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EC-Digest v26n2


Eric 'Siggy' Scott <[log in to unmask]>


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Evolutionary Computation Digest - Tuesday, February 07, 2012 Volume 26: Issue 2

SUBMISSION ADDRESS:    [log in to unmask]

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


Today's Topics:

 - New book on multiobjective GA
 - PhD Position - Theoretical Analysis of Evolutionary Processes

 - GECCO Workshops
 - PPSN 2010 - 12th International Conference on Parallel Problem
Solving from Nature
 - 11th International Conference on Artificial Immune Systems
 - AIS Workshop at PPSN
 - International Conference on Simulated Evolution And Learning (SEAL'2012)
 - 6th Workshop on Theory of Randomized Search Heuristics (ThRaSH'2012)
 - Call for Workshops: International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML) 2012
 - NAUN International Courses
 - WORLDCOMP'12 Congress Conferences
 - Natural Computation Special Issue on Distributed Evol. Computation
in Informal Environments
 - EVOLVE 2012 Int. Conf. Aug. 7-9, 2012, Mexico City
 - Matheuristics 2012
 - Final call: Issue on Computational Intelligence in Production and
Logistics Systems (CIPLS)
 - International Conference on Natural Computation (ICNC'12)
 - IEEE Conference on Computational Intelligence in Games (CIG 2012)
 - 2012 International Conference on Artificial Intelligence (ICAI '12)
 - Italian Workshop on Artificial Life and Evolutionary Computation


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

EVO*, Malaga, Spain, April 11-13, 2012						(v25n08)
EuroGP 2012, Malaga, Spain, April 11-13, 2012				(v25n08)
CEC2012, Brisbane, Australia, June 10-15, 2012                         	(v25n12)
GECCO 2012, Philadelphia, USA, July 7-11, 2012				(v25n12)
PPSN2012, Taormina, Italy, September 1-5, 2012				(v25n11)

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Subject: New book on multiobjective GA

Information on a new book on Multiobjective GA and its application:

Ujjwal Maulik, Sanghamitra Bandyopadhyay, Anirban Mukhopadhyay,
Multiobjective Genetic Algorithms for Clustering: Applications in Data
Mining and Bioinformatics, Springer, Heidelberg, 2011,

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Subject: PhD Position - Theoretical Analysis of Evolutionary Processes

PhD Studentship
School of Computer Science, University of Nottingham
Reference : SCI1102
Closing Date : 09 February 2012

Theoretical Analysis of Evolutionary Processes

Applications are invited for PhD studentships funded by the School of
Computer Science, University of Nottingham. Studentships are available
from October 2011 for a period of three and a half years and include
payment of fees at the UK/EU rate and a postgraduate stipend of
£13,590 in year one with increments in line with Research Council

Evolutionary algorithms and other randomised search heuristics have
been successfully applied to various industrial optimisation
domains. However, the theoretical understanding of these methods has
been limited. Recently, there has been significant progress in
analysing the runtime (also called optimisation time) of randomised
search heuristics using rigorous techniques from probability theory,
randomised algorithms, and computational complexity. Results about the
runtime give insights into how the behaviour of a randomised search
heuristic depends on its parameter-settings and on the characteristics
of the underlying optimisation problem.

The successful candidate will contribute to this exciting research
area, which lies at the interface between theoretical computer science
and computational intelligence. The aim is to develop theory that aids
in predicting and controlling the behaviour of general evolutionary

The topic is mathematically challenging and requires an excellent
degree in computer science or mathematics. In particular, the
candidate should have a strong background in probability theory,
discrete mathematics, and/or theoretical computer science.

The work will be carried out in collaboration with leading
international researchers in the area. The studentship is locally
associated with the Automated Scheduling, OptimisAtion and Planning
(ASAP) research group, one of the five main Research Groups within the
School of Computer Science at Nottingham.

For further information, please contact, Per Kristian Lehre,
email: [log in to unmask]

To apply, please access:
This studentship will remain open until filled.

Note from Digest editor:

We received several CFPs for the GECCO 2012 workshops, which are
listed at

Submission deadlines vary by workshop, but they are all sometime in
March.  In particular, CFPs for the following were submitted to the Digest:

Workshop on Evolutionary Computation Software Systems (EvoSoft)

Workshop on Learning Classifier Systems

Workshop on Evo - Devo - Robotics

Workshop Evolutionary Computation and Multi-Agent Systems and
Simulation Workshop (ECoMASS-2012)

Workshop on Visualisation in Genetic and Evolutionary Computation (VizGEC)

Workshop on Evolutionary Music:  EcMusic

Graduate Student Workshop

Workshop on Evolutionary Computation for the Automated Design of Algorithms

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Subject: 2nd CfP PPSN 2012 - 12th Int. Conf. on Parallel Problem
Solving from Nature, 1-5 September, 2012 Taormina, Italy

IMPORTANT: *Submission deadline Thursday March 15, 2012*

12th International Conference on Parallel Problem Solving from Nature
- PPSN 2012
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1-5 September, 2012
Taormina, Italy


*** The submission system is now open


PPSN XII will be a showcase of a wide range of topics in Natural
Computing including, but not restricted to: Evolutionary Computation,
Neural Computation, Molecular Computation, Quantum Computation,
Artificial Life, Swarm Intelligence, Artificial Ant Systems,
Artificial Immune Systems, Self-Organizing Systems, Emergent
Behaviors, and Applications to Real-World Problems.
PPSN XII will also feature workshops and tutorials covering advanced
and fundamental topics in the field of natural computation.

Submissions should present significant contributions. All accepted
papers will be presented during poster sessions and will be included
in the proceedings.

Following the tradition of PPSN, we plan to publish the proceedings in
the Series Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) by Springer.


Submission deadline: March 15, 2012
Author notification: June 1, 2012
Camera-ready submission: June 20, 2012


Authors are invited to submit high-quality manuscripts reporting
original unpublished research and recent developments in the topics
related to the symposium. Simultaneous submission to other conferences
or workshops with published proceedings is not allowed.

Submissions must not exceed 10 pages formatted according to LNCS style.
All papers will be peer reviewed and comments will be provided to the authors.

The submission system can be accessed via

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Subject: CFP: 11th International Conference on Artificial Immune
Systems August 28-31, 2012 Taormina, Italy

                       **Apologies for cross-posting**
        The 11th International Conference on Artificial Immune Systems
                     August 28-31, 2012 Taormina, Italy
                           [log in to unmask]


Important Dates:
Paper submission:  1st  March 2012
Author notification:  15th May 2012
Paper final version: 15th June 2012

General Information:
ICARIS 2012 aims to build on the success of previous years to provide
a forum for AIS researchers in academia and industry to present and
discuss their latest advances. In addition to peer-reviewed papers,
ICARIS 2012 will present a range of plenary lectures and tutorials to
inspire and facilitate both the computer scientists and immunologists
in their work.

- Track on Computational Immunology

This track aims is to attract researchers from computer science,
information science, engineering, biomathematics, biomedicine,
bioinformatics, systems biology, and immunology to share and exchange
their knowledge of state-of-the-art research issues, methodologies,
ideas, and challenges.

Topics of interest include:
* Immune modelling;
* Structural Immunoinformatics;
* Epitope analysis and prediction;
* Analysis and prediction of MHC-peptide binding;
* Databases and ontologies for Immunoinformatics;
* Analysis and prediction of minor histocompatibility antigens;
* Predictive models on organ transplantation;
* Immunogenomics;
* Vaccine design;
* Multi-agent based models of immunity;
* Gene networks and systems biology in immunity;
* Allergenicity prediction.

In this track, authors are requested to submit an abstract following
the instructions on ICARIS 2012 website:

The abstract submissions must be done no later than the submission
deadline:  1 March 2012. All accepted abstracts will be published in a
book of abstracts. Full versions of the best works on this track will
be published in the Immunomics Research Journal and BMC

- Track on Immunological Computation, Immune-inspired Engineering,
Immune-inspired Heuristics

This track is for papers describing applications to computational and
engineering problems, and theoretical aspects (e.g. mathematical
modelling of algorithms, convergence analysis, empirical investigation
into algorithm performance and complexity analysis) of AIS. For the
first class, the problem domain should be clearly explained, detailing
why it is challenging and why AIS are a suitable methodology to use.
Experiments should be carefully explained, with the expectation that
appropriate statistical analysis of results will be used to help draw
conclusions. Where possible, the approach taken should be compared
with alternative strategies. In order to appeal to the widest
audience, theoretical papers must ensure that mathematical arguments
and backgrounds are clearly presented, and the paper should also
discuss the practical implications of any theoretical results.

In this track authors may submit their manuscripts in two different
ways: abstract paper, or regular paper (as usual tradition).

* Abstract paper
Authors must follow the instructions described on ICARIS 2012 website:

* Regular paper
All papers will undergo a double blind review process, and they should
be no longer than fourteen (14) pages. Is recommended that authors
name and affiliation should not appear on the paper. Authors are
requested to submit a PDF file at the link following the
formatting instructions at the Springer-Verlag LNCS site, no later
than the submission deadline: 1 March 2012.

All accepted papers, as for the previous editions, will be published
in Springer's series Lecture Notes in Computer Science. The authors of
best (regular) papers on this track will be invited to extend their
work for publication in the Evolutionary Computation Journal (TBC),
MIT Press.

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Subject: Workshop on Artificial Immune Systems to be held at PPSN 2012

Important Dates:
Submission deadline: 17 June 2012
Notification deadline: 22 June 2012
Early registration: 25 June 2012
Conference: 1-5 September 2012

Artificial immune systems are algorithms either inspired by or actually
mimicking aspects of the immune system of vertebrates. On one hand, they can
be useful tools to facilitate the understanding of the natural immune system.
On the other hand they serve as heuristic algorithms that can be applied in
different areas, most prominently in classification and optimisation.
Artificial immune systems are an established area of research with the
International Conference on Artificial Immune Systems (ICARIS) as its own
conference series, the latest instalment taking place back-to-back with PPSN.
This workshop provides a forum for open discussions about artificial immune
system and an ideal opportunity for participants of ICARIS 2012 to exchange
and discuss more deeply.
To help organisation we ask to submit proposals for short presentations
(10-15 minutes) of the following three types: reports about ongoing research;
presentations of open problems; positional talks. Emphasis will be on
discussion of the talks at the workshop. Thus, there will be a limited number
of presentations and ample time for discussions.

If wish you to make a presentation, please submit an abstract and indicate
the type of presentation (research report; open problem presentation;
positional talk) via e-mail to [log in to unmask] You will be notified by
the notification deadline via e-mail. All participants of the workshop
(including presenters) need to register for participation at PPSN 2012.
Sticking to PPSN traditions, workshop presentations will not be published.

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Subject: The Ninth International Conference on Simulated Evolution And
Learning (SEAL'2012) 16-19 December 2012, Ha Noi, Vietnam

Dear Colleagues

SEAL 2012


 The Ninth International Conference on
Simulated Evolution And Learning (SEAL'2012)
 16-19 December 2012, Ha Noi, Vietnam


All accepted papers which are presented at the conference will be
included in the conference proceedings, published as LNCS (Lecture
Notes in Computer Science) by Springer. Selected best papers will be
invited for further revisions and extensions for possible publications
by several journal special issues.

Important Dates:
Paper Submission:				1 May, 2012
Notification of Acceptance:    		1 July, 2012
Camera Ready Due:                    	1 August, 2012
Early Registration:            		15 August, 2012
Conference Sessions:           		16-19 December, 2012

Aim and Scopes
Evolution and learning are two fundamental forms of adaptation.
SEAL'2012 is the ninth biennial conference in the highly successful
series that aims at exploring these two forms of adaptation and their
roles and interactions in adaptive systems. Cross-fertilization
between evolutionary learning and other machine learning approaches,
such as neural network learning, reinforcement learning, decision tree
learning, fuzzy system learning, etc., will be strongly encouraged by
the conference. The other major theme of the conference is
optimization by evolutionary approaches or hybrid evolutionary
approaches. The topics of interest to this conference include but are
not limited to the following: Evolutionary Learning; Evolutionary
Optimization; Hybrid Learning; Adaptive Systems; Theoretical Issues in
Evolutionary Computation; Real-World Applications of Evolutionary
Computation Techniques.

1.  Evolutionary Learning
2.  Evolutionary Optimization
3.  Hybrid Learning
4.  Adaptive Systems
5. Theoretical Issues in Evolutionary Computation
6. Real-World Applications of Evolutionary Computation Techniques

For detailed information, please see
For more information about the place of the conference, please see

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Subject: 6th Workshop on Theory of Randomized Search Heuristics (ThRaSH'2012)

6th Workshop on Theory of Randomized Search Heuristics (ThRaSH'2012)

May 2-3, 2012, Lille/Villeneuve d'Ascq, France

Deadline for abstract submission:		March 16, 2012
Registration deadline:                       	April 6, 2012

Following the workshops in Wroclaw, Dortmund, Birmingham, Paris, and Copenhagen,
the 6th workshop on Theory of Randomized Search Heuristics (ThRaSH'2012) will
take place in Villeneuve d'Ascq in the north of France on the 2nd and 3rd of May
2012. The purpose of the workshop is to address questions related to the theory
of randomized search heuristics such as evolutionary algorithms, ant colony
optimization, or simulated annealing for both combinatorial and numerical
optimization. The primary focus lies on discussing recent ideas and detecting
challenging topics for future work, rather than on the presentation of final

Researchers working on theoretical aspects of randomized search heuristics are
invited to submit a short abstract (one single page) by email to
"[log in to unmask]". No registration fee will be charged but participants are
asked to register before the workshop.

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Subject: Call for Workshops: International Conference on Machine
Learning (ICML) 2012

ICML 2012 - Call for Workshops

Proposals are solicited for workshops to be held in conjunction with
the International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML) 2012
(co-located with COLT 2012). in  Edinburgh, Scotland. The workshops
will be held on Saturday, June 30 and Sunday July 1, 2012. These
workshops present an excellent opportunity to address a specific
machine learning-related topic of your choice. We are looking for
half-day, full-day, or two-day workshop proposals.

Important dates:

Workshop proposal deadline: Friday, February 10, 2012
Acceptance notification: Friday, March 2, 2012

Workshop submissions due May 7, 2012  (suggested date)
Workshop author notification May 21, 2012 (suggested date)

Workshop days: Saturday, June 30 and Sunday, July 1,  2012

Workshops are a great format for active research on new topics. The
ideal workshop covers a compelling subject of current or upcoming
research, and includes an impressive set of speakers with diverse
backgrounds to discuss the subject. Discussion via panels,
identification of open problems, or a "discussant" are all great
components to include.


The format, style, and content of accepted workshops is under the
control of the workshop organizers and largely autonomous from the
main conferences. The workshops can be up to seven hours long, split
into morning and afternoon sessions. Workshop organizers are
expected to manage the workshop content, specify the workshop
format, be present to moderate the discussion and panels, invite
experts in the domain, and maintain a website for the workshop.
Workshop registration will be handled centrally by the main conference.

Submission Instructions

Proposals should clearly specify the following:

- Workshop title (what is it called?)
- Topic (what is it about?)
- Motivation (why a workshop on this topic?)
- Impact and expected outcomes (what will having the workshop do?)
- Potential list of invited speakers (who might come?)
- List of related publications (where can we learn more?)
- Main workshop organizer (who is making it happen?)
- Other organizers (who else is making it happen?)
- Bio for each organizer (who are you?)
- Workshop URL (where will interested parties get more information?)

Detailed descriptions of last year's workshops can be found at:

Workshop proposals should be submitted via email in PDF format to
[log in to unmask] by February 10, 2012 (earlier submissions are
encouraged as well). Soon after submission, proposers should
expect to receive a verification of receipt.

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Subject: NAUN International Courses

NAUN International Courses
March 2012 - August 2012

NAUN organises an active programme of short courses and distribute
many books published by Springer Verlag, Elsevier and other
international publishers.

NEW: RESEARCH PAPERS: After several requests, especially of some
laboratories that want to "recruit" students, we have added in our
courses (=seminars) a conferences time zone from 17:00 until 21:00
each day.

RESEARCH PAPERS: Professors, Doctors, Students are also welcome to
present research papers. The accepted and registered research  papers
will be presented after the end of the courses, i.e. after 17:00 every

The time zone  from 09:00 to 17:00 each day is exclusively dedicated
for the educational graduate courses.

The time zone from 17:00  to 21:00 will be dedicated for Research
papers' presentation in 3 parallel Sessions.

The registration fees are also 300 EUR for presenters of research
papers and include 3 lunches, 6 coffee-breaks and publication of their
papers in Proceedings and Journals after the conference.

Should you interested,  send  your research paper to  [log in to unmask]

Your paper must be written in the correct NAUN Format: Word for Windows
If you use LaTeX, please download the LaTeX template: naun.tex
ornaun.txt. You have to convert it to .ps or .pdf file and submit that
file to the conference via the web site.

* All the NAUN Publications are archived in ISI, SCOPUS, ACM, WSEAS

* Authors will be invited to submit extended versions to a NAUN
Journal or WSEAS Journal or University Press or Springer


Upcoming Short Courses
* Non-Linear Systems, 6-8 March, 2012
* Fuzzy Engineering, 13-15 March, 2012
* Neural Networks, 16-18 March, 2012
* Evolutionary Computing-Genetic Algorithms, 19-21 March, 2012
* Partial Differential Equations for Scientists and Engineers, 12-14 May 2012
* Engineering Mathematics, 19-22 May 2012
* Probability and Statistics for Scientists and Engineers, 26-28 May 2012
* Decision Support Systems for Scientists and Engineers, June 2-4, 2012
* Marketing and Finances, June 9-11, 2012
* Environmental Protection, June 16-18, 2012

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Subject: WORLDCOMP'12 Congress Conferences

       	 	      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

         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 and
indexed in Inspec / IET / The Institute for Engineering and Technology;
DBLP / Computer Science Bibliography; CNRS, INIST, PASCAL; and others.
Accepted papers will be published in printed conference books/proceedings
(they will also be available online). Like prior years, extended versions
of selected papers (about 42%) will appear in journals and edited research
books after the conference (publishers include: Springer, BMC, Elsevier,
and others).

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

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Subject: Natural Computation Special Issue on Distributed Evolutionary
Computation in Informal Environments

Call for papers: Natural Computation Special Issue on Distributed Evolutionary
Computation in Informal Environments


Informal computing includes ways of creating computing systems which
are not fixed
or bound to an organization, such as:

Parasitic or stealth computing: using computing resources without explicit
authorization from the user, for instance by visiting a web page.
Volunteer computing: the user submits resources to a pool explicitly,
by running a
program o visiting a web site.
Freeriding computing: using computing resources which are free or
available, to a
certain extent, in the network; for instance, using Google Apps or
resources such as
Wolfram-Alpha. Similar to parasitic computing, except that the provider of those
resources knows, but does not care (up to a certain extent).
Ubiquitous computing: using computing power available in user devices
such as mobile
phones or other appliances.
Using these (and similar) kinds of computing presents its own challenges, since
neither the topology nor the availability of a particular node is
known; computing
nodes will have different performances and capabilities (and the
connection to them
will too) so that evolutionary computing paradigms will have to be
adapted to them
to take full advantage of the system without losing the essence of evolutionary
Thus, the main topics of the workshop are (but will not be limited to):

Performance prediction and analysis
New computing paradigms
Practical applications
Call for papers

The papers should be related to evolutionary computation and other bioinspired
metaheuristics such as ant colony optimization algorithms and particle swarm

Deadline for submission is February 15th. Papers will be submitted through the
Natural Computing system, by selecting this special issue (SI: Informal
Environments) as “Article Type”. Authors from the IWDECIE workshop are specially
invited, and their reviews will be taken into consideration.

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Subject: 2nd CfP EVOLVE 2012 Int. Conf. Aug. 7-9, 2012, Mexico City

                                                                   EVOLVE 2012
                     EVOLVE -- A Bridge Between Probability, Set
Oriented Numerics,
                                                    and Evolutionary Computation

                                         August 07-09, 2012, Mexico City, Mexico

Scope of the EVOLVE

The aim of the EVOLVE is to build a bridge between probability,
statistics, set oriented numerics and evolutionary computing, as to
identify new common and challenging research aspects. The conference
is also intended to foster a growing interest for robust and efficient
methods with a sound theoretical background. EVOLVE is intended to
unify theory-inspired methods and cutting-edge techniques ensuring
performance guarantee factors. By gathering researchers with different
backgrounds, ranging from computer science to mathematics, statistics
and physics, to name just a few, a unified view and vocabulary can
emerge where the theoretical advancements may echo in different

 - Theoretical foundations of evolutionary type algorithms
 - Models in biology: branching processes, dynamic population models.
 - Stochastic algorithms: simulated annealing, particle models, and
   Markov chain Monte Carlo methods, adaptive Monte Carlo, quantum Monte Carlo
   methods, MCMC methods, particle methods
 - Risk analysis: rare events simulation, sensitivity measures
 - Applications: bayesian statistics, large networks analysis, models in
   fluid mechanics, financial mathematics, molecular chemistry,
   bacteriology, epidemiology
 - Set oriented numerics
 - Stochastic optimization:
  - landscape analysis
  - self-tuning and self-adaptive techniques
  - single-, multi- and many-objective optimization
  - large scale, highly multi-modal or high-dimensional problems
  - bio-inspired models : evolutionary programming, swarm intelligence


The EVOLVE 2012 will accept both full-length papers and extended
abstracts to be presented at the conference. Full length papers will
be published in the Advances in Intelligent and Soft Computing book
series of Springer.  Extended abstracts will be published on CD-ROM
(provided with ISSN and ISBN). The postproceedings will include
extended versions of the best papers/abstracts presented at the EVOLVE
12 and will appear in the Studies in Computational Intelligence book
series of Springer.

!!! The submission site will open on February 1, 2012 !!!

Important Dates

March 09, 2012  Submission of full-length manuscripts
April 09, 2012  Notification of authors (full length manuscripts)
May   04, 2012  Camera ready papers due
May   04, 2012  Submission of abstracts
May   25, 2012  Notification of authors (abstracts)

August 07-09, 2012 Conference dates

Conference Location

The EVOLVE 2012 will be hosted by the Computer Science Department of
the CINVESTAV-IPN which is located in the campus Zacatenco in Mexico
City, Mexico.

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Subject: Call for Papers: Matheuristics'2012

The Matheuristics workshop series is a primary forum for research on
the exploitation of mathematical programming techniques in a
(meta)heuristic framework, granting to mathematical programming
approaches the robustness and efficiency which characterize
metaheuristics, or on the exploitation of the mathematical programming
model formulation in the customization of a metaheuristic for specific
or general problems.

The next edition of the Matheuristics workshop series on model-based
metaheuristics will be held at a beach resort in Angra dos Reis,
Brazil, from September 16 to 21, 2012. Angra dos Reis is located about
150 kms from Rio de Janeiro.

The main deadlines for the conference are:
- Submissions: April 30, 2012
- Notification of acceptance: June 15, 2012
- Camera-ready papers: July 15, 2012
- Workshop starts: September 16, 2012

See the conference website at
for additional details

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Subject: Final CfP for IJPE Special Issue on Computational
Intelligence in Production and Logistics Systems (CIPLS)


International Journal of Production Economics


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

Extended Deadline: February 15, 2012


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.

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Subject: ICNC'12-FSKD'12 2nd Round Submissions due 8 March

The 2012 8th International Conference on Natural Computation (ICNC'12)
and the 2012 9th International Conference on Fuzzy Systems and
Knowledge Discovery (FSKD'12) will be jointly held from 29-31 May
2012, in Chongqing, China. The deadline for the 2nd (final) round of
submissions is 8 March 2012 (papers already submitted in the previous
round should not be re-submitted and will receive review notifications
on 9 March).

All papers in the conference proceedings will be indexed by both EI
Compendex and ISTP as with the past ICNC-FSKD conferences. Extended
versions of selected best papers will appear in an ICNC-FSKD special
issue of Computers & Mathematics with Applications, an SCI-indexed
journal. ICNC'12-FSKD'12 is technically co-sponsored by the IEEE
Circuits and Systems Society.

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 computers,
circuits, systems, control, communications, and more. This is an
exciting and emerging interdisciplinary area in which a wide range of
theory and methodologies are being investigated and developed to
tackle complex and challenging problems. The registration fee of
US-D430 includes proceedings, lunches, dinners, banquet, coffee
breaks, and all technical sessions.

For more information, visit the conference web page:

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Subject: IEEE CIG 2012: (First) Call for Papers/Tutorials/Special
sessions/Competition proposals


IEEE Conference on Computational Intelligence and Games (CIG 2012)
Granada, Spain
12-15 September, 2012 (these dates might be subject to minor adjustments)

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.

Regular Papers

The topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
   * 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
   * Procedural content generation
   * 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:
       - Video games
       - Board and card games
       - Economic or mathematical games
       - Serious games
       - Augmented and mixed-reality games
       - 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.

Competition Papers

Following on from last year's successful competition track, IEEE CIG
also this year invites submission for competition papers, i.e. papers
that relate to submissions to one of the competitions associated with
IEEE CIG 2012 (some competitions are already accepted such as the
Simulated Car Racing Championship).


 Regular Papers
   Submission: 15 April
   Notification: 1 June
   Camera-Ready: 15 June

 New Competitions Proposals
   Submission: 15 February
   Notification: 20 February

 Competition Papers
   Submission: 1-15 May
   Notification: 15 June
   Camera-Ready: 1 July

 Tutorials Proposals
   Submission: 1 March
   Notification: 3 March

 Special Sessions Proposals
   Submission: 15 February
   Notification: 17 February

   12-15 September (dates subject to minor adjustments)

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Subject: Call For Papers: 2012 Int'l Conf. on Artificial Intelligence
(ICAI'12, USA), Submission Deadline: March 12, 2012


                 The 2012 International Conference on
                       Artificial Intelligence

         Date and Location: July 16-19, 2012, Las Vegas, USA


You are invited to submit a full paper for consideration. All accepted
papers will be published in printed (ISBN) conference books/proceedings
and will also be made available online. The proceedings will be indexed
in science citation databases that track citation frequency/data for
each paper. In addition, like prior years, extended versions of selected
papers (about 40%) will appear in journals and edited research books
(publishers include: Springer, Elsevier, ...).

SCOPE: Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

O  Brain models / cognitive science
O  Natural language processing
O  Fuzzy logic and soft computing
O  Software tools for AI
O  Expert systems
O  Decision support systems
O  Automated problem solving
O  Knowledge discovery
O  Knowledge representation
O  Knowledge acquisition
O  Knowledge-intensive problem solving techniques
O  Knowledge networks and management
O  Intelligent information systems
O  Intelligent data mining and farming
O  Intelligent web-based business
O  Intelligent agents
O  Intelligent networks
O  Intelligent databases
O  Intelligent user interface
O  AI and evolutionary algorithms
O  Intelligent tutoring systems
O  Reasoning strategies
O  Distributed AI algorithms and techniques
O  Distributed AI systems and architectures
O  Neural networks and applications
O  Heuristic searching methods
O  Languages and programming techniques for AI
O  Constraint-based reasoning and constraint programming
O  Intelligent information fusion
O  Learning and adaptive sensor fusion
O  Search and meta-heuristics
O  Swarm Optimization
O  Multisensor data fusion using neural and fuzzy techniques
O  Integration of AI with other technologies
O  Evaluation of AI tools
O  Social intelligence (markets and computational societies)
O  Social impact of AI
O  Emerging technologies
O  Topics on satisfiability
O  Applications (including: computer vision, signal processing,
  military, surveillance, robotics, medicine, pattern recognition,
  face recognition, finger print recognition, finance and
  marketing, stock market, education, emerging applications, ...)

O  Workshop on Machine Learning; Models, Technologies and Applications:

  - General Machine Learning Theory
    . Statistical learning theory
    . Unsupervised and Supervised Learning
    . Multivariate analysis
    . Hierarchical learning models
    . Relational learning models
    . Bayesian methods
    . Meta learning
    . Stochastic optimization
    . Topics on satisfiability
    . Simulated annealing
    . Heuristic optimization techniques
    . Neural networks
    . Reinforcement learning
    . Multi-criteria reinforcement learning
    . General Learning models
    . Multiple hypothesis testing
    . Decision making
    . Markov chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) methods
    . Non-parametric methods
    . Graphical models
    . Gaussian graphical models
    . Particle filter
    . Cross-Entropy method
    . Ant colony optimization
    . Time series prediction
    . Fuzzy logic and learning
    . Inductive learning and applications
    . Grammatical inference

  - General Graph-based Machine Learning Techniques
    . Graph kernel and graph distance methods
    . Graph-based semi-supervised learning
    . Graph clustering
    . Graph learning based on graph transformations
    . Graph learning based on graph grammars
    . Graph learning based on graph matching
    . General theoretical aspects of graph learning
    . Statistical modeling of graphs
    . Information-theoretical approaches to graphs
    . Motif search
    . Network inference
    . General issues in graph and tree mining

  - Machine Learning Applications
    . Aspects of knowledge structures
    . Computational Finance
    . Computational Intelligence
    . Knowledge acquisition and discovery techniques
    . Induction of document grammars
    . Supervised and unsupervised classification of web data
    . General Structure-based approaches in information retrieval,
      web authoring, information extraction, and web content mining
    . Latent semantic analysis
    . Aspects of natural language processing
    . Intelligent linguistic
    . Aspects of text technology
    . Computational vision
    . Bioinformatics and computational biology
    . Biostatistics
    . High-throughput data analysis
    . Biological network analysis:
      protein-protein networks, signaling networks, metabolic networks,
      transcriptional regulatory networks
    . Graph-based models in biostatistics
    . Computational Neuroscience
    . Computational Chemistry
    . Computational Statistics
    . Systems Biology
    . Algebraic Biology


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:  The 2012 International Conference on Artificial
Intelligence (ICAI'12)

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Subject: Italian Workshop on Artificial Life and Evolutionary Computation

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.

Topics of the workshop:

- 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

Early registration deadline: 12 February 2012
Workshop: 20-21 February 2012

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