GECCO Workshop on Modularity, Regularity, and Hierarchy

Hod Lipson hl274 at
Fri Dec 12 00:58:13 EST 2003

GECCO Workshop on Modularity, Regularity, and Hierarchy in Evolutionary

Scalability of open-ended evolutionary processes depends on their
ability to exploit functional modularity, structural regularity and
hierarchy. Functional modularity creates a structural separation of
function that reduces the amount of coupling between internal and
external behavior, allowing evolution to reuse modules as high-level
building blocks. Structural regularity is the correlation of patterns
within an individual, such as symmetry, repetition and self-similarity,
allowing evolution to specify increasingly extensive structures while
maintaining short description lengths. Hierarchy is the recursive
composition of function and structure into increasingly larger and
adapted units, allowing evolution to search efficiently increasingly
complex spaces. This workshop will bring together researchers interested
in these topics to discuss how principles of modularity, regularity and
hierarchy can be applied in open-ended evolutionary computation.

The goal of this workshop is to encourage discussion of these topics
across boundaries within the evolutionary computation field. Interested
participants are encouraged to submit a 3-4 page outline of a proposed
contribution to this discussion. Selected authors will be invited to
present their ideas at the workshop. The resulting discussions and
contributions will be compiled into an edited review paper.

Submission: Submit a  3-4 page outline of a proposed contribution to
hod.lipson at in PDF format, by March 8, 2004

The workshop will be held as part of the Genetic and Evolutionary
Computation Conference (GECCO) Seattle, Washington USA June 26-30, 2004
(Saturday - Wednesday)


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