Evolutionary Computation Digest - Tuesday, 26 January 2016, Volume 30: Issue 2

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Today's Topics:

 Announcements
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 - Book: "Behavioral Program Synthesis with Genetic Programming" (by Krzysztof Krawiec)
 - PhD Studentships - University of Nottingham
 - 2 year PostDoc position in Evolutionary Robotics available

 CFPs (with submission deadline)
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 - 31 January: CEC/WCCI 2016 Extended Deadline
 - 31 January: CEC/WCCI Special Sessions
 - 01 February: Bioinspired Optimization Methods and their Applications (BIOMA 2016)
 - 03 February (Abstracts 27 Jan): GECCO 2016
 - 03 February (Abstracts: 27 Jan): A new track at GECCO: Complex Systems
 - 03 February (Abstracts: 27 Jan): GECCO Genetic Programming Track
 - 15 February: Extended Deadline for International Workshop on Hybrid Metaheuristics (HM 2016)—includes special sessions
 - 19 February: ICML Tutorial Proposals
 - 02 March: Tenth International Conference on Swarm Intelligence (ANTS 2016)
 - 20 March: ICAC Workshop on Distributed Adaptive Systems
 - 18 April: ECML-PKDD Tutorial and Workshop Proposals
 - 01 June: "Humies" Call for Entries: Human-Competitive Results Produced by Genetic and Evolutionary Computation

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CALENDAR OF EC-RELATED ACTIVITIES:

23–27 May, 2016, Chicago, IL: 19th International Workshop on Nature Inspired Distributed Computing (NDISC)

08–10 June, 2016, Plymouth, UK: 10th International Workshop on Hybrid Metaheuristics

20–24 July, 2016, Denver, Colorado: 2016 Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO)

25–29 July, 2016, Vancouver, Canada: 2016 IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation (CEC—held as part of WCCI 2016)

17–21 September, 2016, Edinburgh, Scotland: 14th International Conference on Parallel Problem Solving from Nature (PPSN)


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Sender: Krzysztof Krawiec <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Book: "Behavioral Program Synthesis with Genetic Programming"

Dear all,

I'm glad to announce that my book "Behavioral Program Synthesis with Genetic Programming" has been just published:
http://www.springer.com/gp/book/9783319275635
My goal was to present within a coherent framework the behavioral GP, the semantic GP and related recent and not-so-recent developments in GP. I hope that some of you will find it a worthwhile read. Please find the back-cover text below.

Best regards,
Krzysztof (Chris) Krawiec

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Genetic programming (GP) is a popular heuristic methodology of program synthesis with origins in evolutionary computation. In this generate-and-test approach, candidate programs are iteratively produced and evaluated. The latter involves running programs on tests, where they exhibit complex behaviors reflected in changes of variables, registers, or memory. That behavior not only ultimately determines program output, but may also reveal its `hidden qualities' and important characteristics of the considered synthesis problem. However, the conventional GP is oblivious to most of that information and usually cares only about the number of tests passed by a program. This `evaluation bottleneck' leaves search algorithm underinformed about the actual and potential qualities of candidate programs.

This book proposes behavioral program synthesis, a conceptual framework that opens GP to detailed information on program behavior in order to make program synthesis more efficient. Several existing and novel mechanisms subscribing to that perspective to varying extent are presented and discussed, including implicit fitness sharing, semantic GP, co-solvability, trace convergence analysis, pattern-guided program synthesis, and behavioral archives of subprograms. The framework involves several concepts that are new to GP, including execution record, combined trace, and search driver, a generalization of objective function. Empirical evidence gathered in several presented experiments clearly demonstrates the usefulness of behavioral approach. The book contains also an extensive discussion of implications of the behavioral perspective for program synthesis and beyond.


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Sender: Per Kristian Lehre <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: PhD Studentships - University of Nottingham

PhD Studentships - Theoretical Analysis of Evolutionary Processes

Applications are invited for PhD studentships funded by the
School of Computer Science, University of Nottingham.
Studentships are available from October 2016 for a period of
three years and include a stipend of £14,057 per year and tuition
fees, and are available to students of any
nationality. Applicants are expected to have a first-class
Masters or Bachelors degree in Computer Science or related
discipline, and must obtain support from a potential
supervisor. I will support strong applicants interested in the
following topic.

Evolutionary algorithms and other randomised search heuristics
have been successfully applied to various industrial optimisation
domains. However, the theoretical understanding of these methods
has been limited. Recently, there has been significant progress
in analysing the runtime (also called optimisation time) of
randomised search heuristics using rigorous techniques from
probability theory and theoretical computer science including
analysis of randomised algorithm. Results about the runtime give
insights into how the behaviour of a randomised search heuristic
depends on its parameter-settings and on the characteristics of
the underlying optimisation problem.

The successful candidate(s) will contribute to this exciting
research area, which lies at the interface between probability
theory and theoretical computer science. The aim is to develop
theory that aids in predicting and controlling the behaviour of
evolutionary processes, both natural processes as well as
evolutionary algorithms.

The topic is mathematically challenging and requires an excellent
degree in mathematics or computer science. In particular, the
candidate should have a strong background in probability theory,
discrete mathematics, and/or theoretical computer science.

The research will be carried out in the context of the EU-funded
project Speed of Adaptation in Population Genetics and
Evolutionary Computation (SAGE) which brings together researchers
from population genetics and evolutionary computation. The
studentship is locally associated with the Automated Scheduling,
OptimisAtion and Planning (ASAP) research group, one of the
Research Groups within the School of Computer Science at
Nottingham.

For more information, please send me an email, or see
http://nottingham.ac.uk/jobs/currentvacancies/ref/SCI1498

--
Dr. Per Kristian Lehre
Assistant Professor in School of Computer Science
University of Nottingham
Nottingham NG8 1BB
United Kingdom

+44 (0)115 846 8376
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http://www.cs.nott.ac.uk/~pkl
http://www.project-sage.eu



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Sender: Evert Haasdijk <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: [jobs] 2 year PostDoc position in Evolutionary Robotics available

The Computational Intelligence group at VU University Amsterdam is seeking a PostDoc researcher for the H2020 EU research project DREAM (http://www.robotsthatdream.eu/).

DREAM aims to incorporate sleep and dream-like processes within cognitive architectures. This enables an individual robot or groups of robots to consolidate their experience into more useful and generic formats, thus improving their future ability to learn and adapt.
Our focus within this project is to develop methods that allow robots to exchange knowledge and/or experiences to enable joint learning.

More information about this position at: http://bit.ly/1ZfnjDG

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Sender: IEEE WCCI 2016 <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Update 5: 2016 IEEE World Congress on Computational Intelligence (IEEE WCCI 2016)

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 Extended Paper Submission Deadline: 31st January 2016 (FINAL)
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The paper submission deadline for IEEE WCCI 2016 has been extended till 31st January 2016, 24:00 EST (FINAL). Please submit your paper atwww.wcci2016.org

For further information, please contact: [log in to unmask] or visit: http://www.wcci2016.org/sponsors.php

For more information on the Congress, please visit: www.wcci2016.org



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Sender: EC-Digest Editor
Subject: CEC/WCCI Special Sessions

The EC Digest received updates from the following special sessions, to be held as part of the IEEE World Congress on Computational Intelligence (WCCI 2016) and/or the IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation (CEC 2016).

All paper submission deadlines have been extended to 31 January, 2016.

Special Session on Computational Intelligence in Marketing and Social Sciences
  Sender: Patrick Siarry <[log in to unmask]>
  URL: http://www.wcci2016.org/submission.php (please select "Computational Intelligence in Marketing and Social Sciences" as the main research topic)

Special Session on "Evolutionary Computation for Music, Art, and Creativity"
 Sender: Francisco Chavez de la O <[log in to unmask]>
 URL: http://cilab.cs.ccu.edu.tw/ci-tf/ECMAC2016.html

Special Session on "Evolutionary Computation in Dynamic and Uncertain Environments" (ECiDUE)
 Sender: Michalis Mavrovouniotis <[log in to unmask]>
 URL: http://www.tech.dmu.ac.uk/~mmavrovouniotis/ECiDUE16/

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Sender: BIOMA <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: REMINDER - BIOMA 2016 submission deadline approaching

BIOMA 2016
The 7th International Conference on
Bioinspired Optimization Methods and their Applications

18-20 May 2016
Bled, Slovenia

Paper submission deadline 1 February 2016

http://bioma.ijs.si/conference/2016/

We wish to kindly remind you that the submission deadline for the BIOMA
2016 conference is approaching. You, your coworkers and colleagues
working in the field are therefore encouraged to submit papers on
recent research to BIOMA 2016.


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Sender: Per Kristian Lehre <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: [GECCO CFP] CFP: 2016 Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO 2016)

** Call for Papers **

2016 Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO 2016)
July 20-24, 2016, Denver, Colorado, USA
http://gecco-2016.sigevo.org/

The GECCO 2016 Program Committee invites the submission of technical papers
describing your best work in genetic and evolutionary computation. Abstracts
need to be submitted by January 27, 2016. Full papers are due by the
non-extensible deadline of February 3, 2016.

Important Dates:

Abstract Deadline:               January 27, 2016
Submission of Full Papers:       February 3, 2016
Conference:                      20-24 July, 2016

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Sender: Risto Miikkulainen <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: A new track at GECCO: Complex Systems

GECCO 2016 will feature a new track this year called "CS - Complex
Systems," which combines and replaces the previous "Artificial
Life/Robotics/Evolvable Hardware" and "Generative and Developmental
Systems" tracks. The track description and important dates are below.

-- Terry Soule and Risto Miikkulainen
   CS Track Chairs

Complex Systems Track (CS)
2016 Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO 2016)
July 20-24, 2016, Denver, Colorado, USA
http://gecco-2016.sigevo.org/

Important Dates:
Abstract Deadline:               January 27, 2016
Submission of Full Papers:       February 3, 2016
Conference:                      20-24 July, 2016

Track Description:
This track invites all papers addressing the challenges of scaling
evolution up to real-life complexity. This includes both the real-life
complexity of biological systems, such as artificial life models and
generative and developmental systems (GDS); and the real-world
complexity of physical systems, such as evolutionary robotics and
evolvable hardware.

Artificial life studies artificial systems (software, hardware, or
chemical) with properties similar to those of living systems. There are
two main complementary goals: to better understand living systems and to
use this understanding to build artificial systems with properties
similar to those of living systems, such as behavior, adaptability,
developmental or generative processes, evolvability, active perception,
communication, self-organization and cognition. This track also welcomes
models of problem-solving through (social) agent interaction, emergence
of collective phenomena and models of the dynamics of ecological
interactions in an evolutionary context.

Evolutionary robotics and evolvable hardware studies the evolution of
controllers, morphologies, sensors, and communication protocols that can
be used to build systems that provide robust, adaptive and scalable
solutions to the complexities introduced by working in real-world,
physical environments. This track welcomes contributions addressing
problems from control to morphology, from single robot to collective
adaptive systems. Approaches to incorporating human users into the
evolutionary search process are also welcome. Contributions are expected
to deal explicitly with Evolutionary Computation, with experiments
either in simulation or with real robots.


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Sender: Krzysztof Krawiec <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: GP Track at GECCO'16

The GECCO 2016 genetic programming track invites original
submissions on all aspects of the evolutionary generation of computer
programs or other executable structures.

IMPORTANT DATES
January 27 2016 Abstract submission
February 3 2016 Full paper submission (hard deadline)
March 20 2016 Paper acceptance notification
July 20-24 2016 GECCO 2016 Conference in Denver, Colorado

TRACK CHAIRS
Krzysztof Krawiec, Poznan University of Technology (Poland), [log in to unmask]
Zdenek Vasicek, Brno University of Technology (Czech Republic), [log in to unmask]


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Sender: Antonio D. Masegosa <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Extended deadline for HM 2016: 5th Feb 2016 - Save the Date!

HM 2016 - 10th International Workshop on Hybrid Metaheuristics
June 8-10, 2016 - Plymouth, United Kingdom

http://www.dmi.unict.it/hm2016/
https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=hm2016
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**** EXTENDED deadline to 5th February 2016 ****

**** PROCEEDINGS in LNCS, Springer
http://www.dmi.unict.it/hm2016/submission.html

**** SPECIAL ISSUE in SOFT COMPUTING, Springer
http://www.dmi.unict.it/hm2016/call.html


**** SUBMISSIONS
HM 2016 includes two different types of submission:

1) *regular paper*: 15 pages maximum length in Springer LNCS format, including figures, table & references, and should report on new and unpublished work;

2) *abstract for oral/poster presentation* (no page restriction; any format): it should discuss work in progress; new research ideas; works previously published elsewhere (it is essential that a reference to the previous article is clearly cited); and all that may be relevant and fruitful for soliciting discussions at the workshop.


**** SPECIAL SESSIONS **
** special sessions deadline: 15th February 2016 **

** “Hybrid Metaheuristics for Bioinformatics”
organizers: Laetitia Jourdan and Julia Handl

** “Hybrid Metaheuristics for Dynamic Environments”
organizers: Amir Nakib and Antonio Masegosa

** “Engineering Applications of Hybrid Metaheuristics”
organizer: Alessandro Di Nuovo, Graziella Figueredo

** “Hybrid metaheuristics in Operational Research”
organizer: Djamila Ouelhadj and Mario Pavone

more special sessions will be announced!
http://www.dmi.unict.it/hm2016/special-sessions.html



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Sender: Jingrui He <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: ICML 2016 Call for Tutorials

Call for Tutorials

*The 33rd International Conference on Machine Learning
<http://icml.cc/2016/>*

Tutorial proposal deadline: *February 19, 2016*

The ICML 2016 Organizing Committee invites proposals for tutorials to be
given on June 19, 2016, immediately preceding the main conference.

We welcome proposals for tutorials on either core machine learning topics
or topics of emerging importance for machine learning.  We will consider
tutorials on any topic if the proposal makes a strong argument that such a
tutorial serves an important function for the ICML community.  Tutorials should
be of interest to a substantial part of the ICML audience and represent a
sufficiently mature area of research or practice.


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Sender: Carlo Pinciroli <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: [3rd CFP] ANTS 2016: Tenth International Conference on Swarm Intelligence

   ANTS 2016
Tenth International Conference on Swarm Intelligence

      September 7-9, 2016. Brussels, Belgium

   Call for papers prepared on October 5, 2015
     More details and up-to-date information at
  http://iridia.ulb.ac.be/ants2016

Relevant Research Areas
=======================

ANTS 2016 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.


Important Dates
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  Submission deadline           March  2, 2016
  Notification of acceptance      May  4, 2016
  Camera ready copy               May 18, 2016
  Conference               September 7-9, 2016



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Sender: Giacomo Cabri <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: CfP 2nd Workshop on Distributed Adaptive Systems (DAS) at ICAC 2016

The 2nd Workshop on Distributed Adaptive Systems (DAS), colocated at the 13th IEEE International Conference on Autonomic Computing (ICAC)

Practitioners and researchers are therefore invited to submit interesting contributions both in theoretical work and real world applications so to create a fruitful discussion regarding the presented challenges and the following related topics:

Models and Methods for designing DAS
Distributed learning and experience sharing among agents
Advances in Multi-Agent System coordination
Formal methods and languages for distributed adaptive systems
Modelling distributed adaptive systems
Collectivism in distributed adaptive systems
Optimization in distributed adaptive systems
Framework and design patterns for distributed adaptive systems
Bio-inspired and evolutionary approaches to distributed adaptive systems
Tools and simulation software for distributed adaptive systems
Case studies and real world applications.
Mechanisms and Patterns for decentralized decision making and control
Industrial best practices and case studies
Surveys and Comparative studies in distributed adaptive systems

Important dates

    Paper Submission March 20, 2016
    Notification April 30, 2016
    Camera Ready May 8, 2016
    Workshop date July 19, 2016

Author Kit/Submission Instructions can be found at:
http://www.ieee.org/conferences_events/conferences/publishing/templates.html

The submission of paper can be done by EasyChair at:
https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=dasicac2016


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Sender: Olana Missura <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: ECMLPKDD 2016 Tutorials and Workshops Call

ECML-PKDD 2016 Tutorials and Workshops Call

http://www.ecmlpkdd2016.org/

The ECML-PKDD 2016 Organizing Committee invites proposals for half-day
tutorials, combined tutorials and workshops, and full-day workshops in
established and emerging topics in machine learning and data mining.

Tutorial proposal deadline Monday, April 18, 2016
Workshop proposal deadline Monday, April 18, 2016

For paper submission, reviewing and final revisions, please consider
the following deadlines:

Workshop paper submission deadline Monday, July 4, 2016

In case you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact
the Workshop and Tutorial Chairs (Matthijs van Leeuwen, Fabrizio
Costa, Albrecht Zimmermann) at [log in to unmask]. We are
looking forward to your proposals.


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Sender: Per Kristian Lehre <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: CFE: Human-Competitive Results Produced by Genetic and Evolutionary Computation

Call For Entries
             for 13th Annual (2016) "Humies" Awards
                for Human-Competitive Results
   Produced by Genetic and Evolutionary Computation
                  www.human-competitive.org

                      To be Held at
   Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO)
               July 20-24, 2016 (Wednesday-Sunday)
                     Denver, Colorado

              http://gecco-2016.sigevo.org/
              http://www.human-competitive.org

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

The competition will be held as part of the 2016 Genetic and
Evolutionary Computation (GECCO) conference. See
http://gecco-2016.sigevo.org/

IMPORTANT DATES:

Monday June 1, 2016 Deadline for entries (consisting of one TEXT file
and one or more PDF files).  Send entries to
koza at human-competitive dot org

Monday June 22, 2016 Finalists will be notified by e-mail

Thursday July 6, 2016 Finalists must submit their presentation (e.g.,
PowerPoint, PDF) for posting on the competition web site.  Send
presentations to koza at human-competitive dot org

July 20-24,2016 (Wednesday-Sunday) The GECCO conference

Wednesday July 20, 2016 (TENTATIVE) Presentations before judging
committee at public session of the GECCO conference

Sunday July 24, 2015 (TENTATIVE) Announcement of awards at plenary
session of the GECCO conference

Additional information is at www.human-competitive.org


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