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1016ECoMASS Workshop Deadline Extended!

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  • Forrest Stonedahl
    Apr 1, 2014
      The deadline for submissions to the ECoMASS Workshop at GECCO 2014 has been extended until April 7.  Paper/short paper/demo submissions are welcomed-- anything bridging multi-agent systems/simulation and evolutionary computing!

      Also, please keep in mind that preliminary studies, works-in-progress, and software demos are all suitable for presentation at this workshop, and you may be able to get valuable feedback from the workshop audience.

      The CFP is copied below.  Thanks, ~ Forrest.


                 - CALL FOR PAPERS - ***DEADLINE EXTENDED*** -

                          EIGHTH ANNUAL WORKSHOP ON
                Evolutionary Computation and Multi-Agent Systems
                     and Simulation Workshop (ECoMASS-2014)

                           to be held as part of the

       2014 Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO-2014)
                       July 12-16, Vancouver, BC, Canada
                           Organized by ACM SIGEVO


        Workshop URL: https://sites.google.com/site/ecomassworkshop/

      Evolutionary computation (EC) and multi-agent systems and simulation
      (MASS) both involve populations of agents. EC is a learning technique
      by which a population of individual agents adapt according to the
      selection pressures exerted by an environment; MASS seeks to
      understand how to coordinate the actions of a population of (possibly
      selfish) autonomous agents that share an environment so that some
      outcome is achieved. Both EC and MASS have top-down and bottom-up
      features. For example, some aspects of multi-agent system engineering
      (e.g., mechanism design) are concerned with how top-down structure can
      constrain or influence individual decisions. Similarly, most work in
      EC is concerned with how to engineer selective pressures to drive the
      evolution of individual behavior towards some desired goal. Multi-agent
      simulation (also called agent-based modeling) addresses the bottom-up
      issue of how collective behavior emerges from individual action.
      Likewise, the study of evolutionary dynamics within EC (for example in
      coevolution) often considers how population-level phenomena emerge from
      individual-level interactions. Thus, at a high level, we may view EC and
      MASS as examining and utilizing analogous processes. It is therefore
      natural to consider how knowledge gained within EC may be relevant to
      MASS, and vice versa; indeed, applications and techniques from one field
      have often made use of technologies and algorithms from the other field.

      The goal of this workshop is to facilitate the examination and
      development of techniques at the intersection of evolutionary
      computation and multi-agent systems and simulation.

      The ECoMASS workshop welcomes original submissions in the theory and
      practice of all aspects of Evolutionary Computation and Multi-Agent
      Systems and Simulation, which include (but are not limited to) the
      following topics and themes:

      - Multi-agent systems and agent-based models utilizing evolutionary
      - Optimization of multi-agent systems and agent-based models using
      evolutionary computation
      - Evolutionary computation models which rely not on explicit fitness
      functions but rather implicit fitness functions defined by the
      relationship to other individuals / agents
      - Applications utilizing MASS and EC in combination
      - Biological agent-based models (usually called individual-based
      models) involving evolution
      - Evolution of cooperation and altruism
      - Genotypic representation of the complex phenotypic strategies of MASS
      - Evolutionary learning within MASS (including Baldwinian learning and
      phenotypic plasticity)
      - Emergence and feedbacks
      - Open-ended strategy spaces and evolution
      - Adaptive individuals within evolving populations
      - Calibration and validation of models using evolutionary computation
      - Use of evolutionary methods to understand the growth of and
      processes on social networks

      *Paper Submission
      Each accepted paper will be presented orally at the workshop and
      distributed in workshop proceedings to all GECCO attendees. In addition
      to the actual paper, authors can submit supplementary material such as
      source code and videos.  Authors are encouraged to submit source code that
      enables reproduction of the results described in the paper.  These materials
      should be properly anonymized at the time of submission.  The proceedings will
      also be indexed in the ACM digital library.  Authors should follow the
      format of the GECCO manuscript style; refer to
      http://www.sigevo.org/gecco-2014/ for details. Manuscripts should not
      exceed 8 pages. Papers should be submitted by 7 April, 2014, in PDF
      format to: forrest.stonedahl@... with "ECoMASS paper submission"
      in the subject line.

      For those authors who have their papers accepted into the workshop
      we will also provide some time to demo the software that was created
      for the research, or relevant software that the research was based upon.
      If the authors, wish to demo during the workshop, please note that on
      your submission so that time can be allocated.

      *Main Conference Research Slam
      For those authors who have a paper or poster accepted to the main
      GECCO conference on topics relevant to the workshop, we encourage
      them to present two slides during the ECoMASS workshop as a teaser
      for their main conference presentations.  If you wish to participate
      in this research slam please contact the workshop chairs.

      *Important Dates
      Paper submission deadline: 7 April, 2014
      Notification of acceptance: April 15, 2014
      Camera-Ready Accepted Papers Due: April 25, 2014

      *Workshop Chairs
      Bill Rand, University of Maryland
      Forrest Stonedahl, Centre College

      *2014 Workshop Program Committee
      Mitchell Colby, Oregon State University
      Sherri Goings, Carleton College
      Matt Knudson, NASA Ames Research Center
      Rinde van Lon, KU Leuven (Belgium)
      Michael North, Argonne National Laboratory
      Jim Reggia, University of Maryland
      Robert G. Reynolds, Wayne State University
      Rick Riolo, University of Michigan
      Logan Yliniemi, Oregon State University
      Tina Yu, Memorial University of Newfoundland
      Emily Berglund, NC State University

      GECCO is sponsored by the Association for Computing Machinery Special
      Interest Group on Genetic and Evolutionary Computation (SIGEVO). SIG
      Services: 2 Penn Plaza, Suite 701, New York, NY, 10121, USA,
      1-800-342-6626 (USA and Canada) or +212-626-0500 (Global).