
Be sure to check the GECCO 2012 website for updates as the paper
submission deadline approaches.

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Subject: Derivative-Free Methods For Engineering Optimization at WCCM 2012

Dear Colleague,

We would like to invite you to submit an abstract to the Mini-Symposia
MS-046  on de topic  “Derivative-Free Methods For Engineering Optimization”

place in São Paulo, Brazil, 8 -13 July 2012.  <>

Please note that the call for papers for the conference closes on 15th
January 2011  (Final deadline extension for abstract submission).

The purpose of this Mini-Symposia is to bring together researchers who
successfully develop techniques for solving optimization problems (single
and multi-objective) using derivative-free methods such as: Evolutionary
Optimization, Direct Search Methods, etc.
We encourage new theoretical developments in Derivative-Free Optimization
algorithms for single or multi-objective optimization as well as their
application for solving real engineering problems. Submissions presenting
novel developments or critical reviews are welcome.

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Subject: Workshop of the GOR Working Groups

*Workshop of the GOR Working Groups*

*"Simulation and optimization of complex systems"
"Fuzzy systems, neural networks and artificial intelligence"

together with

Siemens AG Corporate Technology
GTF modelling, simulation & optimization*

*Invitation and paper submission*
We cordially invite you to the workshop of the Working Groups of the
German Society for Operations Research eV. and the Siemens AG
Corporate Technology.
The workshop will take place at the Universität der Bundeswehr München
from 23 - 24 February 2012.

The scope of the workshop includes, but is not limited to, the
following topics as they relate to the areas of the Working Groups
"Simulation and optimization of complex systems" and "Fuzzy systems,
neural networks and artificial intelligence".

· Analysis and modeling of complex systems - Strategic Planning
· Optimization methods and optimization potentials in complex systems
· Processes of (event-) discrete and continuous simulation
· Agent-based modeling of complex systems
· Data mining methods and Data farming
· Supply Demand and Supply Systems Simulations
· System Dynamics and Strategic Planning
· Algorithmic and heuristic methods for efficient solutions of complex systems
· Methods for calibration, validation and verification of models
· Dealing with uncertainties and achieving durable solutions
· Computational Intelligence
· Game Theory
· Risk Analysis and Horizon Scanning planning process
· Project management for complex OR / (simulation) projects
· Scheduling of simulators
· Fundamentals of fuzzy set theory
· Decision supporting fuzzy systems
· Expert systems and neural networks
· Fuzzy Control Systems
· Neuro-fuzzy systems
· Validation of neural networks and/ or expert systems
· Applications of fuzzy systems and neural networks
· Further simulation and optimization applications in economics,
engineering and naturalsciences

For additional information on the objectives and priorities of the
Working Groups, see the following websites:



The workshop is aiming particularly at young scientists as well as
practitioners, who we explicitly ask for submission of presentation
proposals. In a pleasant environment new contacts can be created.

*Date and venue*
Thursday, 23 February 2012, 1 p.m. (refreshments starting at 11.30)

End time:
Friday, 24 February 2012 to 1 p.m. .

Universität der Bundeswehr München,
Werner-Heisenberg-Weg 39, 85577 Neubiberg
University Casino

*Registration of lectures*
We cordially invite all interested scientists and practitioners to
contribute with a presentation.
The workshop is open to all persons interested in the topics. Please
also inform colleagues and people in your circle of friends about this
If interested, please send title and a maximum one-page summary (PDF
file or Word document) from now until 20 January 2012 to the following
e-mail address

anna.fischaleck @

For members of GOR the participation in the workinggroup session is
free. Only for entertainment and social program a cost sharing of
60EUR will be collected.
Participants who are neither speaker nor a member of the GOR pay,
according to GOR board decision an additional fee ( The amount of the
current GOR-year membership fee).

For registration please send an email with your GOR membership number
to the following address:

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After registration, the conference program and further information on
travel and accommodation will send to you until the 25th January 2012.
We look forward to many interesting applications and a working group meeting!



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