Evolutionary Computation Digest — Thursday, 19 January 2017, Volume 31: Issue 2

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Today's Topics:

 - GECCO 2017 Important News
 - SIGEVO Summer School @ GECCO 2017

 CFPs (with submission deadline)
 - 23 January: MIC 2017 special session on 'Matheuristics'
 - 30 January: Extended deadlines for CEC Special Sessions
 - 31 January: International Conference on Natural Computation, Fuzzy
Systems, and Knowledge Discovery
 - 06 February (Abstracts: 30 January): GECCO 2017
 - 06 February (Abstract: 30 January): GECCO 2017 Real-World Applications Track
 - 28 February: International Workshop on Machine Learning,
Optimization and big Data
 - 28 February: EMO 2017 Call for Participation
 - 03 March: Black-Box Optimization Competition
 - 24 April: Int. Conf. on Information, Intelligence, Systems and Applications
 - 30 May: SWEVO Special Issue on Advances in Evolutionary
Multiobjective Optimization


19–21 April, 2017, Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Evostar 2017

5–8 June, 2017, San Sebastian, Spain: IEEE Conference on Evolutionary
Computation (CEC 2017)

15-19 July, 2017, Berlin, Germany: Genetic and Evolutionary
Computation Conference (GECCO 2017)

Sender:  Javier Ferrer <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: [GECCO 2017] Important News

Dear colleagues,
I'm pleased to announce some important news related to the GECCO conference:

*New Website Design*: After 18 years of perpetuating the original
design of the yearly GECCO website, it was about time to modernize the
look and feel. Thanks to the Electronic Media Chairs of GECCO 2017,
who made the first design proposals, and a lot of work and effort by
people working behind the scenes, the look and feel of GECCO have now
followed the ongoing excellence of the conference itself into the 21th
Take a look here:

*Publication Policiy Updated*: Times have changed and arXiv has become
a popular way of making results known to the world as quick as
possible. Because of this popularity, GECCO (and ACM in general) now
have an exception to the rules, which is that simultaneous submissions
of work to arXiv are allowed.

*New ACM Templates*: ACM has introduced new templates for papers and
articles to appear in their conference proceedings and journals. The
new templates must be used for any new works that are currently still
to be submitted, so that includes papers for GECCO 2017. We recommend
all authors to use the new template (see the Call for Papers on this
site). To ease the transition, for the review process we will still
accept papers formatted with the ACM template that was used for GECCO
in previous years. However, the final submission of accepted papers
MUST be formatted using the new ACM templates.

*Poster-only Papers:* For the first time this year, submissions are
allowed that are targeted at being a poster-only paper of at most 2
pages. Such papers should still present work in genetic and
evolutionary computation that is original and new, but has not yet
reached the stage of the more mature, complete research results that
are typically published in full papers at GECCO. Accepted poster-only
papers appear in the ACM digital library as part of the companion
proceedings of GECCO. Abstracts for poster-only papers do not have to
be submitted in advance.

You can follow the latest news of the GECCO conference on the "Latest
news" website section (
and social media -  Facebook/Twitter.

Important Dates:

Abstract Deadline:  January 30, 2017
Submission of Full Papers: February 6, 2017
Conference:  15-19 July, 2017

Sender:  Javier Ferrer <[log in to unmask]>

S I G E V O     S U M M E R     S C H O O L

                   For GECCO students!
        We have grants to ease your participation!

.......... Held along with ACM GECCO 2017 Conference ..........

     July 14-20-21 (plus activities in July 15-19) BERLIN

>>> Only 30 positions are available for students: tell us on your participation during the registration process of GECCO 2017 <<<

Call for Participation

SIGEVO is a special interest group of ACM always looking for new ways
to improve the research and learning on genetic and evolutionary

In this quest for disseminating the knowledge and making activities in
this domain we will organize, for the first time, a Summer School
around GECCO 2017 in Berlin: S3 (Sigevo Summer School).

We seek for PhD students to participate in this great event, offering:

1. One day before GECCO (July 14th), with lectures and interactions to
world class researchers in this domain.

2. Two days after GECCO (July 20th and 21st) of discussions,
presentations, and joint works.

3. Oriented interactions and learning in tutorials and sessions of GECCO.

4. Great networking opportunities and up to 6 awards to recognize
outstanding performance.

Students of the S3 will be eligible for travel, register and lodging
grants of GECCO.

See the special section on S3 that will appear soon in the web page of

Any comments or questions on the school organization, please contact
Prof. Enrique Alba ([log in to unmask]).

Sender:  Vittorio Maniezzo <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Matheuristics@MIC - call for abstracts


Metaheuristic International Conference (MIC 2017)
Barcelona, Spain, July 4th-7th 2015

Abstract submission deadline: 23 January 2017 (tell me if you need
reasonable extensions)
Special Session webpage:

Scope of the session
Matheuristics are a means to get model grounded good quality feasible
solutions for complex optimization problems. The range of problems for
which matheuristic techniques have proved effective has widened, going
from the most theoretic ones to actual real-world case studies. This
has been possible because the range of matheuristic techniques has
similarly widened, showing the high research potential of studies
aimed at the design of generic heuristic methods based on mathematical
formulations of the problem of interest.

This session aims at bringing together the researchers exploiting
mathematical programming (MP) techniques in a metaheuristic framework
or working on granting to mathematical programming approaches the
constrained-CPU-time effectiveness which characterizes metaheuristics.

Important dates
*   Submission deadline: January 23, 2017
*   Notification of acceptance: February 27, 2017
*   Camera-ready papers: March 6, 2017
*   Early registration due date: March 31, 2017
*   Conference: July 4-7 2017

Sender:  Ponnuthurai Nagaratnam Suganthan <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: CEC 2017 numerical optimization competitions (3 scenarios)

The EC-Digest received CFPs from the following CEC 2017 special sessions.

The extended submission deadline for all sessions is January 30, 2017.

Special Session & Competitions on Real-Parameter Single Objective Optimization
Sender:  Ponnuthurai Nagaratnam Suganthan <[log in to unmask]>

Special Session on Algorithms, Simulation, Modelling & Theory
Sender: Mario Pavone <[log in to unmask]>

Special Session on Medical and HealthCare Applications of Evolutionary
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Sender:  Prof Zhang <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: ICNC-FSKD 2017 Submissions due 31 January

Dear Colleague,

We cordially invite you to submit a paper to the upcoming 2017 13th
International Conference on Natural Computation, Fuzzy Systems and
Knowledge Discovery (ICNC-FSKD 2017), to be held from 29-31 July 2017
in Guilin, China.

ICNC-FSKD is a premier international forum for scientists and
researchers to present the state of the art of data mining and
intelligent methods inspired from nature, particularly biological,
linguistic, and physical systems, with applications to computers,
circuits, systems, control, robotics, communications, and more. This
is an exciting and emerging interdisciplinary area in which a wide
range of theory and methodologies are being investigated and developed
to tackle complex and challenging problems. The registration fee of
US-D460 includes proceedings, lunches, dinners, banquet, coffee
breaks, and all technical sessions.

For more information, visit the conference web page:

Sender:  Javier Ferrer <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: [GECCO 2017] Two weeks left CFP - Genetic and Evolutionary
Computation Conference 2017

*2017 Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO 2017)*
July, 2017, Berlin, Germany

*Call for Papers *

The GECCO 2017 Program Committee invites the submission of technical
papers describing your best work in genetic and evolutionary
computation. Abstracts need to be submitted by January 30, 2017. Full
papers are due by the non-extensible deadline of February 6, 2017.
Note that*the submission system is online* on the official site.

*Important Dates:*

Abstract Deadline: January 30, 2017
Submission of Full Papers: February 6, 2017
Conference:15-19 July, 2017

Sender:  Boris Naujoks <[log in to unmask]>, Anna I
Esparcia-Alcazar<[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Real-World Applications Track @GECCO 2017

Call for Papers: Real-World Applications Track
              GECCO 2017, July 15-19, Berlin, Germany

Please visit for more information.

Real-world applications (RWA) were originally the driving force for the
development of evolutionary optimisation techniques; way before any
theories were developed, EC was already applied successfully in the real
world. In this spirit, the RWA track welcomes rigorous experimental,
computational and/or applied advances in evolutionary computation (EC) in
any discipline devoted to the study of real-world problems. The aim is to
bring together contributions from the diverse fields encountered in
Engineering and Sciences, including Social Sciences and Economics, into a
single event.

Important Dates:

- Abstract deadline: January 30, 2017
- Submission of full papers: February 6, 2017
- Conference: July 15-19, 2017

Sender:  Giuseppe Nicosia <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Save the Date: 3rd Int. Workshop on Machine learning,
Optimization & big Data - MOD 2017 Call for Papers - Paper submission
deadline: February 28, 2017

3rd International Workshop on Machine learning, Optimization and big
Data - MOD 2017
An Interdisciplinary Workshop: Machine Learning, Optimization and Data
Science without Borders - SIAF Learning Village - Volterra (Pisa)
Tuscany, September 14-17, 2017
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Paper submission deadline: February 28, 2017

The MOD 2017 workshop will consist of four days of workshop sessions
and special sessions.
We invite submissions of papers, abstracts and posters on all topics
related to Machine learning,
Optimization and Big Data including real-world applications for the
workshop proceedings:

The deadline is February 28, 2017

Sender:  Christian Grimme <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: ***Call for Participation*** EMO 2017, 9th International
Conference on Evolutionary Multi- Criterion Optimization, Münster,
Germany, March 19-22, 2017

***Call for Participation***
EMO Conference: Münster, Germany, March 19-22, 2017


EMO 2017 is the 9th International Conference on Evolutionary Multi-
Criterion Optimization, aiming to continue the success of previous EMO
conferences. We will bring together both the EMO and the multiple
criteria decision making (MCDM) communities and moreover focus on
solving real-world problems in government, business and industry. The
classical EMO format will be supplemented by an EMO competition.

Registration (direct link:

Early Registration (EUR 350): until January 31, 2017
Regular Registration (EUR 400): until February 28, 2017

Sender:  [log in to unmask]
Subject: BBComp: Black-Box Optimization Competition, Call for participation

BBComp: Black-Box Optimization Competition, Call for participation

The Black Box Optimization Competition (BBComp,
has just opened a new track consisting of 10 challenging real-world
optimization problems. The competition is organized in the scope of the
Conference on Evolutionary Multi-Criterion Optimization (EMO'2017,

BBComp is the first competition platform in the continuous domain where
test problems are truly black boxes to participants. The only information
known to the optimizer and participant is the dimension of the problem,
bounds on all variables, and a budget of black box queries.

The competition is also the first web/online optimization competition in
evolutionary computation domain, it aims at attacking a growing impact of
over-fitting of optimization algorithms to a narrow set of existing
benchmark problems. The competition was run three time so far, attracting
about 100 unique submissions, including some state-of-the-art commercial

All the material including the source code in C/C++, MATLAB, Python and
Java is available at . The results of the
competition will be announced during EMO'2017. Participants do not need to
attend the conference or submit papers, they can even choose to be
anonymous to the other participants.

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Subject: 8th IEEE International Conference on Information,
Intelligence, Systems and Applications (IISA 2017): Second CFP,
Invited Sessions, Tutorials & Workshops Proposals

*** Second Call for Papers and Invited Sessions, Tutorials & Workshops
Proposals ***

8th International Conference on Information, Intelligence, Systems and

IISA 2017

Golden Bay Beach Hotel, Larnaca, Cyprus

28 - 30 August, 2017

The International Conference on Information, Intelligence, Systems and
Applications (IISA) series offers a forum for the constructive interaction and
prolific exchange of ideas among scientists and practitioners from different
research fields such as computers, mathematics, physics, biology, medicine,
chemistry, experimental psychology, social sciences, linguistics, and
engineering having the goal of developing methodologies and tools for the
solution of complex problems in artificial intelligence, biology, neuroscience,
security, monitoring, surveillance, healthcare, sustainability in energy
sources, governance, education, commerce, automation, robotics,
optimization, image, speech and natural languages, and their integration.

Topics of Interest

We welcome all submissions in the subjects of IISA related (but not limited)
to the following tracks and topics:

Track I: Information  Processing and Intelligence
· Advances in databases
· Information systems
· Information and data management
· Data mining, warehousing and knowledge extraction
· Recommender systems
· Digital rights management
· Processing of Social and Emotional Interactions
· Biological and artificial neural networks
· Biological and artificial immune systems
· Cognitive science
· Neuroscience
· Computational biology
· DNA computing
· Evolutionary computing and genetic algorithms
· Bayesian networks
· Expert systems & intelligent agents
· Swarm intelligence
· Fuzzy logic systems
· Kernel methods - support vector machines
· Ensemble classifiers
· Emerging machine learning paradigms
· Decision making techniques
· Knowledge-based systems
· Ambient-ubiquitous intelligence
· Robotics and automation
· Affective computing

Important Dates

· Invited Session, Tutorial & Workshop Proposals: March 13, 2017
· Invited Session, Tutorial & Workshop Acceptance: March 20, 2017
· Submission of Papers: April 24, 2017
· Notification of Acceptance: May 29, 2017
· Camera-ready Submission: June 12, 2017
· Registration and Payment for Authors: June 12, 2017
· Conference Dates: August 28-30, 2017

Sender:  Slim Bechikh <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: SWEVO journal: CFP: Special issue on Advances in Evolutionary
Multi-objective Optimization

Swarm and Evolutionary Computation

Special Issue on Advances in Evolutionary Multi-objective Optimization

Call For Papers

Guest Editors:

Dr. Slim Bechikh, SOIE lab, ISGT Computer Science
Department, University of Tunis, Tunisia
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Prof. Carlos Artemio Coello Coello, CINVESTAV-IPN,
Department of Computer Science, Mexico, DF 07360, Mexico
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Most real world problems involve the optimization of multiple possibly
conflicting objectives that should be minimized or maximized
simultaneously while respecting some constraints. Unlike
single-objective optimization, the solution of a Multi-Objective
Problem (MOP) corresponds to a set of trade-off solutions, each
expressing a particular compromise between the different objectives.
The image of these trade-off solutions in the objective space is
called the Pareto Front (PF). The main goal of multi-objective
optimization is to approximate the PF by ensuring convergence towards
the front and diversity along it. Multi-Objective Evolutionary
Algorithms (MOEAs) have shown a great success in approximating the PF
over more than two decades. Unlike classical solution approaches,
MOEAs are characterized by their ability to provide the user with an
approximation of the PF in a single run in addition to their
insensitivity to the geometrical features of the objective functions
and the constraint ones. However, real world applications are usually
complex and need further efforts to be solved. The complexity factors
may include: the high-objective space dimensionality (many-objective
problems), the high decision space dimensionality (large scale
problems), the presence of time-dependent objectives and/or
constraints (dynamic MOPs), the expensive evaluation of the objectives
and/or constraints (expensive MOPs), the presence of uncertainty
(stochastic MOPs), the hierarchy between the objectives (bi-level
problems), the presence of a high number of constraints (highly
constrained MOPs), the need for solution robustness, the incorporation
of decision maker’s preferences, etc. During the last decade, many EMO
(Evolutionary Multi-objective Optimization) works have been proposed
to handle these complexity factors of MOPs. Even more recently, some
researchers have proposed some evolutionary approaches that tackle
multiple complexity factors simultaneously. The main challenge in such
kind of works is how to handle the interaction between the
evolutionary search process and the complexity factor(s) to come up
with an interesting PF. The main goal of this special issue is to
further develop the EMO research field towards solving highly complex
MOPs using evolutionary computation and computational intelligence


In this special issue, we invite researchers to submit papers that
address the issue of multi-objective optimization with one or several
complexity factors using evolutionary computation and computational
intelligence approaches. The submitted papers should address at least
one complexity factor among the following ones (but are not limited

- High number of objectives and/or constraints,
- High number of decision variables,
- Time-dependent objectives and/or constraints,
- Computationally expensive objectives and/or constraints,
- The presence of uncertainty,
- The presence of hierarchy between the objectives,
- The need for robustness,
- The need for innovization,
- The need for decision maker’s preferences incorporation.


The manuscripts should be prepared according to the “Guide for
Authors” section of the journal found at:
and submission should be done through the journal submission
website: by clearly noting
“Advances in Evolutionary Multi-objective Optimization Special Issue
Paper” as comments to the Editor-in-Chief. Each submitted paper will
be reviewed by at least three expert reviewers. Submission of a paper
will be held to imply that it contains original unpublished work and
is not being submitted for publication elsewhere.


The important dates are the following:

- Paper submission: May 30, 2017 (AOE).
- First round decision: July 30, 2017.
- Major revision due: August 30, 2017 (AOE).
- Final decision: September 30, 2017.
- Final manuscript due: October 15, 2017.


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