Evolutionary Computation Digest - Thursday, August 4th, 2011 Volume 25: Issue 8

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Today's Topics:

 - GECCO 2011 bibtex
 - DEAP release 0.7 - Distributed Evolutionary Algorithms in Python
 - New Website for Interactively Evolving Objects and 3D printing them
 - EnviGP - Grants available

 - Extended deadline WPABA 2011 + Special Issue
 - Soft Computing - A Fusion of Foundations, Methodologies and Applications
 - BIOMA 2012
 - EVO* 2012 - First Call for Papers
 - EuroGP 2012 - first call for papers
 - Applications of EC track - ACM SAC 2012
 - Special track on "Bio-inspired error detection" (BIONETICS 2011)


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

EUROGEN 2011, Capua, Italy, September 14-16, 20, 2011                   (v25n02)
NICSO 2011, Cluj Napoca, Romania, October, 20-22, 2011
EA-2011, Angers, France, October 24-26, 2011                            (v25n02)
EVO*, Malaga, Spain, April 11-13, 2012                                  (v25n08)
EuroGP 2012, Malaga, Spain, April 11-13, 2012                           (v25n08)

Sender: w langdon [log in to unmask]
Subject: GECCO 2011 bibtex

A complete list of the papers, posters, workshops, late breaking
abstracts and tutorials presented last month at GECCO is available via
ftp and via

They are also incorportated into The Collection of Computer Science

Sender: Roberto Moran [log in to unmask]

Soft Computing (SC) and Intelligent Data Analysis (IDA) provide
powerful tools for problem solving in a variety of domains. A
non-exhaustive list of typical applications includes client
segmentation, fraud detection, credit scoring, process control,
logistics and information retrieval.

Applications can be found in all sectors: engineering, finance,
marketing, operations research, bioinformatics, medicine, …

The tremendous potential of SC and IDA has created a demand for
well-trained professionals in this field. For this reason, the
University of Oviedo and the European Centre for Soft Computing have
joined efforts to offer an Official Master Course in Soft Computing
and Intelligent Data Analysis. This is a one-year full-time program
that combines rigorous training in advanced techniques with a close
contact with real applications.


The objective of the Master is to provide students with the
foundations required to pursue a PhD degree, as well as with applied
skills to prepare for a research career in academy or industry. The
Master is supported by several companies with important presence in
the field.


The program is designed to provide a balanced mix of academic and
professional training. The course is divided into three Modules plus a
Master's project:

Module I: Fundamentals of Soft Computing and IDA

This module is dedicated to the study of the main paradigms which
constitute Soft Computing (SC) and Intelligent Data Analysis (IDA), as
well as some other important questions as experimental design. The
module is fundamental and mandatory since those techniques will be
considered as known in the following modules while considering
specific domains of application.

Module II: Advanced topics in Soft Computing and IDA

This module is dedicated to cover some additional concepts, methods,
and general questions in the field of SC and IDA, giving the student
the opportunity to define his profile inside this broad field. It also
include a Seminar on Soft Computing and Intelligent Data Analysis
which offers the students a really wide approach to the topic
including new trends and presentations from companies working in the

Module III: Applications

The last module is devoted to the study of specific application areas.

It is the more flexible module since all the courses are optional and
their contents will be adapted to hot topics.


Academic Period: September 2011 to July 2012.
Language: English.
Class Schedule: From 15:30 until 20:00, Monday through Friday.
Location: Scientific Building in the Mieres Campus of the University
of Oviedo (SPAIN).
Application Periods: A third and last period will be open from July
27th to August 29th, with the admission defined by mid September.
Course Fee: approximately 2300€ (official prices for next year not yet

Financial Aid: The Master offers scholarships that will cover
registration fee, round trip and living expenses. Scholarships are open
to all applicants and will be awarded on the basis of academic excellence.


For a complete information on program, courses, lecturers, and all
administrative aspects please visit

For any other specific information write or call:


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Telephone: +34 985 456545

Sender: François-Michel De Rainville [log in to unmask]
Subject: DEAP release 0.7 - Distributed Evolutionary Algorithms in Python

We are proud to annouce the release of DEAP 0.7, a library for doing
Distributed Evolutionary Algorithms in Python. You can download a copy
of this release at the following web page.

For those who wouldn’t already know about the project, it is built
around two major parts, EAP and DTM.

EAP has been built using the Python and UNIX programming philosophies
in order to provide a transparent, simple and coherent environment for
implementing your favourite evolutionary algorithms. EAP is very easy
to use even for those who do not know much about the Python
programming language. EAP uses both the object oriented and functional
programming paradigm that are provided by Python in order to make
development simple and beautiful. It also contains more than 20
illustrative and diversified examples, to help newcomers to ramp up
very quickly in using this environment.

The D part of DEAP, called DTM, is under intense development and
currently available as an alpha version (0.2). DTM provides tools to
distribute workload evenly on a cluster or LAN of workstations, based
on MPI and TCP communication managers. The load balancing is based on
a new epidemiologic model. This unique model allows unique
possibilities, like tasks spawning other tasks that can be run on any
available workers.

This release includes a lot of new examples, a cleaner API, new
features like easy statistics computation and a benchmark module, new
variation methods for finer control on algorithms, and a few bug

Your feedback and comments are welcome at deap-users at googlegroups dot com
You can also follow us on Twitter @deapdev, and on our blog

Sender: Jeff Clune [log in to unmask]
Subject: New Website for Interactively Evolving Objects and 3D printing them

I am happy to announce a website where you can interactively evolve objects
and 3D print them (e.g. in silver, steel, or bronze):

A key driver of the complexity of the evolved shapes is that they are
evolved with a generative encoding inspired by developmental biology,
specifically Compositional Pattern Producing Networks (the encoding for

The details are described in Clune & Lipson 2011,

Video tour:

The scientific purpose of the site is to explore what complex designs can be
produced when evolution is powered by a generative encoding based on
developmental biology. The practical purpose of the site is to allow people
to create unique physical objects easily and see the power of evolution in

Please try the site out and publish the interesting objects that you
discover. Please also help generate traffic to the site by sharing it with
your friends, posting it to Facebook, etc. The more people that use it, the
more complex the objects will get.

Sender: Sara Silva [log in to unmask]
Subject: EnviGP - Grants available

===== Two research grants are now available =====
===== Application deadline: 15 / Sep / 2011 =====

EnviGP - Improving Genetic Programming for
the Environment and Other Applications


Objectives / summary:

The EnviGP project is dedicated to improving Genetic Programming in
order to allow its practical usage by practitioners of different
scientific domains. It studies the issues of bloat, overfitting,
complexity and interpretability of the solutions, and a more efficient
usage of GP in multiclass classification problems. All new
developments are tested in both benchmark and real world data of
different domains including forest science and biomedical informatics.

More information on available grants:

Sender: "Francisco Chávez de la O" [log in to unmask]
Subject: Extended deadline WPABA 2011 + Special Issue

CALL FOR PAPERS -  Extended deadline

Due to numerous requests, we have extended the Deadline (see below).

Fourth Workshop on Parallel Architectures and Bioinspired Algorithms
(WPABA 2011)
To be held in conjunction with The Twentieth International Conference
on Parallel Architectures and Compilation Techniques (PACT) Galveston
Island, Texas, USA, October 10-14, 2011.
Accepted papers will be published in separated proceedings handed out
during the workshop.

*****Extended version of selected papers will be published in a special
Impact Factor 0.907).****


Knowledge fields like Parallel Computer Architectures, Parallel and
Distributed Computing and Bioinspired Algorithms, many different in a
first approach, are able to find transversal elements that enrich
them. Therefore, the aim of this fourth workshop is to support any
proposal that traverses these fields. Bioinspired Algorithms comprise
a set of heuristics that can help to optimize a wide range of
problems. Among them, many tasks that parallel architecture designers
develop may be optimized. In addition, Bioinspired Algorithms may help
finding solutions regarding compilation and resource sharing issues,
which are interesting problems for parallel architectures. Parallel
architecture designers may also propose infrastructures that allow the
increase of computing performance of Bioinspired Algorithms, which
usually face real-world problems that manage huge amounts of data.
Alternatives to the classical sequential solution are needed by this

The topics include, but are not limited to:
 *  Evolutionary Algorithms for Parallel Computer Architectures optimization.
 *  Computer Architecture optimizations using other biologically
inspired algorithms: Ant Colonies, Immune Systems, Artificial Life,
Cultural Algorithms, etc…
 *  Cluster and Grid Deployment of Bioinspired Algorithms.
 *  Desktop Grids infrastructures for supporting Bioinspired Algorithms.
 *  Large Scale Parallel Processing.
 *  Heterogeneous Computing Platforms for Bioinspired Algorithms.
 *  Improvement on scheduling techniques by means of Bioinspired Algorithms.
 *  Fault tolerant implementations of PEAs.
 *  Performance evaluation of PEAs.
 *  Improvement in system performance through optimization and tuning.
 *  Parallel Reconfigurable Architectures for Bioinspired Algorithms.
 *  Graphics processing units and Evolutionary Algorithms.
 *  Profiting from Cloud infrastructure when running Bioinspired Algorithms.

As in past editions of the workshop, papers will be double blinded
reviewed by an international scientific committee.

Important dates

 *  Paper Submission: August 10th
 *  Decision Notifications: September 10th
 *  Camera-Ready Submission: September 17th
 *  Conference Dates: October 10th-14th

More information at the WPABA 2011 website:

Sender: "Francisco Chávez de la O" [log in to unmask]
Subject: Soft Computing - A Fusion of Foundations, Methodologies and


Soft Computing - A Fusion of Foundations, Methodologies and Applications

Springer - ISSN: 1432-7643 (print version)  ISSN: 1433-7479 (electronic version)

Special issue on Evolutionary Music


Full paper submission: December 15, 2011
Notification of Acceptance: February 10, 2011.
Completed Draft of Lead Article: March 10, 2012.
Final Manuscripts to Publishers: April 1, 2012.

We are very pleased to invite you to submit your paper for
consideration for a special issue of the Soft Computing journal:
Evolutionary Music.

Computing technology is becoming increasingly ubiquitous in all
aspects of music.
Smart sound design and synthetic music pervades a wide range of
creative practices,
from avant-garde contemporary music to entertainment media for mass consumption.
Computer technologies are having a profound impact on how music is studied,
composed, performed, listened to, stored and distributed. For instance, software
sound synthesis techniques offer musicians the possibility of creating bespoke
digital musical instruments capable of producing an unprecedented range of novel
sounds; and Computational Intelligence techniques allow for the design of
sophisticated composition methods that would have been impossible to conceive
otherwise. We are proposing a special issue that deals with all aspects of
bio-inspired algorithms and their application to music-oriented tasks, e.g.,
automatic composition, classification, improvisation, harmonization,
to name but a
few. The interest in the topic has steadily grown during the last few
years, and we
believe this special issue on the topic will be welcome by the community.

Authors are invited to submit their original and unpublished work
in the conjunctions of both areas of Evolutionary Computation and Music.

Manuscripts must follow author guidelines for the journal specified in
( and must be
submitted by email to [log in to unmask] indicating - Special Issue
ECMUSIC - by the closing date (December 15, 2011). All submitted papers
will be reviewed according to the standards of the Soft Computing Journal.
Selection criteria will be based on relevance, originality, significance,
impact, technical soundness and quality of the paper.
Contributions are expected to provide original results, insights and

Please contact us if you need further information

Francisco Fernández de Vega. Department of Computers and Communications
Technology.  Universidad de Extremadura, Spain, email: [log in to unmask]

Carlos Cotta. Department of Languages and Computer Science.
Universidad de Málaga, Spain, email: [log in to unmask]

Eduardo R. Miranda. Interdisciplinary Centre for Computer Music
Research (ICCMR),
University of Plymouth, UK. email: [log in to unmask]

Sender: Gregor Papa [log in to unmask]
Subject: BIOMA 2012 - Call for papers

BIOMA 2012
The 5th International Conference on
Bioinspired Optimization Methods and their Applications

May 24-25, 2012
Bohinj, Slovenia

== Introduction ==
The purpose of the BIOMA conference is to provide a forum for
presentation and discussion of the latest theoretical and applied
results in bioinspired optimization methodology and its applications.
Authors will also have the opportunity to present their software tools
and case-studies.

== Conference Topics ==
Papers addressing real-world applications are especially welcome.
Areas of interest include: genetic algorithms, evolution strategies,
evolutionary programming, genetic programming, ant colony
optimization, particle swarm optimization and related bioinspired
methods, and their applications in science, engineering and business.

== Keynote Speakers ==
A. E. Eiben (VU University Amsterdam, Netherlands)
Xin-She Yang (National Physical Laboratory, UK)

== Proceedings ==
All accepted papers with paid registration fee will be published in
the conference proceedings that will be available at the conference.

== Journal Publications ==
Revised and extended versions of selected papers from the conference
will be invited for a submission to the Applied Soft Computing
(Elsevier) or to the Innovative Computing and Applications

== Important Dates ==
Paper submission deadline    January 18, 2012
Notification of acceptance    March 14, 2012
Final paper deadline        April 4, 2012
Registration deadline        April 4, 2012

Sender: Juan Romero [log in to unmask]
Subject: EVO* 2012 - First Call for Papers

The evo* event comprises the premier co-located conferences in the field of
Evolutionary Computing: eurogp, evocop, evobio, evomusart and evoapplications.
In 2012, the evo* will take place at the Malaga, Spain.

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.

The proceedings will be published by Springer Verlag in the Lecture Notes in
Computer Science series.


15th European Conference on Genetic Programming

12th European Conference on Evolutionary Computation in Combinatorial

10th European Conference on Evolutionary Computation, Machine Learning and Data
Mining in Computational Biology

1st International Conference and 10th European Event on Evolutionary and
Biologically Inspired Music, Sound, Art and Design

evoapplications - European Conference on the Applications of Evolutionary

   Track on nature-inspired techniques for telecommunication networks and other
parallel and distributed systems

   Track on algorithms and complex systems

   Track on evolutionary and natural computation in finance and economics

   Track on bio-inspired algorithms in games

   Track on bio-inspired heuristics for design automation

   Track on evolutionary computation in image analysis and signal processing

   Track bio-inspired algorithms for continuous parameter optimisation

   Track on parallel and distributed Infrastructures

   Track on computational intelligence for risk management, security and
defence applications

   Track on nature-inspired techniques in scheduling, planning and timetabling

   Track on evolutionary algorithms in stochastic and dynamic environments

   Track on evolutionary computation in transportation and logistics


Submissions must be original and not published elsewhere. The submissions will
be peer reviewed by at least three members of the program committee. The authors
of accepted papers will have to improve their paper on the basis of the
reviewers' comments and will be asked to send a camera ready version of their
manuscripts. At least one author of each accepted work has to register for the
conference and attend the conference and present the work.

The reviewing process will be double-blind, please omit information about the
authors in the submitted paper. Submit your manuscript in Springer LNCS format.
The submission deadline is 30 november 2011. The other submission details are
conference specific. Please follow the instructions and links bellow.

   submission link:
   page limit: 12 pages

   submission link:
   page limit: 12 pages

   submission link:
   evobio is interested in papers in three major areas:
       1. Full research articles (maximum 12 pages)
       2. System Demonstrations (maximum 8 pages)
       3. Short reports (maximum 8 pages)
       4. Abstracts (maximum 4 pages)

   submission link:
   page limit: 12 pages

   submission link:
   page limit: 10 pages


submission deadline: 30 november 2011
notification to authors: 14 january 2012
camera-ready deadline: 5 february 2012


evostar website:

Sender: Sara Silva [log in to unmask]
Subject: EuroGP 2012 - first call for papers

          EuroGP 2012
     (first call for papers)

15th European Conference on Genetic Programming
11-13 April 2012, Malaga - Spain

Submission deadline:
November 30, 2011

EuroGP is the premier annual conference on Genetic Programming. EuroGP
is always a very enjoyable event, held together with the other main
european events on Evolutionary Computation (EvoBio, EvoCOP,
EvoApplications, EvoMusArt), collectively designated as EvoStar
(Evo*). EvoStar 2012 takes place in Malaga, Spain, the capital of the
Costa del Sol and one of the most cosmopolitan and open cities in
Europe, widely known for its superb weather, food, and hospitality. It
offers an excellent environment for participants to enjoy their visit,
from the academic and the social point of view.

EuroGP 2012 seeks high quality papers on topics strongly related to
the evolution of computer programs, including but not limited to:
   * Theoretical developments
   * Empirical studies of GP performance and behaviour
   * Landscape analysis of GP
   * Algorithms, representations and operators
   * Applications of GP to real-life problems
   * Evolutionary design
   * Evolutionary robotics
   * Tree-based GP
   * Linear GP
   * Graph-based GP
   * Grammar-based GP
   * Evolvable hardware
   * Self-reproducing programs
   * Multi-population GP
   * Multi-objective GP
   * Fast/Parallel GP (e.g., GPU implementation of GP)
   * Probabilistic GP (e.g., combining ideas of estimation of
distribution algorithms and GP)
   * Evolution of various classes of automata or machine (e.g.
cellular automata, finite state machines, pushdown automata, Turing
   * Software Engineering and GP: using GP to evolve complete programs
(e.g., including variables, loops, recursion) and using SE methods
(e.g., software design) to improve GP
   * Object-oriented GP
   * Hybrid architectures including GP components
   * Unconventional evolvable computation

The submissions will be peer reviewed by at least three members of the
program committee. The reviewing process will be double-blind, so
please omit information about the authors in the submitted paper.
Accepted papers will be presented orally or as posters at the
conference and will be published by Springer in the LNCS series.

The papers which receive the best reviews will be nominated for the
Best Paper Award. Authors of selected papers may be invited to submit
extended versions of their work to the Springer journal GPEM - Genetic
Programming and Evolvable Machines (
Last year, four best papers were selected for a special issue of GPEM
to be published in early 2012.

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of EvoBio, EuroGP encourages
submissions applying genetic programming to problems in computational
biology and new biologically inspired extensions of the genetic
programming framework for a special joint session of EuroGP with
EvoBio. These papers can be submitted either to EuroGP or EvoBio, and
the authors of the best ones will be invited to submit extended
versions of their work to a special issue of GPEM.

Submission link:
Page limit: 12 pages in Springer LNCS format.

Important Dates:
* Submission deadline: 30 November 2010
* Notification to authors: 14 January 2011
* Camera-ready deadline: 5 February 2011
* Conference: 11-13 April 2011

Sender: Federico Divina [log in to unmask]
Subject: 3rd CFP Applications of EC track - ACM SAC 2012

27th ACM Symposium On Applied Computing
March 25-29, 2012
Riva del Garda, Trento, Italy

For the past twenty-six years, the ACM Symposium on Applied Computing
has been a primary gathering forum for applied computer scientists,
computer engineers, software engineers, and application developers
from around the world. SAC 2012 is sponsored by the ACM Special
Interest Group on Applied Computing (SIGAPP), and is hosted by The
Microsoft Research - University of Trento, Centre for Computational
and Systems Biology, Trento, Italy.

The Evolutionary Computation (EC) track welcomes original, unpublished
papers describing advances in and applications of evolutionary
computation and related techniques, including genetic algorithms,
evolution strategies, evolutionary programming, memetic algorithms,
genetic programming, ant colony optimization, co-evolutionary
algorithms, artificial immune systems, particle swarm optimization,
and classifier systems. All accepted papers will appear in the SAC
2012 Proceedings. Selected papers, not accepted as full papers, will
be accepted as poster papers. These will be presented at a poster
session during the Symposium and will be published as two-page
extended abstracts in the Proceedings.
Peer groups with expertise in the track focus area will blindly review
submissions to that track. Accepted papers will be published in the
annual conference proceedings. Submission guidelines can be found on
SAC 2012 Website (
A paper may be submitted to only one track of SAC 2012.

* Papers should represent original and previously unpublished works
that are currently not under review for any journal or other
conference. Both basic and applied research papers are welcome.
* Submissions will be in electronic format via this web site:
* Submission must follow ths template found at this URL:
* Authors are allowed up to eight (8) pages in the specified format,
but there is a charge of US$80 for each page over six (6).
* Authors' names and addresses must not appear in the body of the
submitted papers, and self-references should be in the third person.
This is to facilitate blind review.
* Begin the submission process by submitting your paper's abstract on
the conference web site at the URL above.
* All submitted papers must include the paper identification number
(assigned when the abstract is submitted) on the front page above the
title of the paper.
* No author's name may appear on more than two papers accepted to the EC track.

Note also the guidelines in the general SAC 2012 Call for Papers

IMPORTANT DATES (all deadlines will be strictly enforced)
Aug 31, 2011: Paper Submission
Sept 31, 2011: Tutorial Proposals
Oct 12, 2011: Author Notification
Nov 2, 2011: Camera-ready copies

For additional information, visit the SAC 2012 EC Track web page
( and the general  SAC 2012 web

Sender: Martin Drozda [log in to unmask]
Subject: Special track on "Bio-inspired error detection" (BIONETICS 2011)

CFP Special track on "Bio-inspired error detection" (BIONETICS 2011)

December 5-7, 2011, York, UK


One of the most important properties of biological systems is their
capability to detect changes in external environment, to adapt to these
changes and to form self-maintaining systems with internal feedback
paths allowing for reactions to these changes. These capabilities of
biological systems remain unrivaled, despite huge research effort and
expense committed to the design of their human-made counterparts.

Errors can emerge as a consequence of poor system design,
software&hardware faults or malicious behavior. The ambition of
human-designed error detection systems is to provide several key
properties including low classification error, ability to detect novel
error types, ability to adapt with the goal to provide an improved
detection performance upon error re-occurrence and ability to provide
initial calibration so that a large set of well described errors can be
detected immediately upon the deployment of an error detection system.
Objectives such as energy efficiency may also become an integral design
requirement of error detection systems.

This special session aims at bringing together contributions that apply
ideas inspired by natural systems to error detection systems.
It will address leading edge research ranging from theory to
experimental evaluation, tools and case studies. The bio-inspired topics
of interest include but are not limited to:

o Architectures and models for error detection including architectures
and models based on cascading or voting classification, and including
multi-component architectures inspired by the Biological immune system
o Adaptive error detection including feature identification and
extraction methods that facilitate efficient bio-inspired adaptive error
o Novel error detection with focus on bio-inspired two-class classification
o Feed-forward/feed-back error detection
o Energy efficient error detection including approaches based on
heterogeneous agents, each exhibiting a unique detection capability and
energy cost
o Active reaction to errors with focus on reactions that help
re-introduce a stable-state operation
o Error detection approaches for enhanced dependability and
o Techniques for initial or sporadic error detection system calibration
such as vaccination
o Performance evaluation of error detection systems, especially when one
or several bio-inspired components interact with other machine learning
approaches and/or statistical methods

Important Dates:

Paper submission due: September 1st, 2011
Notification of acceptance: September 23rd, 2011
Camera ready due: October 8th, 2011

Paper Submission:

Authors are invited to submit papers of up to 15 pages in the Springer
LNICST format. Please visit
for detailed submission instructions.



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