Evolutionary Computation Digest - Monday, December 5th, 2011 Volume 25: Issue 12

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Today's Topics:

 - Evolved to Win (EC Book Release)
 - PyGMO 1.0.0 Released

 - 15th International Workshop on Nature Inspired Distributed Computing
 - ANTS 2012
 - 29th International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML-2012)
 - GECCO 2012: Call for Papers
 - EVOLVE 2012
 - Special Issue Evolutionary Music
 - IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation (CEC)
 - Joint Session EvoBIO / EuroGP
 - eurogp, evocop, evobio, evomusart and evoapplications - final CFP
 - CEC 2012 Special Session on Complex Networks and Evo. Computation


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

EVO*, Malaga, Spain, April 11-13, 2012                                  (v25n08)
EuroGP 2012, Malaga, Spain, April 11-13, 2012                           (v25n08)
CEC2012, Brisbane, Australia, June 10-15, 2012                          (v25n12)
GECCO 2012, Philadelphia, USA, July 7-11, 2012                          (v25n12)
PPSN2012, Taormina, Italy, September 1-5, 2012                          (v25n11)

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Subject: Evolved to Win (EC Book Release)

FREE download:

Hard copy ($18):

Evolved to Win
by Moshe Sipper

Recent years have seen a sharp increase in the application of evolutionary
computation techniques within the domain of games. Situated at the
forefront of this research tidal wave, Moshe Sipper and his group have
produced a plethora of award-winning results, in numerous games of diverse
natures, evidencing the success and efficiency of evolutionary algorithms
in general­—and genetic programming in particular—at producing top-notch,
human-competitive game strategies. From classic chess and checkers, through
simulated car racing and virtual warfare, to mind-bending puzzles, this
book serves both as a tour de force of the research landscape and as a
guide to the application of evolutionary computation within the domain of

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Subject: PyGMO 1.0.0 Released

Dear all,

The version 1.0.0 of PyGMO
( has just been released
(windows binaries are available too for Python 2.7) You may check the
comparative performance of PyGMO's algorithms at

Evolutionary algorithms available in PyGMO are here (,
Problems available in PyGMO are here ( )

PyGMO automatically parallelize all of its algorithms using the
generalised island model (whenever the archieplago class is sued). The
user can also implement algorithm and problems directly in Python, and
PyGMO will parallelize them using its archipelago class.

Feel free to provide your feedback and suggestions for future features

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Subject: 15th International Workshop on Nature Inspired Distributed Computing

                      The 15th International Workshop on
                   Nature Inspired Distributed Computing

                          held in conjunction with
                    The 26th IEEE International
  Parallel and Distributed Processing Symposium  (IPDPS'2012)
                           21-25 May 2012

                           Shanghai, China

Workshop Theme :

Techniques based on metaheuristics and nature-inspired paradigms can
provide efficient solutions to a wide variety of problems. Moreover,
parallel and distributed metaheuristics can be used to provide more
powerful problem solving environments in a variety of fields, ranging,
for example, from finance to bio- and health-informatics. This
workshop seeks to provide an opportunity for researchers to explore
the connection between metaheuristics and the development of solutions
to problems that arise in operations research, parallel computing,
telecommunications, bioinformatics, and many others.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
* Nature-inspired methods (e.g. ant colonies, GAs, cellular automata,
DNA and molecular computing, local search, etc) for problem solving
* Parallel and distributed metaheuristics techniques (algorithms,
technologies and tools).
* Applications combining traditional parallel and distributed
computing and optimization techniques as well as theoretical issues
(convergence, complexity, etc).
* Other algorithms and applications relating the above mentioned
research areas.

Prospective authors of high quality research contributions are invited
to submit an electronic copy of their manuscript not exceeding 8
two-column pages including figures and references in the traditional
IEEE format used in IPDPS. Please, use Postscript or PDF when
possible. In your email, please indicate paper title, author(s), and
the corresponding author.

A selected group of papers from the workshop will be invited to
submit extended versions of their papers to a special issue of an
international scholarly journal. Further announcements will be made
during the workshop.

Papers should be submitted to:
- P. Bouvry, University of Luxembourg -Luxembourg- ([log in to unmask])
- F. Seredynski, Polish Academy of Sciences  -Poland- ([log in to unmask]<)
- E-G. Talbi, University of Lille, INRIA -France- ([log in to unmask])

Important Dates:
- Submission Deadline: - December 17, 2011
- Notification of Acceptance:  - January  7, 2012
- Final Copy Due:  - February 1, 2012
- Workshop:  - May 21-25, 2012

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Subject: ANTS 2012

                             ANTS 2012
       Eighth International Conference on Swarm Intelligence

              September 12-14, 2012. Brussels, Belgium

           Call for papers prepared on November 17, 2011
             More details and up-to-date information at

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 2012 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 12-14, 2012.

Relevant Research Areas

ANTS 2012 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.

Publication Details

Conference proceedings will be published by Springer in the LNCS.

The journal Swarm Intelligence will publish a special issue dedicated
to ANTS 2012 that will contain extended versions of the best research
works presented at the conference. Further details will soon be
published on the web site.

Further Information

Up-to-date information will be published on the web site 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.

Conference Address

ANTS 2012
IRIDIA CP 194/6                  Tel +32-2-6502729
Université Libre de Bruxelles    Fax +32-2-6502715
Av. F. D. Roosevelt 50 
1050 Bruxelles, Belgium          email: [log in to unmask]

Important Dates

Submission deadline           March 2, 2012
Notification of acceptance    May 3, 2012
Camera ready copy             May 17, 2012
Conference                    September 12-14, 2012

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Subject: 29th International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML-2012)

The 29th International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML-2012)
       June 26-July 1, 2012, University of Edinburgh, Scotland
                                       Call for Papers


ICML 2012 invites the submission of engaging papers on substantial,
original, and previously unpublished research in all aspects of machine
learning. We welcome submissions of innovative work on systems
that are self adaptive, systems that improve their own performance, or
systems that apply logical, statistical, probabilistic or other
formalisms to the analysis of data, to the learning of predictive models,
to cognition, or to interaction with the environment. We welcome
innovative applications, theoretical contributions, carefully evaluated
empirical studies, and we particularly welcome work that combines all
of these elements. We also encourage submissions that bridge the
gap between machine learning and other fields of research.


Workshop and tutorial proposals due       February 10, 2012
Paper submissions due                     February 24, 2012

Tutorials                                 June 26, 2012
Main conference                           June 27-29, 2012
Workshops                                 June 30-July 1, 2012

Conference Format

The conference will include three days of technical presentations, one
day of tutorials, and two days of workshops. In addition, this year the
conference will co-located with the 25th Annual Conference on
Learning Theory (COLT 2012).

Accepted papers will each have an oral presentation as well as a
poster in an evening poster session. Awards will be given for papers of
outstanding quality. There will also be talks by several invited speakers,
and a banquet.

Paper Submission

The submission of papers and the management of the paper reviewing
process for the main conference will be entirely electronic.
Submissions will be accepted until Monday February 24, 23:59
University Time (4:59pm Pacific Daylight Time). Detailed formatting
and submission instructions for authors are available on the
conference web site (

ICML 2012 will not accept any paper that is substantially similar to
another paper that is currently under review or has already been
accepted for publication in a journal or another conference. Please
clearly indicate in the submission which contributions are novel and
which are previous work, either by the authors or others. If a paper
submitted to ICML 2012 and another already published or already
submitted paper contain substantial overlap in content and this overlap
is not clearly indicated (anonymously) as being previous work, then
the ICML submission may be rejected on the grounds of being a dual
submission. Similarly, authors must withdraw their papers if they
submit an overlapping paper elsewhere during the ICML review period.
For papers published in substantially disjoint communities (application
conferences, for example), the amount of novel content a paper needs
to contain may be less, as long as the submitted papers are
themselves clearly targeted to a machine-learning audience.

Reviewing Process

The review process this year incorporates several improvements.
Authors, reviewers, and area chairs indicate subject areas. With the
help of these subject areas, area chairs and reviewers bid for papers. A
first reviewer for each paper will be selected from those bids. New this
year, two area chairs will also be assigned to oversee reviewing of each
paper. Each area chair will manually appoint an additional reviewer for
each paper using input from the bids. Authors will have the opportunity
to see and respond to the reviews (and optionally revise their paper)
before a final decision is made. Final decisions will be made using the
input from all reviewers, the author feedback, the area chairs, and the
program chairs. Reviewing for ICML 2012 is double blind between
authors and reviewers.

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Subject: GECCO 2012: Call for Papers

GECCO 2012: Call for Papers

2012 Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO-2012)
July 7-11, Philadelphia, USA

The Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO-2012) will
present the latest high-quality results in the growing field of genetic and
evolutionary computation. Topics include: genetic algorithms, genetic
programming, evolution strategies, evolutionary programming, memetic
algorithms, hyper heuristics, 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.

Important Dates
Submission deadline: 	January 13, 2012
Notification of paper acceptance: 	March 13, 2012
Camera-ready submission: 	April 09, 2012
Workshop and tutorial proposals submission: 	November 07, 2011
Notification of workshop and tutorial acceptance: 	November 28, 2011
GECCO-2012 Conference: 	July 07 - 11, 2012

Visit for information about deadlines, student
travel grants, hotel reservations, student housing, the graduate student
workshop, the latest list of topics, late-breaking papers, and more. For
matters of science and program content, contact Conference Chair Jason
Moore at [log in to unmask] For general help and administrative
matters contact GECCO support at [log in to unmask]

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Subject: EVOLVE 2012

                                      EVOLVE 2012
   EVOLVE -- A Bridge Between Probability, Set Oriented Numerics,
                            and Evolutionary Computation

                    August 07-09, 2012, Mexico City, Mexico


Advances in Intelligend and Soft Computing, Springer (full-length papers)
Studies in Computational Intelligence, Springer (postproceedings)
Extended abstracts: published on CD-ROM (provided with ISSN and ISBN)

Scope of the EVOLVE

The massive use and large applicability spectrum of evolutionary
algorithms for real-life applications determined the need of
establishing solid theoretical grounds. Only to offer a few examples,
one may consider mathematical objects th at are sometimes difficult
and/or costly to calculate. At the same time, acknowledged new results
show that evolutionary computation can provide in some cases good and
fast estimators of these quantities. Similarly, the handling of large
quantities of data may require the use of distributed environments
where the probability of failure and the stability of the algorithms
may need to be addressed. What is more, common practice confirms in
many cases that theory based results have the advantage of ensuring
performance guarantee factors for evolutionary algorithms in areas as
diverse as optimization, bio-informatics or robotics.

The aim of the EVOLVE is to build a bridge between probability,
statistics, set oriented numerics and evolutionary computing, as to
identify new common and challenging research aspects. The conference
is also intended to foster a growing interest for robust and efficient
methods with a sound theoretical background. EVOLVE is intended to
unify theory-inspired methods and cutting-edge techniques ensuring
performance guarantee factors.  By gathering researchers with
different backgrounds, ranging from computer science to mathematics,
statistics and physics, to name just a few, a unified view and
vocabulary can emerge where the theoretical advancements may echo in
different domains.

Summarizing, the EVOLVE focuses on challenging aspects arising at the
passage from theory to new paradigms and aims to provide a unified
view while raising questions related to reliability, performance
guarantees and modeling.

  - Theoretical foundations of evolutionary type algorithms
  - Models in biology: branching processes, dynamic population models.
  - Stochastic algorithms: simulated annealing, particle models, and
    Markov chain Monte Carlo methods, adaptive Monte Carlo, quantum Monte Carlo
    methods, MCMC methods, particle methods
  - Risk analysis: rare events simulation, sensitivity measures
  - Applications: bayesian statistics, large networks analysis, models in
    fluid mechanics, financial mathematics, molecular chemistry,
    bacteriology, epidemiology
  - Set oriented numerics
  - Stochastic optimization:
    - landscape analysis
    - self-tuning and self-adaptive techniques
    - single-, multi- and many-objective optimization
    - large scale, highly multi-modal or high-dimensional problems
    - bio-inspired models : evolutionary programming, swarm intelligence


The EVOLVE 2012 will accept both full-length papers and extended
abstracts to be presented at the conference. Full length papers will
be published in the Advances in Intelligend and Soft Computing book
series of Springer.  Extended abstracts will be published on CD-ROM
(provided with ISSN and ISBN).  The postproceedings will include
extended versions of the best papers/abstracts presented at the EVOLVE
12 and will appear in the Studies in Computational Intelligence book
series of Springer.

Important Dates

 March 09, 2012 Submission of full-length manuscripts
 April 09, 2012   Notification of authors (full length manuscripts)
 May 04, 2012   Camera ready papers due
 May 04, 2012   Submission of abstracts
 May 25, 2012   Notification of authors (abstracts)

 August 07-09, 2012 Conference dates

Conference Location

The EVOLVE 2012 will be hosted by the Computer Science Department of
the CINVESTAV-IPN which is located in the campus Zacatenco in Mexico
City, Mexico.

Further Information

Details and up-to-date information can be found on the webpage of the
EVOLVE 2012 International Conference:

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Subject: Special Issue Evolutionary Music


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.

Guest Editors:

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]

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

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Subject: IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation (CEC)

IEEE World Congress on Computational Intelligence  10-15 June, 2012,
Brisbane, Australia

The 2012 IEEE Congress on Computational Intelligence (including the
Congress on Evolutionary Computation)
will take place 10-15 of June, in sunny Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

Inquiries should be directed to the General Chair: Hussein Abbass at
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1- Important Dates

Paper submission deadline: December 19, 2011
Tutorial and Workshop proposal submission deadline: January 16, 2012
Tutorial and Workshop decision notification: January 23, 2012
Paper acceptance notification date: February 20, 2012
Final paper submission deadline: April 2, 2012
Early registration: April 2, 2012
Conference dates: June 10-15, 2012

The annual IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation (CEC) will be
held jointly with the International Joint Conference on Neural
Networks (IJCNN) and the IEEE Conference on Fuzzy Systems (FUZZ-IEEE)
as part of the 2012 IEEE World Congress on Computational Intelligence
(IEEE WCCI), June 10-15, 2012, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition
Centre, Brisbane, Australia. Cross-fertilization of the three
technical disciplines and newly emerging technologies is strongly

**Call for Contributed Papers

IEEE CEC 2012 will feature a world-class conference that aims to bring
together researchers and practitioners in the field of evolutionary
computation and computational intelligence from all around the globe.
Technical exchanges within the research community will encompass
keynote lectures, special sessions, tutorials and workshops, panel
discussions as well as poster presentations. In addition, participants
will be treated to a series of social functions, receptions, and
networking to establish new connections and foster everlasting
friendship among fellow counterparts. The annual IEEE CEC covers all
topics in evolutionary computation.

**Paper Submission and Inquiries
Prospective authors are invited to contribute high-quality papers to
IEEE CEC 2012. All papers are to be submitted electronically through
the IEEE WCCI 2012 website

For general inquiries about IEEE CEC 2012, please contact Conference Chair
Garry Greenwood at [log in to unmask]

For Program inquiries please contact Program Chair: Xiaodong Li at
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General Enquires for IEEE WCCI 2012 should be sent to the General Chair:
Hussein Abbass at [log in to unmask]

**Call for Special Sessions

The IEEE CEC 2012 Program Committee solicits proposals for special
sessions within the technical scopes of the congress. Special
sessions, to be organized by international recognized experts, aim to
bring together researchers in special focused topics. Papers submitted
for special sessions are to be peer-reviewed with the same criteria
used for the contributed papers. Proposals should include the session
title, a brief description of the scope and motivation, biographic and
contact information of the organizers. Researchers interested in
organizing special sessions are invited to submit formal proposal to
the Special Session Chair: Mengjie Zhang at
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**Call for Tutorials

IEEE CEC 2012 will also feature pre-congress tutorials and
post-congress workshops, covering fundamental and advanced
evolutionary computation topics. A tutorial proposal should include
title, outline, expected enrolment, and presenter/organizer biography.
We invite you to submit proposals to the Tutorial Chair: Janet Wiles
at [log in to unmask]

*(Mod Note) Please remember to look at the Special Sessions for
CEC2012, there are many great ones aimed at the EC Community

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Subject: Joint Session EvoBIO / EuroGP

Joint Session EvoBIO / EuroGP
Program Evolution for Biology and Biology for Program Evolution

Recent research trends in evolutionary computation point out a growing
interest in subjects that join genetic programming - the computational
method inspired by biological evolution to find computer programs that
perform a user-defined task - and computational biology - the field of
research that involves the development and application of methods and
models to study biological systems. A growing number of contributions
are appearing integrating these two fields in many different ways,
from the use of genetic programming to solve complex biological
problems to the use of new ideas inspired by biology to enrich the
genetic programming paradigm. These contributions have found their
publication space in numerous journals and conference proceedings
specialized in evolutionary computation or in computational biology.
Nevertheless, a specific event entirely dedicated to works integrating
genetic programming and computational biology is still missing. To
fill this gap, an interesting new initiative will be implemented
during the 2012 edition of EvoStar ( a joint session
between EvoBIO (10th European Conference on Evolutionary Computation,
Machine Learning and Data Mining in Computational Biology) and EuroGP
(15th European Conference on Genetic Programming).

For this special joint session, we encourage submission of papers that
cover, among other possible ones, the following topics:

·       applications of genetic programming to problems in
computational biology;

·       new biology-inspired models for evolving computer programs.

Papers on these subjects can be submitted either to EvoBIO or to
EuroGP, and the authors are asked to indicate their intention to
submit the article to the joint session by emailing to any of the
Program Chairs. A committee formed by the program chairs of the two
events will select papers for this special session.

Authors of selected papers that will be presented in this session will
be invited to submit extended versions of their work to a planned
special issue of the Springer journal Genetic Programming and
Evolvable Machines.

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Subject: eurogp, evocop, evobio, evomusart and evoapplications - final CFP

The submission deadline for all evo* events has been extended to
Wednesday 7 December.

Please note that this deadline extension is final, no additional
deadline extensions will be provided.

The submission links for all evo* events can be found at:

Important Dates:
* Submission deadline: 7 December 2011
* Notification to authors: 11 January 2012
* Camera-ready deadline: 27 January 2012
* Conference: 11-13 April 2012

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Subject: CEC 2012 Special Session on Complex Networks and Evo. Computation


CEC 2012 Special Session on Complex Networks and Evolutionary Computation
Brisbane, Australia, 10-15 June, 2012

*Submission deadline: Dec 19, 2011

For CEC 2012:

For Special Session:

The application of complex networks to evolutionary computation (EC)
has received considerable attention from the EC community in recent
years. The most well-known study should be the attempt of using
complex networks, such as small-world networks and scale-free
networks, as the potential population structures in evolutionary
algorithms (EAs). Structured populations have been proposed to as a
means for improving the search properties because several researchers
have suggested that EAs populations might have structures endowed with
spatial features, like many natural populations. Moreover, empirical
results suggest that using structured populations is often beneficial
owing to better diversity maintenance, formation of niches, and lower
selection pressures in the population favouring the slow spreading of
solutions and relieving premature convergence and stagnation.
Moreover, the study of using complex networks to analyse fitness
landscapes and designing predictive problem difficulty measures is
also attracting increasing attentions. On the other hand, using EAs to
solve problems related to complex networks, such as community
detection, is also a popular topic.

This special session seeks to bring together the researchers from
around the globe for a creative discussion on recent advances and
challenges in combining complex networks and EAs. The special session
will focus on, but not limited to, the following topics:
   Complex networks and fitness landscape analysis
   Complex networks and problem difficulty prediction
   Evolutionary dynamics on complex networks
   Evolutionary algorithms based on complex networks
   Community detection using evolutionary algorithms
   Community detection using multi-objective evolutionary algorithms
   Real world applications of evolutionary algorithms based on complex networks

Important Dates and Paper Submission:

Paper submission deadline:          Dec 19, 2011
Paper acceptance notification date: Feb 20, 2012
Final paper submission deadline:    April 2, 2012



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