CfP: Artificial Life, Robotics, Evolvable Hardware Track @ GECCO 2011

Call for Papers
Artificial Life, Robotics, Evolvable Hardware Track @ GECCO 2011
Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference
July 12-16, Dublin, Ireland

This track promotes evolutionary computation and bio-inspired heuristics as instruments able to face engineering problems and scientific questions in different areas that include (but are not limited to): artificial life, robotics, and evolvable hardware.

Artificial life studies artificial systems (software, hardware, or chemical) with properties similar to those of living systems. There are two main complementary goals: to better understand living systems and to use this understanding to build artificial systems with properties of living systems, such as adaptability, evolvability, active perception, communication, organization.

Evolutionary computation techniques can be particularly useful for a large branch of robotics. The evolution of controllers, morphologies, sensors, and communication protocols is being used to build systems to provide robust, adaptive and scalable solutions to different problems in robotics.

Finally, the term “evolvable hardware” has been used in the past to denote both the design of electronic devices able to evolve themselves, and the generic exploitation of evolutionary techniques for creating hardware. While the first task sounds ambitious, the second is routinely applied by industries. The track will show both real and potential applications.

Important Dates:
* Submission deadline: January 26, 2011
* Notification of paper acceptance: March 23, 2011
* Camera-ready submission: April 8, 2011
* GECCO-2010 Conference: July 12-16, 2011

Submission guidelines:

Track chairs:
Carlos Gershenson http://turing.iimas.unam.mx/~cgg/
Giovanni Squillero http://www.cad.polito.it/~squillero/


CfP: Eighth International Conference on Complex Systems (ICCS 2011)

Call for Papers & Workshop Proposals

Eighth International Conference on Complex Systems (ICCS 2011)

June 26 - July 1, 2011
Boston Marriott, Quincy, MA, USA


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Host: New England Complex Systems Institute (http://necsi.edu/)

This is the eighth in a series of conferences with two major aims:
first, to investigate those properties or characteristics that appear
to be common to the very different complex systems now under
study; and second, to encourage cross fertilization among the
many disciplines involved.

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Sessions will be structured around both themes and systems.
The themes are:

EMERGENCE: The relationship of component to collective
behavior; the relationship of internal structure to external
influence; multiscale structure and dynamics; self-similarity and

COMPLEXITY & INFORMATION: Defining complexity;
characterizing the information necessary to describe complex
systems; structuring, storing, accessing, distributing, visualizing
and analyzing information describing complex systems; the
dynamics of information and its computational characterization.

DYNAMICS & SELF-ORGANIZATION: Time series analysis and
prediction; chaos; temporal correlations; the time scale of
dynamic processes; spatio-temporal patterns; dynamic scaling;
pattern formation; evolution, development and adaptation;
interaction between internal dynamics and external inputs;
programmability of self-organization.

NETWORKS: Complex network topologies; small-world and
scale-free networks; connectivity and centrality; motifs, cliques
and communities; dynamical networks; adaptive networks;
network modeling and analysis; modularity, degeneracy,
redundancy, and substructure; visualization of networks.

METHODOLOGY: Computer simulation; agent-based modeling;
data-driven research methods; analytical methods; nonlinear
statistics; soft computing; methods and tools for complex systems

The system categories are:

PHYSICAL & CHEMICAL SYSTEMS: Non-equilibrium processes;
hydrodynamics; glasses; non-linear chemical dynamics; complex
fluids; molecular self-organization; information and computation
in quantum and classical physical systems; spatio-temporal
patterns in physical systems from subatomic to astrophysical.

protein and DNA folding; bio-molecular informatics; membranes;
cellular response and communication; genetic regulation; gene
cytoplasm interactions; development; cellular differentiation;
primitive multicellular organisms; the immune system; origins of life.

system; sensorimotor systems; computational models of neural
and cognitive function; perception, cognition and action;
psychological dysfunction; pattern recognition; learning and
development; human machine interaction; autonomous mental
development; neurocognitive networks.

ORGANISMS & POPULATIONS: Population biology; ecosystems;
ecology; ecological networks; speciation; evolution.

corporate and social structures and dynamics; organizational
behavior and management; markets; urban development; the
global economy; military systems; global conflict; interactions
between human and natural systems.

ENGINEERED SYSTEMS: Design and manufacturing; nano-
technology; bioengineering; modified and hybrid biological
organisms; computer based interactive systems; multi-agent
systems; artificial life; artificial intelligence; robots;
communication networks; the Internet; traffic systems; distributed
control; self organizing artifacts; complex systems engineering;
biologically inspired engineering; sensor networks.

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For presentation at the conference, authors should submit an
abstract through the conference website. All the accepted
abstracts will be published in the online proceedings on the
conference website. Authors of accepted abstracts may submit
full papers for inclusion in the online proceedings. Full paper
submission is optional.

NOTE TO AUTHORS: If you plan to submit an abstract/paper to
the conference, please follow the link on the conference website
to the pre-submission page AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. You can
update your submission's title, abstract, authors and paper at any
time until the submission deadline. This pre-submission process
will help the organizers estimate the number of incoming
submissions and develop the conference program and other
logistics efficiently.

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There will be several time slots available during the conference
for organizing workshops on specific topics. All the accepted
abstracts/papers for the workshop will be included in the
conference proceedings as well.

If you are interested in organizing a workshop, email the
following information to sayama@binghamton.edu by December
20, 2010:

* Name(s) and contact information of the workshop organizer(s)
* Title of the workshop
* A short description of the workshop: (aim, scope, target audience,
format and expected outcome)
* A list of confirmed and prospective speakers

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Workshop proposal: December 20, 2010
Abstract submission: February 28, 2011
Notification to authors: April 1, 2011
Early registration: April 15, 2011
Camera-ready abstract
& full paper submission: April 30, 2011
(full paper submission is optional)
Conference: June 26 - July 1, 2011

Register at http://necsi.edu/events/iccs2011/
Space is limited, so register early.

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The conference will be held at the Boston Marriott Quincy in
Quincy, Massachusetts, 8 miles south of downtown Boston.
Reservations can be made directly with Marriott reservations at
(866) 449-7387 or (617) 472-1000, or online at:

A block of rooms has been reserved at a conference discount
rate of $159 + tax per night (single or double). Internet access is
included. These rooms are available on a first-come, first-served
basis. To receive the discount rate identify yourself as a member
of ICCS 2011. The group code for making reservations online is
"NECNECA". These rates are available until Friday, May 27,
2011. Cancellations may be made up to 48 hours in advance
without penalty.

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Executive Committee:

Founding Chair: Yaneer Bar-Yam (New England Complex Systems
Institute, USA)
General Chair: Ali A. Minai (University of Cincinnati, USA)
General Co-Chair: Dan Braha (University of Massachusetts at
Dartmouth, USA)
Program Chair: Hiroki Sayama (Binghamton University, SUNY,

Program Committee:
Albert-László Barabási (Northeastern University, USA)
Ginestra Bianconi (Nothestern University, USA)
Philippe Binder (University of Hawaii, USA)
Eric Bonabeau (Icosystem Corporation, USA)
Josh Bongard (University of Vermont, USA)
Seth Bullock (University of Southampton, UK)
Guido Caldarelli (INFM, Rome, ITALY)
Iain Couzin (Princeton University, USA)
Marcus de Aguiar (IFGW - UNICAMP, Brazil)
Fred Discenzo (Rockwell Automation, USA)
René Doursat (Complex Systems Institute, Paris, France)
Margaret J. Eppstein (University of Vermont, USA)
Carlos Gershenson (Univ. Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Mexico)
Robert Ghanea (British Telecom, UK)
Thilo Gross (Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems,
Helen Harte (Community Health Plan, USA)
Alfred Hubler (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA)
Mark Klein (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
Juergen Kluever (University of Duisburg Essen, Germany)
May Lim (University of the Philippines, Philippines)
Czeslaw Mesjasz (Karakow University of Economics, Poland)
Lilianne R Mujica-Parodi (Stony Brook University, SUNY, USA)
Chrystopher Nehaniv (University of Hertfordshire, UK)
Lael Parrott (Université de Montréal, Canada)
Daniel Polani (University of Hertfordshire, UK)
Christina Stoica (University of Duisburg Essen, Germany)
Bill Sulis (McMaster University, Canada)
Irina Trofimova (McMaster University, Canada)
Len Troncale (California State University Pomona, USA)
Jonathan Vos Post (Computer Futures, USA)
Richard Watson (University of Southampton, UK)
Janet Wiles (University of Queensland, Australia)
Ian Wilkinson (University of New South Wales, Australia)
David Wolpert (NASA Ames Research Center, USA)

More PC members TBA

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Check the conference website:

Contact us at iccs@necsi.edu