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Eric 'Siggy' Scott <[log in to unmask]>
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Evolutionary Computation Digest — Saturday, 04 July 2020, Volume 34: Issue 7

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Today's Topics:

- Evolutionary AI site; COVID-19 intervention demo

 CFPs (with submission deadline)
 - 05 July: SYNASC Workshop on Natural Computing and Applications
(Timisoara, Romania)
 - 25 July: Conference on Theory and Practice of Natural Computing
(Taoyuan, Taiwan)
 - 01 November: EvoStar 2021 (Seville)


July 8-12, 2020, ONLINE due to COVID-19 (formerly Cancún, Mexico): GECCO 2020

September 7–9, 2020, Leiden, The Netherlands: PPSN 2020

Sender: Risto Miikkulainen <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Evolutionary AI site; COVID-19 intervention demo

The AI research group at Sentient has moved to Cognizant Technology
solutions, and we have a new website, In
particular, the earlier content, such as the video interviews with 17
academic and industry leaders on "The Future of AI", is there, as well
as the "Evolution is the New Deep Learning" microsite.

There is also a new site on decision making (,
featuring research on "Evolutionary Surrogate-assisted Prescription."
The goal is to extend AI from predicting what will happen to
prescribing what we should do about it.  The idea is to first train a
predictor neural network through supervised learning, and then use it
as a surrogate to evolve a prescriptor neural network to make good
decisions. The site features papers, visualizations, and demos on
various game domains (including FlappyBird!) showing how this approach
can be sample-efficient, reliable, and safe in sequential decision

A major new part of the site focuses on a COVID-19 application
( It demonstrates how the same
technology can be used to model the potential effects of
non-pharmaceutical intervention (NPI) strategies to contain and
mitigate the pandemic.  The predictor is trained with historical data
on the number of cases and the NPIs over time in various countries,
i.e. restrictions on schools and workplaces, public events and
gatherings, and transportation. A Pareto front of prescriptors is then
evolved to discover the best tradeoffs between minimizing cases and
restrictions.  To illustrate this principle, the site includes an
interactive demo: you can explore how, given your preferred tradeoff,
the pandemic could be contained and mitigated in different countries.

We invite you to explore the "" site---and perhaps also
bring your own expertise in AI to help deal with COVID-19!

Sender: Catalin Stoean <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Workshop on Natural Computing and Applications within SYNASC

17th Workshop on Natural Computing and Applications

22nd International Symposium on Symbolic and Numeric Algorithms for
Scientific Computing

Timisoara, Romania
September 1-4, 2020

Workshop deadlines

5 July 2020 : Paper submission for main tracks (extended deadline)
5 July 2020 : Paper submission for workshops and special sessions
10 August 2020 : Notification of acceptance
20 August 2020 : Registration and revised papers for pre-proceedings
01-04 September 2020 : Symposium
30 November 2020 : Final papers for post-proceedings


Natural Computing is a field of research that is concerned with the
use of nature-inspired paradigms for solving computational problems.
The world of natural computing is diverse and fascinating. It tries to
combine the computing carried in computer science with the computing
observed in nature. It can be used both to better understand complex
natural phenomena and to design methods to solve complex problems. We
invite authors to submit their original and unpublished work that
communicates current research in all area of natural computing with a
particular focus on methods designed to solve complex, real world
problems. The contributions can address both theoretical and
methodological aspects, as well as various applications in science,
engineering, business, commerce etc.

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TPNC 2020

Taoyuan, Taiwan

December 7-9, 2020

Co-organized by:

Chung Yuan Christian University
College of Science

Institute for Research Development, Training and Advice - IRDTA
Brussels / London


TPNC is a conference series intending to cover the wide spectrum of
computational principles, models and techniques inspired by
information processing in nature. TPNC 2020 will reserve significant
room for young scholars at the beginning of their career and
particular focus will be put on methodology. The conference aims at
attracting contributions to nature-inspired models of computation,
synthesizing nature by means of computation, nature-inspired
materials, and information processing in nature.

Upload submissions to:


The registration form can be found at:

DEADLINES (all at 23:59 CET):

Paper submission: July 25, 2020
Notification of paper acceptance or rejection: August 29, 2020
Final version of the paper for the LNCS proceedings: September 5, 2020
Early registration: September 5, 2020
Late registration: November 23, 2020
Submission to the journal special issue: March 9, 2021


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Sender: João Nuno <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: First CfP EvoStar 2021 - The Leading European Event on
Bio-Inspired Computation - Seville, Spain. 7-9 April 2021

1st Call for papers for the EvoStar conference

Please distribute
(Apologies for cross-posting)

EvoStar comprises of four co-located conferences run each spring at
different locations throughout Europe. These events arose out of
workshops originally developed by EvoNet, the Network of Excellence in
Evolutionary Computing, established by the Information Societies
Technology Programme of the European Commission, and they represent a
continuity of research collaboration stretching back over 20 years.

EvoStar is organised by SPECIES, the Society for the Promotion of
Evolutionary Computation in Europe and its Surroundings. This
non-profit academic society is committed to promoting evolutionary
algorithmic thinking, with the inspiration of parallel algorithms
derived from natural processes. It provides a forum for information
and exchange.

The four conferences include:

- EuroGP 24th European Conference on Genetic Programming

- EvoApplications 24th European Conference on the Applications of
Evolutionary and bio-inspired Computation

- EvoCOP 21st European Conference on Evolutionary Computation in
Combinatorial Optimisation

- EvoMUSART 10th International Conference (and 15th European event) on
Evolutionary and Biologically Inspired Music, Sound, Art and Design

*** Important Dates, Venue and Publication ***
Submission Deadline: November 1, 2019
Conference: 7 to 9 April 2021.
Venue: Seville, Spain

All accepted papers will be printed in the proceedings published by
Springer Verlag in the Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS)

Please, check the website for more information:


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