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JOB: 2 Postdoctoral Fellows, Center for Human Nature, Artificial Intelligence, and Neuroscience (CHAIN), Hokkaido University, Japan

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From: Hiro Iizuka <hiroyukiiizuka@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, Jun 3, 2020 at 10:34 PM

Dear all,

I'm distributing this job ad on behalf of Center for Human Nature,
Artificial Intelligence, and Neuroscience (CHAIN), Hokkaido
University, Japan, as it may be of interest to members of
this community. Please feel free to share it around you in any relevant groups.

Position Open: 2 Postdoctoral Fellows, Center for Human Nature,
Artificial Intelligence, and Neuroscience (CHAIN), Hokkaido
University, Japan

Center for Human Nature, Artificial Intelligence, and Neuroscience
(CHAIN), Hokkaido University, in Hokkaido, Japan invites applications
for two 3.5-year post-doc positions with an anticipated start date of
September 1st, 2020. Successful applicants will be appointed as a
Postdoctoral Fellow in CHAIN. Women and members of other
underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged to apply.

CHAIN is a research and education center for interdisciplinary studies
in the humanities, social sciences, neuroscience, and artificial
intelligence. It aims to open up new directions of research into the
nature of human existence by fostering interaction and collaboration
between humanities and the social sciences, including philosophy,
ethics, psychology (cognitive and social), law, and economics, on one
hand, and the natural sciences, such as neuroscience, AI, and
cognitive science, on the other. In particular, it focuses on
connecting philosophical ideas with methods and insights of
mathematical and empirical sciences. A new interdisciplinary graduate
program of CHAIN starts in July 2020.

Job description
This is a full-time research position. The postdoctoral fellows will
engage in collaborative research projects with one or more of the
existing members of CHAIN. Besides their research duties, they are
expected to act as tutors in the yearly CHAIN summer and winter
schools, as well as fulfil minimal administrative duties as members of
CHAIN.

Qualifications
The ideal applicant will have a research project that will strengthen
and complement existing interdisciplinary research in CHAIN. They are
expected to demonstrate the following qualities and characteristics:

1. A PhD by the time of the appointment in areas related to the
investigation of human nature, including psychology, AI, cognitive
science, information science, robotics, philosophy and/or
neuroscience.
2. Outstanding publication records and/or demonstrable potential to
publish in highly esteemed publication outlets.
3. Strong motivation to fulfill research and administrative duties as
a member of CHAIN.
4. A demonstrated ability and strong interest to develop and engage in
interdisciplinary research projects in collaboration with existing
members of the institution.

Application materials
Submit the following materials, compiled in a single ZIP file, via
email at jobs [at]chain.hokudai.ac.jp to complete your application:

1. Curriculum Vitae*
2. Summary of past research accomplishments (1-2 pages)
3. Three most important publications relevant to this position.
4. Research statement - A statement about your research program,
including potential research projects with existing members of CHAIN
(1-2 pages)
5. Two references (Names and contact details)

Use common fonts such as Times New Roman in black and size 12 points.
Submit each publication (3) in a separate PDF file. Compile all the
rest (1, 2, 4, and 5) in a single PDF file. This makes four PDF files
in total, which must then be compiled in a single ZIP file.

Submission is due Friday, 17 July, 2020 (JST). The subject line of the
email must read “Application (Post-doc).” You will receive a
confirmation email shortly after making a submission. Please contact
us immediately if you did not receive one within 3 business days.
Shortlisted applicants may be invited to take an online interview.
Personal information obtained through these materials will only be
used within this selection process.

*Applicants who have been employed by Hokkaido University after April
1, 2014 (in any position, including Part-time Lecturer, Teaching
Assistant, Teaching Fellow, Research Assistant and Short-term Support
Assistant, etc.) should provide full details of their employment
history in the CV.

Appointment terms
This is a full-time research position with an anticipated start date
of September 1st, 2020. Upon employment, an employment contract until
the end of the fiscal year will be signed, which is then renewed on a
yearly basis until 31 March, 2024. The salary will be paid under the
annual-salary scheme and the discretionary labor system. The annual
salary is determined in accordance with the internal regulations of
Hokkaido University. Upon employment, one will be enrolled in the
Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Mutual
Aid Association, Employees Pension, Workers’ Accident Compensation
Insurance and Employment Insurance. A one month probationary period
applies. Questions about the position should be addressed to the chair
of the search committee, Shigeru Taguchi
(inquiry[at]chain.hokudai.ac.jp).

Further information
Website: www.chain.hokudai.ac.jp/?lang=en

Center for Human Nature, Artificial Intelligence, and Neuroscience (CHAIN)
Hokkaido University
Kita 12 Nishi 7, Kita-ku, Sapporo
Hokkaido 060-0812 Japan
Application submission: E-mail for application: jobs [at] chain.hokudai.ac.jp
Inquiries: E-mail for inquiry: inquiry [at] chain.hokudai.ac.jp

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Hiroyuki Iizuka
Autonomous Systems Engineering,
Information Science and Technology,
Hokkaido University

北海道大学 大学院情報科学研究院
情報科学専攻 情報理工学部門
複合情報工学分野 自律系工学研究室
准教授  飯塚 博幸
iizuka@complex.ist.hokudai.ac.jp
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PhD Research Fellows in Evolutionary Automated Security Testing

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PhD Research Fellows in Evolutionary Automated Security Testing
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Link: https://www.kristiania.no/en/about-kristiania/vacant-positions/?rmpage=job&;rmjob=54&rmlang=UK

Contact point: Prof. Andrea Arcuri, andrea.arcuri@kristiania.no

Location: Oslo, Norway

Project Description:

The positions are funded by the European Research Council (ERC), via
the ERC Consolidator Grant named: "Using Evolutionary Algorithms to
Understand and Secure Web/Enterprise Systems" (EAST). The primary
objective of the EAST project is to provide novel automated solutions
to solve the oracle problem in software security. We will achieve this
goal by combining ideas and technologies from the different fields of
software testing, evolutionary computation and information security.
We will design novel techniques based on Artificial Intelligence to
automatically detect several kinds of security vulnerabilities for
which there is no existing automated solution.

The positions requires candidates with a passion for software
development. All software developed in the project will be released as
open-source, and developed under modern industry-standard processes.
The results of the project are meant to be used in practice (e.g.,
among the industrial partners of the project), and not be just
throw-away prototypes or proof-of-concepts. Look at
"https://github.com/EMResearch/EvoMaster"; to have an idea of the
systems that will be developed and extended in the EAST project.


The candidates need to have:

Strong coding skills
Motivation to work as part of an effective international and
multidisciplinary team
Independence and self-motivation
Good communication skills


Conditions:

This positions requires a Master’s degree (or equivalent training) in
either Software Engineering, Artificial Intelligence, Information
Security or Computer Science.
Currently Kristiania University College does not offer a
ph.d.-programme. Consequently, the selected candidate must be admitted
to the ph.d.-programme of a collaborating university, which is OsloMet
in this case. Confirmed admission to the ph.d. programme must be
available at the latest six months after signing the employment
contract.
To be accepted for these programs, it is required with a relevant 180
ECTS bachelor’s degree, and a relevant 120 ECTS master’s degree (or
integrated bachelor and master) with minimum 30 ECTS master thesis,
and with grade similar to the Norwegian/European grade B or higher in
average for the master thesis. The candidate must have documented
proficiency in written and oral English. Knowledge of Norwegian is NOT
required.

The application must hold:

Motivation letter for the position
Approved diplomas and transcripts (in Scandinavian or English
language) of the grades in all the courses of their Bachelor and
Masters degrees.
CV
At least two references
Master thesis
A list of publications and academic work (if applicable)
A list of developed/contributed open-source projects (if applicable)


We offer:

The ph.d. research fellowship period is 3 years
Working place is Department of Technology, Kristiania University College
The School is located in downtown Oslo, with numerous amenities,
recreational spaces, and urban fun right next door



Salary is estimated to be between NOK 450 000 and NOK 525 000 NOK a year.

Kristiania University College welcomes and encourages applications
from diverse backgrounds. Women and persons with minority background
are particularly encouraged to apply.

Application deadline: 1st of August 2020

Start date: Preferably 1st of September, and no later than 1st of December 2020

Applications will be screened continuously until the positions have been filled.


Dr. Andrea Arcuri
Professor of Software Engineering, Kristiania University College, Norway
http://www.arcuriandrea.org


[alife-announce] Assistant Professor / Lecturer position

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From: PeterAndras <p.andras@keele.ac.uk>
Date: Wed, Jun 3, 2020 at 10:34 PM
Subject: [alife-announce] Assistant Professor / Lecturer position
To: alife-announce <alife-announce@lists.idyll.org>



Lecturer in Data Science (Education & Research) (equivalent of tenure-track
Assistant Professor)


Keele University - Faculty of Natural Sciences - School of Computing and
Mathematics


Location:

Keele


Salary:

£42,793 to £51,034


Hours:

Full Time


Contract Type:

Permanent


Placed On:

20th May 2020



Closes:

17th June 2020



Job Ref:

KU00001484





Salary: Grade 8, £42,793 - £51,034

Keele University is renowned for its exciting approach to higher education,
innovative research, beautiful campus, strong community spirit and excellent
student experience. With a turnover in excess of £170 million, over 10,000
students and a total staff of approximately 2000, the University provides
high quality teaching across a wide range of academic and vocational
subjects and promotes world-class research. Further information can be found
at <http://www.keele.ac.uk/>; http://www.keele.ac.uk.

This post represents an exciting opportunity for an ambitious individual to
join a team of excellent academics in Keele University’s Faculty of Natural
Sciences. The Faculty is responsible for research and teaching in many areas
of computer science, mathematics, and the physical and biological sciences.

Applications are welcome from enthusiastic individuals committed to high
quality research and teaching in any relevant field of Mathematical or
Statistical Data Science (e.g. statistics, mathematical artificial
intelligence, mathematical machine learning, statistical data science,
computational data science – but not restricted to these particular fields,
although the preference is a field in Pure Mathematics), and who have
interests that complement our existing research strengths while broadening
the scope of our research and teaching expertise.

The lectureship post is part of continued growth and expansion of Data
Science and Mathematics at Keele, which presents many new opportunities for
the development of synergies in both teaching and research. The successful
candidate will be expected to develop an active research programme that both
complements and extends our existing profile in Data Science, Mathematics
and Statistics. Candidates are also expected to develop research
collaborations with colleagues at Keele and elsewhere in strategic research
areas of the University, such as smart energy, big data, global health or
social inclusion. Information about the Mathematics and Statistics research
context or Computer Science research context at Keele can be found at:

<https://www.keele.ac.uk/scm/research/mathematicsresearch/>;
https://www.keele.ac.uk/scm/research/mathematicsresearch/

<https://www.keele.ac.uk/scm/research/computerscienceresearch/>;
https://www.keele.ac.uk/scm/research/computerscienceresearch/

The successful candidate will have a PhD in an appropriate area of
Mathematical, Statistical or Computer Science (or be very close to
completion of their PhD) and will have a strong commitment to delivering
high quality undergraduate and postgraduate research and teaching, including
supervision of undergraduate and postgraduate research projects and the
development and delivery of new modules. The post-holder will have the
skills, enthusiasm and flexibility for teaching across a wide range of Data
Science, Mathematics and Statistics topics and will also contribute to
recruitment activities and administrative duties within our Data Science
programmes.

Informal enquires can be made to Professor Peter Andras on 01782 733412 or
<mailto:p.andras@keele.ac.uk> p.andras@keele.ac.uk

Keele University is committed to the principles of the Athena SWAN charter,
and values equality and diversity across our workforce. We strive to ensure
that our workforce is representative of broader society, and therefore, we
would actively welcome applications from women for this role.

The University is committed to operating flexible working practices wherever
possible.

Keele University values equality and diversity across our workforce and to
ensuring our staff community is reflective of the diversity of our student
population. In support of these commitments the University welcomes
applications from individuals of Black, Asian and ethnic minority
backgrounds for all roles.

For full post details and to find out more about working at Keele please
visit: <http://www.keele.ac.uk/vacancies>; www.keele.ac.uk/vacancies

Keele University employees wishing to apply should login to Employee Self
Service and click on the 'View current vacancies' link.

Closing date for applications: 17th June 2020


1 week Human-Competitive Results to goodman@msu.edu by 29 May 2020

Bill
 

Reminder: email your Humie entry (1 text file + PDF of existing paper)
to Erik Goodman <goodman@msu.edu> by Friday next week (May, 29).


Call For Entries
17th Annual (2020) "Humies" Awards
For Human-Competitive Results
Produced by Genetic and Evolutionary Computation
www.human-competitive.org

SPECIAL NOTICE: Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Humies
will be held on the Internet in 2020.

Entries are hereby solicited for awards totaling $10000
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 Genetic and Evolutionary
Computation (GECCO) conference operated by the Association for
Computing Machinery (ACM) Special Interest Group (SIG) on Genetic and
Evolutionary Computation (SIGEVO). Each entry chosen to be a finalist
will be presented to the judges and eventually, to the public, in a
10-minute video submitted no later than Tuesday, June 30. The
finalists' videos will not be made available to the public before the
beginning of the virtual conference, but will be ultimately be made
available through the Human-Competitive.org website, the GECCO
website, and posted on YouTube. The winners of the awards will be
announced during the virtual conference.

This information is also available at the GECCO-2020 website, under
the "Calls" dropdown at top right of the main page, which takes you to
https://gecco-2020.sigevo.org/index.html/Humies.

Important Dates:

* Friday May 29, 2020 - Deadline for entries (consisting of one TEXT
file, PDF files for one or more papers, and possible "in press"
documentation (explained below). Please send entries to goodman at
msu dot edu

* Friday June 12, 2020 - Finalists will be notified by e-mail

* Friday June 26, 2020 - Finalists must submit their presentation
(e.g., PowerPoint, PDF) for posting on the competition's web site.
Send presentations to goodman at msu dot edu

* Tuesday, June 30, 2020 - Finalists must submit a 10-minute video
presentation (or the link and instructions for downloading the
presentation) to goodman at msu dot edu.

* July 8-12, 2020 (Wednesday - Sunday) - GECCO conference (the
schedule for the virtual version is not yet available)

* TENTATIVE: Sunday, July 12, 2020 - Announcement of awards at (virtual)
plenary session of the GECCO conference


Judging Committee:

* Erik Goodman
* Una-May O'Reilly
* Wolfgang Banzhaf
* Darrell Whitley
* Lee Spector
* PUBLICITY CHAIR: William Langdon


Call For Entries

Techniques of genetic and evolutionary computation are being
increasingly applied to difficult real-world problems - often yielding
results that are not merely academically interesting, but competitive
with the work done by creative and inventive humans. Starting at the
Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO) in 2004, cash
prizes have been awarded for human-competitive results that had been
produced by some form of genetic and evolutionary computation in the
previous year.

This prize competition is based on published results. The publication
may be a paper published anywhere in the open literature (e.g., the
GECCO conference, any another conference or workshop, journal,
technical report, thesis, book, chapter in edited book).

The competition is open to any paper

(1) published in the open literature between June 5, 2019 (the
deadline for the previous year's competition) and May 29, 2020 (the
deadline for this competition), or

(2) that is "in press" by the deadline for this competition.
"In Press" means the paper must have been unconditionally accepted
for publication and be identical to that which will be published
imminently without the possibility of any further changes or
revision by the authors or editors. For example, a paper accepted
for the current year's GECCO conference would not have been
published by the deadline for the competition. However, because the
paper has already been unconditionally accepted for publication
(and the final camera-ready version submitted to the conference
prior to the deadline for this competition), a GECCO paper is
"in press." If an entry is "in press," the entry must include a
copy of the documentation establishing that the paper meets this
requirement.

The paper must meet the usual standards of a scientific publication in
that it must clearly describe a problem, the methods used to address
the problem, the results obtained, and sufficient information about
how the work was done in order to enable the work to be independently
replicated.

An automatically created result is considered "human-competitive" if

it satisfies at least one of the eight criteria below.

(A) The result was patented as an invention in the past, is an
improvement over a patented invention, or would qualify today as a
patentable new invention.

(B) The result is equal to or better than a result that was accepted
as a new scientific result at the time when it was published in a
peer-reviewed scientific journal.

(C) The result is equal to or better than a result that was placed
into a database or archive of results maintained by an internationally
recognized panel of scientific experts.

(D) The result is publishable in its own right as a new scientific
result independent of the fact that the result was mechanically
created.

(E) The result is equal to or better than the most recent
human-created solution to a long-standing problem for which there has
been a succession of increasingly better human-created solutions.

(F) The result is equal to or better than a result that was considered
an achievement in its field at the time it was first discovered.

(G) The result solves a problem of indisputable difficulty in its
field.

(H) The result holds its own or wins a regulated competition involving
human contestants (in the form of either live human players or
human-written computer programs).

Contestants should note that a pervasive thread in most of the above
eight criteria is the notion that the result satisfy an "arms length"
standard - not a yardstick based on the opinion of the author, the
author's own institution (educational or corporate), or the author's
own close associates. "Arms length" may be established in numerous
ways. For example, if the result is a solution to "a long-standing
problem for which there has been a succession of increasingly better
human-created solutions," it is clear that the scientific community
(not the author, the author's own institution, or the author's close
associates) have vetted the significance of the problem. Similarly, a
problem's significance may be established if the result replicates or
improves upon a scientific result published in a peer-reviewed
scientific journal, replicates or improves upon a previously patented
invention, constitutes a patentable new invention, or replicates or
improves a result that was considered an achievement in its field at
the time it was first discovered. Similarly, a problem's significance
may be established if the result holds its own or wins a regulated
competition involving live human players or human-written computer
programs. In each of the foregoing examples, the standard for
human-competitiveness is being established external to the author, the
author's own institution, or the author's close associates. It is also
conceivable to rely only on criterion G ("The result solves a problem
of indisputable difficulty in its field"); however, if only criterion
G is claimed, there must be a clear and convincing argument that the
problem's "difficulty" is indeed "indisputable."

The competition will be held as part of the annual Genetic and
Evolutionary Computation (GECCO) conference. Entries chosen to be
finalists will be presented to the judges and the public in a
10-minute video presentation submitted to goodman at msu dot edu no
later than Tuesday, June 30, 2020. These videos will be made available
soon thereafter to the judges, but not posted until the beginning of
the virtual conference. Submission of a video constitutes agreement to
posting of the video on websites of Human-Competitive.org, of GECCO,
and on YouTube. The organizers believe that making these videos
readily available will help to enhance the prestige of the field.
The awards and prizes will be announced at the (virtual) conference.

Cash prizes of $5000 (gold), $3000 (silver), and bronze (either one
prize of $2000 or two prizes of $1000) will be awarded for the best
entries that satisfy one or more of the criteria for
human-competitiveness. The awards will be divided equally among
co-authors unless the authors specify a different division at the time
of submission.

Prizes are paid by the ACM either by check in U.S. dollars or by bank
transfer, after the GECCO conference. The judges may, based on
submissions, reallocate the prize amounts and prize categories within
the total amount available for prizes.

DETAILED INSTRUCTIONS FOR ENTERING THE "HUMIES"

If you plan to make an entry into this competition, please check the
web site for updated information and for possible last-minute changes
immediately prior to submitting your entry. Similarly, if you are
selected as a finalist, please re-check the web site frequently prior
to the conference for possible last-minute changes in instructions or
schedule.

All entries are to be sent electronically to goodman at msu dot
edu. All entries will be promptly acknowledged, so please make an
inquiry if you do not receive a reasonably prompt acknowledgment
shortly after your submission.

An entry must consist of one TEXT file and one or more PDF files. In
addition, if the paper is "in press" as of the deadline date for
submissions, an additional document must be submitted.

If authors are making multiple entries to the competition, they should
submit separate e-mails, each containing the required TEXT file and
PDF file(s) supporting the entry.

The TEXT file must contain the following 11 items. Please be very
careful to include ALL required information. Contestants are alerted
to the fact that items 6 and 9 are especially important and will be
the main basis by which entries will be judged. The papers and
presentations from earlier competitions (starting in 2004) are posted
at the competition web site at www.human-competitive.org. These
previous entries may be informative and helpful in crafting your
entry.

1. the complete title of one (or more) paper(s) published in the open
literature describing the work that the author claims describes a
human-competitive result;

2. the name, complete physical mailing address, e-mail address, and
phone number of EACH author of EACH paper(s);

3. the name of the corresponding author (i.e., the author to whom
notices will be sent concerning the competition);

4. the abstract of the paper(s);

5. a list containing one or more of the eight letters (A, B, C, D, E,
F, G, or H) that correspond to the criteria (see above) that the
author claims that the work satisfies;

6. a statement stating why the result satisfies the criteria that the
contestant claims (see examples of statements of human-competitiveness
as a guide to aid in constructing this part of the submission);

7. a full citation of the paper (that is, author names; publication
date; name of journal, conference, technical report, thesis, book, or
book chapter; name of editors, if applicable, of the journal or edited
book; publisher name; publisher city; page numbers, if applicable);

8. a statement either that "any prize money, if any, is to be divided
equally among the co-authors" OR a specific percentage breakdown as to
how the prize money, if any, is to be divided among the co-authors;

9. a statement stating why the authors expect that their entry would
be the "best," and

10. An indication of the general type of genetic or evolutionary
computation used, such as GA (genetic algorithms), GP (genetic
programming), ES (evolution strategies), EP (evolutionary
programming), LCS (learning classifier systems), GE (grammatical
evolution), GEP (gene expression programming), DE (differential
evolution), etc.

11. The date of publication of each paper. If the date of publication
is not on or before the deadline for submission, but instead, the paper
has been unconditionally accepted for publication and is "in press" by
the deadline for this competition, the entry must include a copy of the
documentation establishing that the paper meets the "in press" requirement.

The PDF file(s) are to contain the paper(s). The strongly preferred
method is that you send a separate PDF file for each of your paper(s)
relating to your entry. Both the text file and the PDF file(s) for
each entry will be permanently posted on a web page shortly after the
deadline date for entries (for use by the judges, conference
attendees, and anyone else who is interested) and will remain posted
on the web as a permanent record of the competition. If your paper is
only available on the publisher's web site and your publisher
specifically requires that your published paper may appear only on
your own personal page, the second choice is that you send link(s) to
a separate web page on your web site containing link(s) to the PDF
file(s) of the paper(s) that constitute your entry. This separate web
page is to contain nothing else, so the interested parties may quickly
locate your paper(s). If you use this second-choice option, you must
ALSO supply a link to a permanent web site maintained by your
publisher where your specific paper may be viewed or purchased (that
is, not a link merely to the publisher's general home page, but a link
to the specific web page containing your paper on the publisher's
site). Keep in mind that the objective is to guarantee a permanent
record of the entries and to make it easy for anyone to locate your
material.

Generally, only one paper should be submitted. More than one paper
should be submitted only if no single paper fully describes the
specific result or method. Note that this competition involves
specific results published in the past year, and it NOT an evaluation
of the author's entire body of work over period of years. Note that
this is a competition involving a result that satisfies the criteria
for being "human-competitive" as defined herein.

The judging committee will review all entries and identify a short
list of finalists who will be required to submit 10-minute video
presentations for the consideration of the judges and eventual posting
for the public. Finalists will be notified by an e-mail to the
corresponding author. Please acknowledge receipt of this message, so
the judges know that you received your notice. Finalists must then
make a 10-minute video for viewing by the judging committee and later,
by the public. The video or a link and instructions for downloading
the video must be sent to goodman at msu dot edu no later than
Tuesday, June 30, 2020. The winners will be announced at the
(virtualized) conference. Submission of a video constitutes
permission to post the video on the websites of Human-Competitive.org,
GECCO, and YouTube.

Finalists must submit their presentation (e.g., a PowerPoint, PDF) by
e-mail to goodman at msu dot edu. All submissions will be promptly
acknowledged, so please make an inquiry if you do not receive a
reasonably prompt acknowledgment. These presentations will be posted
on the web page for the competition. The 10-minute videos will be
viewed by the judging committee. The video presentations will be
opened to all conference attendees at a time to be announced when the
GECCO virtual schedule is established. The video presentation should
primarily focus on

1. why the result qualifies as being human-competitive and

2. why the judges should consider the entry as "best" in comparison to
other entries that may also be "human-competitive."

In this short oral presentation to the judges, a description of the
work itself is decidedly secondary. By the time of viewing your video,
the judges will be familiar with the papers. Thus, the focus of the
video is on reasons why the work being presented should win a prize,
not an explanation or presentation of the work itself.

After viewing the videos, the award committee will meet (virtually)
and consider the videos and the remainder of each finalist entry.

The presenting author for each entry must register for the GECCO conference.

A judge will recuse himself or herself if he or she is closely
associated with a finalist (e.g., a current academic advisor, current
collaborator, co-author with the finalist of related work).

Additional information is at www.human-competitive.org


Bill

Prof. W. B. Langdon
Department of Computer Science
University College London
Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT, UK
http://www.cs.ucl.ac.uk/staff/W.Langdon/


GP EM http://www.springer.com/10710
GECCO Humies http://www.human-competitive.org/
barracuda_0.7.107h http://seqbarracuda.sourceforge.net/
choose your background
http://web4.cs.ucl.ac.uk/staff/W.Langdon/colour_telephone/bgcolor.html
A Field Guide to Genetic Programming
http://www.gp-field-guide.org.uk/
GP Bibliography http://gpbib.cs.ucl.ac.uk/


special issue: Genetic Programming and Evolvable Machines 20th anniversary

Bill
 

Just to let you know the bumper double issue of
"Genetic Programming and Evolvable Machines" to celebrate
twenty years of the journal (due June) is now online
https://link.springer.com/journal/10710/21/1

Bill

Prof. W. B. Langdon
Department of Computer Science
University College London
Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT, UK
http://www.cs.ucl.ac.uk/staff/W.Langdon/


GP EM http://www.springer.com/10710
GECCO Humies http://www.human-competitive.org/
barracuda_0.7.107h http://seqbarracuda.sourceforge.net/
choose your background
http://web4.cs.ucl.ac.uk/staff/W.Langdon/colour_telephone/bgcolor.html
A Field Guide to Genetic Programming
http://www.gp-field-guide.org.uk/
GP Bibliography http://gpbib.cs.ucl.ac.uk/


1 month to "Humies" Awards deadline

Bill
 

Call For Entries
17th Annual (2020) "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 8-12, 2020 (Wednesday - Sunday)
https://gecco-2020.sigevo.org

SPECIAL NOTICE: Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the GECCO
Conference will be held VIRTUALLY in 2020, rather than having
participants gather in Cancun, Mexico. As a result, significant
modifications are being made in the Humies Competition for 2020.

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 Genetic and Evolutionary
Computation (GECCO) conference operated by the Association for
Computing Machinery (ACM) Special Interest Group (SIG) on Genetic and
Evolutionary Computation (SIGEVO). Each entry chosen to be a finalist
will be presented to the judges and eventually, to the public, in a
10-minute video submitted no later than Tuesday, June 30. The
finalists' videos will not be made available to the public before the
beginning of the virtual conference, but will be ultimately be made
available through the Human-Competitive.org website, the GECCO
website, and posted on YouTube. The winners of the awards will be
announced during the virtual conference.

This information is also available at the GECCO-2020 website, under
the "Calls" dropdown at top right of the main page, which takes you to
https://gecco-2020.sigevo.org/index.html/Humies.

Important Dates:

* Friday May 29, 2020 - Deadline for entries (consisting of one TEXT
file, PDF files for one or more papers, and possible "in press"
documentation (explained below). Please send entries to goodman at
msu dot edu

* Friday June 12, 2020 - Finalists will be notified by e-mail

* Friday June 26, 2020 - Finalists must submit their presentation
(e.g., PowerPoint, PDF) for posting on the competition's web site.
Send presentations to goodman at msu dot edu

* Tuesday, June 30, 2020 - Finalists must submit a 10-minute video
presentation (or the link and instructions for downloading the
presentation) to goodman at msu dot edu.

* July 8-12, 2020 (Wednesday - Sunday) - GECCO conference (the
schedule for the virtual version is not yet available)

* TENTATIVE: Sunday, July 12, 2020 - Announcement of awards at (virtual)
plenary session of the GECCO conference


Judging Committee:

* Erik Goodman
* Una-May O'Reilly
* Wolfgang Banzhaf
* Darrell Whitley
* Lee Spector
* PUBLICITY CHAIR: William Langdon


Call For Entries

Techniques of genetic and evolutionary computation are being
increasingly applied to difficult real-world problems - often yielding
results that are not merely academically interesting, but competitive
with the work done by creative and inventive humans. Starting at the
Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO) in 2004, cash
prizes have been awarded for human-competitive results that had been
produced by some form of genetic and evolutionary computation in the
previous year.

This prize competition is based on published results. The publication
may be a paper published anywhere in the open literature (e.g., the
GECCO conference, any another conference or workshop, journal,
technical report, thesis, book, chapter in edited book).

The competition is open to any paper

(1) published in the open literature between June 5, 2019 (the
deadline for the previous year's competition) and May 29, 2020 (the
deadline for this competition), or

(2) that is "in press" by the deadline for this competition.
"In Press" means the paper must have been unconditionally accepted
for publication and be identical to that which will be published
imminently without the possibility of any further changes or
revision by the authors or editors. For example, a paper accepted
for the current year's GECCO conference would not have been
published by the deadline for the competition. However, because the
paper has already been unconditionally accepted for publication
(and the final camera-ready version submitted to the conference
prior to the deadline for this competition), a GECCO paper is
"in press." If an entry is "in press," the entry must include a
copy of the documentation establishing that the paper meets this
requirement.

The paper must meet the usual standards of a scientific publication in
that it must clearly describe a problem, the methods used to address
the problem, the results obtained, and sufficient information about
how the work was done in order to enable the work to be independently
replicated.

An automatically created result is considered "human-competitive" if

it satisfies at least one of the eight criteria below.

(A) The result was patented as an invention in the past, is an
improvement over a patented invention, or would qualify today as a
patentable new invention.

(B) The result is equal to or better than a result that was accepted
as a new scientific result at the time when it was published in a
peer-reviewed scientific journal.

(C) The result is equal to or better than a result that was placed
into a database or archive of results maintained by an internationally
recognized panel of scientific experts.

(D) The result is publishable in its own right as a new scientific
result independent of the fact that the result was mechanically
created.

(E) The result is equal to or better than the most recent
human-created solution to a long-standing problem for which there has
been a succession of increasingly better human-created solutions.

(F) The result is equal to or better than a result that was considered
an achievement in its field at the time it was first discovered.

(G) The result solves a problem of indisputable difficulty in its
field.

(H) The result holds its own or wins a regulated competition involving
human contestants (in the form of either live human players or
human-written computer programs).

Contestants should note that a pervasive thread in most of the above
eight criteria is the notion that the result satisfy an "arms length"
standard - not a yardstick based on the opinion of the author, the
author's own institution (educational or corporate), or the author's
own close associates. "Arms length" may be established in numerous
ways. For example, if the result is a solution to "a long-standing
problem for which there has been a succession of increasingly better
human-created solutions," it is clear that the scientific community
(not the author, the author's own institution, or the author's close
associates) have vetted the significance of the problem. Similarly, a
problem's significance may be established if the result replicates or
improves upon a scientific result published in a peer-reviewed
scientific journal, replicates or improves upon a previously patented
invention, constitutes a patentable new invention, or replicates or
improves a result that was considered an achievement in its field at
the time it was first discovered. Similarly, a problem's significance
may be established if the result holds its own or wins a regulated
competition involving live human players or human-written computer
programs. In each of the foregoing examples, the standard for
human-competitiveness is being established external to the author, the
author's own institution, or the author's close associates. It is also
conceivable to rely only on criterion G ("The result solves a problem
of indisputable difficulty in its field"); however, if only criterion
G is claimed, there must be a clear and convincing argument that the
problem's "difficulty" is indeed "indisputable."

The competition will be held as part of the annual Genetic and
Evolutionary Computation (GECCO) conference. Entries chosen to be
finalists will be presented to the judges and the public in a
10-minute video presentation submitted to goodman at msu dot edu no
later than Tuesday, June 30, 2020. These videos will be made available
soon thereafter to the judges, but not posted until the beginning of
the virtual conference. Submission of a video constitutes agreement to
posting of the video on websites of Human-Competitive.org, of GECCO,
and on YouTube. The organizers believe that making these videos
readily available will help to enhance the prestige of the field.
The awards and prizes will be announced at the (virtual) conference.

Cash prizes of $5,000 (gold), $3,000 (silver), and bronze (either one
prize of $2,000 or two prizes of $1,000) will be awarded for the best
entries that satisfy one or more of the criteria for
human-competitiveness. The awards will be divided equally among
co-authors unless the authors specify a different division at the time
of submission.

Prizes are paid by the ACM either by check in U.S. dollars or by bank
transfer, after the GECCO conference. The judges may, based on
submissions, reallocate the prize amounts and prize categories within
the total amount available for prizes.

DETAILED INSTRUCTIONS FOR ENTERING THE "HUMIES"

If you plan to make an entry into this competition, please check the
web site for updated information and for possible last-minute changes
immediately prior to submitting your entry. Similarly, if you are
selected as a finalist, please re-check the web site frequently prior
to the conference for possible last-minute changes in instructions or
schedule.

All entries are to be sent electronically to goodman at msu dot
edu. All entries will be promptly acknowledged, so please make an
inquiry if you do not receive a reasonably prompt acknowledgment
shortly after your submission.

An entry must consist of one TEXT file and one or more PDF files. In
addition, if the paper is "in press" as of the deadline date for
submissions, an additional document must be submitted.

If authors are making multiple entries to the competition, they should
submit separate e-mails, each containing the required TEXT file and
PDF file(s) supporting the entry.

The TEXT file must contain the following 11 items. Please be very
careful to include ALL required information. Contestants are alerted
to the fact that items 6 and 9 are especially important and will be
the main basis by which entries will be judged. The papers and
presentations from earlier competitions (starting in 2004) are posted
at the competition web site at www.human-competitive.org. These
previous entries may be informative and helpful in crafting your
entry.

1. the complete title of one (or more) paper(s) published in the open
literature describing the work that the author claims describes a
human-competitive result;

2. the name, complete physical mailing address, e-mail address, and
phone number of EACH author of EACH paper(s);

3. the name of the corresponding author (i.e., the author to whom
notices will be sent concerning the competition);

4. the abstract of the paper(s);

5. a list containing one or more of the eight letters (A, B, C, D, E,
F, G, or H) that correspond to the criteria (see above) that the
author claims that the work satisfies;

6. a statement stating why the result satisfies the criteria that the
contestant claims (see examples of statements of human-competitiveness
as a guide to aid in constructing this part of the submission);

7. a full citation of the paper (that is, author names; publication
date; name of journal, conference, technical report, thesis, book, or
book chapter; name of editors, if applicable, of the journal or edited
book; publisher name; publisher city; page numbers, if applicable);

8. a statement either that "any prize money, if any, is to be divided
equally among the co-authors" OR a specific percentage breakdown as to
how the prize money, if any, is to be divided among the co-authors;

9. a statement stating why the authors expect that their entry would
be the "best," and

10. An indication of the general type of genetic or evolutionary
computation used, such as GA (genetic algorithms), GP (genetic
programming), ES (evolution strategies), EP (evolutionary
programming), LCS (learning classifier systems), GE (grammatical
evolution), GEP (gene expression programming), DE (differential
evolution), etc.

11. The date of publication of each paper. If the date of publication
is not on or before the deadline for submission, but instead, the paper
has been unconditionally accepted for publication and is "in press" by
the deadline for this competition, the entry must include a copy of the
documentation establishing that the paper meets the "in press" requirement.

The PDF file(s) are to contain the paper(s). The strongly preferred
method is that you send a separate PDF file for each of your paper(s)
relating to your entry. Both the text file and the PDF file(s) for
each entry will be permanently posted on a web page shortly after the
deadline date for entries (for use by the judges, conference
attendees, and anyone else who is interested) and will remain posted
on the web as a permanent record of the competition. If your paper is
only available on the publisher's web site and your publisher
specifically requires that your published paper may appear only on
your own personal page, the second choice is that you send link(s) to
a separate web page on your web site containing link(s) to the PDF
file(s) of the paper(s) that constitute your entry. This separate web
page is to contain nothing else, so the interested parties may quickly
locate your paper(s). If you use this second-choice option, you must
ALSO supply a link to a permanent web site maintained by your
publisher where your specific paper may be viewed or purchased (that
is, not a link merely to the publisher's general home page, but a link
to the specific web page containing your paper on the publisher's
site). Keep in mind that the objective is to guarantee a permanent
record of the entries and to make it easy for anyone to locate your
material.

Generally, only one paper should be submitted. More than one paper
should be submitted only if no single paper fully describes the
specific result or method. Note that this competition involves
specific results published in the past year, and it NOT an evaluation
of the author's entire body of work over period of years. Note that
this is a competition involving a result that satisfies the criteria
for being "human-competitive" as defined herein.

The judging committee will review all entries and identify a short
list of finalists who will be required to submit 10-minute video
presentations for the consideration of the judges and eventual posting
for the public. Finalists will be notified by an e-mail to the
corresponding author. Please acknowledge receipt of this message, so
the judges know that you received your notice. Finalists must then
make a 10-minute video for viewing by the judging committee and later,
by the public. The video or a link and instructions for downloading
the video must be sent to goodman at msu dot edu no later than
Tuesday, June 30, 2020. The winners will be announced at the
(virtualized) conference. Submission of a video constitutes
permission to post the video on the websites of Human-Competitive.org,
GECCO, and YouTube.

Finalists must submit their presentation (e.g., a PowerPoint, PDF) by
e-mail to goodman at msu dot edu. All submissions will be promptly
acknowledged, so please make an inquiry if you do not receive a
reasonably prompt acknowledgment. These presentations will be posted
on the web page for the competition. The 10-minute videos will be
viewed by the judging committee. The video presentations will be
opened to all conference attendees at a time to be announced when the
GECCO virtual schedule is established. The video presentation should
primarily focus on

1. why the result qualifies as being human-competitive and

2. why the judges should consider the entry as "best" in comparison to
other entries that may also be "human-competitive."

In this short oral presentation to the judges, a description of the
work itself is decidedly secondary. By the time of viewing your video,
the judges will be familiar with the papers. Thus, the focus of the
video is on reasons why the work being presented should win a prize,
not an explanation or presentation of the work itself.

After viewing the videos, the award committee will meet (virtually)
and consider the videos and the remainder of each finalist entry.

The presenting author for each entry must register for the GECCO conference.

A judge will recuse himself or herself if he or she is closely
associated with a finalist (e.g., a current academic advisor, current
collaborator, co-author with the finalist of related work).

Additional information is at www.human-competitive.org


Bill

Prof. W. B. Langdon
Department of Computer Science
University College London
Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT, UK
http://www.cs.ucl.ac.uk/staff/W.Langdon/


GP EM http://www.springer.com/10710
GECCO Humies http://www.human-competitive.org/
barracuda_0.7.107h http://seqbarracuda.sourceforge.net/
choose your background
http://web4.cs.ucl.ac.uk/staff/W.Langdon/colour_telephone/bgcolor.html
A Field Guide to Genetic Programming
http://www.gp-field-guide.org.uk/
GP Bibliography http://gpbib.cs.ucl.ac.uk/


ACM TELO Open for Submissions

Bill
 



---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: Juergen Branke and Darrell Whitley, ACM TELO Co-Editors-in-Chief <pubs@...>
Date: Tue, Apr 28, 2020 at 7:01 PM
Subject: ACM TELO Open for Submissions
To: <w.langdon@...>



OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS

ACM Transactions on Evolutionary
Learning and Optimization
Forthcoming new journal

Co-Editors-in-Chief
Juergen Branke, Warwick Business School, UK
Darrell Whitley, Colorado State University, USA



Aims and Scope

ACM Transactions on Evolutionary Learning and Optimization (TELO) will publish high-quality, original papers in all areas of evolutionary computation and related areas such as population-based methods, Bayesian optimization, or swarm intelligence.

We welcome papers that make solid contributions to theory, method and applications. Relevant domains include continuous, combinatorial or multi-objective optimization. Applications of interest include but are not limited to logistics, scheduling, healthcare, games, robotics, software engineering, feature selection, clustering as well as the open-ended evolution of complex systems.

We are particularly interested in papers at the intersection of optimization and machine learning, such as the use of evolutionary optimization for tuning and configuring machine learning algorithms, machine learning to support and configure evolutionary optimization, and hybrids of evolutionary algorithms with other optimization and machine learning techniques.

All submissions will go through a rigorous double-blind review process. Authors may additionally submit their code and apply for an ACM reproducibility badge: www.acm.org/publications/policies/artifact-review-badging.

For questions please contact: telo-editors@....
For further information and to submit your manuscript please visit telo.acm.org.

Advisory Board
  • Holger Hoos, University of Leiden, Netherlands
  • Risto Miikkulainen, University of Texas at Austin and Cognizant, USA
Area Editors
  • Dirk Arnold, Dalhousie University, Canada
  • Thomas Bäck, University of Leiden, Netherlands
  • Carlos Coello Coello, Cinvenstav-IPN, Mexico
  • Una-May O’Reilly, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
  • Luis Paquete (Reproducibility), University of Coimbra, Portugal
  • Kenneth Stanley, University of Central Florida and Uber AI Labs, USA
Associate Editors
  • Hernan Aguirre, Shinshu University, Japan
  • Youhei Akimoto, University of Tsukuba, Japan
  • Enrique Alba, University of Malaga, Spain
  • Anne Auger, Inria and Institut Polytechnique de Paris, France
  • Wolfgang Banzhaf, Michigan State University, USA
  • Thomas Bartz-Beielstein, TH Koeln, Germany
  • Christian Blum, Spanish National Research Council, Spain
  • Josh Bongard, University of Vermont, USA
  • Dimo Brockhoff, Inria and Institut Polytechnique de Paris, France
  • Will Browne, Victoria University Wellington, New Zealand
  • Francisco Chicano, University of Malaga, Spain
  • Carola Doerr, Sorbonne University, France
  • Jonathan Fieldsend, University of Exeter, UK
  • Stephanie Forrest, Arizona State University, USA
  • Nikolaus Hansen, Inria and Institut Polytechnique de Paris, France
  • Emma Hart, Napier University Edinburgh, UK
  • Thomas Jansen, Aberystwyth University, UK
  • Bill Langdon, University College London,UK
  • Manuel Lopez-Ibanez, University of Manchester, UK
  • Jose A Lozano, Basque Center for Applied Math, Spain
  • Jean-Baptiste Mouret, Inria Nancy, France
  • Frank Neumann, The University of Adelaide, Australia
  • Gabriela Ochoa, University of Stirling, UK
  • Michael O’Neill, University College Dublin, Ireland
  • Guenter Raidl, Technische Universitat Wien, Austria
  • Tapabrata Ray, University of New South Wales, Australia
  • Franz Rothlauf, University of Mainz, Germany
  • Günter Rudolph, TU Dortmund University, Germany
  • Federica Sarro, University College London, UK
  • Marc Schoenauer, Inria and Université Paris-Saclay, France
  • Michèle Sebag, CNRS and Université Paris Sud, France
  • Sara Silva, University of Lisbon, Portugal
  • Lee Spector, Hampshire College, USA
  • Kay Chen Tan, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  • Heike Trautmann, University of Muenster, Germany
  • Tea Tusar, Jozef Stefan Institute, Slovenia
  • Leonardo Vanneschi, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal
  • Bing Xue, Victoria University Wellington, New Zealand
  • Mengjie Zhang, Victoria University Wellington, New Zealand

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GP bibliography accessible via mirror http://gpbib.pmacs.upenn.edu

Bill
 

The Genetic Programming Bibliography mirror is active:
http://gpbib.pmacs.upenn.edu

Various automated hyperlinks (eg to external papers)
are routed via http://gpbib.cs.ucl.ac.uk/
These will eventually time out.
In the mean time, please manually cut & paste URLs

Thank you

Bill

Prof. W. B. Langdon
Department of Computer Science
University College London
Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT, UK
http://www.cs.ucl.ac.uk/staff/W.Langdon/


GP EM http://www.springer.com/10710
GECCO Humies http://www.human-competitive.org/
barracuda_0.7.107h http://seqbarracuda.sourceforge.net/
choose your background
http://web4.cs.ucl.ac.uk/staff/W.Langdon/colour_telephone/bgcolor.html
A Field Guide to Genetic Programming
http://www.gp-field-guide.org.uk/
GP Bibliography http://gpbib.cs.ucl.ac.uk/


Re: EvoStar 2020 keynote live

Bill
 

Closing Keynote (Friday) on: now
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zUUC3FUVhpE

On Wed, Apr 15, 2020 at 8:55 AM w langdon <w.langdon@cs.ucl.ac.uk> wrote:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ko2qr6nmokc


EvoStar 2020 keynote live

Bill
 


Evostar2020 conference news and updates

Bill
 

---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: João Correia <jncor@dei.uc.pt>
Date: Tue, Apr 14, 2020 at 2:29 AM
Subject: Evostar2020 conference news and updates
To: <META-HEURISTICS@jiscmail.ac.uk>


The Leading European Event on Bio‑Inspired Computation will occur this
week from 15 to 17 April, in fully online mode.

-----------------------------------------------
Please distribute
(Apologies for cross-posting)
------------------------------------------------
############
NEWS:
############

- The plenaries will be live-streamed in the SPECIES youtube channel
and open for EVERYONE interested. Check the overview and full program
at:
http://evostar.org/2020/programme/

And click on the plenary that you want to assist at the time it goes live!

- This year, EvoStar2020 will have two e-poster sessions this year. We
will be creating video-room for each paper during 2 sessions from
18h00 to 20h00 on Wednesday and Thursday. More information at:

http://www.evostar.org/2020/poster-session/

- You are still in time to join us online for this event. Check the
reduced fees for full access available:
http://evostar.org/2020/registration/

###########

EvoStar comprises of four co-located conferences run each spring at
different locations throughout Europe. These events arose out of
workshops originally developed by EvoNet, the Network of Excellence in
Evolutionary Computing, established by the Information Societies
Technology Programme of the European Commission, and they represent a
continuity of research collaboration stretching back over 20 years.

EvoStar is organised by SPECIES, the Society for the Promotion of
Evolutionary Computation in Europe and its Surroundings. This
non-profit academic society is committed to promoting evolutionary
algorithmic thinking, with the inspiration of parallel algorithms
derived from natural processes. It provides a forum for information
and exchange.

The four conferences include:
- EuroGP 23rd European Conference on Genetic Programming
- EvoApplications 23rd European Conference on the Applications of
Evolutionary and bio-inspired Computation
- EvoCOP 20th European Conference on Evolutionary Computation in
Combinatorial Optimisation
- EvoMUSART 9th International Conference (and 14th European event) on
Evolutionary and Biologically Inspired Music, Sound, Art and Design

We will see you online!

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[final CFP] GI2020 workshop@GECCO 2020 by April 17, 2020

Bill
 

---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: Bradley Alexander <bradley.alexander@adelaide.edu.au>
Date: Mon, Apr 13, 2020 at 5:49 AM
Subject: [GECCO CFP] [final CFP] GI2020 workshop@GECCO 2020


Dear Colleagues,

===== CALL FOR PAPERS =====

*** Workshop on Genetic Improvement, ***
Workshop of The Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO 2020)

Web: https://gi-gecco-20.gi-workshops.org/
Submission Deadline: April 17, 2020
Conference Dates: July 8-12, 2020

Accepted papers will be published on the Companion Proceedings of
GECCO 2020 which will be indexed by Scopus and all the major indexes.

===== OVERVIEW =====

Call For Papers

We invite submissions that discuss recent developments in all areas of
research on, and applications of, Genetic Improvement. This workshop
one of two key workshops in the field and provides an opportunity for
researchers interested in automated program repair and software
optimisation to disseminate their work, exchange ideas and discover
new research directions.

Topics of interest include both the theory and practice of Genetic
Improvement. Applications include, but are not limited to, using GI
to:

repair bugs
improve code efficiency
decrease memory consumption
decrease energy consumption
explore trade-offs between non-functional properties
transplant new functionality
optimise software parameters
improve practice (e.g., deployments, case studies, etc.)
inform language or tool design

...and also any works in the greater field of search-based software
engineering in general.

Research, Tool & Position Papers

We invite submissions of three types of paper:

Research papers: up to 8 pages long

Tool demo papers: up to 4 pages long

Position papers: up to 2 pages long

We encourage authors to submit early and in-progress work. The
workshop emphasises interaction and discussion.

Papers should be in ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) format.
Papers must be anonymised. See submissions for more details.

All accepted papers will be presented at GI@GECCO-2020 and will be
published by the ACM. At least one author of each accepted paper must
register for the workshop (authors of multiple GI@GECCO-2020 papers
need only register once).

The official publication date of the workshop proceedings is the date
the proceedings are made available in the ACM Library. Based on our
experience, this is close to the first day of GECCO itself. The
official publication date affects the deadline for any patent filings
related to published work.


Submission and Important Dates

These dates are strict, no extensions will be granted

Submission opening: February 27, 2020
Submission deadline: April 3, 2020
Notification of acceptance: April 17, 2020
Camera-Ready Material: April 24, 2020
Author registration deadline: April 27, 2020

Workshop papers must be submitted using the GECCO submission system
this year. After login, you need to select the “Workshop Paper”
submission form. In the form, you must select our workshop.

To see a sample of the "Workshop Paper" submission form go to GECCO's
submission site https://ssl.linklings.net/conferences/gecco/ and chose
"Sample Submission Forms".

Submitted papers are required to be in compliance with the GECCO 2020
Call for Papers Preparation Instructions.

All accepted papers will be presented at the corresponding workshop
and appear in the GECCO Conference Companion Proceedings.



Organisers

Brad Alexander, University of Adelaide, Australia
Sandy Brownlee, University of Stirling, UK
Saemundur O. Haraldsson, University of Stirling, UK

Markus Wagner, University of Adelaide, Australia

John R. Woodward, QMUL, UK


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Facebook's WW project needs SBSE research and SBSE researchers

Bill
 

---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: Harman, Mark <mark.harman@ucl.ac.uk>
Date: Sat, Apr 11, 2020 at 11:23 AM
Subject: Facebook's WW project needs SBSE research and SBSE researchers
To: <SEBASE@jiscmail.ac.uk>


Dear SBSE colleague,



Here is link to a (just released) publicly available a position paper
that outlines a new project at Facebook, that I am working on with the
London Probable <T> Team, on Web Enabled Simulation (WES):



https://research.fb.com/publications/wes-agent-based-user-interaction-simulation-on-real-infrastructure/



I am emailing this to you because there is likely to be a funding call
to support this research agenda in the next few months. As you will
see the paper and call are relevant to SBSE because the WES agenda
draws on research from many areas of study, including (but not limited
to) Search Based Software Engineering.



I would welcome comments, thoughts and suggestions from colleagues.



Thanks and very best wishes from Lockdown London,



Mark.



Mark Harman,

(Part Time) Professor of Software Engineering (UCL) & (Full Time)
Research Scientist at Facebook.

UCL PA: Jaini Shah (crest-admin@ucl.ac.uk); UCL email and web:
Mark.Harman@ucl.ac.uk;

http://www.cs.ucl.ac.uk/staff/M.Harman/


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Final CFP: GECCO'20 Workshop on Evolutionary Computation Software Systems (EvoSoft)

Stefan Wagner
 

WORKSHOP ON EVOLUTIONARY COMPUTATION SOFTWARE SYSTEMS (EvoSoft)

to be held as part of the

2020 Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO 2020)
July 8th-12th 2020 (electronic-only conference)

Organized by ACM SIGEVO
https://gecco-2020.sigevo.org

Submission deadline for this workshop: April 17th, 2020

PLEASE NOTE:
Due to the current worldwide crisis regarding COVID-19, GECCO 2020 will be
held as an electronic-only conference. Presentations of accepted papers
will have to be provided as pre-recorded talks.

DESCRIPTION & TOPICS:
Evolutionary computation (EC) methods are applied in many different
domains. Therefore soundly engineered, reusable, flexible, user-friendly,
and interoperable software systems are more than ever required to bridge
the gap between theoretical research and practical application. However,
due to the heterogeneity of the application domains and the large number
of EC methods, the development of such systems is both, time consuming and
complex. Consequently many EC researchers still implement individual and
highly specialized software which is often developed from scratch,
concentrates on a specific research question, and does not follow state of
the art software engineering practices. By this means the chance to reuse
existing systems and to provide systems for others to build their work on
is not sufficiently seized within the EC community. In many cases the
developed systems are not even publicly released, which makes the
comparability and traceability of research results very hard.

This workshop enables EC researchers to exchange their ideas on how to
develop and apply generic and reusable EC software systems and to present
open and freely available solutions on which others can build their work
on. Furthermore, the workshop should help to identify common efforts in
the development of EC software systems and should highlight cooperation
potentials and synergies between different research groups. It
concentrates on the importance of high-quality software systems and
professional software engineering in the field of EC and provides a
platform for EC researchers to discuss the following and other related
topics:

* development and application of generic and reusable EC software systems
* architectural and design patterns for EC software systems
* software modeling of EC algorithms and problems
* open-source EC software systems
* expandability, interoperability, and standardization
* comparability and traceability of research results
* graphical user interfaces and visualization
* comprehensive statistical and graphical results analysis
* parallelism and performance
* usability and automation
* comparison and evaluation of EC software systems

Additional details are available at http://evosoft.heuristiclab.com.


IMPORTANT DATES:
Submission Deadline: April 17th, 2020
Notification of Acceptance: May 1st, 2020
Camera-ready Submission: May 8th, 2020
Workshops at GECCO 2020: July 8th or 9th, 2020


SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:
Authors have to submit their papers until April 17th, 2020 using the
GECCO submission system:
https://ssl.linklings.net/conferences/gecco

All workshop papers must not exceed 8 pages and have to fulfill the
preparation instructions for GECCO'20 workshop papers. Detailed formatting
instructions for authors are listed here:
https://gecco-2020.sigevo.org/index.html/Papers+Submission+Instructions


WORKSHOP ORGANIZERS:
Dr. Stefan Wagner
Professor for Complex Software Systems
stefan.wagner@fh-ooe.at

Dr. Michael Affenzeller
Professor for Heuristic Optimization and Machine Learning
michael.affenzeller@fh-hagenberg.at

Heuristic and Evolutionary Algorithms Laboratory (HEAL)
Department of Software Engineering, Campus Hagenberg
School of Informatics, Communications and Media
University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria



GECCO is sponsored by the Association for Computing Machinery Special
Interest Group on Genetic and Evolutionary Computation (SIGEVO). SIG
Services: 2 Penn Plaza, Suite 701, New York, NY, 10121, USA,
1-800-342-6626 (USA and Canada) or +212-626-0500 (Global).


Dota 2 mid lane competition @ GECCO'20 - Call for participation

M. I. Heywood
 

[apologies for cross posting]

Dear all,

Just a gentle reminder that a Dota 2 competition is available for GECCO 2020.

The underlying goal is to evolve an agent for the Shadow Fiend Hero on the Radiant team to play against the built-in Shadow Fiend Hero at a Hard Difficulty setting on the Dire team.

The environment uses the original Dota 2 environment, but limited to a 1-on-1 mid configuration.

Naturally, the task as defined includes properties such as partial observability and multi-agent interactions (e.g. between hero and creeps) and has to be approached using a reinforcement learning framework (agent learns interactively to maximize the accumulated rewards).

State space is described in terms of 310 features, and 29 discrete actions.

Further details of the competition and supporting software are available from the competition homepage:

Deadline for entries: June 7, 2020

A condition for entry is to provide a 1-2 page summary of your approach that we will publish on the competition homepage after the deadline.

Best regards, 
Malcolm Heywood
Robert Smith


GI2020 workshop@GECCO 17 April E-Conference

Bill
 

From: Bradley Alexander <bradley.alexander@adelaide.edu.au>


Dear Colleagues,


===== CALL FOR PAPERS =====



*** Workshop on Genetic Improvement, ***

Workshop of The Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO 2020)


Note that GECCO 2020 will now be an electronic-only conference due to
COVID-19. The presentation of all accepted papers is will be in the
form of a pre-recorded talk. More details about this will be provided
soon (along with the setup for workshop discussions and activities).


Extended Submission deadline: April 17, 2020




Web: https://gi-gecco-20.gi-workshops.org/

New Submission Deadline: April 17, 2020

Conference Dates: July 8-12, 2020



Accepted papers will be published on the Companion Proceedings of
GECCO 2020 which will be indexed by Scopus and all the major indexes.



===== OVERVIEW =====







Call For Papers

We invite submissions that discuss recent developments in all areas of
research on, and applications of, Genetic Improvement. This workshop
one of two key workshops in the field and provides an opportunity for
researchers interested in automated program repair and software
optimisation to disseminate their work, exchange ideas and discover
new research directions.

Topics of interest include both the theory and practice of Genetic
Improvement. Applications include, but are not limited to, using GI
to:

repair bugs
improve code efficiency
decrease memory consumption
decrease energy consumption
explore trade-offs between non-functional properties
transplant new functionality
optimise software parameters
improve practice (e.g., deployments, case studies, etc.)
inform language or tool design

...and also any works in the greater field of search-based software
engineering in general.

Research, Tool & Position Papers

We invite submissions of three types of paper:

Research papers: up to 8 pages long

Tool demo papers: up to 4 pages long

Position papers: up to 2 pages long

We encourage authors to submit early and in-progress work. The
workshop emphasises interaction and discussion.

Papers should be in ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) format.
Papers must be anonymised. See submissions for more details.

All accepted papers will be presented at GI@GECCO-2020 and will be
published by the ACM. At least one author of each accepted paper must
register for the workshop (authors of multiple GI@GECCO-2020 papers
need only register once).

The official publication date of the workshop proceedings is the date
the proceedings are made available in the ACM Library. Based on our
experience, this is close to the first day of GECCO itself. The
official publication date affects the deadline for any patent filings
related to published work.

Submission and Important Dates

These dates are strict, no extensions will be granted

Submission opening: February 27, 2020
Submission deadline: April 17, 2020
Notification of acceptance: May 1, 2020
Camera-Ready Material: May 8, 2020

Workshop papers must be submitted using the GECCO submission system
this year. After login, you need to select the “Workshop Paper”
submission form. In the form, you must select our workshop.

To see a sample of the "Workshop Paper" submission form go to GECCO's
submission site https://ssl.linklings.net/conferences/gecco/ and chose
"Sample Submission Forms".

Submitted papers are required to be in compliance with the GECCO 2020
Call for Papers Preparation Instructions.

All accepted papers will be presented at the corresponding workshop
and appear in the GECCO Conference Companion Proceedings.



Organisers

Brad Alexander, University of Adelaide, Australia
Sandy Brownlee, University of Stirling, UK
Saemundur O. Haraldsson, University of Stirling, UK

Markus Wagner, University of Adelaide, Australia

John R. Woodward, QMUL, UK






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callforpapers@gecco.linklings.com
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Call for papers: Artificial Life and Evolutionary Algorithms (ALEA) thematic track @ EPIA 2020

ivogoncalves77@...
 

==========================================================================
 
     Artificial Life and Evolutionary Algorithms (ALEA) thematic track
     @
     20th EPIA Conference on Artificial Intelligence (EPIA 2020)
     
     https://epia2020.inesc-id.pt/
     September 7-9, 2020
     Oeiras, Portugal
     
     Paper submission deadline: April 15, 2020
 
==========================================================================
 
The ALEA track is part of EPIA 2020, a well-established European conference in the field of AI supported by the Portuguese Artificial Intelligence Association (APPIA). The purpose of the conference is to promote research in AI and scientific exchange among AI researchers, practitioners, scientists, and engineers in related disciplines.
 
ALEA invites contributions in all aspects related to Artificial Life and Evolutionary Algorithms, ranging from theoretical work to innovative applications. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
 
     Artificial Chemistries
     Artificial Immune Systems
     Classifier Systems
     Complex Networks
     Emergent Behaviors
     Evolution and Learning Dynamics
     Evolutionary Algorithms
     Evolutionary Machine Learning
     Evolutionary Optimization
     Evolutionary Robotics
     Evolution of Neural Networks
     Genetic Programming
     Hyper-heuristics
     Hybrid Approaches
     Multi-objective Optimization
     Origins of Life
     Parallel Evolutionary Algorithms
     Self-organizing Systems
     Swarm Intelligence
 
 
========================================
     Important Dates
========================================
 
     Paper submission deadline: April 15, 2020
     Paper acceptance notification: May 31, 2020
     Camera-ready deadline: June 15, 2020
     Conference: September 7-9, 2020
 
 
========================================
     Submission and Reviewing
========================================
 
All papers should be submitted in PDF format through the EPIA 2020 EasyChair submission page. Prospective authors should select the ALEA 2020 thematic track. The papers should be prepared according to the Springer LNCS format, with a maximum of 12 pages. Submitted papers will be subject to a double-blind review process and will be peer-reviewed by at least three members of the respective track Program Committee. It is the responsibility of the authors to remove names and affiliations from the submitted papers, and to take reasonable care to assure anonymity during the review process.
Authors should consult Springer's authors' guidelines and use their proceedings templates, either for LaTeX or for Word, for the preparation of their papers. Springer encourages authors to include their ORCIDs in their papers. In addition, the corresponding author of each paper, acting on behalf of all of the authors of that paper, must complete and sign a Consent-to-Publish form. The corresponding author signing the copyright form should match the corresponding author marked on the paper. Once the files have been sent to Springer, changes relating to the authorship of the papers cannot be made.
 
 
========================================
     Proceedings and Presentations
========================================
 
Accepted papers will be included in the conference proceedings (a volume of Springer's LNAI - Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence), provided that at least one author is registered in EPIA 2020 by the early registration deadline. EPIA 2020 proceedings are indexed in Thomson Reuters ISI Web of Science, Scopus, DBLP and Google Scholar. Each accepted paper must be presented by one of the authors in a track session.
 
 
========================================
     Best Paper Award
========================================
 
The conference will grant a Best Paper Award for the best research paper presented at the conference sponsored by Springer. Only papers that have been submitted to a thematic track and presented at the conference will be eligible for this award.
 
 
========================================
     ALEA Organizing Committee
========================================
 
Ivo Gonçalves, INESC Coimbra, DEEC, University of Coimbra, Portugal
Mauro Castelli, NOVA IMS, Portugal
Luca Manzoni, University of Trieste, Italy
Leonardo Trujillo, Technical Institute of Tijuana, Mexico
Carlos Henggeler Antunes, INESC Coimbra, DEEC, University of Coimbra, Portugal
 
ALEA web page: https://epia2020.inesc-id.pt/?page_id=80
EPIA web page: https://epia2020.inesc-id.pt/


Call for Late-breaking Abstracts - GECCO 2020

Dr. Gregorio Toscano Pulido
 

********************************************************************
Late-breaking Abstracts
2020 Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO 2020)
8-12 July, 2020, Cancun, Mexico. http://gecco-2020.sigevo.org/
https://gecco-2020.sigevo.org/index.html/Call+for+Late-Breaking+Abstracts
*********************************************************************

Important Dates
---------------------------------------------------------------------
Submission deadline: ** April 3, 2020 **
Notification: ** April 17, 2020 **
Camera-Ready: ** April 24, 2020 **


General Information
---------------------------------------------------------------------

Two-page abstracts describing late-breaking developments in the
field of genetic and evolutionary computation are solicited for
presentation at the Late-Breaking Abstracts Workshop of the
2020 Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO 2020),
and for inclusion in the conference proceedings companion, available
to all attendees of the conference and in the ACM Digital Library.

Presentation Format
---------------------------------------------------------------------

Following the success of the previous years, authors of accepted
submissions will be asked to prepare a poster summarizing their
contributions. In the interactive Late-Breaking Abstracts poster
sessions attendees will have the opportunity to interact with authors
and enjoy a dynamic forum to share and spread scientific ideas. The
details about the poster preparation will be sent to the authors of
accepted abstracts.

Selection Process
---------------------------------------------------------------------

Late-breaking abstracts will be briefly examined for relevance and
minimum standards of acceptability, but will not be peer reviewed in
detail. Authors of accepted late-breaking abstracts will individually
retain copyright (and all other rights) to their late-breaking
abstracts. Accepted late breaking abstracts with no author registered
by the deadline will not appear in the Late-Breaking Abstracts
section of the Conference Companion volume.

How to Submit an Abstract
---------------------------------------------------------------------

Submission site: https://ssl.linklings.net/conferences/gecco

Submission deadline: April 3, 2020, 23:59 (Anywhere on Earth)

Page limit: 2 pages using ACM template.

By submitting an abstract, the author(s) agree that, if their paper
is accepted, they will:

* Submit a final, revised, camera-ready version to the publisher
(April 24, 2020)
* Register at least one author to attend the conference
(April 24, 2020)
* Attend the conference (at least one author) and present the
accepted abstract at the conference.


More Information
---------------------------------------------------------------------

For more information, contact the Late-Breaking Abstracts Chair, Ke Tang <ketang@ustc.edu.cn>


Dota 2 mid lane competition @ GECCO'20 - Call for participation

M. I. Heywood
 

Dear all,

Just a gentle reminder that a Dota 2 competition is available for GECCO 2020.

The underlying goal is to evolve an agent for the Shadow Fiend Hero on the Radiant team to play against the built-in Shadow Fiend Hero at a Hard Difficulty setting on the Dire team.

The environment uses the original Dota 2 environment, but limited to a 1-on-1 mid configuration.

Naturally, the task as defined includes properties such as partial observability and multi-agent interactions (e.g. between hero and creeps) and has to be approached using a reinforcement learning framework (agent learns interactively to maximize the accumulated rewards).

State space is described in terms of 310 features, and 29 discrete actions.

Further details of the competition and supporting software are available from the competition homepage:

Deadline for entries: June 7, 2020

A condition for entry is to provide a 1-2 page summary of your approach that we will publish on the competition homepage after the deadline.

Best regards, 
Malcolm Heywood
Robert Smith


Call For Entries 2020 Humies Awards in Cancun, Mexico

Bill
 

Call For Entries
17th Annual (2020) "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 8-12, 2020 (Wednesday - Sunday) in Cancun, Mexico
https://gecco-2020.sigevo.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 Genetic and Evolutionary
Computation (GECCO) conference operated by the Association for
Computing Machinery (ACM) Special Interest Group (SIG) on Genetic and
Evolutionary Computation (SIGEVO). Entries chosen to be finalists will
be made at the conference. The winners of the awards will be announced
during the conference.

This information is also available at the GECCO-2020 website, under the
"Calls" dropdown at top right of the main page, which takes you
to https://gecco-2020.sigevo.org/index.html/Humies.


Important Dates:

* Friday May 29, 2020 - Deadline for entries (consisting of one TEXT
file, PDF files for one or more papers, and possible "in press"
documentation (explained below). Please send entries to goodman at
msu dot edu
* Friday June 12, 2020 - Finalists will be notified by e-mail
* Friday June 26, 2020 - Finalists must submit their
presentation (e.g., PowerPoint, PDF) for posting on the
competition's web site. Send presentations to goodman at msu dot edu
* July 8-12, 2020 (Wednesday - Sunday) - GECCO conference
* TENTATIVE: Friday, July 10, 2020 - Presentations before
judging committee at public session of the GECCO conference.
Finalists should make a point of double-checking the time and date
in the conference's final schedule.
* TENTATIVE: Sunday, July 12, 2020 - Announcement of awards
at plenary session of the GECCO conference


Judging Committee:

* Erik Goodman
* Una-May O'Reilly
* Wolfgang Banzhaf
* Darrell Whitley
* Lee Spector
* PUBLICITY CHAIR: William Langdon


Call For Entries

Techniques of genetic and evolutionary computation are being
increasingly applied to difficult real-world problems - often yielding
results that are not merely academically interesting, but competitive
with the work done by creative and inventive humans. Starting at the
Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO) in 2004, cash
prizes have been awarded for human-competitive results that had been
produced by some form of genetic and evolutionary computation in the
previous year.

This prize competition is based on published results. The publication
may be a paper published anywhere in the open literature (e.g., the
GECCO conference, any another conference or workshop, journal, technical
report, thesis, book, chapter in edited book).

The competition is open to any paper

(1) published in the open literature between June 5, 2019 (the
deadline for the previous year's competition) and May 29, 2020 (the
deadline for this competition), or

(2) that is "in press" by the deadline for this competition. "In
Press" means the paper must have been unconditionally accepted for
publication and be identical to that which will be published imminently
without the possibility of any further changes or revision by the
authors or editors. For example, a paper accepted for the current year's
GECCO conference would not have been published by the deadline for the
competition. However, because the paper has already been unconditionally
accepted for publication (and the final camera-ready version submitted
to the conference prior to the deadline for this competition), a GECCO
paper is "in press." If an entry is "in press," the entry must include
a copy of the documentation establishing that the paper meets this
requirement.

The paper must meet the usual standards of a scientific publication in
that it must clearly describe a problem, the methods used to address the
problem, the results obtained, and sufficient information about how the
work was done in order to enable the work to be independently replicated.

An automatically created result is considered "human-competitive" if

it satisfies at least one of the eight criteria below.

(A) The result was patented as an invention in the past, is an
improvement over a patented invention, or would qualify today as a
patentable new invention.

(B) The result is equal to or better than a result that was accepted as
a new scientific result at the time when it was published in a
peer-reviewed scientific journal.

(C) The result is equal to or better than a result that was placed into
a database or archive of results maintained by an internationally
recognized panel of scientific experts.

(D) The result is publishable in its own right as a new scientific
result independent of the fact that the result was mechanically created.

(E) The result is equal to or better than the most recent human-created
solution to a long-standing problem for which there has been a
succession of increasingly better human-created solutions.

(F) The result is equal to or better than a result that was considered
an achievement in its field at the time it was first discovered.

(G) The result solves a problem of indisputable difficulty in its field.

(H) The result holds its own or wins a regulated competition involving
human contestants (in the form of either live human players or
human-written computer programs).

Contestants should note that a pervasive thread in most of the above
eight criteria is the notion that the result satisfy an "arms length"
standard - not a yardstick based on the opinion of the author, the
author's own institution (educational or corporate), or the author's own
close associates. "Arms length" may be established in numerous ways. For
example, if the result is a solution to "a long-standing problem for
which there has been a succession of increasingly better human-created
solutions," it is clear that the scientific community (not the author,
the author's own institution, or the author's close associates) have
vetted the significance of the problem. Similarly, a problem's
significance may be established if the result replicates or improves
upon a scientific result published in a peer-reviewed scientific
journal, replicates or improves upon a previously patented invention,
constitutes a patentable new invention, or replicates or improves a
result that was considered an achievement in its field at the time it
was first discovered. Similarly, a problem's significance may be
established if the result holds its own or wins a regulated competition
involving live human players or human-written computer programs. In each
of the foregoing examples, the standard for human-competitiveness is
being established external to the author, the author's own institution,
or the author's close associates. It is also conceivable to rely only on
criterion G ("The result solves a problem of indisputable difficulty in
its field"); however, if only criterion G is claimed, there must be a
clear and convincing argument that the problem's "difficulty" is indeed
"indisputable."

The competition will be held as part of the annual Genetic and
Evolutionary Computation (GECCO) conference. Entries chosen to be
finalists are to be made at the conference. The awards and prizes will
be announced at the conference.

Cash prizes of $5,000 (gold), $3,000 (silver), and bronze (either one
prize of $2,000 or two prizes of $1,000) will be awarded for the best
entries that satisfy one or more of the criteria for
human-competitiveness. The awards will be divided equally among
co-authors unless the authors specify a different division at the time
of submission.

Prizes are paid by the ACM either by check in U.S. dollars or by bank
transfer, after the GECCO conference. The judges may, based on
submissions, reallocate the prize amounts and prize categories within
the total amount available for prizes.

DETAILED INSTRUCTIONS FOR ENTERING THE "HUMIES"

If you plan to make an entry into this competition, please check the web
site for updated information and for possible last-minute changes
immediately prior to submitting your entry. Similarly, if you are
selected as a finalist, please re-check the web site prior to the
conference for possible last-minute changes in instructions or schedule.

All entries are to be sent electronically to goodman at msu dot edu. All
entries will be promptly acknowledged, so please make an inquiry if you
do not receive a reasonably prompt acknowledgment shortly after your
submission.

An entry must consist of one TEXT file and one or more PDF files. In
addition, if the paper is "in press" as of the deadline date for
submissions, an additional document must be submitted.

If authors are making multiple entries to the competition, they should
submit separate e-mails, each containing the required TEXT file and PDF
file(s) supporting the entry.

The TEXT file must contain the following 11 items. Please be very
careful to include ALL required information. Contestants are alerted to
the fact that items 6 and 9 are especially important and will be the
main basis by which entries will be judged. The papers and presentations
from earlier competitions (starting in 2004) are posted at the
competition web site at www.human-competitive.org.
These previous entries may be
informative and helpful in crafting your entry.

1. the complete title of one (or more) paper(s) published in the open
literature describing the work that the author claims describes a
human-competitive result;

2. the name, complete physical mailing address, e-mail address, and
phone number of EACH author of EACH paper(s);

3. the name of the corresponding author (i.e., the author to whom
notices will be sent concerning the competition);

4. the abstract of the paper(s);

5. a list containing one or more of the eight letters (A, B, C, D, E, F,
G, or H) that correspond to the criteria (see above) that the author
claims that the work satisfies;

6. a statement stating why the result satisfies the criteria that the
contestant claims (see examples of statements of human-competitiveness
as a guide to aid in constructing this part of the submission);

7. a full citation of the paper (that is, author names; publication
date; name of journal, conference, technical report, thesis, book, or
book chapter; name of editors, if applicable, of the journal or edited
book; publisher name; publisher city; page numbers, if applicable);

8. a statement either that "any prize money, if any, is to be divided
equally among the co-authors" OR a specific percentage breakdown as to
how the prize money, if any, is to be divided among the co-authors;

9. a statement stating why the authors expect that their entry would be
the "best," and

10. An indication of the general type of genetic or evolutionary
computation used, such as GA (genetic algorithms), GP (genetic
programming), ES (evolution strategies), EP (evolutionary programming),
LCS (learning classifier systems), GE (grammatical evolution), GEP (gene
expression programming), DE (differential evolution), etc.

11. The date of publication of each paper. If the date of publication
is not on or before the deadline for submission, but instead, the paper
has been unconditionally accepted for publication and is "in press" by
the deadline for this competition, the entry must include a copy of the
documentation establishing that the paper meets the "in press" requirement.

The PDF file(s) are to contain the paper(s). The strongly preferred
method is that you send a separate PDF file for each of your paper(s)
relating to your entry. Both the text file and the PDF file(s) for each
entry will be permanently posted on a web page shortly after the
deadline date for entries (for use by the judges, conference attendees,
and anyone else who is interested) and will remain posted on the web as
a permanent record of the competition. If your paper is only available
on the publisher's web site and your publisher specifically requires
that your published paper may appear only on your own personal page, the
second choice is that you send link(s) to a separate web page on your
web site containing link(s) to the PDF file(s) of the paper(s) that
constitute your entry. This separate web page is to contain nothing
else, so the interested parties may quickly locate your paper(s). If you
use this second-choice option, you must ALSO supply a link to a
permanent web site maintained by your publisher where your specific
paper may be viewed or purchased (that is, not a link merely to the
publisher's general home page, but a link to the specific web page
containing your paper on the publisher's site). Keep in mind that the
objective is to guarantee a permanent record of the entries and to make
it easy for anyone to locate your material.

Generally, only one paper should be submitted. More than one paper
should be submitted only if no single paper fully describes the specific
result or method. Note that this competition involves specific results
published in the past year, and it NOT an evaluation of the author's
entire body of work over period of years. Note that this is a
competition involving a result that satisfies the criteria for being
"human-competitive" as defined herein.

The judging committee will review all entries and identify a short list
of finalists for presentation at the GECCO conference. Finalists will be
notified by an e-mail to the corresponding author. Please acknowledge
receipt of this message, so the judges know that you received your
notice. Finalists must then make a short oral presentation to the
judging committee at a public session of the GECCO conference. The
presentations will be held on one of the early days of the conference,
and the winners will be announced a day or two later at the conference.

Finalists must submit their presentation (e.g., a PowerPoint, PDF) by
e-mail to goodman at msu dot edu. All submissions will be promptly
acknowledged, so please make an inquiry if you do not receive a
reasonably prompt acknowledgment. These presentations will be posted on
the web page for the competition. The oral presentations (usually about
10 minutes) will be made by the finalists to the judging committee. The
presentations will be open to all conference attendees at a special
session of the conference. The oral presentation should primarily focus on

1. why the result qualifies as being human-competitive and

2. why the judges should consider the entry as "best" in comparison to
other entries that may also be "human-competitive."

In this short oral presentation to the judges, a description of the work
itself is decidedly secondary. By the time of your presentation, the
judges will be familiar with the papers. Thus, the focus of the
presentation is on reasons why the work being presented should win a
prize - not an explanation or presentation of the work itself.

In the unlikely event that a presenter is scheduled to make a
presentation elsewhere at the GECCO conference at the same time, the
judging committee should be notified so they can rearrange time slots.

After the oral presentations, the award committee will meet and consider
the presentations.

The presenting author for each entry must register for the GECCO conference.

A judge will recuse himself or herself if he or she is closely
associated with a finalist (e.g., a current academic advisor, current
collaborator, co-author with the finalist of related work).

Additional information is at www.human-competitive.org

For more information, contact Erik Goodman goodman at msu dot edu


Bill

Prof. W. B. Langdon
Department of Computer Science
University College London
Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT, UK
http://www.cs.ucl.ac.uk/staff/W.Langdon/


GP EM http://www.springer.com/10710
EuroGP 2020 http://www.evostar.org/2020/cfp_eurogp.php
GECCO Humies http://www.human-competitive.org/
barracuda_0.7.107h http://seqbarracuda.sourceforge.net/
choose your background
http://web4.cs.ucl.ac.uk/staff/W.Langdon/colour_telephone/bgcolor.html
A Field Guide to Genetic Programming
http://www.gp-field-guide.org.uk/
GP Bibliography http://gpbib.cs.ucl.ac.uk/

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