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Important Dates:

Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Electronic Paper Submission deadline
Wednesday, March 12, 2008 Author notifications sent
Wednesday, April 16, 2008 Camera-ready copy deadline   -  file preparation instructions
Friday, April 18, 2008 Author paid registration deadline
Saturday-Wednesday, July 12-16, 2008 GECCO-2008

Submission Results

GECCO-2008 call for papers has closed.

Total Submissions: 451
Total Accepted: 200
Percent Accepted: 44%

Track breakdown: (total submitted/ full papers accepted)

Ant Colony Optimization, Swarm Intelligence, and Artificial Immune
Artificial Life, Evolutionary Robotics, Adaptive Behavior, Evolvable
Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
Estimation of Distribution Algorithms
Evolution Strategies, Evolutionary Programming
Evolutionary Combinatorial Optimization
Evolutionary Multiobjective Optimization
Formal Theory
Generative and Developmental Systems
Genetic Algorithms
Genetic Programming
Genetics-Based Machine Learning and Learning Classifier Systems
Real-World Applications
Search-Based Software Engineering

Submission site:

Call For Papers:

The GECCO-2008 Program Committee invites submissions for full technical papers for GECCO-2008, to be held in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, July 12-16, 2008. Submissions are invited on substantial, original, and previously unpublished research on all aspects of genetic and evolutionary computation.

Call For Papers: PDF file

Submission Requirements:

The deadline for submitting papers was Wednesday, January 30, 2008.

Meet the Submission Deadline: The deadline for ARRIVAL of submissions is Wednesday, January 30, 2008.

Submit paper to the Review System: The registered user has a login and password, and is the contact about any paper registered by the user. If you registered on the site and submitted a paper to GECCO 2006 or 2007, your account is still active. To retrieve your password for that account, click the "Forget password?" link, which is to the right of the Login button.

Submit substantially new work: The material in a paper must represent substantially new work that has not been previously published by conferences, journals, or edited books in the genetic and evolutionary computation field. GECCO allows submissions of material that is substantially similar to a paper being submitted contemporaneously for review in another conference. However, if the submitted paper is accepted by GECCO, the authors agree that substantially the same material will not be published by another conference in the evolutionary computation field. Material may be later revised and submitted to a journal, if permitted by the journal.

Submit an ACM-formatted PDF of the paper to the online Review System by the deadline, Wednesday, January 30, 2008. Submissions received after the deadlines, or that do not meet the length, ACM formatting, or anonymous author requirements will not be accepted for review.

If there are problems with the electronic submission, gecco-admin will contact the registered user by email. If a registered user believes there is a problem with a submission, the user should contact the Track Chair.


Review Process

Each paper submitted to GECCO will be rigorously reviewed, in a double-blind review process, meaning that reviewers should not be able to infer the identities of the authors of the papers under review, and, of course, that authors will not know the identities of their reviewers.

One of at least 16 separate and independent program committees specializing in various aspects of genetic and evolutionary computation review submitted papers.These committees make their own final decisions on submitted papers for their areas, subject only to conference-wide space limitations and procedures.

Review criteria includes significance of the work, novelty, clarity, writing quality, and sufficiency of information to permit replication, if applicable.

GECCO notifies the first-named author (or other corresponding author designated by the authors at submission) whether the submission is accepted as an 8-page full paper, 2-page poster abstract, or not accepted by March 12, 2008.

Accept Author Agreement:
By submitting a paper, the author(s) agree that, if their paper is accepted, they will:

Submit a final, revised, camera-ready version by the deadline for camera-ready papers: Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Complete a paid conference registration for at least one author by Friday, April 18, 2008
Attend the conference (at least one author).
Present the accepted paper at the conference.


Best Paper Awards

Each track chair will nominate the best papers from their track for " Best Paper of GECCO Awards". GECCO attendees will select the best papers by ballot during the conference.

This year's nominations: web pdf


Ant Colony Optimization, Swarm Intelligence, and Artificial Immune Systems

Evolutionary Swarm Design of Architectural Idea Models;
Sebastian von Mammen (University of Calgary)
Christian Jacob (University of Calgary)

Artificial Life, Evolutionary Robotics, Adaptive Behavior, Evolvable Hardware

Modular Neurorevolution for Multilegged Locomotion;
Vinod K.Valsalam (The University of Texas at Austin)
Risto Miikkulainen (The University of Texas at Austin)

Bioinformatics and Computational Biology

Structure and Parameter Estimation for Cell Systems Biology Models;
Francisco J. Romero-Campero (University of Nottingham)
Hongquing Cao (University of Nottingham)
Miguel Camara (University of Nottingham),
Natalio Krasnogor (University of Nottingham)


An Empirical Comparison of Evolution and Coevolution for Designing Artificial Neural Network Game Players;
Min Shi (Norwegian University of Science and Technology)

Estimation of Distribution Algorithms

From Mating Pool Distributions to Model Overfitting ;
Claudio F Lima (University of Algarve)
Fernando G. Lobo (University of Algarve)
Martin Pelikan (University of Missouri at St Louis)

Evolution Strategies, Evolutionary Programming

Aiming for a Theoretically tractable CSA variant by Means of Empirical Investigations;
Jens Jägersküpper (TU Dortmund)
Mike Preuss (TU Dortmund)

Evolutionary Combinatorial Optimization

Crossover Can Provably be Useful in Evolutionary Computation;
Benjamin Doerr (Max Planck Institut für Informatik)
Edda Happ (Max Planck Institut für Informatik)
Christian Klein (Max Planck Institut für Informatik)

Evolutionary Multiobjective Optimization

A New Memetic Strategy for the Numerical Treatment of Multi-Objective Optimization Problems;
Oliver Schuetze (CINVESTAV-IPN)
Gustavo Sanchez (Simon Bolivar University)
Carlos Coello Coello (CINVESTAV-IPN)

Formal Theory

Precision, Local Search and Unimodal Functions;
Martin Dietzfelbinger (Tecnische Universität Ilmenau)
Jonathan E. Rowe (University of Birmingham)
Ingo Wegener (Technische Universität Dortmund)
Phillip Woelfel (University of Calgary)

Generative and Developmental Systems

Generative Encoding for Multiagent Systems;
David B. D’Ambrosio (University of Central Florida)
Kenneth O. Stanley (University of Central Florida).

Genetic Algorithms

Theoretical Analysis of Diversity Mechanisms for Global Exploration;
Tobias Friedrich (Max Planck Institut für Informatik)
Pietro S. Oliveto (University of Birmingham)
Dirk Sudholt (TU Dortmund)
Carsten Witt (TU Dortmund)

Genetic Programming

Parsimony Pressure Made Easy;
Riccardo Poli (University of Essex)
Nicholas Freitag McPhee (University of Minnesota, Morris)

Genetics-Based Machine Learning ad Learning Classifier Systems

Context-Dependent Predictions and Cognitive Arm Control with XCSF;
Martin V. Butz (University of Würzburg)
Oliver Herbort (University of Würzburg)

Real World Applications

Genetic Algorithms for Mentor-Assisted Evaluation Function Optimization;
Omid David_Tabibi (Bar-Ilan University)
Moshe Koppel (Bar-Ilan University)
Nathan S. Netanyahu (Bar-Ilan University)

Search-Based Software Engineering

Searching for Liveness Property Violations in Concurrent Systems with ACO;
Francisco Chicano (University of Málaga)
Enrique Alba (University of Málaga)



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Paper submissions inquiries to:

Program suggestions and inquiries to:

Conor Ryan   -   
GECCO-2008 General Chair
 Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO-2008)
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