Evolutionary Computation Digest Wednesday, April 29, 2009 Volume 23 : Issue 5

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Today's Topics:

    - Evolutionary Intelligence vol 1
    - Matlab implementation of Estimation of Distribution Algorithms available

    - Second CFP: IEEE Symposium on Comp. Intelligence and Games (CIG-2009)
    - Simulated Car Racing @ GECCO-2009 - Contest 2: Optimizing Car Setup
    - [EA'09] EA'09 Deadline Extended To May 8, 2009
    - Extended draft paper submission: AIPR-09 call for papers
    - GECCO-2009 in Montreal: Early Registration Reminder
    - GPEM Special Issue on Parallel and Distributed EAs - deadline extended


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

CEC'09,IEEE Congress on Evol. Computa., Trondheim, Norway, May 18-21,09 (v22n5)
GEC-Summit'09, Wold Summit on Gen. and Evo. Comp, Shanghai, Jun 12-14,09(v22n9)
BADS'09,Intl WS Bio-Insp Alg for Distr Sys, Barcelona,Spain, Jun15-19,09(v23n1)
GECCO'09, Genetic and Evolutionary Conf., Montreal,Canada, July 8-12,09 (v22n7)
AIPR'09,Intl Conf on Art Int and Pattern Recogn. Orlando,FL,Jul 13-16,09(v22n9)
WORLDCOMP'09, World Congress in Comp. Sci. ..., Las Vegas, July 13-16,09(v23n4)
AHS'09, NASA/ESA Conf on Adapt HardWare and Sys, San Fran,CA, Jul29-Aug1(v23n5)
ACAL09, Australian Conference on Artificial Life, Melbourne, Dec 1-4,09 (v23n4)
AI09, Australian Conference on Artifical Intelligence, Melbourne,Dec 1-4(v23n4)

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Sender: Larry Bull <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Evolutionary Intelligence vol 1

The first volume of the quarterly Springer journal Evolutionary Intelligence is
now complete. The first issue of volume 1 is freely available to download and
further details can be found here:

Evolutionary Intelligence is an international journal devoted to the publication
and dissemination of theoretical and practical aspects of the use of
population-based search for Artificial Intelligence. Techniques of interest
include evolving rule-based systems, evolving artificial neural networks,
evolving fuzzy systems, evolving Bayesian and statistical approaches,
artificial immune systems, and hybrid systems which combine evolutionary
computation with other A.I. techniques in general. Topics of interest range
from memory to issues such as machine consciousness, covering all aspects of
intelligence in natural and artificial systems in between.  Applications in
areas such as data mining, adaptive control, medical and bioinformatics, games
and multi-media, agent-based computing and modelling, complex systems, and
chemical and biological systems are also welcomed.

Sender: Roberto Santana <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Matlab implementation of Estimation of Distribution Alg. is available

A new version of MATEDA, a Matlab implementation of Estimation of Distribution
Algorithms (EDAs) is freely available from

MATEDA-2.0 is a Matlab package for evolutionary optimization using EDAs. It can
be used to solve single and multi-objective discrete and continuous optimization
problems with EDAs based on undirected and directed probabilistic graphical
models. The implementation contains several methods commonly employed by EDAs.
It is also conceived to allow users to incorporate different combinations of
selection, learning, sampling, and local search procedures. Using these
components,  other classes of evolutionary algorithms can be implemented.

Additionally, MATEDA-2.0 includes methods to extract, process and visualize the
structures of the probabilistic models learned by EDAs. This way, it can unveil
previously unknown information about the optimization problem domain. It also
incorporates a module for creating and validating  function models based on the
probabilistic models learned by EDAs.

Sender: Pier Luca Lanzi <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Second CFP: IEEE Symposium on Comp. Intelligence and Games (CIG-2009)

   IEEE Symposium on Computational Intelligence and Games (CIG-2009)
                   Milano, Italy - September 7-10, 2009

The 2009 IEEE Symposium on Computational Intelligence and Games brings together
leading researchers and practitioners from academia and industry to discuss
recent advances and explore future directions in this field.

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
* Console and video games
* Character Development and Narrative
* Player/Opponent modeling in games
* CI/AI-based game design
* Multi-agent and multi-strategy learning
* Comparative studies
* Applications of game theory
* Board and card games
* Economic or mathematical games
* Imperfect information games
* Non-deterministic games
* Evasion (predator/prey) games
* Realistic games for simulation or training
* Player satisfaction in games
* Games for mobile or digital platforms
* Games involving control of physical objects
* Games involving physical simulation

Prospective authors are invited to contribute high-quality papers describing new
work in the field. Papers should be formatted according the conference format
available at

All papers are to be submitted electronically in PDF.

CIG-2009 will feature pre-congress tutorials covering fundamental and advanced
aspects of computational intelligence and games. Proposals should be submitted
to [log in to unmask] by May 1, 2009.

Tutorial proposals:     May 1, 2009
Paper submission:       May 29, 2009
Decision Notification:  July 3, 2009
Camera-ready:           July 24, 2009
Symposium:              September 7-10, 2009

A conference brochure is available at:

Sender: Pier Luca Lanzi <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Simulated Car Racing @ GECCO-2009 - Contest 2: Optimizing Car Setup

Simulated Car Racing @ GECCO-2009 - Contest 2: Optimizing Car Setup
                   A COMPETITION OF GECCO-2009
                SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 1 July 2009

                July 8-12, 2009 (Wednesday-Sunday)
                    Delta Centre-Ville Hotel
                        Montréal, Canada
                    Sponsored by ACM SIGEVO

We are pleased to announce the official start of the second contest of the
GECCO-2009 Simulated Car Racing competition, titled Optimizing Car Setup.

*Important Dates*
  * Submission deadline: July 1st 2009
  * Conference: July 8th-12th 2009

*The Goal*
The second contest simulates the days before a race when mechanics and pilots
work on the car setup to find the one which will result in the best performance.
The goal is to build an evolutionary algorithm that can replace the team of
mechanics and pilots and can find the best car setup (e.g., gear ratio, wing
area and angle, spring setup) on a given track.

*Rules and Regulations*
The contest involves three tracks. The evolutionary algorithm will have to find
the best car setup for each one of the tracks. The contest is divided into an
optimization phase and an evaluation phase. During the optimization phase, the
evolutionary algorithm will be applied to search for the best parameter setting.
During the evaluation phase, the best solution will be scored according to the
distance covered in a fixed amount of game time (or game tics).

A parameter setting is represented by a vector of real numbers. The competition
software provides an API to evaluate a specific parameter setting on a track and
returns the best lap time, the top speed, the distance raced, and the damage
suffered. Through the API, it is possible to specify the amount of game tics to
use for evaluating a car setup. The game tics spent for an evaluation are
subtracted from the total amount of game tics available. When the 10 millions of
game tics are exhausted or the evaluation process has taken up more than 2 hours
of CPU time, no further evaluation will be possible.

*Competition Software*
The competition software, including the servers for Linux & Windows, the C++ and
Java clients, can be downloaded from the competition webpage:

For inquiries send an email to [log in to unmask] or visit the Car
Racing Google Group at

*Video Tutorials*

Sender: Laetitia Jourdan <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: [EA'09] EA'09 Deadline Extended To May 8, 2009

       ***** SUBMISSION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO May, 8 2009  *****
The 9th international conference on Artificial Evolution (EA'09)  26th to 28th
October 2009 Strasbourg, France

The 9th international conference on Artificial Evolution (EA'09) will take place
from October 26th to 28th 2009 in Strasbourg (East of France), which will give
attendees a great opportunity to discover the Alsace region, its gastronomy and
renowned wines over three days.

As usual, the conference tries to maximize many objectives, namely:
* Quality, with a usual acceptance rate under 50% and the best papers (12 pages,
LNCS format) published in Springer's LNCS series (cf. previous editions of EA
conferences published in LNCS 1363, 1829, 2310, 2936, 3871, 4926).
* Comfort, with a unique single session formula of 30mn presentations, which
guarantees a large audience to all accepted papers,
* Interest, with (beyond the presented papers) a great invited speaker: Prof
Darrell Whitley.
* Friendly atmosphere, with included lunches, coffee breaks, social event and
* Low registration fees (see below)

** Registration fees **
Registration fees are kept minimal, as the aim of EA conferences is not to make
any money (organization of the conference does not go through a specialized
company, organizers are not only benevolent, but pay conference fees as anyone
else if they want to attend).
Therefore, we are once more very proud to announce very reasonable fees that
include coffee breaks and lunch over 3 days, as well as banquet and social
    * EUR 200 for students and reviewers (who, thanks to their hard work,
greatly contribute to the quality of the conference),
    * EUR 250 for academics, and
    * EUR 350 for industrials/companies.
Important: the EA conference requires that
at least one co-author registers to present the paper. Failure to come and
present the paper will result in the paper not being published in
the LNCS volume.

** Topics of Interest**
Authors are invited to present original work relevant to artificial evolution,
including but not limited to:
* Evolutionary Computation, Co-evolution, Memetic algorithms, Multi-Objective
Optimization, Constraint Handling, Dynamic Optimization,
* Artificial Life, Population Dynamics,
* Theory, algorithmics and modeling, implementations,
* Application of evolutionary paradigms to real or virtual world domains,
including but not limited to engineering, design, biosciences, robotics and
* Other biologically-inspired paradigms such as, for instance, swarms,
artificial ants, artificial immune systems,
* Machine Learning and hybridization with other soft computing techniques.

** Important Dates **
* Submission: extended to May 8th 2009
* Notification: 20th June 2009
* Conference: 26th to 28th October 2009

** Submission Guidelines **
The paper page limit is 12 pages in LNCS format. Authors should submit an
electronic version of papers.  (please remember while starting to write your
paper that we do prefer LaTeX2e...).

Sender: John Edward <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Extended draft paper submission: AIPR-09 call for papers

This Extended Call for Papers is for those who didn't get a chance to submit the
papers for the earlier call for papers. The papers received and accepted in
response to this extended call for papers will be included in the final version
of the respective conference proceedings. These proceedings will be either ready
by the time of the conference (i.e., they will be available during the
conference) or soon after the conference (before the end of August 2009), based
how fast the proceedings can be prepared.

Note: If you have already submitted a paper (whether accepted or rejected or
currently under review) for MULTICONF-09, please DO NOT submit that paper again
to this extended call for papers.

Draft paper submission date: May 11, 2009
Acceptance/rejection decision: May 21, 2009
Camera ready paper and copyright and pre-registration due: May 28, 2009
Conference dates: July 13-16, 2009

The 2009 International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Pattern
Recognition (AIPR-09) (website: will be held
during July 13-16 2009 in Orlando, FL, USA. We invite draft paper submissions.
The conference will take place at the same time and venue where several other
international conferences are taking place. The other conferences include:
. Intl Conf on Automation, Robotics and Control Systems (ARCS-09)
. Intl Conf on Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, Genomics and
  Chemoinformatics (BCBGC-09)
. Intl Conf on Enterprise Information Systems and Web Technologies (EISWT-09)
. Intl Conf on High Performance Computing, Networking and Communication
  Systems (HPCNCS-09)
. Intl Conf on Information Security and Privacy (ISP-09)
. Intl Conf on Recent Advances in Information Technology and
  Applications (RAITA-09)
. Intl Conf on Software Engineering Theory and Practice (SETP-09)
. Intl Conf on Theory and Applications of Computational Science (TACS-09)
. Intl Conf on Theoretical and Mathematical Foundations of Computer
  Science (TMFCS-09)

The website contains more details.

Sender: Martin Pelikan <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: GECCO-2009 in Montreal: Early Registration Reminder

                         REGISTER FOR THE

                July 8-12, 2009 (Wednesday-Sunday)
                        Montreal, Canada
       EARLY REGISTRATION DEADLINE: May 1, 2009 (Friday)
                     Organized by ACM SIGEVO

      18th International Conference on Genetic Algorithms (ICGA)
         and the 14th Genetic Programming Conference (GP)
     One Conference - Many Mini-Conferences - 15 Program Tracks

The Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO-2009) will present
the latest high-quality results in the growing field of genetic and evolutionary
computation. This is a reminder that the early registration deadline for
GECCO-2009 is May 1, 2009.

Topics include: genetic algorithms, genetic programming, evolution strategies,
evolutionary programming, real-world applications, learning classifier systems
and other genetics-based machine learning, evolvable hardware, artificial life,
adaptive behavior, ant colony optimization, swarm intelligence, biological
applications, evolutionary robotics, coevolution, artificial immune systems,
and more.

Early Registration Deadline   May 1, 2009
Late Registration Deadline    May 2-June 12, 2009
Onsite Registration           July 8-12, 2009

Early Registration Rates:
 $725  ACM Member
 $825  ACM Non-member
 $305  Student (ACM Member)
 $405  Student (ACM Non-member)

To register, please follow the instructions on

Demetri Terzopoulos (The Chancellor's Professor of Computer Science University
of California, Los Angeles):
"Artificial Life Simulation of Humans and Lower Animals: From Biomechanics
 to Intelligence"

GECCO-2009 will feature more than 40 high-quality tutorials by leading
researchers in their fields. There will be both introductory and
advanced tutorials.

GECCO-2009 will house several competitions:
 - 6th Annual HUMIES Awards for human-competitive results produced
  by genetic and evolutionary computation ($10,000 in prizes)
 - Simulated Car Racing
 - Evolutionary Robotics
 - GPUs for Genetic and Evolutionary Computation
 - Solve Rubik's Cube

GECCO-2009 will feature 13 workshops:
 - Graduate Student Workshop
 - Undergraduate Student Workshop
 - Automated Heuristic Design: Crossing the Chasm for Search Methods
 - Black Box Optimization Benchmarking
 - Computational Intelligence on Consumer Games and Graphics Hardware
 - Defense Applications of Computational Intelligence Workshop
 - Evolutionary Computation and Multi-Agent Systems and Simulation
 - Generative & Developmental Systems Workshop
 - Learning Classifier Systems
 - Learning from Failures in Evolutionary Computation
 - Medical Applications of Genetic and Evolutionary Computation
 - Genetic and Evolutionary Computing in Support of Patient Care
 - Symbolic Regression and Modeling Workshop

Visit for information about student
travel grants, the latest list of tutorials and workshop, and more.

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Sender: Vanneschi Leonardo <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: GPEM Special Issue on Parallel and Distributed EAs - deadline extended

the deadline for submitting papers to the Genetic Programming and
Evolvable Machines Special Issue on Parallel and Distributed
Evolutionary Algorithms has been extended.

The new deadline is:
           May 15, 2009

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