Q12: What are the important conferences/proceedings on EC?

1. Dedicated EC Conferences:

GECCO: Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference

Major international conference held anually in North America since 1999. It is organised by ISGEC (International Society for Genetic and Evolutionary Computation) (see http://www.isgec.org ). GECCO combines the previously separate ICGA and Genetic Programming conferences. Covers all aspects of EVOLUTIONARY COMPUTATION.

The 2000 conference was held on July 8-12 in Las Vegas, USA. Details from http://www.genetic-algorithm.org

The 1999 conference was held on July 14--17 in Orlando, Florida. Details from http://www-illigal.ge.uiuc.edu/gecco/

ICGA: International Conference on Genetic Algorithms

Major international conference held in North America in odd-numbered years between 1985 and 1999. Covers all aspects of EVOLUTIONARY COMPUTATION. Since 1999, this conference has been combined with the annual Genetic Programming conference, and titled GECCO (see above).

The 1999 conference was held on July 14--17 in Orlando, Florida. Details from http://www-illigal.ge.uiuc.edu/gecco/

The 1997 conference was at Michigan State University, East Lansing, USA. Details from http://GARAGe.cps.msu.edu/icga97/index.html

Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Genetic Algorithms (1985) J.J. Grefenstette (ed) [ICGA85]: and Proc. of the 2nd Int'l Conf. on Genetic Algorithms (1987) J.J. Grefenstette (ed) [ICGA87]: available from Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc., 365 Broadway, Hillsdale, New Jersey, 07642, (800) 926-6579.

Proc. of the 3rd Int'l Conf. on Genetic Algorithms (1989) J.D. Schaffer (ed) [ICGA89]: and Proc. of the 4th Int'l Conf. on Genetic Algorithms (1991) R.K. Belew and L.B. Booker (eds) [ICGA91]: and Proc. of the 5th Int'l Conf. on Genetic Algorithms (1993) S. Forrest (ed) [ICGA93]: and Proc. of the 6th Int'l Conf. on Genetic Algorithms (1995) [ICGA95]: available from Morgan Kaufmann Publishers, Inc., San Francisco (415-392-2665). <morgan@unix.sri.com>

FOGA: Foundations of Genetic Algorithms

Major international workshop focusing on theoretical aspects of EC, that's usually limited to some 50 participants and is usually held somewhere in North America. FOGA 5, however, was held in Leiden, The Netherlands on 24-26 September 1998. Details from: http://www.wi.leidenuniv.nl/CS/ALP/foga98.html

Foundations of Genetic Algorithms (1991) G.J.E. Rawlins (ed) [FOGA91]: and Foundations of Genetic Algorithms 2 (1993) L.D. Whitley [FOGA93]: available from Morgan Kaufmann Publishers, Inc., San Francisco (415-392-2665). <morgan@unix.sri.com>

FOGA 3 took place in 1994. Enquires to: Darrell Whitley, <whitley@cs.colostate.edu>. FOGA 4 took place from August 3-5 1996 in San Diego, California. Details from http://www.aic.nrl.navy.mil/galist/foga/

PPSN: Parallel Problem Solving from Nature

Major international conference held in Europe in even-numbered years. Covers all aspects of problem solving inspired by natural processes. The 1998 conference was held in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, September 27 - October 1. Information from: http://www.wi.leidenuniv.nl/CS/ALP/ppsn98.html Further information on all PPSN conferences is available from: http://LS11-www.informatik.uni- dortmund.de/PPSN/

Parallel Problem Solving from Nature, (1990) H.-P. Schwefel and R. Männer (eds) [PPSN90]: published by Springer-Verlag, 175 5th Avenue, New York, NY, 10010, (212) 460-1500. Parallel Problem Solving from Nature 2, (1992) R. Männer and B. Manderick (eds) [PPSN92]: published by North-Holland, Elsevier Science Publishers, Sara Burgerhartstraat 25, P.O. Box 211, 1000 AE Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Parallel Problem Solving from Nature 3, (1994) Y. Davidor (ed.), [PPSN94]: PPSN96 was held in Berlin, September 1996.

EP: Annual Conference on Evolutionary Programming

Major international annual conference held in USA. Covers all aspects of EC with emphasis on EP related research. The 1999 conference was held in conjunction with the ICEC (See below).

The 1997 conference was held on April 13-16 in Indianapolis. Details from Pete Angeline <pja@lfs.loral.com>. The 1996 conference was held on Feb 29-March 3. The 1995 conference was held on March 1-4. Details from David Fogel <fogel@sunshine.ucsd.edu>.

Proceedings of the 1st Annual Conference on Evolutionary Programming, (1992) D.B. Fogel and W. Atmar (eds), [EP92]:, and Proc. of the 2nd Annual Conf. on Evolutionary Programming, (1993) D.B. Fogel and W. Atmar (eds), [EP93]: published by the Evolutionary Programming Society, 9363 Towne Centre Dr., San Diego, CA 92121, Attn: Bill Porto, Treasurer (cf Q13). Proceedings of the Third Annual Conference on Evolutionary Programming, (1994) A.V. Sebald and L.J. Fogel (eds), [EP94]:, World Scientific Publishers, River Edge, NJ.

CEC: Congress on Evolutionary Computation

Major international conference covering all aspects of EC. Prior to 1999 it was called the IEEE Conference on Evolutionary Computation (ICEC). Since 1999 it has been titled the Congress on Evolutionary Computation, (CEC) and is held in conjunction with the Evolutionary Programming Conference (EP) and Genetic Algorithms in Engineering Systems: Innovations and Applications (GALESIA). It is jointly sponsored by the IEEE Neural Networks Council, the Evolutionary Programming Society (EPS), and the Institution of Electrical Engineers (IEE).

The eigth conference will be held in Seoul, Korea, from 27-30 May 2001. Details from http://cec2001.kaist.ac.kr/

The seventh conference was held in San Diego, USA, from 16-19 July 2000. Details from http://pcgipseca.cee.hw.ac.uk/cec2000/main.html

The sixth conference was held in Washington DC, from 6-9 July 1999. Details from http://garage.cps.msu.edu/cec99/ . The fifth conference was held in Anchorage, Alaska, USA, from May 4-9 1998. Details from http://www.arc.unm.edu/wcci-98/icec.html . The fourth was on April 14-17 1997 in Indianapolis (in conjunction with EP97). The third was on May 20-22 1996 in Nagoya, Japan, details from http://www.bioele.nuee.nagoya- u.ac.jp/ICEC96/ . The second was on 29 Nov--1 Dec 1995 in Perth, Australia. Details from <ec95@ee.uwa.edu.au> . The first took place in June 1994 at the World Congress on Computational Intelligence, Florida.

Proceedings of the 1st IEEE Conference on Evolutionary Computation, (1994) D.B. Fogel (ed.) (2 Volumes). Published by IEEE, 445 Hoes Lane, PO Box 1331, Piscataway, NJ 08855-1331. Also, talks from invited speakers are published in "Computational Intelligence Imitating Life" (1994) J.M. Zurada, R.J. Marks, C.J. Robinson (eds), IEEE.

Genetic Programming

Since 1999, the annual Genetic Programming conference has been combined with the ICGA, to make GECCO (see above).

The 1998 conference dedicated to GP was held on July 22-25 at the University of Winconsin. Details of the GP conferences can be obtained from: http://www.genetic-programming.org or from <gp@aaai.org>.

The first conference was held on July 28--31 1996 at Stanford University, California. Details from: http://www.cs.brandeis.edu/~zippy/gp-96.html

The third European Conference on Genetic Programming was held in Edingurgh, UK, on 15-16 April 2000. Details from http://www.cs.bham.ac.uk/~rmp/eebic/eurogp2000/

2. Related Conferences:

Alife: International Conference on Artificial Life

Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on ARTIFICIAL LIFE, (1989) C.G. Langton (ed), Santa Fe Institute Studies in the Sciences of Complexity, Proc. Vol. VI, [ALIFEI]: and Proc. of the 2nd Int'l Conf. on Artificial Life II, (1992) C.G. Langton, C. Taylor, J. Doyne Farmer and S. Rasmussen (eds), Santa Fe Institute Studies in the Sciences of Complexity, Proc. Vol. X, [ALIFEII]: and Proc. of the 3rd Int'l Conf. on Artificial Life III, (1993) C.G. Langton (ed), [ALIFEIII]: published by Addison Wesley, Redwood City, CA, USA.

Artificial life IV, was organized by Rodney Brooks, MIT AI Lab, <alife@ai.mit.edu> and held on July 6-8, 1994. Proceedings edited by R. Brooks and P. Maes. [ALIFEIV]:

ECAL: European Conference on Artificial Life

Proceedings of the 1st European Conference on Artificial life, (1991) F.J. Varela and P. Bourgine (eds), [ECAL91]: and Proc. of the 2nd European Conf. on ALIFE: Self-organization and life, from simple rules to global complexity, (1993), (? eds) (? pub) [ECAL93]: published by MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, USA.

ECML: European Conference on Machine Learning

Machine Learning: ECML-93, Proc. European Conf. on Machine Learning, (1993) P.B. Brazil (ed), [ECML93]: published by Springer, New York, NY, USA.

ICANNGA: International Conference on Artificial Neural Networks and Genetic Algorithms

Held every 2 years since 1993. The 1997 conference was on April 1-4 in Norwich, England. Details from http://www.sys.uea.ac.uk/Research/ResGroups/MAG/ICANNGA97/

SAB: International Conference on Simulation of Adaptive Behavior

From Animals to Animats. Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on SIMULATION of Adaptive Behavior, (1991) [SAB90]: J.-A. Meyer and S.W. Wilson, ISBN 0-262-63138-5, and Proc. of the 2nd Int'l Conf. on Simulation of Adaptive Behavior, (1993) [SAB92]:, J.-A. Meyer, H. Roitblat and S.W. Wilson (eds) and Proc. of the 3rd Int'l Conf. on Simulation of Adaptive Behavior, [SAB94]:, P. Husbands, J.-A. Meyer and S.W. Wilson (eds) published by MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, USA.

SAB96 took place on September 9-13, 1996 in Cape Cod, MA USA. Details from http://www.cs.brandeis.edu/conferences/sab96

3. Pointers to upcoming Conferences:

The Genetic Algorithm Digest

Aka "GA-Digest" always starts with a "Calendar of GA-related Events," i.e. a list of upcoming conferences, covering the complete field of EAs (see Q15.1), available from http://www.aic.nrl.navy.mil/galist/

The Artificial Life Digest

Aka "Alife digest" always starts with a "Calendar of Alife-related Events," that lists conferences, workshops, etc. (cf Q15)

The Evolutionary Programming Digest

Aka "EP-digest" doesn't list conferences explicitly, like the previously mentioned ones, but carries most CFP's; that can be looked at in the backissues folder: ftp://amazon.eng.fau.edu/pub/ep- list/digest/ (cf Q15)


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