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


Evolutionary Computation Digest <[log in to unmask]>


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Evolutionary Computation Digest — Sunday, 11 February 2018, Volume 32: Issue 2

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

Today's Topics:

 CFPs (with submission deadline)
 - Call for Papers. New Springer journal “Metaheuristics”
 - 01 March, 2018: RITA special issue on Exact and Heuristic Solutions
for Optimization Problems
 - 27 March, 2018: Game-Benchmark for Evolutionary Algorithms
(GECCO'18 workshop)
 - 27 March, 2018: GECCO Workshops
 - 31 March, 2018: LOD 2018
 - 13 April, 2018: META 2018
 - 15 April, 2018: Metaheuristics Summer School
 - 15 April, 2018: ANTS 2018
 - 16 April, 2018: IEEE International Conference on Self-Adapting and
Self-Organizing Systems
 - 21 May, 2018: PPSN Workshop on Developmental Neural Networks
 - 31 May: SYNERGY Summer School on Efficient Multi-Objective Optimisation
 - 30 June, 2018: BBComp: Black-Box Optimization Competition
 - 01 October, 2018: IEEE Trans. on EC Special Issue: Theoretical
Foundations of EC
 - TBD: ICNC-FSKD 2018


08–06 April, 2018, Parma, Italy: EvoStar 2018

15–19 July, 2018, Kyoto, Japan: GECCO 2018

08–12 September, 2018, Coimbra, Portugal: PPSN 2018

27–31 October, 2018, Marrakech, Morocco: META 2018

Sender:  Patrick Siarry <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Call for Papers. New Springer journal “Metaheuristics”

Dear colleagues,

We are pleased to announce the launch of a new Springer journal
“Metaheuristics”, first journal 100% dedicated to metaheuritics, which
is planned to start publication in the first half of 2018.

The topics covered by the journal are as follows (but not limited to)
• Theoretical developments on metaheuristics • Performance comparisons
of metaheuristics • Cooperative methods combining different types of
approaches • Matheuristics • Parallel and distributed metaheuristics
for multiobjective optimization • Adaptation of discrete
metaheuristics to continuous optimization • Dynamic optimization •
Software implementations • Real-life applications.

We are happy to solicit your contribution for the inaugural issue of
Metaheuristics, to be published in the first half of 2018. We are
looking for high-quality papers on any topic relevant to the journal,
including regular papers, survey papers, industry papers and short
papers. We point out the importance of statistical tests to make
coherent the comparison with competing algorithms, our particular
interest for papers bringing new theoretical ideas and our mistrust of
papers which propose a new metaphor bringing nothing new but

Submissions should contain original material that has not been
submitted or published elsewhere. The submission should include an
abstract and keywords, authors, and specify which author serves as
contact author. All submissions will be carefully reviewed by at least
three experts.

Submissions have to be formatted according to the journal’s guidelines
and have to be uploaded into Springer’s Electronic Management System

Prof. Patrick Siarry

Sender:  Marcio Dorn <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: RITA EHSOP - Extension of paper submission deadline to 01/03/2018

Special Issue on "Exact and Heuristic Solutions for Optimization
Problems” - Revista de Informática Teórica e Aplicada (RITA) -
Extended Deadline

Many real-world problems may be formulated as optimization problems,
and high-quality solutions for solving hard optimization problems are
required. This Special Issue on Exact and Heuristic Solutions for
Optimization Problems focuses on publishing original and high-quality
papers that significantly contribute to the areas of Combinatorial
Optimization, Continuum Optimization and with the design and
Application of algorithms for solving real-life optimization problems.

Papers must be written in English, according to the RITA (ISSN
2175-2745)  formatting guidelines. Only full papers are accepted for
submission. Papers will be refereed through a blind process for
technical merit and content.

Papers will be submitted to the journal following the traditional
online submission process but authors should select the Special Issue
– ”Exact and Heuristic Solutions for Optimization Problems”. Full
details of submission procedures and requirements are available at

RITA Google Scholar:


Paper Submission Deadline:
Feb, 15, 2018
Mar, 01, 2018 (extended)

First Round Notification:
Apr, 19, 2018

Sender: Vanessa Volz <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: CFP: Game-Benchmark for Evolutionary Algorithms (GECCO'18 workshop)


                 JULY 15-19, 2018, KYOTO, JAPAN

You submit your game-based optimisation problems, we compile them into
a publicly available benchmark and  analyse it. We then discuss results
and future work in Kyoto.

Game-Benchmark? WHY?

Games are a very interesting topic that motivates a lot of research.

Key features of games are controllability, safety and repeatability, but also
the ability to simulate properties of real-world problems such as measurement
noise, uncertainty and the existence of multiple objectives. They have
therefore been repeatedly suggested as testbeds for AI algorithms. However,
until now, there has not been any concerted effort to implement such a

The proposed workshop is intended to fill this gap by
(1) motivating and coordinating the development of game-based problems for
EAs and
(2) encouraging a discussion about what type of problems and function
properties are of interest.

As a result of the workshop, we aim to obtain a first game-based
testsuite for the
COCO (COmparing Continuous Optimisers) platform.

If you have been working on a game-related problem that could potentially be
solved with evolutionary algorithms, submit it to our workshop. We have listed
a few suitable problem types on our website, but the more diverse problems
we have, the better will the resulting benchmark be. Plus, you'll
receive solutions
to your problem from state-of-the-art optimisation algorithms.

OK... HOW?

Instead of a call for papers, we have a call for participation regarding
game-based benchmarking functions. You as a participant are asked to
provide a problem which we will then use to produce benchmarking results.
To this end, we provide clear instructions and examples. You may also
provide an extended abstract of 2-4 pages that describes the problem you
implemented to be published in the GECCO Companion for future reference.

Submission formats

You can provide in any of the three following formats, depending on what suits
you best and how much information you can make available to us.

* Server: Host your problem on your own server and make its responses
accessible via our interface.

* Code: Give us access to your problem by making an executable or the code
available to us.

* Data: We send you a set of samples in search space (50 per dimension) and
you send us your results. Based on the data, we approximate a surrogate
function to use in the benchmark.

Awesome! WHEN?

* Abstract submission: March 27th, 2018
* Abstract acceptance notification: April 10th, 2018
* Problem submission: June 30th, 2018
* Workshop: July 15th/16th, 2018

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION General information on GECCO workshops can be
found at

For more details on our game benchmark workshop in particular as well as
up-to-date news, please visit our workshop website at

Sender: EC-Digest editor
Subject: GECCO Workshops

The Digest received CFPs from the following GECCO Workshops.

All workshops have a submission deadline of 27 March, 2018.

Workshop on Genetic and Evolutionary Computation in Defense, Security,
and Risk Management
Sender: Tokunbo Makanju <[log in to unmask]>

Workshop on Parallel and Distributed Evolutionary Inspired Methods
Sender: Antonio Della Cioppa <[log in to unmask]>

Workshop on Evolutionary algorithms for Big Data and massively complex problems
Sender: Francisco Chavez de la O <[log in to unmask]>
algorithms for Big Data and massively complex problems

New Standards for Benchmarking in Evolutionary Computation Research
Sender: William La Cava <[log in to unmask]>

Sender: Mario Pavone <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: META'2018 International Conference on Metaheuristics and
Nature Inspired Computing

International Conference on Metaheuristics and Nature Inspired Computing

                          27-31 Oct 2018
                        Marrakech, Morocco


META is one of the main event focusing on the progress of the area of
metaheuristics and their applications. As in previous editions,
META?2018 will provide an opportunity to the international research
community in metaheuristics to discuss recent research results, to
develop new ideas and collaborations, and to meet old friends and make
new ones in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.

META'2018 welcomes presentations that cover any aspects of
metaheuristic research such as new algorithmic developments,
high-impact applications, new research challenges, theoretical
developments, implementation issues, and in-depth experimental
studies. META'2018 strives for a high-quality program that will be
completed by a number of invited talks, tutorials, workshops and
special sessions.

Important dates

- Submission deadline: April 13, 2018
- Notification of acceptance: May 15, 2018

Sender: Mario Pavone <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: MESS 2018 - from Design to Implementation - Taormina, Italy,
21-25 July 2018

MESS 2018 - Metaheuristics Summer School
- from Design to Implementation -
21-25 July 2018, Taormina, Italy
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** APPLICATION DEADLINE: 15th April 2018 **

MESS 2018 is aimed at qualified and strongly motivated MSc and PhD
students; post-docs; young researchers, and both academic and
industrial professionals to provide an overview on the several
metaheuristics techniques, and an in-depth analysis of the
state-of-the-art. As first edition, MESS 2018 wants to analyze all
metaheuristics from its designing to its implementation. In
particular, in MESS 2018 will be analyzed modern heuristic methods for
search and optimization problems, as well as the classical exact
optimization methods, seen also in the metaheuristics context.

All participants will have plenty of opportunities for debate and work
with leaders in the field, benefiting from direct interaction and
discussions in a stimulating environment. They will also have the
possibility to present their recently results and/or their working in
progress through oral or poster presentations, and interact with their
scientific peers, in a friendly and constructive environment.

** Short Talk and Poster Presentation

All participants may submit an abstract of their recent results, or
works in progress, for presentation and having the opportunities for
debate and interact with leaders in the field. Mini-Workshop
Organizers and Scientific Committee will review the abstracts and will
recommend for the format of the presentation (oral or poster). All
abstracts will be published on the electronic hands-out book of the
summer school.

The Abstracts must be submitted by *April 15, 2018*.

Sender: <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: ANTS 2018 - Swarm Intelligence - Eleventh International
Conference - 3rd CFP

ANTS 2018
Eleventh International Conference on Swarm Intelligence
October 29–31, 2018. Rome, Italy
Up-to-date information at

Scope of the Conference

Swarm intelligence is the discipline that deals with the study of
self-organizing processes both in nature and in artificial systems.
Researchers in ethology and animal behavior have proposed a number of
models to explain interesting aspects of collective behaviors such as
movement coordination, shape-formation or decision making. Recently,
algorithms and methods inspired by these models have been proposed to
solve difficult problems in many domains. Among these, it is worth
mentioning ant colony optimization (ACO) and particle swarm
optimization (PSO), focusing respectively on discrete and continuous
optimisation problems. Also, Swarm robotics represents another
application of techniques derived from swarm intelligence for the
design of collaborative multi-robot systems featuring enhanced
efficiency, robustness and scalability.

Relevant Research Areas

ANTS 2018 solicits contributions dealing with any aspect of swarm intelligence.
Typical, but not exclusive, topics of interest are:
- Behavioral models of social insects or other animal societies that
can stimulate new algorithmic approaches.
- Theoretical and empirical and research in swarm intelligence.
- Application of swarm intelligence methods (e.g., ant colony
optimisation or particle swarm optimisation) to real-world problems.
- Theoretical and experimental research in swarm robotics systems.

Important Dates

Submission deadline: April 15, 2018
Notification of acceptance: June 15, 2018
Camera ready copy: June 29, 2018
Conference: October 29–31, 2018

Sender: Antonio Bucchiarone <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: 12th IEEE International Conference on Self-Adaptive and
Self-Organizing Systems - SASO 2018 CFP


12th IEEE International Conference on Self-Adaptive and Self-Organizing Systems

- SASO 2018 -
September 3-7, 2018
Trento, Italy

Part of FAS* - Foundations and Applications of Self* Systems
Co-located with the IEEE International Conference on Autonomic
Computing (ICAC 2018)


The aim of the Self-Adaptive and Self-Organizing Systems conference
series (SASO) is to
provide a forum for the presentation and discussion of research on the
foundations of
engineered systems that self-adapt and self-organize. The complexity
of current and
emerging networks, software, and services can be characterized by
issues such as scale,
heterogeneity, openness, and dynamics in the environment. This has led
the software
engineering, distributed systems, and management communities to look
for inspiration in
diverse fields (e.g., complex systems, control theory, artificial
intelligence, chemistry,
psychology, sociology, and biology) to find new ways of designing and
managing such
computing systems in a principled way. In this endeavor, self-organization and
self-adaptation have emerged as two promising interrelated approaches.
They form the basis
of many other so-called self-* properties, such as self-configuration,
self-healing, or
self-optimization. SASO aims to be an interdisciplinary meeting, where
contributions from
participants with different backgrounds leads to the fostering of a
cross-pollination of
ideas, and where innovative theories, frameworks, methodologies,
tools, and applications
can emerge.


Abstract submission: April 16, 2018
Paper submission: April 23, 2018
Notification: June 4, 2018
Camera ready copy due: July 2, 2018
Conference: September 3-7, 2018

Sender: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Workshop on Developmental Neural Networks at PPSN 2018

A workshop on Developmental Neural Networks will be held at the 15th
International Conference on Parallel Problem Solving from Nature (PPSN
2018), Coimbra, Portugal, on the 8th or 9th of September.

In nature, brains are built through a process of biological
development in which many aspects of the network of neurons and
connections change, shaped by external information received through
sensory organs. However, many modern artificial neural network (ANN)
models do not include developmental mechanisms and regard learning as
the adjustment of connection weights, while some that do use
development restrain it to a period before the ANN is used.

It is therefore worthwhile to understand the cognitive functions
offered by development and to investigate the fundamental questions
raised by artificial neural development. In this workshop, we will
explore existing and future approaches that aim to incorporate
development into ANNs.

Two invited speakers (to be announced) will present a biological and
computational view of neural development. We welcome anyone to
participate and encourage the submission of an extended abstract  2-4
pages (LNCS format). Accepted submissions will be distributed online
and presented during the workshop.


A 2-4 page PDF file in LNCS format should be emailed to the workshop
organizers by May 21, 2018 to be considered for acceptance in the

For more information, see To contact the
organizers, please email [log in to unmask] We are actively looking for
sponsors for the workshop.

Sender: <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: SYNERGY Summer School on Efficient Multi-Objective Optimisation

  SYNERGY Summer School on

                     AUGUST 27-31, 2018, LJUBLJANA, SLOVENIA

Come and visit the charming city of Ljubljana and learn about …
* Surrogate-assisted optimisation
* Multi-objective optimisation
* High-performance computing


The SYNERGY Summer School on Efficient Multi-Objective Optimisation
will be devoted to efficient multi-objective optimisation through
parallelisation and surrogate modelling. In addition to lectures on the
state of the art in this area, the summer school will offer all
attendees access to Grid'5000, a large-scale infrastructure for
research in grid computing. The targeted audience are students,
researchers and industrial participants interested in efficient
multi-objective optimisation.

The SYNERGY Summer School represents a unique chance to provide a
coherent educational package that spans from large scale
parallelisation to surrogate modelling, and builds an attendee profile
with knowledge of smart multi-objective optimisation and its

OKAY! Who?

Invited speakers are
* Enrique Alba (University of Malaga, Spain)
* Jürgen Branke (University of Warwick, UK)
* Carlos A. Coello Coello (CINVESTAV-IPN, Mexico)

Additional lectures will be provided by the members of the SYNERGY
project, i.e.
* Bogdan Filipič (Jožef Stefan Institute, Slovenia)
* Peter Korošec (Jožef Stefan Institute, Slovenia)
* Boris Naujoks (Cologne University of Applied Sciences, Germany)
* El-Ghazali Talbi (University of Lille, France)

Awesome! WHEN?

* 31 May 2018 - Early Registration deadline
* 27-31 August 2018 - Summer school days

Registration is possible until we reach our capacity. Summer school
early registration fee (before 31 May 2018) is 70 €, later 100 €.
The fee covers all lectures, coffee breaks, lunches, and an excursion.
Registration will be confirmed by an email once the registration fee is
        Active participants will get a Summer School certificate.


All information on the summer school including a preliminary program
and a Registration form can be found on the school’s website at

Sender: <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: BBComp: Black-Box Optimization Competition, Call for Participation

The Black Box Optimization Competition (BBComp, has opened five new tracks consisting of
challenging single- and multi-objective optimization problems. The
competition is organized in the scope of the Genetic and Evolutionary
Computation Conference (GECCO'2018,

BBComp is the first competition platform in the continuous domain
where test problems are truly black boxes to participants. The only
information known to the optimizer and the participant is the
dimension of the problem, bounds on all variables, and a budget of
black box queries.

The competition is also the first web/online optimization competition
in evolutionary computation domain. It aims at attacking a growing
impact of over-fitting of optimization algorithms to a narrow set of
existing benchmark problems. The competition was run five times so
far, attracting more than 100 unique submissions, including some
state-of-the-art commercial solvers.

All the material including the source code in C/C++, MATLAB, Python
and Java is available at>
Subject: Call For Papers: IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary
Computation: Special Issue on Theoretical Foundations of Evolutionary

IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation:
Special Issue on Theoretical Foundations of Evolutionary Computation


Evolutionary computation (EC) methods such as evolutionary algorithms,
ant colony optimization and artificial immune systems have been
successfully applied to a wide range of problems. These include classical
combinatorial optimization problems and a variety of continuous, discrete
and mixed integer real-world optimization problems that are often hard to
optimize by traditional methods (e.g., because they are non-linear, highly
constrained, multi-objective, etc.). In contrast to the successful
applications, there is still a need to understand the behaviour of these
algorithms. The achievement and development of a solid theory of bio-inspired
computation techniques is important as it provides sound knowledge on their
working principles. In particular, it explains the success or the failure of
these methods in practical applications. Theoretical analyses lead to the
understanding of which problems are optimized (or approximated) efficiently
by a given algorithm and which ones are not. The benefits of theoretical
understanding for practitioners are threefold.

1) Aiding algorithm design,
2) guiding the choice of the best algorithm for the problem at hand and
3) determining optimal parameter settings.

The aim of this special issue is to advance the theoretical understanding of
evolutionary computation methods. We solicit novel, high quality scientific
contributions on theoretical or foundational aspects of evolutionary
computation. A successful exchange between theory and practice in evolutionary
computation is very desirable and papers bridging theory and practice are of
particular interest. In addition to strict mathematical investigations,
experimental studies strengthening the theoretical foundations of evolutionary
computation methods are very welcome.

This special issue will present novel results from different sub-areas of the
theory of bio-inspired algorithms. The scope of this special issue includes
(but is not limited to) the following topics:

-Exact and approximation runtime analysis
-Black box complexity
-Population dynamics
-Fitness landscape and problem difficulty analysis
-No free lunch theorems
-Theoretical Foundations of combining traditional optimization
techniques with EC methods
-Statistical approaches for understanding the behaviour of
bio-inspired heuristics
-Computational studies of a foundational nature

All classes of bio-inspired optimization algorithms will be considered including
(but not limited to) evolutionary algorithms, ant colony optimization,
immune systems, particle swarm optimization, differential evolution,
and estimation
of distribution algorithms. All problem domains will be considered
including discrete
and continuous optimization, single-objective and multi-objective optimization,
constraint handling, dynamic and stochastic optimization, co-evolution and
evolutionary learning.

Manuscripts should be prepared according to the “Information for Authors”
section of the journal found at and
submissions should be made through the journal submission website:, by selecting the Manuscript Type
of “TFoEC Special Issue Papers” and clearly adding “TFoEC Special Issue Paper”
to the comments to the Editor-in-Chief.

Submitted papers will be reviewed by at least three different expert reviewers.
Submission of a manuscript implies that it is the authors’ original unpublished
work and is not being submitted for possible publication elsewhere.

Each submission will contain at least one paragraph explaining why the
paper is
(potentially) relevant to practice.

Submission open:             February 1, 2018
Submission deadline:             October 1, 2018
Tentative publication date:        2019

Papers will be assigned to reviewers as soon as they are submitted.
Papers will be published online as soon as they are accepted.

Sender: <[log in to unmask]>
Subject:  ICNC-FSKD 2018 Submissions due 15 March: Submitting to IEEE
Xplore/Scopus/EI Compendex/ISI 2018/2/7 2:12:44 a6cwq

Dear Colleague,

We cordially invite you to submit a paper to the upcoming 2018 14th
International Conference on Natural Computation, Fuzzy Systems and
Knowledge Discovery (ICNC-FSKD 2018), to be held from 28-30 July 2018
in Huangshan, China.

As with the past ICNC-FSKD conferences, all papers in conference
proceedings will be submitted to EI Compendex, Scopus, and ISTP (ISI
Proceedings), as well as IEEE Xplore (all previous ICNC-FSKD
conferences from 2005 to 2016 have been indexed in Ei Compendex).
Extended versions of selected best papers will appear in SCIE-indexed
international journals. ICNC-FSKD 2018 is technically co-sponsored by
the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society (pending).

To promote international participation of researchers from outside the
country/region where the conference is held (i.e., China’s mainland),
researchers outside of China’s mainland are encouraged to propose
invited sessions. An honorarium of US-D400 will be enjoyed by the
organizer(s) for each completed (with at least 6 registered papers)
invited session. The first author of each paper in an invited session
must not be affiliated with an organization in China’s mainland.
"(Invited Paper)" may be added below the title of each paper in the
invited sessions. Invited session organizers will solicit submissions,
conduct reviews and recommend accept/reject decisions on the submitted
papers. Invited session organizers will be able to set their own
submission and review schedules, as long as a set of recommended
papers is determined by 3 June 2018. Each invited session proposal
should include: (1) the name, bio, and contact information of each
organizer of the invited session; (2) the title and a short synopsis
of the invited session. Please send your proposal to
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