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Today's Topics:

  ANNOUNCEMENTS
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    - Fully-funded PhD scholarship at University of Birmingham, UK
    - EA'09 registration is now open
    - PostDoc Position in Estimation of Distribution Algorithms
    - Call for GECCO 2010 workshop proposals
    - PhD studentships at Robert Gordon University
    - Book on Parallel Metaheuristics
    - Call for Partic. - 1st Australasian Comp. Intel. Summer School (ACISS'09)

  CFPs
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    - CFP: WORKSHOP on COMPLEXITY, EVOLUTION AND EMERGENT INTELLIGENCE
    - 2nd Call for Papers EvoCop 2010
    - ANTS 2010 - International Conference on Swarm Intelligence
    - Evo* 2010 Second Call For Papers
    - [NATComp'2010] 1st CFP: Wksp on Nature Inspired Comp, ACS/IEEE AICCSA 2010
    - EvoMusArt 2010: 2nd Call for Papers
    - PPSN 2010 - First call for participation

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

TRSH09, Wksp on Theory of Randomized Search Heur, Birmingham,UK,Oct19-20 (v23n7)
EA'09,9th Intl Conf on Artificial Evolution, Strasbourg, France,Oct 26-28(v23n9)
ACAL09, Australian Conference on Artificial Life, Melbourne, Dec 1-4, '09(v23n4)
AI09, Australian Conference on Artifical Intelligence, Melbourne,Dec 1-4 (v23n4)
AI*IA09, Conf. of the Italian Assoc. for AI, Reggio Emilia,Italy,Dec9-11 (v23n7)
EVO* 2010, EuroGP EvoCOP EvoBIO and EvoAppl., Istanbul, Turkey,Apr7-9 '10(v23n7)
NICSO10,IV Intl Wksp on Nature Inspired ..., Granada, Spain,May 12-14 '10(v23n7)
GECCO'10,Genetic and Evol Comp Conference, Portland, Oregon,July 7-11 '10(v23n9)
ANTS10,7th Intl Conf on Swarm Intelligence, Brussels, Belgium,Sep8-10 '10(v23n9)
PPSN'10,11th Intl Conf on Parallel Problem ..., Krakow, Poland, Sep 11-15(v23n9)

  Send announcements of other activities to [log in to unmask]

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Sender: Xin Yao <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Fully-funded PhD scholarship at University of Birmingham, UK

Fully Funded PhD Studentship (Scholarship) at University of Birmingham, UK
Title: Co-Evolution of Neural Control and Body Plan under Limited Resources
(http://www.cs.bham.ac.uk/~xin/PhDAdvertCoEvo.html)

Project Description
An important aspect in the evolution of neural systems is the tight coupling
between the control structure, the nervous system, and the physical properties
of the system under control in its interaction with the environment. The first
objective of this project is to research the influence of the competition of
resources among the individuals on the neural organization during brain-body
co-evolution. This is one of the open questions beyond the energy efficiency
principle that we have disclosed as a main organization principle in the
evolution of nervous systems [1].  The new model should be developed based on
the existing models we have developed so far [2-3], e.g. by including
environmental constraints. To achieve tangible results within the first year, a
simplified, hand-coded developmental model for neural control and body plan
could be used. Environmental constraints can include limited resources, such as
nutrients, for the individual to survive. This will remove the simplification in
the current models where resources are unlimited. As to the physics engine, we
can take advantage of existing simulation freeware, such as BREVE [4].

Since not all aspects of the problem can be addressed within this project, the
second objective of the project is to put the developmental model, environmental
constraints, the physics engine and the genetic description together in a
modular way so that the system can be extended flexibly for various research
purposes regarding brain-body co-evolution, not only for understanding brain
evolution, but also for constructing intelligent systems that are able to
reconfigure themselves in a changing environment.

This exciting and adventurous project will be co-supervised by researchers from
CERCIA (The Centre of Excellence for Research in Computational Intelligence and
Applications, www.cercia.ac.uk) at the University of Birmingham, UK, and Honda
Research Institute Europe GmbH (www.honda-ri.de), Germany. The successful
candidate will be provided with excellent research environments in both academic
and industrial settings.

[1] B. Jones, Y. Jin, X. Yao, and B. Sendhoff. Evolution of neural organization
in a Hydra-like animat. 15th Int. Conf. on Neural Information Processing of the
Asia-Pacific Neural Network Assembly (ICONIP'08), 2008.

[2] B. Jones, Y. Jin, B. Sendhoff, and X. Yao. Evolving functional symmetry in
a three dimensional model of an elongated organism. Artificial Life XI,
pp.305-312, 2008.

[3] Y. Jin, L. Schramm, and B. Sendhoff. A gene regulatory model for the
development of primitive nervous systems. INNS-NNN Symposia on Modeling the
Brain and Nervous Systems, November 2008.

[4] J. Klein. BREVE: A 3D environment for the simulation of decentralized
systems and artificial life. Available from:
http://www.spiderland.org/breve.pdf.

The Studentship / Scholarship
Duration: Three years (subject to satisfactory progress).
Annual Payment: The Studentship includes GBP12,940 tax-free living allowance and
fully paid tuition fee (GBP3,390 in 2009/10 for Home/EU Students).
Eligibility: Open to European Union / United Kingdom applicants. However,
exceptional candidates outside UK/EU may be considered.
Deadline: The review of applications will start on 28 September 2009, until it
is filled.

How to Apply
For more information on the PhD programme at Birmingham:
http://www.cs.bham.ac.uk/admissions/postgraduate-research/

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Sender: Pierre Collet <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: EA'09 registration is now open

We are pleased to announce that registration is now open for the 9th
International Conference on Artificial Evolution EA'09 that will take place in
Strasbourg - France from October 26 to 28 2009.

Prices (including coffee breaks, lunch and social event) are 200EUR for students
and reviewers, 250EUR for academics and 350EUR for companies until Oct 15th,
where late registration fees will apply (add 100EUR), check out the Registration
link https://lsiit.u-strasbg.fr/ea09/index.php/Registration

As usual, EA conferences try to blend quality presentations (check out the
programme https://lsiit.u-strasbg.fr/ea09/index.php/Programme and the abstract
of Prof Darrell Whitley's talk
https://lsiit.u-strasbg.fr/ea09/index.php/Abstract) with a friendly atmosphere
and gastronomy, with wine tasting in the cellar that holds a 500 years old cask
containing 300 liters of the oldest wine in the world, and a banquet in one of
Strasbourg's most famous Winstub
https://lsiit.u-strasbg.fr/ea09/index.php/Main_Page#Social_event_and_banquet

Looking foward to seeing you in Strasbourg next October,

Pierre Collet
On behalf of the EA'09 Organisation Committee.

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Sender: Fernando Lobo <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: PostDoc Position in Estimation of Distribution Algorithms

I have an open position for a PostDoc Fellowship at the University of Algarve,
Portugal, within the project "Efficiency enhancement techniques for
probabilistic model building genetic algorithms" funded by the Portuguese
Science Foundation. More information about the project is available at
http://w3.ualg.pt/~flobo/pmbga06.html.

I'm looking for candidates with a solid knowledge on evolutionary computation
and machine learning. The position starts in Jan/Feb 2010 (negotiable), and is
for one year. Salary is 1495 Euros/month (tax free) plus up to 120 Euros/month
for medical insurance and social security in Portugal.

The University of Algarve is located in Faro, a beautiful area in the south of
Portugal. The campus is just 5 minutes from the ocean so you'll be able to relax
by the beach after a hard day of work.

Potential candidates are requested to express their interest by sending a short
application (including CV, list of publications, names of references who could
give further details), preferably as a single pdf-file, via email to
[log in to unmask] by December 15, 2009.

Fernando Lobo
Departamento de Engenharia Electrónica e Informática
Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia
Universidade do Algarve
Campus de Gambelas
8005-139 Faro
Portugal

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Sender: Jaume Bacardit <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Call for GECCO 2010 workshop proposals

                 CALL FOR WORKSHOP PROPOSALS
  2010 GENETIC AND EVOLUTIONARY COMPUTATION CONFERENCE (GECCO-2010)
       Sponsored by ACM SIGEVO http://www.sigevo.org/GECCO-2010

The GECCO-2010 Program Committee invites proposals for workshops to be held
in conjunction with the 2010 Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference
(GECCO-2010) in Portland, Oregon, USA, July 7-11.

** Important Dates **
Deadline for Workshop Proposals:  November 16th, 2009
Notification of Acceptance:       November 30th, 2009
Information and Submissions:      [log in to unmask]

GECCO workshops provide an excellent opportunity to meet people with similar
interests, to be exposed to cutting-edge research and to exchange ideas in an
informal setting. Ideally, a GECCO workshop should focus on a specialized
research area, on an emerging research field, or on interdisciplinary research
area between the genetic and evolutionary computation community and other
research fields. GECCO workshops can be two hours, half day, or a full day long.
The format can be decided by the organizers who are encouraged to plan
interactive sessions (e.g, debate/discussion sessions, brainstorming or problem
solving sessions) which cannot be easily accommodated in the GECCO conference
program. Proposals should be mailed to: [log in to unmask]

Each proposal must be submitted as a plain text file and must contain the
following information:
1. A half page description of the workshop including a clear description of the
specific topics issues on which the workshop will focus should be identified.
2. A brief (half page) discussion of why the topic is of interest to the genetic
and evolutionary computation community and about the workshop target audience.
3. The estimated number of potential attendees, accepted papers and submissions.
If a previous edition of the workshop has already taken place, then the previous
number of submissions, accepted papers, and attendees should be included.
4. A draft schedule of the workshop (with a duration of either 2 hours, half day
or a full day) highlighting the planned discussion sessions (panels, Q&A,
hands-on demonstrations, problem-solving sessions, brainstorming, etc.)
5) The complete contact information of the workshop organizers (Postal address,
E-mail, phone and fax numbers, & WWW page).
6) A brief biography of the organizers.

The proposal should be accompanied by the full CVs of the organizers in PDF
format. These should include previous experience in workshop or conference
organization.

The organizers of an accepted workshop are responsible for its coordination, for
its publicity (e.g., for sending out call for papers), for collecting and
reviewing the papers, for providing a list of accepted papers and their authors,
if applicable.

Attendance at the workshops will be open to all GECCO attendees. Note that *all*
organizers, participants and presenters must register to the GECCO-2010
conference. Organizers of a workshop *do not* qualify for a reduction in the
registration or accommodation costs at the conference. Accepted workshop papers
will be collected by Sheridan/ACM Press, and published in a separate workshop
proceedings volume. Details and additional deadlines will be provided once it
has been decided which workshops will be accepted for GECCO-2010. All accepted
Workshop Papers must use the ACM template for papers and must follow all ACM
formatting rules. Accepted workshop papers that do not use the ACM template
and/or do not adhere to ACM formatting rules will not be published.

The deadline for the submission of workshop proposal is November 16, 2009.
Proposals should be submitted as plain text files (no HTML) with the exception
of the CVs which have to be submitted as PDFs. Workshop organizers will be
notified by November 30th whether the workshop proposal has been accepted.

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Sender: [log in to unmask]
Subject: PhD studentships at Robert Gordon University

Applications are invited from excellent candidates for SIX PhD studentships in
the IDEAS Research Institute at The Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen. IDEAS
is a multi-disciplinary research centre encompassing the disciplines of
Engineering, Computing, Architecture & Built Environment and Art & Design. The
studentships are aligned with research across IDEAS' three research themes.

The Digital Technologies theme offers projects in the following disciplines:
.       Evolutionary Algorithms, Stochastic Learning, Probabilistic Modelling
.       Multimedia Information Retrieval, Business Information Systems
.       Case-Based Reasoning, Knowledge Discovery from Text
.       Digital Technologies in Design and Evaluation of Built Environments,
        Building Information Modelling
.       Video Communications, Image Processing, Graphics, Visualisation
.       Cognitive Modelling, Usability Engineering, User Interaction
.       Robotics, Intelligent Instrumentation, Optimisation, Constraint
        Programming, Parallel Computing

Full details available at:
http://www.rgu.ac.uk/researchdegrees/applicants/page.cfm?pge=26859
<http://www.rgu.ac.uk/researchdegrees/applicants/page.cfm?pge=26859>

Candidates for the studentship must have a First Class Honours Degree (or
equivalent) or a Masters Qualification with Distinction in a relevant discipline

Each studentship provides full university fees for UK/EU applicants and a
tax-free maintenance allowance of £13,290 per annum for 3 years. Additional
support may be available to students who are not UK/EU residents and who would
normally be required to pay the full postgraduate fee. The studentship is
available to start until 1 February 2010.

Applications including a completed application form (available from
http://www.rgu.ac.uk/researchdegrees/applicants/page.cfm?pge=26828
<http://www.rgu.ac.uk/researchdegrees/applicants/page.cfm?pge=26828> ),
a detailed CV, two academic references, plus other required documents
should be emailed to [log in to unmask] or posted to the Research
Degrees Office, the Robert Gordon University, Schoolhill, Aberdeen AB10
1FR, quoting reference IDEAS2 by 14 October 2009.

The Robert Gordon University is the best modern university in the UK
(The Times Good University Guide 2009)

The Robert Gordon University, a Scottish charity registered under
charity number SC 013781.

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Sender: Enrique Alba <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Book on Parallel Metaheuristics

           "Parallel Metaheuristics: A New Class of Algorithms"

Enrique Alba
ISBN: 0-471-67806-6
Hardcover
576 pages
September 2005

Wiley URL:
http://eu.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-0471678066.html

Amazon URL:
http://www.amazon.com/Parallel-Metaheuristics-New-Class-Algorithms/dp/047167
8066/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8
<http://www.amazon.com/Parallel-Metaheuristics-New-Class-Algorithms/dp/04716
78066/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1253270125&sr=8-1#noop>
&s=books&qid=1253270125&sr=8-1#noop

This book includes both sequential and parallel descriptions and applications of
most metaheuristic techniques. Every chapter introduces the basic technique,
defines the possible parallel extensions, and illustrates the application in
real scenarios (not simply benchmarking).

A large amount of applications are solved in the book, from the fields of
combinatorial optimization, telecommunications, bioinformatics, and many others.
Researchers looking for new advanced techniques able of improving the present
state of the art will found in this book a large number of techniques to do so
(not only parallelism, but also hybridization, constraint satisfaction, etc.).

The book contains not only interesting techniques and applications, but also
strategic info for present research like open hot topics, projects held in
international labs, and new ideas on how to make theory or to push forward the
quality of the contributions made today (like using serious statistical
assessment of results at a low cost).

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction

PART I: INTRODUCTION TO METAHEURISITICS AND PARALLELISM
1. An Introduction to Metaheuristic Techniques
2. Measuring the Performance of Parallel Metaheuristics
3. New Technologies in Parallelism
4. Metaheuristics and Parallelism

PART II: PARALLEL METAHEURISTIC MODELS
5. Parallel Genetic Algorithms
6. Parallel Genetic Programming
7. Parallel Evolution Strategies
8. Parallel Ant Colony Algorithms
9. Parallel Estimation of Distribution Algorithms
10. Parallel Scatter Search
11. Parallel Variable Neighborhood Search
12. Parallel Simulated Annealing
13. Parallel Tabu Search
14. Parallel GRASP
15. Parallel Hybrid Metaheuristics
16. Parallel MultiObjective
17. Parallel Heterogeneous Metaheuristics

PART III: THEORY AND APPLICATIONS
18. Theory of Parallel Genetic Algorithms
19. Parallel Metaheuristics Applications
20. Parallel Metaheuristics in Telecommunications
21. Bioinformatics and Parallel Metaheuristics

Index

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Sender: Xiaodong Li <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Call for Participation - First Australasian Computational Intelligence
         Summer School (ACISS'09)

First Australasian Computational Intelligence Summer School (ACISS'09)
30 November - 1 December 2009, Melbourne, Australia
http://goanna.cs.rmit.edu.au/~xiaodong/aciss09/
Sponsored by IEEE Computational Intelligence Society and NICTA

AIMS
Computational Intelligence is concerned with techniques that explore ways of
combining elements of learning, adaptation,  evolution, fuzzy logic, and other
forms of artificial intelligence techniques, in order to create intelligent
systems. Research  areas include (but not limited to): evolutionary computation,
neural networks, fuzzy systems, complex systems, swarm  intelligence,
computational game theory, Bayesian learning, metaheuristics, and artificial
immune systems, etc.

The First Australasian Computational Intelligence Summer School (ACISS’09) will
be held in association with the 22nd  Australasian Joint Conference on
Artificial Intelligence (AI'09).

The aim of ACISS'09, is to introduce researchers (graduate/postgraduate students
and early career researchers in particular) to  the general area of
Computational Intelligence, and to showcase important new techniques/tools that
can be used in research.  Furthermore, ACISS'09 will provide an opportunity for
CI researchers (young as well as more experienced) in Australia, New  Zealand,
and the broader Asia Pacific region, to exchange research ideas and network with
each other. ACISS’09 will consist of a  series of 1 or 2-hour tutorial sessions
on specific topics designed at both beginning and/or advanced levels, scheduled
over two  days (30 November - 1 December 2009). Most tutorial speakers are
internationally recognized experts in their chosen fields of CI  research.
ACISS'09 presents a rare opportunity to learn first-hand some of the hottest
topics in CI research.

REGISTRATION
ACISS'09 registration fee for a student is $50 (evidence of student status is
required when registering); for a nonstudent, the registration fee is $100.
Please use the AI'09 registration form to register with ACISS'09.

STUDENT TRAVEL SCHOLARSHIPS
IEEE Computational Intelligence Society (IEEE CIS) will kindly offer several
student travel scholarships. The deadline for  applications is 10 October 2009.
Please apply for these travel scholarships directly at the IEEE CIS summer
school webpage: http://ieee-cis.org/edu/schools/

TUTORIALS SCHEDULED
Following tutorials/lab sessions are scheduled:
Tutorial 1: Computational Intelligence in Games (Part I and II), by Dr. Luigi
            Barone and A/Prof. Philip Hingston
Tutorial 2: How to do good database/data mining research, and get published!,
            by A/Prof. Eamonn Keogh
Tutorial 3: Mining Massive Collections of Shapes and Time Series: With Case
            Studies in Anthropology and Astronomy, by A/Prof.  Eamonn Keogh
Tutorial 4: Particle Swarm Optimization (Part I and II), by Dr. Xiaodong Li and
            Professor Andries P. Engelbrecht
Tutorial 5: Introduction to Bayesian Network Models (Part I and II), by A/Prof.
            Ann Nicholson and A/Prof. Kevin Korb
Tutorial 6: Estimation of distribution algorithms, by Dr. Marcus Gallagher
Tutorial 7: Practical introduction to backpropagation, by Professor Tom Gedeon
Tutorial 8: Genetic Programming for Data Mining, by A/Prof. Mengjie Zhang
Tutorial 9: Spatially-Structured Evolutionary Computation, by Dr. Grant Dick
Tutorial 10: Foundations of Intelligent Agents, by A/Prof. Marcus Hutter
Tutorial 11: Deep Belief Nets, by Dr. Marcus Frean

OTHER INFO
For more information, please visit:
http://goanna.cs.rmit.edu.au/~xiaodong/aciss09/.
ACISS’09 organizers: Xiaodong Li, Michael Kirley, Hussein Abbass, Marcus
Gallagher, Luigi Barone, Mengjie Zhang.
For enquiries please email: [log in to unmask]

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Sender: Stefano Cagnoni <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: CFP: WORKSHOP on COMPLEXITY, EVOLUTION AND EMERGENT INTELLIGENCE

 WORKSHOP  on  COMPLEXITY,   EVOLUTION  AND  EMERGENT  INTELLIGENCE
             12 December 2009 Reggio Emilia (Italy)
                     Satellite workshop of
            AI*IA 2009 International Conference of the
         Italian  Association for Artificial Intelligence
* * * CALL   FOR  PAPERS   -  Deadline   October   4,  2009   *  *  *

LOCATION AND DATE
The Workshop  on Complexity, Evolution and  Emergent Intelligence will
take place  in Reggio Emilia  (Italy) on December 12,  2009, following
the AI*IA 2009: International Conference (9-11 December 2009)

The  conference  and all  the  workshops will  be  hosted  in the  new
building  of  the Department  of  Social,  Cognitive and  Quantitative
Sciences and of the Faculty of Communication and Economics, located in
the centre  of Reggio  Emilia Address: via  Allegri 9, I  42100 Reggio
Emilia

WORKSHOP WEBSITE
Updated  information can  be  found  on the  workshop  section of  the
conference website, http://www.aixia09.unimore.it

CALL FOR PAPERS
The  workshop  aims at  bringing  together  scientists  who work  from
different  perspectives, from  basic science  to applications,  on the
common  theme of  systems composed  by many  components  that interact
non-linearly.

Due  to the  different backgrounds  and references  of  the scientific
communities of  researchers working in these  fields, opportunities to
exchange ideas  and to  achieve cross-fertilization are  lacking.  The
aim of the workshop is therefore  to try and bridge this gap and reach
a better  comprehension of the mechanisms underlying  such systems, as
well as to find new applications based on them.

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TOPICS
Authors are invited to submit works dealing either with methodological
issues or  applications where the CSS  point-of-view and computational
issues (up to high level  AI aspects) are present. Papers dealing with
(but not limited to) the following subjects are particularly welcome:
 Agent based models
 Cellular automata
 Evolutionary computation
 Information processing
 Network properties
 Self-organisation, emergent behaviours
 Tangled hierarchies, description levels, reciprocal causality
 Adaptation/exaptation
 Evolution and co-evolution
 Robustness, criticality
 Pattern formation, pattern recognition
 Collective intelligence
 Non linear dynamics, edge of chaos
 The emergence of mind
 Bio-inspired methods

PAPER SUBMISSION FORMAT
Papers not exceeding  10 pages, written in English  and complying with
the              LNCS              Springer-Verlag              format
(http://www.springer.com/computer/lncs?SGWID=0-164-7-72376-0)    should
be  submitted  electronically.  Submissions  are  due  in  PDF  format
attached to an email sent to the following email address:
[log in to unmask]

IMPORTANT DATES
  * Paper submission: October 4, 2009
  * Camera-ready of accepted papers: November 11, 2009
  * Workshop day: December 12, 2009

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Sender: Peter Merz <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: 2nd Call for Papers EvoCop 2010

                        SECOND CALL FOR PAPERS
                           EvoCOP 2010
     The Tenth European Conference on Evolutionary Computation
         and Metaheuristics in Combinatorial Optimization

                Istanbul, Turkey, 7-9 April 2010
              (Submission deadline 4th November 2009)
                     http://www.evostar.org

Topics
------
Metaheuristics are used to solve difficult combinatorial optimization problems
appearing in various industrial, economic, and scientific domains. Prominent
examples of metaheuristics include: evolutionary algorithms, simulated
annealing, tabu search, scatter search and path relinking, memetic algorithms,
ant colony and particle swarm optimization, variable neighborhood search,
iterated local search, greedy randomized adaptive search procedures, estimation
of distribution algorithms, and hyperheuristics. Successfully solved problems
include scheduling, timetabling, network design, transportation and distribution
problems, vehicle routing, traveling salesman, graph problems, satisfiability,
packing problems, planning problems, and general mixed integer programming.

The EvoCOP series, started in 2001 and held annually since then, was the first
event specifically dedicated to the application of evolutionary computation and
related methods to combinatorial optimization problems. Following the general
trend of hybrid metaheuristics and diminishing boundaries between the different
classes of metaheuristics, EvoCOP broadened its scope in 2006, and now
explicitly invites submissions on any kind of metaheuristic for combinatorial
optimization. All accepted papers will be presented orally at the conference and
printed in the proceedings published by Springer in the LNCS series (see LNCS
volumes 2037, 2279, 2611, 3004, 3448, 3906, 4446, 4972 and 5482 for the
previous proceedings).

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
- Applications of metaheuristics to combinatorial optimization problems
- Novel application domains for metaheuristic optimisation methods
- Representation techniques
- Neighborhoods and efficient algorithms for searching them
- Variation operators for stochastic search methods
- Constraint-handling techniques
- Hybrid methods and hybridization techniques
- Parallelization
- Theoretical developments
- Search space analyses
- Comparisons between different (also exact) techniques
- Automated tuning of metaheuristics using machine learning, evolutionary and
  other approaches

The conference will be held in conjunction with EuroGP2010 (the 13th European
Conference on Genetic Programming), EvoBIO 2010 (the 8th European Conference on
Evolutionary Computation, Machine Learning and Data Mining in Bioinformatics),
and EvoWorkshops 2010 (including specialist workshops on a range of evolutionary
computation topics and applications), in a joint event collectively known as
EvoStar 2010.

More Information
----------------
More detailed information on the event, including venue, committees, contact
addresses, etc., can be found at the Evo* homepage: http://www.evostar.org

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Sender: Ants 2010 track <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: ANTS 2010 - International Conference on Swarm Intelligence

                            ANTS 2010
      Seventh International Conference on Swarm Intelligence

             September 8-10, 2010. Brussels, Belgium

          Call for papers prepared on September 2, 2009
            More details and up-to-date information at
                 http://iridia.ulb.ac.be/ants2010

Scope of the Conference
=======================
 Swarm intelligence is a relatively new 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 many models to
 explain interesting aspects of social insect behavior such as self-organization
 and shape-formation. Recently, algorithms and methods inspired by these models
 have been proposed to solve difficult problems in many domains.

 An example of a particularly successful research direction in swarm
 intelligence is ant colony optimization, the main focus of which is on discrete
 optimization problems. Ant colony optimization has been applied successfully to
 a large number of difficult discrete optimization problems including the
 traveling salesman problem, the quadratic assignment problem, scheduling,
 vehicle routing, etc., as well as to routing in telecommunication networks.
 Another interesting approach is that of particle swarm optimization, that
 focuses on continuous optimization problems. Here too, a number of successful
 applications can be found in the recent literature. Swarm robotics is another
 relevant field. Here, the focus is on applying swarm intelligence techniques
 to the control of large groups of cooperating autonomous robots.

 ANTS 2010 will 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 in Brussels, Belgium, on
 September 8-10, 2010. Tutorial sessions will be held in the mornings
before the
 conference program.

Relevant Research Areas
=======================
 ANTS 2010 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.
  + Empirical and theoretical research in swarm intelligence.
  + Application of swarm intelligence methods, such as ant colony optimization
    or particle swarm optimization, to real-world problems.
  + Theoretical and experimental research in swarm robotics systems.

Further Information
===================
 Up-to-date information will be published on the web site
 http://iridia.ulb.ac.be/ants2010/. For information about local arrangements,
 registration forms, etc., please refer to the above-mentioned web site or
 contact the local organizers at the address below.

Important Dates
===============
 Submission deadline             February 28, 2010
 Notification of acceptance         April 30, 2010
 Camera ready copy                    May 14, 2010
 Conference                   September 8-10, 2010

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Sender: Dignum, Stephen A N <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Evo* 2010 Second Call For Papers

E V O *   2 0 1 0   S E C O N D   C A L L   F O R   P A P E R S
EuroGP, EvoCOP, EvoBIO and EvoApplications
7th - 9th April, 2010
Istanbul Technical University
Istanbul, Turkey
http://www.evostar.org

The EuroGP, EvoCOP, EvoBIO and EvoApplications conferences comprise EVO*:
Europe's premier co-located events in the field of Evolutionary Computing.

Featuring the latest in theoretical and applied research, EVO* topics include
recent genetic programming challenges, evolutionary and other meta-heuristic
approaches for combinatorial optimization, evolutionary algorithms, machine
learning and data mining techniques in the biosciences, in numerical
optimization, in music and art domains, in image analysis and signal processing,
in hardware optimization and in a wide range of applications to scientific,
industrial, financial and other real-world problems.

*** Submission deadline: 4th November 2009 ***
*** Conference: 7th - 9th April 2010 ***

Scope of the events:

EuroGP:
13th European Conference on Genetic Programming: papers are sought on topics
strongly related to the evolution of computer programs, ranging from theoretical
work to innovative applications.

EvoCOP:
10th European Conference on Evolutionary Computation in Combinatorial
Optimization: practical and theoretical contributions are invited, related to
evolutionary computation techniques and other meta-heuristics for solving
combinatorial optimization problems.

EvoBIO:
8th European Conference on Evolutionary Computation, Machine Learning and Data
Mining in Bioinformatics: emphasis is on evolutionary computation and other
advanced techniques addressing important problems in molecular biology,
proteomics, genomics and genetics, that have been implemented and tested in
simulations and on real-life datasets.

EvoApplications:
EvoCOMNET: 7th European event on nature-inspired techniques for
           telecommunication networks and other parallel and distributed systems
EvoCOMPLEX (new): Evolutionary algorithms and complex systems
EvoENVIRONMENT: 2nd European event on nature inspired methods for environmental
                issues
EvoFIN: 4th European event on evolutionary and natural computation in finance
        and economics
EvoGAMES: 2nd European event on bio-inspired algorithms in games
EvoIASP: 12th European event on evolutionary computation in image analysis and
         signal processing
EvoINTELLIGENCE (new): Interactive evolution and humanized computational
                       intelligence
EvoMUSART: 8th European event on evolutionary and biologically inspired music,
           sound, art and design
EvoNUM: 3rd European event on bio-inspired algorithms for continuous parameter
        optimisation
EvoSTOC: 7th European event on evolutionary algorithms in stochastic and dynamic
         environments
EvoTRANSLOG: 4th European event on evolutionary computation in transportation
             and logistics
EvoPHD: 5th Graduate Student Workshop on evolutionary computation.

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Sender: Laetitia Jourdan <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: [NATComp'2010] 1st Call for paper: Workshop on Nature Inspired
         Computing, ACS/IEEE AICCSA 2010

Workshop on Nature Inspired Computing (NATComp'2010) as a part of
2010 ACS/IEEE International Conference on Computer Systems and Applications
HAMMAMET TUNISIA
May 16-19th, 2010
http://www2.lifl.fr/AICCSA2010/index.php?n=Main.Natcomp

IMPORTANT DATES:
  * Full Paper Submission Deadline ------------- November 6, 2009
  * Notification of Acceptance -------------------- December 19, 2009
  * Camera-Ready papers Due ------------------- February 5, 2010
  * Author Registration ---------------------------- February 5, 2010
  * Workshop ---------------------------------May 16-19, 2010

CALL FOR PAPERS
We would like to draw your attention to the Workshop on Nature Inspired
Computing (NATComp'2010), which has currently an open call for papers.
NATComp'2010 will be held in Hammamet, Tunisia, next May 16-19th 2010 as a part
of ACS/IEEE International Conference on Computer Systems and Applications
(http://www2.lifl.fr/AICCSA2010)

Nature inspired computing is a field that studies and creates innovating
computing algorithms inspired by nature principle. The goal is to benefit from
the robustness, decentralized and parallel properties coming from nature to
solve new large and complex problems.

WORKSHOP TOPICS:
The papers are solicited in the following (but not limited) Areas:
  * Evolutionary algorithms, swarm optimization, scatter search, …
  * Emergent nature inspired algorithms: quantum computing,
    artificial immune systems, bee colony, DNA computing, …
  * Parallel algorithms and hybrid methods with metaheuristics,
    machine learning, game theory, mathematical programming, constraint
    programming, co-evolutionary, …
  * Artificial Neural Networks
  * Biodegradability Prediction
  * Cellular Automata
  * Nano Computing
  * Application to: logistics and transportation, telecommunications,
    scheduling, data mining, engineering design, bioinformatics, …
  * Theory of metaheuristics, landscape analysis, convergence, problem
    difficulty, very large neighbourhoods, …
  * Application to multi-objective optimization
  * Application in dynamic optimization, problems with uncertainty, …

All submitted papers will be blind reviewed by at least two reviewers. Selection
criteria will be based on relevance, originality, significance, impact,
technical soundness and quality of the presentation.

Submissions should not exceed 8 two columns, 8.5x11 inch pages (including
figures, tables, and references) in 10 point fonts. IEEE templates are available
at the url

http://www.ieee.org/web/publications/pubservices/confpub/AuthorTools/
conferenceTemplates.html

Kind regards,
NATComp'2010 organisation committee
L. Jourdan, LIFL Inria Lille Nord Europe France
A. Liefooghe, LIFL Inria Lille Nord Europe France
S. Verel, LIFL Inria Lille Nord Europe France

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Sender: Penousal Machado <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: EvoMusArt 2010: 2nd Call for Papers

EvoMUSART 2010
8th European Event on Evolutionary and Biologically Inspired Music, Sound, Art
and Design 7-9 April, 2010, Istanbul, Turkey
http://www.evostar.org

INTRODUCTION
------------
EvoMUSART 2010 is the eighth European Event on Evolutionary and Biologically
Inspired Music, Sound, Art and Design. Following the success of previous
editions and the growth of interest in the field, the main goal of EvoMUSART
2010 is to bring together researchers who are using biologically inspired
techniques for artistic tasks, providing the opportunity to promote, present
and discuss ongoing work in this area.

EvoMUSART 2010 will be held from 7-9 April, 2010 in Istanbul, Turkey as part of
the European Conference on the Applications of Evolutionary Computation,
EvoApplications 2010.

Accepted papers will be presented orally at the conference and included in the
EvoApplications proceedings, published by Springer Verlag in the Lecture Notes
in Computer Science series.

EvoMUSART 2010 important dates are:
Submission deadline: November 4, 2009
Conference: 7-9 April, 2010

TOPICS OF INTEREST
------------------
The papers should concern the use of bio-inspired techniques (Evolutionary
Computation, Artificial Life, Artificial Neural Networks, Swarm Intelligence,
etc.) in the scope of the generation, analysis and interpretation of art, music,
design, architecture and other artistic fields. Topics of interest include, but
are not limited to:

- Generation
   o Biologically Inspired Design and Art-Making Systems that create drawings,
     images, animations, sculptures, poetry, text, objects, designs, webpages,
     buildings, etc.;
   o Biologically Inspired Sound-Generators and Music-Systems that create music,
     aggregate sound, or simulate instruments, voices, effects, etc;
   o Robotic Based Evolutionary Art and Music;
   o Other related generative techniques;
- Theory
   o Computational Aesthetics, Emotional Response, Surprise, Novelty;
   o Representation techniques;
   o Comparative analysis and classification;
   o Validation methodologies;
   o New biologically inspired computation models in art, music and design;
- Computer Aided Creativity
   o New ways of integrating users into evolutionary computation art and music
     frameworks;
   o Analysis and evaluation of: the artistic potential of biologically inspired
     art and music; the artistic processes inherent to these approaches; the
     resulting artifacts;
   o Collaborative distributed artificial art environments;
- Automation
   o Techniques for automated fitness assignment;
   o Systems that exploit biologically inspired computation to analyze artistic
     objects and artifacts;

Further information, including the Online Submission Details, can be found on
the following pages:
   Evo*2010: http://www.evostar..org
   EvoMUSART2010: http://dces.essex.ac.uk/research/evostar/evomusart.html

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Sender: PPSN 2010 Organizing Committee <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: PPSN 2010 - First call for participation

PPSN 2010 - First call for participation
11th International Conference on Parallel Problem Solving From Nature

September 11-15, 2010
AGH University of Science and Technology, Krakow, Poland
http://home.agh.edu.pl/ppsn

The Eleventh International Conference on Parallel Problem Solving from Nature
(PPSN XI) will be held in Krakow, Poland on 11-15 September 2010. This biennial
meeting aims to bring together researchers and practitioners in the field of
natural computing. Natural Computing is the study of computational systems,
which use ideas and get inspiration from natural systems, including biological,
ecological, physical, chemical, and social systems. It is a fast-growing
interdisciplinary field, in which a range of techniques and methods are studied
for dealing with large, complex, and dynamic problems with various sources of
potential uncertainties.

PPSN XI will be a showcase of a wide range of topics in Natural Computing
including, but not restricted to: Evolutionary Computation, Neural Computation,
Molecular Computation, Quantum Computation, Artificial Life, Swarm Intelligence,
Artificial Ant Systems, Artificial Immune Systems, Self-Organizing Systems,
Emergent Behaviors, and Applications to Real-World Problems. PPSN XI will also
feature workshops and tutorials covering advanced and fundamental topics in the
field of natural computation.

All accepted papers will be presented during poster sessions and will be
included in the proceedings. Following the tradition of PPSN, proceedings will
be published in  the Series Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) by
Springer.  Prospective authors are invited to contribute their high-quality
original results in the field of natural computation as papers of no more than
10 pages. The format should follow Springer Verlag LNCS style,
(http://www.springer.de/comp/lncs/authors.html).

Important dates
---------------
Workshop Proposals Submission:                    January 3, 2010
Notification of Acceptance of Workshop Proposals: February 19, 2010
Paper Submission:                                 April 6, 2010
Author Notification:                              May 21, 2010
Papers Camera Ready Submission:                   June 11, 2010
Early Registration:                               June 11, 2010
Conference:                                       September, 11-15, 2010

Contact Information
-------------------
E-mail: [log in to unmask]
Bartlomiej Sniezynski +48 (0)12 617 3339
Jacek Dajda           +48 (0)12 617 4451

PPSN 2010, Department of Computer Science,
AGH University of Science and Technology,
Mickiewicza 30, 30-059 Krakow, POLAND

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