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Eric 'Siggy' Scott <[log in to unmask]>
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Evolutionary Computation Digest — Saturday, 19 February 2022, Volume
36: Issue 1

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Today's Topics:

- 15 April: ACM-W scholarships for women students at GECCO 2022
- 01 March: Call for Submissions to ACM SIGEVO Dissertation Award
- AutoInit software for model initialization
- GECCO Competitions

CFPs (with submission deadline)
 - 25 February (Extended): Intl. Conf. on Optimization and Learning (OLA 2022)
 - 28 February (Extended): Intl. Conf. on Swarm Intelligence (ICSI 2022)
 - 11 April: GECCO Workshops
 - 15 April: Intl. Conf. on Swarm Intelligence (ANTS 2022)
 - 23 March: Intl. Conf. on machine Learning, Optimization & Data
science (LOD 2022)
 - 30 March: Metaheursitics International Conference (MIC 2022)
 - 15 May: Intl. Conf. on Bioinspired Optimization Methods and Their
Applications (BIOMA 2022)
 - 27 May: Call for Entries: Human-Competitive Awards ("Humies" @ GECCO)


July 9-13, 2022, Boston, USA (Hybrid): GECCO 2022
July 18-23, 2022, Padova, Italy: WCCI 2022

Sender: Aldeida Aleti <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: ACM-W scholarships for women students at GECCO 2022

ACM-W applications are now open!

These grants provide support for women undergraduate and graduate
students in Computer Science and are available to online and onsite
attendants of GECCO.

As there is no need to have a paper accepted at GECCO 2022, all
interested women are encouraged to apply.

To apply, you have to create an ACM account and submit the following

During the application, GECCO must be selected as the conference choice.
The application deadline is due by April 15, 2022.
Notifications will be send by April 30, 2022.

More detailed information on the ACM-W scholarships can be found on

Nelishia Pillay and Sara Tar

Sender: Manuel López-Ibáñez <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Call for submissions to ACM SIGEVO Dissertation Award
(Extended deadline: March 1st, 2022)

ACM SIGEVO Dissertation Award

Submission Deadline: March 1, 2022

Full version of this call here:

The SIGEVO Dissertation award will recognize excellent thesis research
by doctoral candidates in the field of evolutionary computing.
Dissertations will be reviewed for technical depth and significance of
the research contribution, potential impact on the field of
evolutionary computing, and quality of presentation. The SIGEVO Best
Dissertation award will be given annually to a maximum of 1 winner and
a maximum of 2 honorable mentions. The award presentation will take
place at the Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO)
awards ceremony in July.

The award will carry a monetary value, contributed by SIGEVO,  of
$2,000 to be awarded to the winner and $1,000 to each of the honorable
mentions. The award winner and honorable mentions will each receive a
beautiful plaque.

Read about the 2021 awards here:


Full version of this call here:

For any questions, please contact the SIGEVO Dissertation Award Committee Chair:

Manuel López-Ibáñez ([log in to unmask])

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Subject: AutoInit software for model initialization

AutoInit is a weight initialization method that automatically adapts
to different neural network architectures. It tracks the mean and
variance of signals as they propagate through the network and
initializes the weights at each layer to avoid exploding or vanishing
signals. AutoInit can be used to improve performance of feedforward,
convolutional, and residual networks; configured with different
activation function, dropout, weight decay, learning rate, and
normalizer settings; and applied to vision, language, tabular,
multi-task, and transfer learning domains. We have found it
particularly useful with evolutionary neural architecture search,
where it allows evaluating each candidate more fairly. The software
package provides a simple wrapper that makes it possible to apply
AutoInit to existing TensorFlow models as-is. We invite you to try it
out and see if it can improve the performance of your neural network

For further details, see
- GitHub repo:
- arXiv paper:

AutoInit is also available through the Cognizant AI Labs Software
page, together with related software on estimating model uncertainty,
multitasking, loss-function metalearning, decision making, and model
management, at

-- Garrett & Risto

Sender: Aldeida Aleti <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: GECCO 2022 competitions

GECCO 2022 will have a number of competitions ranging from different
types of optimization problems to games and industrial problems.
Besides some prizes, some competitions offer to the participants the
opportunity to publish short descriptions in the GECCO Companion as
2-page papers, and the submission deadline is April 11, 2022.

If you are interested in a particular competition, please follow the
links to their respective web pages:

AbstractSwarm Multi-Agent Logistics Competition

Competition on Real Parameter Single Objective Bound Constrained Optimization

Dynamic Stacking Optimization in Uncertain Environments

Evolutionary Computation in the Energy Domain: Risk-based Energy Scheduling

Evolutionary Submodular Optimisation

Interpretable Symbolic Regression for Data Science

Minecraft Open-Endedness Challenge

Open Optimization Competition 2022: Better Benchmarking of
Sampling-Based Optimization Algorithms

Optimization of a simulation model for a capacity and resource
planning task for hospitals under special consideration of the
COVID-19 pandemic

SpOC: Space Optimisation Competition

More information can be obtained at

As a published ACM author, you and your co-authors are subject to all
ACM Publications Policies
(, including ACM's new
Publications Policy on Research Involving Human Participants and
Subjects (

Sender: Grégoire DANOY <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: OLA'2022 - Extended Deadline

   International Conference on Optimization and Learning
                             18-20 July 2022
                        Syracuse (Sicilia), Italy
                 SCOPUS Springer Proceedings

OLA is a conference focusing on the future challenges of optimization
and learning methods and their applications. The conference OLA'2022
will provide an opportunity to the international research community in
optimization and learning to discuss recent research results and to
develop new ideas and collaborations in a friendly and relaxed

OLA'2022 welcomes presentations that cover any aspects of optimization
and learning research such as big optimization and learning,
optimization for learning, learning for optimization, optimization and
learning under uncertainty, deep learning, new high-impact
applications, parameter tuning, 4th industrial revolution, computer
vision, hybridization issues, optimization-simulation, meta-modeling,
high-performance computing, parallel and distributed optimization and
learning, surrogate modeling, multi-objective optimization ...

Submission papers: We will accept two different types of submissions:
-       S1: Extended abstracts of work-in-progress and position papers
of a maximum of 3 pages
-       S2: Original research contributions of a maximum of 10 pages

Important dates:
Paper submission extended deadline     Feb 25, 2022
Notification of acceptance    March 25, 2022

Proceedings: Accepted papers in categories S1 and S2 will be published
in the proceedings. A SCOPUS and DBLP indexed Springer book will be
published for accepted long papers. Proceedings will be available at
the conference.

Sender: [log in to unmask] <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: ICSI'2022 Call for Papers (Extended to Feb.28) (Springer

ICSI'2022 (in Hybrid Forms): Call for Papers (Extended to Feb.28)
(Springer LNCS)

Name: The Thirteenth International Conference on Swarm Intelligence (ICSI'2022)
Dates: July 15-19, 2022
Location: Xi'an, China

Deadline for Paper Submission: (Extended to Feb. 28, 2022)
(Submission Website:

The Thirteenth International Conference on Swarm Intelligence
(ICSI'2022) serves as one of the most important Swarm Intelligence
Forum worldwide for researchers and practitioners to exchange latest
advantages in theories, technologies, and applications of swarm
intelligence and related areas. The ICSI'2022 will be held in hybrid
form in Xi'an, China, the capital of Shaanxi Province, and one of the
oldest cities in China. The ICSI'2022 is the thirteenth annual event
in this high-reputation ICSI series after successful twelve previous
events. Papers presented at the ICSI'2022 will be published by
Springer-Nature in Lecture Notes in Computer Science (indexed by EI
Compendex, ISTP, DBLP, SCOPUS,Web of Science ISI Thomson, etc.), some
high-quality papers will be selected for SCI-indexed Transaction and
Journal (including IEEE Trans, IASEI Trans. Swarm Intelligence,
International Journal of Swarm Intelligence Research, Swarm and
Evolutionary Optimization, International Journal of !
 Intelligent System, Entropy, Electronics, Machine Learning with
Applications, etc.).

Sponsored and Co-sponsored by International Association of Swarm and
Evolutionary Intelligences, Peking University, Southern University of
Science and Technology, Xi'an Jiaotong University, Shaxxi Normal
University, etc. Technically Co-sponsored/supported by IEEE
Computational Intelligence Society, IEEE Beijing Chapter, World
Federation of Soft Computing, International Neural Network Society,
Springer-Verlag, etc.(more to be added).

The ICSI'2022 will be held in Xi'an Jiaotong University, Xi'an, China.
Due to the pandemic of COVID-19, ICSI'2022 will be a hybrid
presentation conference (offline and online together), i.e., some
authors of the accepted papers can choose to present their work online
if they indeed have difficulty in traveling oversea during the
ICSI'2022 conference.

Again, welcome to you and your team members and colleagues to submit
the latest proposals to ICSI'2022!

BTW, ICSI'2022 has a new Chinese Track (ICSI'2022-CT) to receive
Papers in Chinese this year.

Sender: EC-Digest Editor
Subject: GECCO Workshops

The EC-Digest has received CFPs from the following workshops to be
held as part of GECCO 2022:

Evolutionary Algorithms in High Performance Computing Workshop (EAHPC)
Sender: 'Coletti, Mark' <[log in to unmask]>

Genetic Improvement Workshop (GI)
Sender: w langdon <[log in to unmask]>

Workshop on Quantum Optimization (QuantOpt)
Sender: Alberto Moraglio <[log in to unmask]>

NeuroEvolution at Work (NEWK)
Sender: Antonio Della Cioppa <[log in to unmask]>

Workshop on Evolutionary Computation for the Automated Design of
Algorithms (ECADA)
Sender: Manuel López-Ibáñez <[log in to unmask]>

Sender: Manuel López-Ibáñez <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: 2nd Call for Papers: ANTS 2022 - 13th International
Conference on Swarm Intelligence

ANTS 2022
13th International Conference on Swarm Intelligence
November 2-4, 2022. Malaga, Spain
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, and decision making. Recently, algorithms and methods inspired
by these models have been proposed to solve difficult problems in many domains.
Among these, we particularly mention ant colony optimization (ACO) and particle
swarm optimization (PSO), focusing respectively on discrete and continuous
optimization problems. Another field of techniques derived from swarm
intelligence is swarm robotics with focus on designing collaborative
multi-robot systems that show high degrees of robustness and scalability. With
ANTS 2022 we want to give researchers in swarm intelligence the opportunity to
meet, to present their latest research, and to discuss current developments and
applications. The three-day conference will be held for the first time in
Malaga, Spain, on November 2-4, 2022.

Relevant Research Areas
ANTS 2022 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 research in swarm intelligence
- application of swarm intelligence methods (e.g., ant colony optimization,
particle swarm optimization) to real-world problems
- theoretical and experimental research in swarm robotics systems

Important Dates
Submission deadline:           April 15,2022
Notification of acceptance:   June 15, 2022
Camera ready copy:             June 29, 2022
Conference:                        November 2-4, 2022

Publication details
Conference proceedings will be published by Springer in the LNCS
series, as those
of the last editions of the ANTS Conference. The journal Swarm Intelligence
will publish a special issue dedicated to ANTS 2022 that will contain extended
versions of the best research works presented at the conference. Further
details will soon be published on the web site.

Conference Location
Málaga, Spain

Sender: ICAS <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: 1st CfP 8th Int Conf. on machine Learning, Optimization &
Data science - LOD 2022, Sept 19-22

1st Call for Papers
8th International Conference on machine Learning, Optimization & Data
science - LOD 2022

September 19-22, 2022
Certosa di Pontignano (Siena), Tuscany, Italy

Paper Submission Deadline: Wednesday March 23 (AoE)

LOD 2022, an Online & Onsite Event!
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* Pierre Baldi, University of California Irvine, USA

* Simone Scardapane, University of Rome "La Sapienza", Italy

* Marvin M. Chun, Yale University, USA
* Ila Fiete, MIT, USA
* Karl Friston, University College London, UK & Wellcome Trust Centre
for Neuroimaging
* Wulfram Gerstner, EPFL, Switzerland
* Christopher Summerfield, Oxford University, UK
* Max Erik Tegmark, MIT, USA & Future of Life Institute

More Lecturers and Speakers to be announced soon!

Previous edition:
Past editions:
Past Keynote Speakers:

Sender: Mario Pavone <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: 14th Metaheuristics International Conference, 11-14 July
2022, Ortigia-Syracuse, Italy

MIC 2022 - 14th Metaheuristics International Conference
11-14 July 2022, Ortigia-Syracuse, Italy
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** Submission deadline: 30th March 2022 **

** Plenary Speaker: Kalyanmoy Deb, Michigan State University
** Proceedings will be published in LNCS Volume, Springer
** Special Issue in ITOR journal

*Scope of the Conference

The Metaheuristics International Conference (MIC) conference series
was established in 1995 and this is its 14th edition!

MIC is nowadays the main event focusing on the progress of the area of
Metaheuristics and their applications. As in all previous editions,
provides an opportunity to the international research community in
Metaheuristics to discuss recent research results, to develop new
ideas and collaborations, and to meet old and make new friends in a
friendly and relaxed atmosphere.

Considering the particular moment, the conference will be held in
presence and online mode. Of course, in case the conference will be
held in presence, the organizing committee will ensure compliance of
all safety conditions.

MIC 2022 is focus on presentations that cover different aspects of
metaheuristic research such as new algorithmic developments,
high-impact and original applications, new research challenges,
theoretical developments, implementation issues, and in-depth
experimental studies.

MIC 2022  strives a high-quality program that will be completed by a
number of invited talks, tutorials, workshops and special sessions.

*Plenary Speakers
+ Christian Blum, Artificial Intelligence Research Institute (IIIA),
Spanish National Research Council (CSIC)
+ Kalyanmoy Deb, Michigan State University, USA
+ Holger H. Hoos, Leiden University, The Netherlands

Important Dates
Submission deadline             March 30th, 2022
Notification of acceptance    May 10th, 2022
Camera ready copy               May 25th, 2022
Early registration                  May 25th , 2022

Sender: Bioma <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: CFP BIOMA 2022

BIOMA 2022
The 10th International Conference on
Bioinspired Optimization Methods and Their Applications

17–18 November 2022
Maribor, Slovenia

The 10th International Conference on Bioinspired Optimization Methods
and Their Applications BIOMA 2022 will be held in Maribor (Slovenia)
on 17-18 November 2022.

The purpose of BIOMA is to provide a forum for presentation and
discussion of the latest theoretical and applied results in
bioinspired optimization methods and their applications. Authors will
also have the opportunity to present their software tools and

Conference Topics: Prospective authors are invited to submit original
papers (not being considered for presentation or publication
elsewhere) describing theoretical or applied research. Papers
addressing real-world applications are especially welcome. Areas of
interest include Evolutionary Computation, Swarm Intelligence, Neural
Computation, Artificial Life and related bioinspired methods, and
their applications in science, engineering and business.

Important dates
- Paper submission: 15 May 2022
- Notification of acceptance: 29 June 2022
- Camera-ready papers: 13 July 2022

Paper Submission: Full papers in English not exceeding 15 pages
(including references) are invited. Papers have to be formatted
according to the Springer Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS)
template, and submitted in PDF format through EasyChair.

Proceedings: Accepted papers with paid registration fee will be
published in the conference proceedings in the LNCS series by
Springer. The registered participants will get free online access to
the content on SpringerLink for a period of four weeks. Authors of
selected best papers will be invited to submit the extended conference
papers to the Applied Soft Computing journal.

Sender: w langdon <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Human Competitive Awards, deadline 27 May 2022

Call For Entries
                    19th Annual (2022) "Humies" Awards

For Human-Competitive Results Produced by Genetic and Evolutionary Computation

To be held as part of:
Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO)
July 9-13, 2022 (Saturday - Wednesday)
Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Entries are hereby solicited for awards totaling $10,000 for
human-competitive results that have been produced by any form of
genetic and evolutionary computation (including, but not limited to
genetic algorithms, genetic programming, evolution strategies,
evolutionary programming, learning classifier systems, grammatical
evolution, gene expression programming, differential evolution, etc.)
and that have been published in the open, reviewed literature between
the deadline for the previous competition and the deadline for the
current competition.

The competition will be held as part of the Genetic and
Evolutionary Computation (GECCO) conference operated by the
Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Special Interest Group (SIG)
on Genetic and Evolutionary Computation (SIGEVO). GECCO will
likely be held in a hybrid manner, so either in-person or virtual
participation will be possible. Watch the GECCO website
( for details.
If in-person attendance in Boston is allowed, Humies entrants
selected as finalists may present either in person, or virtually
by submission of a 10-minute video presentation.  All video
entries will subsequently be made available to the public on the website, the GECCO website, and posting on
YouTube. The winners of the awards will be announced during the
GECCO conference.

This information is also available at the GECCO-2022 website, under
the "Calls" dropdown at top of the main page, which takes you to  At least one author of the
submission must be registered for GECCO, although there is no
requirement to present a paper there--only the in-person or video
presentation of the Humies entry is required.

Important Dates:

 * Friday May 27, 2022
   Deadline for entries (consisting of one TEXT file, PDF files for
   one or more papers, and possible "in press" documentation. Please
   send entries to goodman at msu dot edu

 * Friday June 10, 2022
   Finalists will be notified by e-mail

 * Friday, June 24, 2022
   Finalists must submit a 10-minute video presentation
   to goodman at msu dot edu.

 * July 9-13, 2022 (Saturday - Wednesday)
   GECCO conference
   (the schedule for the Humies session is not yet final, so please
   check the GECCO program as it is updated)

 * Monday, July 11, 2022
   Presentation session, where either a live presentation will be
   given or the 10-minute videos will be shown.

 * Wednesday, July 13, 2022
   Announcement of awards at plenary session of the GECCO conference

Judging Committee:
    Erik Goodman
    Una-May O'Reilly
    Wolfgang Banzhaf
    Darrell Whitley
    Lee Spector
    Stephanie Forrest


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