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6379Call for Entries for 2014 Human-Competitive awards at GECCO in Vancounver, BC (July 12-16, 2014)

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  • John Koza
    Feb 6, 2014
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                             Call For Entries

                   for 11th Annual (2014) "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 12-16, 2014

                      Vancouver, British Columbia

                       www.sigevo.org/gecco-2014

       

       

      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 2014 Genetic

      and Evolutionary Computation (GECCO) conference.

      Presentations of entries will be made at the conference.

      The awards and prizes will be announced and presented during

      the conference. See http://www.sigevo.org/gecco-2014/

       

      IMPORTANT DATES:

      • Monday June 2, 2014 — Deadline for entries (consisting of

      one TEXT file and one or more PDF files).

      Send entries to koza at human-competitive dot org 

       

      • Monday June 23, 2014 — Finalists will be notified by e-mail

       

      • Thursday July 3, 2014 — Finalists must submit their presentation

      (e.g., PowerPoint, PDF) for posting on the competition web site.

      Send presentations to koza at human-competitive dot org

       

      • July 12-16,2014 (Sat-Wed) — The GECCO conference

       

      • Monday July 14, 2014 (TENTATIVE) — Presentations before judging

      committee at public session of the GECCO conference

       

      • Wednesday July 16, 2014 (TENTATIVE) — Announcement of awards at

      plenary session of the GECCO conference 

       

      If you plan to make an entry for this competition, please check the

      web site at www.human-competitive.org for updated information prior

      to submitting your entry.  If you make an entry, please re-check

      this web site periodically prior to the conference for additional

      (and possible changing) information and instructions.

       

       

      JUDGING COMMITTEE

      • Erik Goodman

      • Una-May O'Reilly

      • Wolfgang Banzhaf

      • Darrell Whitley

      • Lee Spector

       

       

      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 at the GECCO conference (i.e.,

      regular paper, poster paper, or any other full-length paper),

      a paper published anywhere in the open literature (e.g.,

      another conference, journal, technical report, thesis,

      book chapter, book), or a paper in final form that has

      been unconditionally accepted by a publication and is

      “in press” (that is, the entry must be identical to something

      that will be published imminently without any further changes). 

      The publication may not be an intermediate or draft version

      that is still subject to change or revision by the authors

      or editors. The publication 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

      described to be replicated by an independent person.

       

      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.

      Presentations of entries 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 check in U.S. dollars. 

       

      DETAILED INSTRUCTIONS FOR ENTERING THE "HUMIES"

       

      If you plan to make an entry into this competition, please

      check the web site at www.human-competitive.org for updated

      information prior to submitting your entry. If you make an

      entry, please re-check the web site prior to the conference

      for possible changes in the instructions or the schedule.

       

      All entries are to be sent electronically to

      koza at human-competitive dot org. All entries will be

      promptly acknowledged, so please make an inquiry if you do

      not receive a prompt acknowledgment.

       

      An entry must consist of one TEXT file and one or more

      PDF files. If the same authors are making multiple entries,

      please submit separate e-mails, each containing both the

      requiredTEXT and PDF file(s) supporting the entry.

       

      The TEXT file must contain the following 10 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 and

      may be informative.

       

      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; and

      9. a statement stating why the judges should consider the

      entry as "best" in comparison to other entries that may

      also be "human-competitive;"

      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.

       

      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). The objective,

      in each case, is to provide a permanent record of the entries

      and to make it easy for anyone to locate the entries.

       

      Generally, only one paper should be submitted. Note that this

      is a competition involving a result that satisfies the

      criteria for being human-competitive (not a competition

      involving an author's entire body of work). More than

      one paper should be submitted only if no one paper fully

      describes the result or methods. 

       

      The judging committee will review all entries and identify a

      short list of approximately 6–10 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.

       

      Finalists must submit their presentation (e.g., a PowerPoint,

      PDF) by e-mail to koza at human-competitive dot org.

      All submissions will be promptly acknowledged, so please make

      an inquiry if you do not receive a prompt acknowledgment.

      These presentations will be added to the web page for the

      competition.

       

      At the GECCO conference, there will be 10-minute oral

      presentations 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" since, as previously mentioned, these

      are the two main standards by which entries will be judged

      by the judges.

       

      In the short oral presentation to the judges,

      a description of the work itself is decidedly secondary.

      By the time of the 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, please notify the judging committee, 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

       

      Dr. John R. Koza

      Box 1441

      Los Altos Hills, California 94023 USA

      Phone: 650-941-0336

      Fax: 650-941-9430

      Email: john@...

      URL: www.johnkoza.com

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