@ AISB 50th Annual Convention, Goldsmiths, University of London, 1-4th April 2014

Alan Turing was the first person to suggest that natural evolution may provide inspiration for approaches to artificial intelligence, in the famous “Intelligent Machinery” report he produced in 1948 (published 1968). The first implementations of such evolutionary computing emerged during the following decades, including pioneering work in the UK by Richard Forsyth with his BEAGLE system (1981). The first event dedicated to evolutionary computing in the UK was held as part of the 1994 AISB Convention in Leeds, organised by Terry Fogarty. The workshop continued to be held at the annual convention for a number of years thereafter, with the proceedings, entitled Evolutionary Computing, published by Springer each year.

In 2014 the Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and Simulation of Behaviour (AISB) marks the 50th anniversary of its annual convention with an event at Goldsmiths, University of London. It will also be the 20th anniversary of that first evolutionary computing workshop and so a two-day symposium will be held as part of the AISB’s 2014 event.

In keeping with the original workshop, papers are invited in all areas of evolutionary computing and its application. Topics of accepted papers in 1994 included theoretical underpinnings, coevolution, multi-objective optimization, memetic algorithms, parallel implementations, genetic programming, and learning classifier systems, and covered areas such as timetabling, biological modelling, game-playing, signal processing, robotics, and data mining. Submissions which connect to those published in the Evolutionary Computing proceedings and/or have a UK historical perspective are particularly welcomed.

Important Dates
i. Full paper submission deadline: 10th January 2014
ii. Notification of acceptance/rejection decisions: 3rd February 2014
iii. Final versions of accepted papers (Camera ready copy, plus copyright form): 24th February 2014
iv. Convention: 1-4th April 2014 (workshop on Thursday April 3rd)

Submissions must be full papers and should be sent via EasyChair. Text editor templates from a previous convention can be found here. Submitted papers are limited to eight pages. Selected papers will be published in the general proceedings of the AISB Convention, with the proviso that at least ONE author attends the symposium in order to present the paper and participate in general symposium activities. Invited papers will form a special issue of the Evolutionary Intelligence journal after the workshop.

Additional Information
Please note that there will be separate proceedings for each symposium, produced before the convention. Each delegate will receive a memory stick containing the proceedings of all the symposia. In previous years there have been awards for the best student paper, and limited student bursaries. These details will be circulated as and when they become available.

Symposium Timetable (preliminary)
9.00 Registration and coffee
9.30 Convention Plenary (TBA - see here)
10.30 Coffee
11.00 A Model for Characterising the Collective Dynamic Behaviour of Evolutionary Algorithms. M. Turkey et al.
11.30 A review of Hyper-Heuristic frameworks. P. Ryser-Welch et al.
12.00 On the Interaction between Self-adaptive Mutation and Memetic Learning. J. Smith
12.30 Towards the Evolution of Vertical-Axis Wind Turbines Using Supershapes. R. Preen et al.
13.00 Lunch
14.00 NeuroEvolution: The Importance of Transfer Function Evolution and Heterogeneous Networks. A. Turner et al.
14.30 Exploiting generalisation symmetries in accuracy-based learning classifier systems: An initial study. L. Bull
15.00 An Evolvable Representation for High-Dimensional Evolutionary Robotics. A. Churchill et al.
15.30 Coffee
16.00 Immune Clonal Multi-objective Optimization based Simultaneous Clustering and Classification for Classification R. Shang et al.
16.30 Break
18.00 Public Lecture (TBA - see here)

Special Guest
Terry Fogarty, The University of Nottingham, Ningbo, China

Symposium Chair
Larry Bull
University of the West of England

Programme Committee
Uwe Aickelin, University of Nottingham
Peter Bentley, University College London
Dave Corne, Heriot-Watt University
Chrisantha Fernando, Queen Mary University of London
Phil Husbands, University of Sussex
Yaochu Jin, University of Surrey
Tim Kovacs, University of Bristol
Natalio Krasnogor, University of Newcastle
Leandro Minku, University of Birmingham
Chrystopher Nehaniv, University of Hertfordshire
Ben Paechter, Napier University
Riccardo Poli, University of Essex
Jim Smith, University of the West of England
Andy Tyrrell, University of York
Xin Yao, University of Birmingham