Evolutionary Computation Digest — Saturday, 18 June 2016, Volume 30: Issue 6

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Today's Topics:

 Announcements
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 - 14 September: Marie Curie fellowships: funding for a post doc, visiting researcher or research fellow
 - SIGEVO Plenary Lecture, GECCO 2016: Stephanie Forrest
 - New book -  “Natural Computing Algorithms” by Anthony Brabazon,
Michael O'Neill, Sean McGarraghy, Springer  2016.

 CFPs (with submission deadline)
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 - 01 July: Competitions on Niching Methods for Multi-modal Optimization at WCCI 2016 & GECCO 2016
 - 18 July: IEEE Symposium on Computational Intelligence in Dynamic and Uncertain Environments (CIDUE 2016)
 - GECCO 2016 Call for Participation
 - 26 July: International Conference on the Theory and Practice of Natural Computing (TPNC 2016)
 - 22 August: Australasian Conference on Artificial Life and Computational Intelligence (ACALCI 2017)
 - 31 August: FOGA XIV
 - PPSN 2016 ­ Call for Participation

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CALENDAR OF EC-RELATED ACTIVITIES:

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: Joshua Knowles <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Marie Curie fellowships: funding for a post doc, visiting researcher or research fellow

Hello, aloha, salaam, bonjour,


   + Do you do research in evolutionary computing, swarm intelligence,
      artificial life, machine learning, optimization or a similar area?

   + Are you looking for a full-time research (postdoc) position to start in 2017?

   + Have you finished a PhD, or do you have equivalent (4+ years) research experience?

   + Are you currently living outside the UK?

If the answer to these questions is YES, then please consider the following excellent opportunity to write your own research project, and put your career on a great track. (If the answer is NO, please consider forwarding to someone more suitable than yourself - thanks).

The Natural Computation Group at the University of Birmingham (UK) would be very pleased to host and support strong applications for EU's Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships (IF), which provide excellent salary and benefits for a fixed two-year contract (flexible start date).

More information about the fellowships can be found from:

https://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/desktop/en/opportunities/h2020/topics/2226-msca-if-2016.html

To take the first step, get in touch with me [log in to unmask] so that together we can develop an excellent proposal. Birmingham is an excellent and supportive place to do a Marie Curie fellowship with over 25 fellows currently working across the University.

Best regards,

Joshua Knowles
Professor of Natural Computation
http://www.cs.bham.ac.uk/~jdk/
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Sender: Per Kristian Lehre <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: SIGEVO Plenary Lecture, GECCO 2016: Stephanie Forrest

The Biology of Software
Stephanie Forrest
Regents Distinguished Professor, University of New Mexico, USA

SIGEVO Plenary Lecture, Sunday, July 24, 2016
In Memory of John Holland

at GECCO 2016, Denver, Colorado, USA
http://gecco-2016.sigevo.org

Abstract:

Biological design principles can potentially change the way we study,
engineer, maintain, and develop large dynamic software systems.  For
example, computer programmers like to think of software as the product
of intelligent design, carefully crafted to meet well­specified goals.
In reality, large software systems evolve inadvertently through the
actions of many individual programmers, often leading to unanticipated
consequences.  Because software is subject to constraints similar to
those faced by evolving biological systems, we have much to gain by
viewing software through the lens of biology.  The talk will highlight
how abstractions of biological processes can lead to new computational
algorithms and engineering principles using examples from my own
research.  Specifically, it will show how the biological concepts of
Darwinian evolution and immunology can be applied to problems such as
repairing software bugs and cybersecurity.

The lecture is dedicated to John H. Holland, whose lifelong study of
the mechanisms that produce adaptive behavior in complex systems left
an intellectual legacy that will guide research in intelligent and
complex systems for many years to come.


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Sender:  Anthony Brabazon <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: New book -  “Natural Computing Algorithms” by Anthony Brabazon, Michael O'Neill, Sean McGarraghy, Springer  2016.   554 pages,  Language: English, ISBN 978-3-662-43630-1.  http://www.springer.com/us/book/9783662436301

The field of natural computing has been the focus of a substantial research
effort in recent decades. One particular strand of this research concerns
the development of computational algorithms using metaphorical inspiration
from systems and phenomena that occur in the natural world. These naturally
inspired computing algorithms have proven to be successful problem-solvers
across domains as diverse as management science, bioinformatics, finance,
marketing, engineering, architecture and design.

This book is a comprehensive introduction to natural computing algorithms,
suitable for academic and industrial researchers and for undergraduate and
graduate courses on natural computing in computer science, engineering and
management science.

The book is divided into eight main parts, each of which provides an
integrated discussion of a range of related natural computing algorithms.
The first part covers a family of algorithms which are inspired by
processes of evolution (evolutionary computing) as well as introducing
pivotal concepts in the design of natural computing algorithms such as
choice of representation, diversity generation mechanisms, and the
selection of an appropriate   fitness function. The second part illustrates
a selection of algorithms which are inspired by the social behaviour of
individuals (social computing) ranging from flocking behaviours to the food
foraging behaviours of several organisms, including bats, insects and bacteria. The third part introduces a number of algorithms whose workings are inspired by the operation of our central
nervous system (neurocomputing). The fourth part of the book discusses
optimisation and classification algorithms which are metaphorically derived
from the workings of our immune system (immunocomputing). The fifth part
provides an introduction to developmental and grammatical computing, where
the creation of a model or structure results from a development process
which is typically governed by a set of rules, a `grammar'. Physical
computing is described in the sixth part of the book, with the primary
emphasis being placed on the use of quantum inspired representations in natural computing.
Two emerging paradigms in natural computing, chemical computing and plant
inspired algorithms are introduced in part seven of the book.


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Sender: Michael Epitropakis <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: CFP: Competitions on Niching Methods for Multi-modal Optimization at WCCI 2016 & GECCO 2016

We are running two competitions this year in the major EC conferences (WCCI, GECCO). Submission deadline is still open for both venues *01 July 2016*.

We highly encourage participation in both competitions. A common platform is used to compare different algorithms with various evaluation measures.

*WCCI 2016: Competition on Niching Methods for Multimodal Optimization*
Web: http://www.epitropakis.co.uk/cec16-niching/competition/
DEADLINE: *01 July 2016*

The aim of the competition is to provide a common platform that encourages fair and easy comparisons across different niching algorithms. The competition allows participants to run their own niching algorithms on 20 benchmark multimodal functions with different characteristics and levels of difficulty.

*GECCO 2016 Competition on Niching Methods for Multimodal Optimization*
Web: http://www.epitropakis.co.uk/gecco2016/
DEADLINE: *01 July 2016*

In this instance of the competition, we continue the successful 2013 and 2015 competitions and rely on an unchanged problem set and similar measures. However, we try out two new aspects regarding the evaluation criteria of the participants.



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Sender: Michalis Mavrovouniotis <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: CfP: 2016 IEEE Symposium on Computational Intelligence in Dynamic and Uncertain Environments

CALL FOR PAPERS:

2016 IEEE Symposium on Computational Intelligence in Dynamic and Uncertain Environments (IEEE CIDUE'2016)

http://ssci2016.cs.surrey.ac.uk/CIDUE.htm
December 6 - 9, 2016 Athens, Greece.

IEEE CIDUE'2016 aims to bring together all researchers, practitioners and students to present and discuss the latest advances in the field of Computational Intelligence (CI), such as neural networks and learning algorithms, fuzzy systems, evolutionary computation and other emerging techniques for dealing with uncertainties encountered in evolutionary optimization, machine learning and data mining.

Deadline
The deadline for submission to CIDUE'2016 is July 18, 2016.


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Sender: Per Kristian Lehre <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: GECCO 2016 - Call for Participation

Less than two months until GECCO 2016, the premier conference in
genetic and evolutionary computation!

GECCO 2016 will present the latest high-quality results in genetic and
evolutionary computation. Approximately 36% of the submitted papers
were accepted. 

This year, in addition to high-quality technical papers, we have two
keynote speakers:
 - Professor Bernard Chazelle from Princeton University will give a
talk on “The Challenges of Natural Algorithms”
 - Professor Holger Hoos from University of British Columbia will give
a talk with the title “Taming the Complexity Monster or: How I learned
to Stop Worrying and Love Hard Problems”.

Web: http://gecco-2016.sigevo.org
Email: [log in to unmask]
Twitter: https://twitter.com/GECCO2016
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gecco2016/


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Sender: GRLMC <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: TPNC 2016: 2nd call for papers

5th INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON THE THEORY AND PRACTICE OF NATURAL COMPUTING
 
TPNC 2016
 
Sendai, Japan
December 12-14, 2016
 
 
TPNC is a conference series intending to cover the wide spectrum of computational principles, models and techniques inspired by information processing in nature. TPNC 2016 will reserve significant room for young scholars at the beginning of their career and particular focus will be put on methodology. The conference aims at attracting contributions to nature-inspired models of computation, synthesizing nature by means of computation, nature-inspired materials, and information processing in nature.
 
Submissions have to be uploaded to:

A volume of proceedings published by Springer in the LNCS series will be available by the time of the conference.
 
Paper submission: July 26, 2016 (23:59h, CET)
 

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Sender: Xiaodong Li <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: CFP: [ACALCI 2017] Australasian Conference on Artificial Life and Computational Intelligence

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

While Artificial Life (AL) attempts to understand nature through modelling and simulation, Computational Intelligence (CI) attempts to translate this understanding into algorithms for learning and optimisation. The Australasian Conference on Artificial Life and Computational Intelligence (ACALCI 2017) features international research in AL and CI and provides a forum for innovative, interdisciplinary research associated with the computational concepts underlying living and intelligent systems.

Please be reminded that the deadline for submission to ACALCI 2017 will be due on 22 August 2016.

The ACALCI 2017 conference will be held in Melbourne, Australia, from 31 January - 2 February 2017. Further information can be found from the conference website:

Best regards
Xiaodong Li

IMPORTANT DATES
-         22 August 2016: Paper submission deadline
-         25 September 2016: Notification to the authors

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Sender: Per Kristian Lehre <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: CFP: FOGA XIV

The 14th ACM/SIGEVO Workshop on Foundations of Genetic Algorithms (FOGA XIV)
12-15 January 2017, Copenhagen, Denmark
http://foga-2017.sigevo.org
contact: [log in to unmask]

FOGA is the premier event on the theoretical foundations of
evolutionary computation and invites submissions on all kinds of
randomised search heuristics, including but not limited to
evolutionary algorithms, ant colony optimisation, artificial immune
systems, particle swarm optimisation, simulated annealing, Bayesian
optimisation, and other Monte Carlo methods for search and
optimisation.

The goal of FOGA is to advance the theoretical understanding of
randomised search heuristics and to contribute to making randomised
search heuristics more useful in practice. We particularly encourage
submissions bridging theory and practice. In addition to rigorous
mathematical investigations, experimental studies contributing towards
the theoretical foundations of randomised search heuristics are also
welcome.

Topics include but are not limited to runtime analysis; fitness
landscapes and problem difficulty; single- and multi-objective
optimisation problems; stochastic and dynamic environments; population
dynamics; statistical approaches; self-adaptation; black-box
complexity; working principles of all kinds of randomised search
heuristics.

Accepted papers will be published in post-conference proceedings by ACM Press.
Authors should submit their papers (12 page maximum) consistent with
the alternate ACM SIG style file by the submission deadline (see
http://www.acm.org/sigs/publications/proceedings-templates).
Submissions are made through EasyChair:
https://www.easychar.org/conferences/?conf=foga2017

Deadline for paper submission: 31 August, 2016 (non-extensible)
Notification of authors: 1 November, 2016


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Sender: Willies, Jennifer <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: PPSN 2016 Call for Participation

The 14th International Conference on Parallel Problem Solving from Nature (PPSN XIV), is organised by Edinburgh Napier University and will be held at the John McIntyre Centre, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK from 17-21 September 2016.

Please note that presenting authors should REGISTER by 17th June to guarantee inclusion of their paper in the proceedings.

EARLY registration discount is available until 25 June 2016
STUDENT 375 GBP :  REGULAR 500 GBP

LATE Registration from 26 June – 12 Sept 2016
STUDENT 510 GBP : REGULAR 675 GBP 

Following the well-established PPSN tradition, all accepted papers will be presented during poster sessions of about 13-15 papers.  Each session will contain papers from a variety of topics, and will begin with a brief plenary overview by a distinguished researcher in the field.  All accepted papers will be published in the Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) series by Springer.

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PPSN 2016, 17th-21st September, Edinburgh

http://www.ppsn2016.org

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