Papers describing late-breaking developments in the field of genetic and evolutionary computation are being solicited for presentation at the Genetic and Evolutionary Computation 2006 Conference (GECCO-2006) to be held on July 8-12 (Saturday-Wednesday), 2006 at the Renaissance Hotel in Seattle, Washington, USA, and inclusion in a special CD-ROM to be distributed to all attendees of the conference. This special CD-ROM is distinct from the conference proceedings.

Submission Deadline

May 5, 2006 Deadline for submission of Camera-Ready Electronic Paper, no longer than eight (8) pages in length

Submission Requirements
Late-breaking papers will be briefly examined for relevance and minimum standards of acceptability, but will not be peer reviewed in detail. Paper acceptance decisions will be made as soon as possible after receipt of the submission, until the May 5, 2006 deadline.

Note that all papers included in the Late-Breaking Papers CD-ROM must also be presented at GECCO-2006. At least one author of each Late-Breaking Paper must register for GECCO-2006, or the paper will not appear in the late-breaking Papers CD-ROM.

All late-breaking papers will be presented orally in special sessions held during GECCO-2006.

Authors will individually retain copyright (and all other rights) to their late-breaking papers and should feel free to submit them (either before or after the above deadline) for publication by other conferences or journals.

Submission Procedure
Because the late-breaking papers are published on a very tight time schedule, please be very attentive in carrying out the requirements for submission by May 5, 2006.

To submit a Late-Breaking Paper:

1. Upload your camera-ready electronic file (PDF) formatted to comply with ACM format requirements, and no longer than EIGHT (8) pages in length, to the submissions website by May 5, 2006. No paper-based submissions can be accepted. The URL for the Submission Site is:

Late-Breaking Papers must comply with ACM format requirements, must use ACM Templates for native files (Microsoft Word, LaTex, or Adobe Framemaker) and must use ACM PDF Settings. ACM templates:

2. Agree to the "permission to publish" agreement on the submission website. Authors will individually retain copyright (and all other rights) to their late-breaking papers.

3. Register at least one author of the Late-Breaking Paper for the conference by the deadline for camera-ready papers (May 5, 2006). Conference registration information can be found on the GECCO 2006 website. At least one author must register for and attend the conference, and present the paper at the scheduled time.

Please be very careful about formatting your paper (and testing it, by printing it out) because of the very tight time schedule. No paper-based submissions can be accepted. No deadline extensions will be granted. Since there will be no opportunity for revisions, authors should be especially careful that their original submission is fully compliant with all requirements above.

Producing a PDF Version of Your Manuscript
PDF documents can be produced either by using commercial software available from Adobe or by using free conversion tools for Windows or the ps2pdf and pdflatex utilities under Unix/Linux. In addition, recent versions of MS Word may be able to save directly in PDF format. Please, preview your PDF file with acrobat reader to check that all the fonts and figures are properly reproduced before submitting the manuscript.

For more information, contact Late Breaking Papers Chair Jörn Grahl at

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Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO-2006)
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