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ECTA 2012 : International Conference on Evolutionary Computation Theory and Applications


When Oct 5, 2012 - Oct 7, 2012
Where Barcelona, Spain
Submission Deadline Apr 19, 2012
Notification Due Jun 13, 2012
Final Version Due Jul 5, 2012
Categories    artificial intelligence   communications   telecommunications   evolutionary computation

Call For Papers


Considered a subfield of computational intelligence focused on combinatorial optimisation problems, evolutionary computation is associated with systems that use computational models of evolutionary processes as the key elements in design and implementation, i.e. computational techniques which are based to some degree on the evolution of biological life in the natural world. A number of evolutionary computational models have been proposed, including evolutionary algorithms, genetic algorithms, the evolution strategy, evolutionary programming, swarm intelligence and artificial life.
This conference intends to be a major forum for scientists, engineers and practitioners interested in the study, analysis, design, modeling and implementation of evolvable systems, both theoretically and in a broad range of application fields. ECTA welcomes both theoretical research and practical applications.
The conference also aims to foster hybrid approaches within evolutionary computation and also involving fuzzy computation and neural computation.
Conference Topics

Genetic Algorithms
Representation techniques
Software engineering issues; Metamodelling
Evolutionary multiobjective optimization
Evolutionary art and design
Game Theory and applications
Evolution strategies
Machine Learning
Artificial Life
Cognitive Systems
Evolutionary robotics and intelligent agents
Society and cultural aspects of evolution
Concurrent co-operation
Co-evolution and collective behavior
Swarm/collective intelligence
Biocomputing and complex adaptive systems
Bio-inspired hardware and networks
Hybrid Systems

Keynote Speakers

ECTA 2012 will have several invited keynote speakers, who are internationally recognized experts in their areas. Their names are not yet confirmed.
Paper Submission

Authors should submit an original paper in English, carefully checked for correct grammar and spelling, using the on-line submission procedure. The initial submission must have between 3 to 13 pages otherwise it will be rejected without review. Please check the paper formats page so you may be aware of the accepted paper page limits.
The guidelines for paper formatting provided at the conference web ought to be used for all submitted papers. The preferred submission format is the same as the camera-ready format. Please check and carefully follow the instructions and templates provided. Each paper should clearly indicate the nature of its technical/scientific contribution, and the problems, domains or environments to which it is applicable.

Papers that are out of the conference scope or contain any form of plagiarism will be rejected without reviews. Please read INSTICC's ethical norms regarding plagiarism and self-plagiarism.

Remarks about the on-line submission procedure:
1. A "double-blind" paper evaluation method will be used. To facilitate that, the authors are kindly requested to produce and provide the paper, WITHOUT any reference to any of the authors. This means that is necessary to remove the authors personal details, the acknowledgements section and any reference that may disclose the authors identity.
LaTeX/PS/PDF/DOC/DOCX/RTF format are accepted.
2. The web submission procedure automatically sends an acknowledgement, by e-mail, to the contact author.

Paper submission types:
Regular Paper Submission
A regular paper presents a work where the research is completed or almost finished. It does not necessary means that the acceptance is as a full paper. It may be accepted as a "full paper" (30 min. oral presentation) , a "short paper" (20 min. oral presentation) or a "poster".

Position Paper Submission
A position paper presents an arguable opinion about an issue. The goal of a position paper is to convince the audience that your opinion is valid and worth listening to, without the need to present completed research work and/or validated results. It is, nevertheless, important to support your argument with evidence to ensure the validity of your claims. A position paper may be a short report and discussion of ideas, facts, situations, methods, procedures or results of scientific research (bibliographic, experimental, theoretical, or other) focused on one of the conference topic areas. The acceptance of a position paper is restricted to the categories of "short paper" or "poster", i.e. a position paper is not a candidate to acceptance as "full paper".

After the reviewing process is completed, the contact author (the author who submits the paper) of each paper will be notified of the result, by e-mail. The authors are required to follow the reviews in order to improve their paper before the camera-ready submission.


All accepted papers (full, short and posters) will be published in the conference proceedings, under an ISBN reference, on paper and on CD-ROM support.
All papers presented at the conference venue will be available at the SciTePress Digital Library (
SciTePress is member of CrossRef (
A short list of presented papers will be selected so that revised and extended versions of these papers will be published by Springer-Verlag in a SCI Series book.
The proceedings will be submitted for indexation by Thomson Reuters Conference Proceedings Citation Index (ISI), INSPEC, DBLP and EI (Elsevier Index).
Important Dates

Conference Date: 5 - 7 October, 2012
Regular Paper Submission: April 19, 2012
Authors Notification (regular papers): June 13, 2012
Final Regular Paper Submission and Registration: July 5, 2012

ECTA Secretariat
Address: Av. D. Manuel I, 27A, 2º esq.
2910-595 Setúbal - Portugal
Tel.: +351 265 100 033
Fax: +44 203 014 8638

The conference will be held at the Barceló Sants Hotel Barcelona, Spain.
The new Barceló Sants hotel is now taking off. Get ready to enjoy a unique trip in our completely renovated Orbital Rooms.
Located just on top of “Sants Estation” (now Sants Orbital Station), it has direct access to AVE (high speed train), metro and train network.


Agostinho Rosa, IST, Portugal
Program Committee

Pedro Ballester, European Bioinformatics Institute, United Kingdom
Michal Bidlo, Brno University of Technology, Faculty of Information Technology, Czech Republic
Tim Blackwell, University of London, United Kingdom
Indranil Bose, Indian Institute of Management Calcutta, India
Luiza de Macedo Mourelle, Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Antonio Della Cioppa, University of Salerno, Italy
Liliana Dobrica, University Politehnica of Bucharest , Romania
Peter Duerr, ETHZ, Switzerland
Bruce Edmonds, Manchester Metropolitan University Business School, United Kingdom
El-Sayed El-Alfy, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Saudi Arabia
Fabio Fassetti, DEIS, University of Calabria, Italy
Carlos Fernandes, Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal
Antonio J. Fernández Leiva, Universidad de Málaga, Spain
Stefka Fidanova, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Bulgaria
Dalila Fontes, Faculdade de Economia and LIAAD, Universidade do Porto, Portugal
Girolamo Fornarelli, Politecnico di Bari, Italy
Carlos Gershenson, UNAM, Mexico
Jennifer Hallinan, Newcastle University, United Kingdom
J. Ignacio Hidalgo, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain
Jinglu Hu, Waseda University, Japan
Seiya Imoto, University of Tokyo, Japan
Christian Jacob, University of Calgary, Canada
Colin Johnson, University of Kent, United Kingdom
Chi Kin Chow, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Mario Köppen, Kyushu Institute of Technology, Japan
Ondrej Krejcar, University of Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic
Jiri Kubalik, Czech Technical University, Czech Republic
Wenjian Luo, University of Science and Technology of China, China
Penousal Machado, University of Coimbra, Portugal
Barry McMullin, Dublin City University, Ireland
Jörn Mehnen, Cranfield University, United Kingdom
Ambra Molesini, Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna, Italy
Sanaz Mostaghim, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany
Schütze Oliver, CINVESTAV-IPN, Mexico
Gary Parker, Connecticut College, United States
Petrica Pop , North University of Baia Mare, Romania
Aurora Pozo, Federal University of Parana, Brazil
Joaquim Reis, ISCTE, Portugal
Mateen Rizki, Wright State University, United States
Miguel A. Sanz-Bobi, Pontificia Comillas University, Spain
Lukáš Sekanina, Brno University of Technology, Faculty of Information Technology, Czech Republic
Franciszek Seredynski, Polish-Japanese Institute of Information Technology, Poland
Giandomenico Spezzano , CNR-ICAR, Italy
Giovanni Stracquadanio, Johns Hopkins University, United States
Vito Trianni, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Italy
Krzysztof Trojanowski , Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University, Poland
Massimiliano Vasile, University of Strathclyde, United Kingdom
Neal Wagner, Fayetteville State University, United States
Xin-She Yang, National Physical Lab, United Kingdom
Shiu Yin Yuen, City University of Hong Kong, China

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