Thursday, June 9, 2016

[DMANET] CFP: Competitions on Niching Methods for Multi-modal Optimization at WCCI 2016 & GECCO 2016

Dear colleagues,

We are running two competitions this year in the major EC conferences
(WCCI, GECCO). Submission deadline is still open for both venues *01 July

We highly encourage participation in both competitions. A common platform
is used to compare different algorithms with various evaluation measures.

More details can be found bellow:

*WCCI 2016: Competition on Niching Methods for Multimodal Optimization*
DEADLINE: *01 July 2016*

The aim of the competition is to provide a common platform that encourages
fair and easy comparisons across different niching algorithms. The
competition allows participants to run their own niching algorithms on 20
benchmark multimodal functions with different characteristics and levels of

*GECCO 2016 Competition on Niching Methods for Multimodal Optimization*
DEADLINE: *01 July 2016*

In this instance of the competition, we continue the successful 2013 and
2015 competitions and rely on an unchanged problem set and similar
measures. However, we try out two new aspects regarding the evaluation
criteria of the participants:

+ we are including information on the resources (time, function
evaluations) needed to find the global optima, not only the fraction of
successes within a given time period (number of evaluations), and
+ we take into account the size of the final solution set, and reward small
sets that mostly consist of the sought optima only.

The competitions are supported by the newly established IEEE CIS Task force
on Multi-modal Optimization (

We are looking forward for your participation!

>From the organizers, Michael.

Michael G. Epitropakis
Lecturer in Data Science

Data Science Institute,
Management Science | Lancaster University Management School,
Lancaster University | Lancaster LA1 4YX, UK

Office: A063, A - Floor, Management School
Tel: +44 (0)1524 595116 |

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