Thursday, November 26, 2015

[DMANET] CFP: 2016 IEEE WCCI/CEC Theory Special Session


WCCI/CEC 2016 Special Session on
Theoretical Foundations of Bio-inspired Computation

July 25 - 29, 2016, Vancouver, Canada

*** Paper submission deadline: January 15, 2016 ***



Bio-inspired search heuristics often turn out to be highly successful
for optimization in practice. The theory of these randomized search
heuristics explains the success or the failure of these methods in
practical applications. Theoretical analyses lead to the understanding
of which problems are optimized (or approximated) efficiently by a
given algorithm and which are not.

The benefits of theoretical understanding for practitioners are

1. Aiding the algorithm design,

2. guiding the choice of the best algorithm for the problem at

3. determining the optimal parameter settings.

The theory of evolutionary computation has grown rapidly in recent
years. The primary aim of this special session is to bring together
people working on theoretical aspects of bio-inspired computation. The
latest breakthroughs in the theory of bio-inspired computation will be
reported and new directions will be set.


Potential authors are invited to submit papers describing original
contributions to foundations of evolutionary computation. Although we
are most interested in theoretical foundations, computational studies
of a foundational nature are also welcome.

The scope of this special session includes (but is not limited to) the
following topics:

* Theoretical foundations of bio-inspired heuristics

* Exact and approximation runtime analysis

* Black box complexity

* Self-adaptation

* Population dynamics

* Fitness landscape and problem difficulty analysis

* No free lunch theorems

* Statistical approaches for understanding the behavior of
bio-inspired heuristics

* Computational studies of a foundational nature

All problem domains will be considered including:

* combinatorial and continuous optimization

* single‐objective and multi‐objective optimization

* constraint handling

* dynamic and stochastic optimization

* co‐evolution and evolutionary learning

Paper Submission

To submit to the special session:

1. prepare your manuscript following the WCCI 2016 paper
submission guidelines (see,

2. submit your manuscript electronically in the CEC 2016 system:,

3. *IMPORTANT* On the submission system you must select
"7bk. Theoretical Foundations of Bio-inspired Computation"
as "Main Research Topic".

Special session papers are treated in the same way as regular
conference papers.

Important Dates

* Paper submissions: January 15, 2016

* Notification of acceptance: March 15, 2016

* Final paper submission: April 15, 2016

Special Session Organizers

Pietro S. Oliveto
Department of Computer Science
University of Sheffield
Sheffield, UK

Andrew M. Sutton
Universität Potsdam
Potsdam, Germany

This special session is organized as a part of the IEEE CIS Task Force
on Theoretical Foundations of Bio-inspired Computation

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