Workshop on Self-organization in Representations for Evolutionary Algorithms, 2nd, at GECCO in Washington on June 25-29, 2005

Ivan Garibay igaribay at mail.ucf.edu
Thu Dec 9 16:26:54 EST 2004


               Workshop Announcement and Call for Papers

        Second Workshop on Self-organization in Representations for 
 Evolutionary Algorithms: Building complexity from simplicity 
                 http://ivan.research.ucf.edu/SOEA-2005.htm

                       to be held as part of the
          Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO)
                          Washington,D.C. USA
                 June 25-29, 2005 (Saturday - Wednesday)
                    http://www.isgec.org/gecco-2005/

Papers submission deadline: 14 March, 2005 (email: igaribay at cs.ucf.edu)

The success of Evolutionary Algorithms (EAs) on a wide range of 
otherwise intractable problems has promoted its use. As EAs are 
applied to increasingly difficult problems that require increasingly 
complex solutions, they face a number of problems: premature convergence 
to suboptimal solutions, stagnation of search in large search spaces, 
negative epistatic effects, disruption of large building blocks, and 
scalability, among others. Nature evolves instructions in the form of 
genes that are used to specify the construction of organisms using a 
highly non-linear process: development. 
Self-organization is fundamental to the developmental process at all 
levels: molecular, genetic, and cellular. With new reports of the 
number of genes in the human genome being revised downwards, the role 
of self-organization in complex webs of gene regulation is all the 
more salient. Given these new findings, perhaps the self-organization 
of genotypic instructions that transform genotype to phenotype is a 
key missing ingredient necessary for unleashing the evolution of complex 
and scalable solutions with emergent phenomena such as: scale-free-ness, 
adaptability, innovation, evolvability, and robustness. This workshop will 
focus on domain-independent methods for representing complex solutions 
with self-organizable building blocks, and on developmental principles 
for specifying the construction of complex systems. This workshop welcomes 
submissions from computer science and engineering, as well as from 
biologists on relevant topics that may help shed light on self-organizing 
principles for evolutionary computation.

Topics of interest include:

* Models of complexity building using self-organization
* Emergent behavior in representations
* Methods of design and evaluation of self-organizable representational 
  building blocks
* Scalability of self-organizational processes to high complexities
* Self-organization theoretical approaches: complexity, chaos, synergetics, 
  self-organized criticality, non-equilibrium thermodynamics, etc.
* Self-organized development
* Genotype-phenotype mappings for self-organization and single & multicellular 
  development
* Pattern formation, morphogenesis, cellular differentiation, and growth
* Models of genetic regulatory networks, modularity, segmentation, and 
  compartmentalization
* Scalability & Evolvability of developmental processes
* Robustness, self-repair and regeneration in developmental processes
* Real world applications of developmental principles

Workshop Format: 

This workshop seeks to bring together researchers from diverse problem domains 
to informally discuss issues related to the representation of complex solutions 
using self-organization of simple building blocks for evolutionary algorithms 
in particular, and the issue of building complexity from simplicity in general. 
We welcome technical papers describing completed or on-going research as well 
as position papers outlining current research issues, approaches or research 
agendas. We also welcome suggestions to panel discussions. Preprints will be 
circulated by email prior to the meeting. 

Workshop Submission Instructions:

The style of the paper should follow the GECCO 2005 Workshops guidelines. 
Authors are requested to submit their papers in electronic form (postscript 
or PDF) via email to: igaribay at cs.ucf.edu. Accepted papers will be published 
in the GECCO-2005 CD-ROM.

Important Dates:

Submission Deadline: 14 March, 2005 
Author Notification: 8 April, 2005
Camera-Ready Deadline: 22 April, 2005
 
Attendance: Open to all GECCO 2005 attendees 

Organizers:

 Ivan I. Garibay*, Sanjeev Kumar**, Ozlem Garibay* and Hal Stringer*
 * Evolutionary Computation Laboratory - University of Central Florida
 ** Krasnow Institute for Advanced Studies - George Mason University

Program Committee:

Josh Bongard, Sibley School of Mech. and Aerospace Eng., Cornell University 
Peter Eggenberger, Dept. of Computer Science, University of Zurich  
Gregory Hornby, Computational Sciences Div. at NASA Ames Research Center,
Ivan Garibay, School of Computer Science, University of Central Florida 
Ozlem Garibay, School of Computer Science, University of Central Florida 
Sanjeev Kumar, Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study, George Mason University 
W. B. Langdon, Computer Science, University College, London 
Joseph Lewis, Computer Science Department, San Diego State University 
Julian Miller, Department of Electronics, University of York 
Tim Otter, Department of Biology, Albertson College of Idaho 
Paul Wiegand, Naval Research Labs. Washington D.C. 
Annie Wu, School of Computer Science, University of Central Florida

For more information, comments or suggestions please email Ivan Garibay at 
igaribay at cs.ucf.edu or visit http://ivan.research.ucf.edu/SOEA-2005.htm

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