[alife] CFP: ECoMASS 2013 Workshop

Forrest Stonedahl forrest at northwestern.edu
Fri Jan 11 17:49:33 PST 2013


                    SEVENTH ANNUAL WORKSHOP ON
          Evolutionary Computation and Multi-Agent Systems
               and Simulation Workshop (ECoMASS-2013)

                     to be held as part of the

 2013 Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO-2013)
                 July 06-10, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
                     Organized by ACM SIGEVO


       Workshop URL: http://www.cscs.umich.edu/ecomass/

Evolutionary computation (EC) and multi-agent systems and simulation
(MASS) both involve populations of agents. EC is a learning technique
by which a population of individual agents adapt according to the
selection pressures exerted by an environment; MASS seeks to
understand how to coordinate the actions of a population of (possibly
selfish) autonomous agents that share an environment so that some
outcome is achieved. Both EC and MASS have top-down and bottom-up
features. For example, some aspects of multi-agent system engineering
(e.g., mechanism design) are concerned with how top-down structure can
constrain or influence individual decisions. Similarly, most work in
EC is concerned with how to engineer selective pressures to drive the
evolution of individual behavior towards some desired goal. Multi-agent
simulation (also called agent-based modeling) addresses the bottom-up
issue of how collective behavior emerges from individual action.
Likewise, the study of evolutionary dynamics within EC (for example in
coevolution) often considers how population-level phenomena emerge from
individual-level interactions. Thus, at a high level, we may view EC and
MASS as examining and utilizing analogous processes. It is therefore
natural to consider how knowledge gained within EC may be relevant to
MASS, and vice versa; indeed, applications and techniques from one field
have often made use of technologies and algorithms from the other field.
Studying EC and MASS in combination is warranted and has the potential
to contribute to both fields.

The goal of this workshop is to facilitate the examination and
development of techniques at the intersection of evolutionary
computation and multi-agent systems and simulation.

The ECoMASS workshop welcomes original submissions in the theory and
practice on all aspects of Evolutionary Computation and Multi-Agent
Systems and Simulation, which include (but are not limited to) the
following topics and themes:

- Multi-agent systems and agent-based models utilizing evolutionary
- Optimization of multi-agent systems and agent-based models using
evolutionary computation
- Evolutionary computation models which rely not on explicit fitness
functions but rather implicit fitness functions defined by the
relationship to other individuals / agents
- Applications utilizing MASS and EC in combination
- Biological agent-based models (usually called individual-based
models) involving evolution
- Evolution of cooperation and altruism
- Genotypic representation of the complex phenotypic strategies of MASS
- Evolutionary learning within MASS (including Baldwinian learning and
phenotypic plasticity)
- Emergence and feedbacks
- Open-ended strategy spaces and evolution
- Adaptive individuals within evolving populations

*Paper Submission
Each accepted paper will be presented orally at the workshop and
distributed in the workshop proceedings to all GECCO attendees. Authors
should follow the format of the GECCO manuscript style; refer to
http://www.sigevo.org/gecco-2013/ for details. Manuscripts should not
exceed 8 pages. Papers should be submitted by 28 March, 2013 in
PDF format to: forrest.stonedahl at centre.edu with
"ECoMASS paper submission" in the subject line.

*Important Dates
Paper submission deadline: 28 March, 2013
Notification of acceptance: April 15, 2013
Camera-Ready Accepted Papers Due: April 25, 2013

*Workshop Chairs
Bill Rand, University of Maryland
Forrest Stonedahl, Centre College

*Workshop Program Committee
Mitchell Colby, Oregon State University
Matt Knudson, NASA Ames Research Center
Rinde van Lon, KU Leuven (Belgium)
Michael North, Argonne National Laboratory
Jim Reggia, University of Maryland
Robert G. Reynolds, Wayne State University
Rick Riolo, University of Michigan
Moshe Sipper, Ben-Gurion University
Logan Yliniemi, Oregon State University
Tina Yu, Memorial University of Newfoundland

GECCO is sponsored by the Association for Computing Machinery Special
Interest Group on Genetic and Evolutionary Computation (SIGEVO). SIG
Services: 2 Penn Plaza, Suite 701, New York, NY, 10121, USA,
1-800-342-6626 (USA and Canada) or +212-626-0500 (Global).

Forrest Stonedahl (forrest.stonedahl at centre.edu)
Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Mathematics
Centre College (http://www.centre.edu/)

Website: http://forrest.stonedahl.com/

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