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EC-DIGEST-L February 2013

Subject:

Fwd: EC-Digest v27n2

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

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Evolutionary Computation Digest <[log in to unmask]>

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Wed, 20 Feb 2013 18:36:15 -0500

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Evolutionary Computation Digest - Wednesday, February 20 2013 Volume 27: Issue 2

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Today's Topics:

 ANNOUNCEMENTS
 -------------
 - New paper on why modules evolve, and how to evolve modular
artificial neural networks
 - DEAP release 0.9.0
 - EvoStar 2013 bibtex
 - International Artificial Evolution Summer School 2013
 - Fully funded Ph.D. position in evolving artificial intelligence
(neural networks, robotics, and/or deep learning)
 - Postdoc position in machine learning/data mining
at Stevens Institute of Technology

 CFPs
 ----
 - CEC 2013 Deadline Extension!
 - CEC Special Sessions
 - GECCO Workshops
 - Special Issue in Journal of Applied Mathematics
 - The 2013 International Conference on Data Mining
 - ALEA 2013
 - NICSO 2013: International workshop on Nature Inspired Cooperative
Strategies for Optimization
 - PRIB 2013: New Submission Deadline - 10th of March 2013
 - Algorithms & Models for Complex Natural Systems - special issue in
Natural Computing journal
 -  International Journal of Applied Metaheuristic Computing
 -  7th IEEE International Conference on Self-Adaptive and
Self-Organizing Systems (SASO2013)


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

EVO* 2013, Vienna, Austria, 3-5 April, 2013                             (v26n7)
CEC 2013, Cancún, México, June 20-23, 2013                              (v27n1)
GECCO 2013, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, July 06-10, 2013,               (v27n1)

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Sender: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Jeff Clune <[log in to unmask]>

Hello all,

I'm extremely pleased to announce a new paper on a subject that
many--including myself--think is critical to making significant
progress in our field: the evolution of modularity.

Jean-Baptiste Mouret, Hod Lipson and I have a new paper that

1) sheds light on why modularity may evolve in biological networks
(e.g. neural, genetic, metabolic, protein-protein, etc.)

2) provides a simple technique for evolving neural networks that are
modular and have increased evolvability, in that they adapt faster to
new environments. The modules that formed solved subproblems in the
domain.

Cite: Clune J, Mouret J-B, Lipson H (2013) The evolutionary origins of
modularity. Proceedings of the Royal Society B. 280:
20122863.http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2012.2863 (pdf)

Abstract: A central biological question is how natural organisms are
so evolvable (capable of quickly adapting to new environments). A key
driver of evolvability is the widespread modularity of biological
networks—their organization as functional, sparsely connected
subunits—but there is no consensus regarding why modularity itself
evolved. Although most hypotheses assume indirect selection for
evolvability, here we demonstrate that the ubiquitous, direct
selection pressure to reduce the cost of connections between network
nodes causes the emergence of modular networks. Computational
evolution experiments with selection pressures to maximize network
performance and minimize connection costs yield networks that are
significantly more modular and more evolvable than control experiments
that only select for performance. These results will catalyse research
in numerous disciplines, such as neuroscience and genetics, and
enhance our ability to harness evolution for engineering purposes.

Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=SG4_aW8LMng

There has been some nice coverage of this work in the popular press,
in case you are interested:

National Geographic:
http://phenomena.nationalgeographic.com/2013/01/30/the-parts-of-life/
MIT's Technology Review:
http://www.technologyreview.com/view/428504/computer-scientists-reproduce-the-evolution-of-evolvability/
Fast Company: http://www.fastcompany.com/3005313/evolved-brains-robots-creep-closer-animal-learning
Cornell Chronicle: http://www.news.cornell.edu/stories/Jan13/modNetwork.html
ScienceDaily: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/01/130130082300.htm

Please let me know what you think and if you have any questions.

Best regards,
Jeff Clune

Assistant Professor
Computer Science
University of Wyoming
[log in to unmask]
jeffclune.com

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Sender: [log in to unmask]
Subject: DEAP release 0.9.0

Dear ECers,

We are proud to announce the release of DEAP 0.9.0.
You can download a copy of this release at the following web page.

http://deap.googlecode.com

DEAP (Distributed Evolutionary Algorithms in Python) is a novel evolutionary
computation framework for rapid prototyping and testing of ideas. Its design
departs from most other existing frameworks in that it seeks to make algorithms
explicit and data structures transparent, as opposed to the more common black
box type of frameworks.

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Sender: [log in to unmask]
Subject: EvoStar 2013 bibtex

A list of papers to be presented at EvoBIO 2013 and EvoMusArt 2013
in Vienna are available via ftp and via
http://www.cs.bham.ac.uk/~wbl/biblio/evowsbio2013.bib
http://www.cs.bham.ac.uk/~wbl/biblio/evowsmusart2013.bib

They are co-located with EuroGP 2013.  (The EuroGP 2013 have been
incorporated into the genetic programming bibliography
http://www.cs.bham.ac.uk/~wbl/biblio/ )


The papers are also incorporated into The Collection of Computer Science
Bibliographies http://liinwww.ira.uka.de/bibliography/Ai/evows.html and
http://liinwww.ira.uka.de/bibliography/Ai/genetic.programming.html


        Dr. W. B. Langdon,
        Department of Computer Science,
        University College London
        Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT, UK
        http://www.cs.ucl.ac.uk/staff/W.Langdon/


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Sender: [log in to unmask]
Subject:  2nd call: International Artificial Evolution Summer School,
June 10-14 2013, Quiberon (France)

International Artificial Evolution Summer School 2013
June 10 to 14 2013, Quiberon (France)
http://aess2013.sciencesconf.org/

The 8th edition of the international Artificial Evolution Summer
School will take place from June 10 to June 14, 2013 in Quiberon
(France).
Providing introductory and advanced reference lectures as well as
insightful practical exercises, the school targets a
multi-disciplinary audience of students, researchers and industrials.
It will be a unique opportunity to be in contact with a recognized
community of researchers, covering the main topics  of evolutionary
computation.

More details and updated information available on the website:
http://aess2013.sciencesconf.org/

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Sender: Jeff Clune <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Fully funded Ph.D. position in evolving artificial
intelligence (neural networks, robotics, and/or deep learning)

A fully funded computer science Ph.D. position is available in any of
the following areas, especially in combinations of them: evolving
artificial intelligence, neural networks, robotics, and deep learning.
Postdoctoral positions are also available, but under different funding
arrangements (please email [log in to unmask] for details). Positions
ideally start this coming Fall (August 2013), but alternate start
dates are possible.

If you are interested in joining the lab or would like more
information about the positions, please follow the instructions
athttp://jeffclune.com/positionsAvailable.html

Here is a video that summarizes my research: http://goo.gl/wA6Fe
Other videos about my research are here: http://jeffclune.com/videos.html

Best regards,
Jeff Clune

Assistant Professor
Computer Science
University of Wyoming
[log in to unmask]
jeffclune.com

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Sender: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Postdoc position in machine learning/data mining
at Stevens Institute of Technology

Starting date: April 2013

One postdoctoral position is available in Computer
Science Department at Stevens Institute of
Technology, NJ. The candidate will be responsible
for developing algorithms to analyze under-presented
classes in heterogeneous environments. A strong
background in machine learning/data mining is
required. The candidate needs prior experience in topics
related to imbalanced classification, multi-task learning,
multi-view learning and  publications in top machine
learning/data mining conferences and journals. This will
be initially a one year position with the possibility of an
extension, pending funding.

Applications should be sent by email ([log in to unmask])
and should include a CV, the expected date of availability,
and the contact information for 3 references.

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Sender: [log in to unmask]
Subject: CFP IEEE CEC 2013 (Deadline extension!)

                                CALL FOR PAPERS
                                IEEE CEC 2013
                          June 20-23, Cancún, México
                              http://www.cec2013.org

DEADLINE EXTENDED TO: MARCH 15th, 2013 (please note that this is
a firm deadline and no further extensions will be granted)


*   Important dates                                               *
*                                                                 *
* Tutorial proposals             February 22, 2013                *
* Paper submissions              March    15, 2013 (EXTENDED!!!)  *
* Notification of acceptance     April    22, 2013                *
* Final paper submission         May       6, 2013                *
*                                                                 *
                                                    *

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Subject: CEC Special sessions

The EC-Digest received the following two CFP's for special sessions at
the Congress on Evolutionary Computation (CEC):

Design, Programming and Learning of Complex Systems
URL: http://www.dmi.unict.it/omlcs-cec2013/
Sender:  [log in to unmask]

Special Session on *Evolutionary Computation for Creative Intelligence*
URL: http://cilab.cs.ccu.edu.tw/ci-tf/ECCI2013.html
Sender: [log in to unmask]

IMPORTANT DATES:

Paper submissions        March        15, 2013
Notification of acceptance       April   8, 2013
Final paper submission   April   26, 2013


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Subject: GECCO Workshops

The EC-Digest received the following CFPs for workshops to be held at
GECCO 2013:

Evolutionary Computation for the Automated Design of Algorithms (ECADA-2013)
URL: http://homepages.dcc.ufmg.br/~glpappa/workshop.html
Sender: [log in to unmask]
Deadline: March 28th, 2013

Green and Efficient Energy Applications of Genetic and Evolutionary
Computation (GreenGEC)
URL: http://www.cwi.nl/~bosman/greengec2013
Sender: [log in to unmask]
Deadline: March 28th, 2013

Workshop on Real-Parameter Black-Box Optimization Benchmarking (BBOB)
URL: http://coco.gforge.inria.fr/doku.php?id=bbob-2013
Sender: [log in to unmask]
Deadline: March 28th, 2013

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Sender: Zong Woo Geem <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: CFP: Special Issue in Journal of Applied Mathematics

The SCIe-indexed "Journal of Applied Mathematics" will
publish a Special Issue on "Harmony Search and Nature-
Inspired Algorithms for Engineering Optimization."

You are cordially invited to submit your paper to the
special issue.

The details are as follows:
http://www.hindawi.com/journals/jam/si/534836/cfp/

Manuscript Submission: By 28 June 2013
Publication Date: By 15 November 2013


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Sender:  [log in to unmask]
Subject: Call For Papers: The 2013 International Conference on Data
Mining (DMIN'13: July 22-25, 2013, USA) - Paper Submission Deadline:
March 18, 2013

                     CALL  FOR  PAPERS
                           and
                CALL FOR WORKSHOPS/SESSIONS

           Paper Submission Deadline: March 18, 2013

                          DMIN'13
             The 2013 International Conference on
                        Data Mining

              July 22-25, 2013, Las Vegas, USA

                  http://www.dmin-2013.com

IMPORTANT DATES:

January 31, 2013:  Workshop / Session Proposals
March 18, 2013:    Submission of full papers (about 7 pages)
April 18, 2013:    Notification of acceptance (+/- two days)
May 5, 2013:       Final papers + Copyright + Registration
July 22-25, 2013:  The 2013 International Conference on Data Mining
                   (DMIN'13)

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Sender: [log in to unmask]
Subject: ALEA 2013 - First Call for Papers

********************************************
                 ALEA 2013
********************************************
Artificial Life and Evolutionary Algorithms
  (ALEA is a thematic track of EPIA 2013)
        http://www.epia2013.uac.pt/

          September 9-13, 2013
            Azores - Portugal

          Submission deadline:
             March 15, 2013

--> This year ALEA will take place in the Azores,
beautiful portuguese islands in the Mid-Atlantic:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Azores
http://www.google.com/images?q=azores

Important Dates:
- Paper submission: March 15
- Acceptance notifications: April 30
- Camera-ready papers: May 31
- ALEA 2013: September 9-13

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Sender: [log in to unmask]
Subject: CFP: NICSO 2013 -- International workshop on Nature Inspired
Cooperative Strategies for Optimization

The VI International Workshop on Nature Inspired Cooperative
Strategies for Optimization - NICSO 2013
September 2nd - 4th, 2013
Canterbury, United Kingdom
http://www.nicso2013.org

CALL FOR PAPERS

* * * IMPORTANT DATES * * *
Full paper submission: April 15, 2013
Acceptance notification: May 15, 2013
Final camera ready: June 5, 2013
NICSO: September 2-4, 2013

Target topics (but not limited to):

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

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Sender: [log in to unmask]
Subject: PRIB 2013: deadline extension

Dear Colleagues,

*** PRIB 2013 - Eighth IAPR International Conference on Pattern
Recognition in Bioinformatics, 17-20 June 2013, Nice, France ***


We would like to let you know that the deadline to submit a paper to
PRIB 2013 has been extended to the ** 10th of March 2013 **.

For more information, please visit the Conference Website:

http://mc3.i3s.unice.fr/CIBB-PRIB-2013/PRIB/index.html


Kind regards,

Elena Marchiori
(also on behalf of PRIB 2013 chairs)


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Sender:  [log in to unmask]
Subject: CfP: Algorithms & Models for Complex Natural Systems -
special issue in Natural Computing journal

*Deadline*: 24 March 2013

Dear Colleagues,

we are pleased to invite you to submit an original manuscript to the
special issue that will be published in Natural Computing.

This special issue aims at involving research works on both
mathematical modelling or empirical investigation into algorithm
performance and complexity, and parallel, distributed, computational
models for complex systems dynamics. General methods of
(bio)informatics, synthetic biology, and AIS will be welcome,
especially if based on principles and mechanisms observed in natural
complex systems.

Main topics include: Bio-/Immune- inspired algorithms, with in silico,
in vitro and in vivo implementation; Membrane, molecular, and
metabolic computing; New (biological, genomic) applications of
concepts from theoretical computer science.

Manuscripts should be formatted in according to Natural Computation
instructions (see
http://www.springer.com/computer/theoretical+computer+science/journal/11047),
and submitted through the Editorial Manager of the journal at the
linkhttp://www.editorialmanager.com/naco/

# Important Dates:
Manuscript submission:                          March 24, 2013
Notification of acceptance/revisions/rejection: May 16, 2013
Revised manuscript submission:                  June 18, 2013
Notification final decision:                    July 15, 2013
Final manuscript submission:                    July 28, 2013


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Sender:  [log in to unmask]
Subject: CALL FOR PAPERS International Journal of Applied
Metaheuristic Computing

Dear Colleagues,

You are courteously invited to submit your research articles to the
“International Journal of Applied Metaheuristic Computing”
(http://www.igi-global.com/ijamc). Please send your submissions
directly to [log in to unmask]

[Full CFP: http://www.igi-global.com/calls-for-papers/international-journal-applied-metaheuristic-computing/1139]



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Sender:  [log in to unmask]
Subject: CfP: 7th IEEE International Conference on Self-Adaptive and
Self-Organizing Systems (SASO2013)

Dear Colleague,

As the publicity co-chair, I would like to announce the call for
contributions for SASO 2013 -- 7th IEEE  International Conference on
Self-Adaptive and Self-Organizing Systems -- which takes place during
9-13 September 2013, in Philadelphia (PA), USA. For more details, follow
the link: https://www.cs.drexel.edu/saso2013/.

CALL FOR PAPERS
7th IEEE Intern. Conference on Self-Adaptive and Self-Organizing Systems
(SASO 2013)

Philadelphia (PA), USA; 9-13 September 2013
https://www.cs.drexel.edu/saso2013/

Please find below other calls currently open:

CALL FOR POSTERS
https://www.cs.drexel.edu/saso2013/callforposters.php

CALL FOR WORKSHOPS
https://www.cs.drexel.edu/saso2013/callforworkshops.php

CALL FOR TUTORIALS
https://www.cs.drexel.edu/saso2013/callfortutorials.php

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