Call For Entries for 10th Annual (2013) "Humies" Awards
for Human-Competitive Results Produced
by Genetic and Evolutionary Computation

To be Held at Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO) July 6-10, 2013 In Amsterdam

Entries are hereby solicited for awards totaling $10,000 for human-competitive results that have been produced by any form of genetic and evolutionary computation (including, but not limited to genetic algorithms, genetic programming, evolution strategies, evolutionary programming, learning classifier systems, grammatical evolution, gene expression programming, differential evolution, etc.) and that have been published in the open literature between the deadline for the previous competition and the deadline for the current competition.

The competition will be held as part of the 2013 Genetic and Evolutionary Computation (GECCO) conference. Presentations of entries will be made at the conference. The awards and prizes will be announced and presented during the conference.


Monday June 3, 2013 Deadline for entries (consisting of one TEXT file and one or more PDF files) are due by e-mail. Send entries to
Monday June 24, 2013 Finalists will be notified by e-mail
Wednesday July 3, 2013 Finalists must submit their presentation (e.g., PowerPoint, PDF) for posting on competition web site. Send presentations to
July 6-10, 2013
Dates for the GECCO conference
Monday July 8, 2012
Presentations before judging committee at public session at GECCO conference
Wednesday July 10, 2012 (TENTATIVE) Announcement of awards at morning plenary session of GECCO conference

If you plan to make an entry into this competition, please check the web site at for updated information prior to submitting your entry. If you make an entry, please re-check this web site periodically prior to the conference for additional (and possible changing) information and instructions.



• Erik Goodman
• Una-May O'Reilly
• Wolfgang Banzhaf
• Darrell Whitley
• Lee Spector (invited, not yet confirmed)



Techniques of genetic and evolutionary computation are being increasingly applied to difficult real-world problems — often yielding results that are not merely academically interesting, but competitive with the work done by creative and inventive humans. Starting at the Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO) in 2004, cash prizes have been awarded for human-competitive results that had been produced by some form of genetic and evolutionary computation in the previous year.

This prize competition is based on published results. The publication may be a paper at the GECCO conference (i.e., regular paper, poster paper, or any other full-length paper), a paper published anywhere in the open literature (e.g., another conference, journal, technical report, thesis, book chapter, book), or a paper in final form that has been unconditionally accepted by a publication and is "in press" (that is, the entry must be identical to something that will be published imminently. The publication may not be an intermediate or draft version that is still subject to change or revision by the authors or editors. The publication must meet the usual standards of a scientific publication in that is must clearly describe a problem, the methods used to address the problem, the results obtained, and sufficient information to enable the work described to be replicated by an independent person.

Cash prizes of $5,000 (gold), $3,000 (silver), and bronze (either one prize of $2,000 or two prizes of $1,000) will be awarded for the best entries that satisfy the criteria for human-competitiveness. The awards will be divided equally among co-authors unless the authors specify a different division at the time of submission. Prizes are paid by check in U.S. dollars.


Important Dates
Judging Committee
Call for Entries


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