evolve the next evo* image

This competition is open to everyone who enjoys using Evolutionary Computation to create art.
We are looking for submissions of any type of Evolutionary or Bio-inspired Algorithm which produces an image.

Entries will be shortlisted by a panel of experts, and the winning image will be chosen via public vote by the attendees of this year’s evo*. The winner will be announced on the final day of the conference.

As well as the standard evocompetitions prize, the winning entry will be considered for next year’s evo* image, which features on the evo* 2012 website, poster and proceedings’ cover.We reserve the right to use any of the entries in evo* 2012 material. All submitters agree to evo* using their images (without payment, but with full acknowledgement) on future evo* website, conference publicity material and conference publications, including the proceedings which would be published by Springer in their LNCS series.


The only requirement is that the design is evolved or obtained by other bio-inspired means.  Each entry must be accompanied by an explanation of the algorithm used. Maximum three entries per participant.


You are requested to submit:

  • the source code of the algorithm used to generate the image
  • the evolved image
  • a text file with
  • your name and contact address,
  • a brief explanation of the algorithm used,
  • a one-paragraph description of what the image means to you and why you think it’s interesting

Please, send a zipped file (.zip or .tgz) with your entry by the 28th April 2011 to cdichio(at)gmail.com.


Cecilia Di Chio

Penousal Machado

2011 simulated car racing championship

The 2011 Simulated Car Racing Championship will be the third Simulated Car Racing Championship. Following the path of the previous editions, also the 2011 Simulated Car Racing Championship will be an event joining more competitions held at major conferences in the field of Evolutionary Computation and in the field of Computational Intelligence and Games.

We are pleased to announce that this year, the 3 legs of the championship will be held at:


The goal of the championship is to design a controller for a racing car that will compete on a set of unknown tracks first alone (against the clock) and then against other drivers.

The controllers perceive the racing environment through a number of sensors that describe the relevant features of the car surroundings (e.g., the track limits, the position of near-by obstacles), of the car state (the fuel level, the engine RPMs, the current gear, etc.), and the current game state (lap time, number of lap, etc.). The controller can perform the typical driving actions (clutch, changing gear, accelerate, break, steering the wheel, etc.)

backward compatibility

The 2011 Championship will not introduce any major change with respect to the previous edition.

In particular, we will not introduce any change to the APIs, such that it will be possible to build a controller based on the entries of the past year.

rules and regulations

The championship consists of several races on different tracks divided into legs.

Teams will be allowed to submit a different driver to each leg.

Each Grand Prix consists of three stages:

  • the warm-up
  • the qualifying
  • the race

During warm-up, each driver races alone.

Drivers can collect useful information about the tracks and can tune their behaviors for the next stages. Accordingly, the performance of drivers in this stage is not taken into account for their scores.

During the qualifying stage each driver races alone on each track of the leg.

The eight controllers that bridge the longest distances qualify for the actual Grand Prix races.

During the final races, these best eight drivers race together.

The races consist of eight runs on each of the three tracks. At the end of each race, the drivers are scored using the F1 system: 10 points to the first controller that completes the race, 8 points to the second one, 6 to the third one, 5 to the fourth, 4 to the fifth one, 3 to the sixth, 2 to the seventh, and 1 to the eighth. The driver performing the fastest lap in the race will get two additional points. The driver completing the race with the smallest amount of damage will also get two extra points. The starting grid of the first race will be based on the performance obtained in the qualifying stage. Each subsequent race, the starting grid will be shifted by one so that each driver starts from every position of the starting grid exactly once.

important dates

evo* leg

  • Submission deadline: April 15, 2011
  • Conference: April 27-29, 2011


  • Submission deadline: July 1, 2011
  • Conference: July 12-16, 2011

CIG leg

  • Submission deadline: August 19, 2011
  • Conference: August 31-September 3, 2011

competition software

The official software package will be released very soon. However, in the meanwhile, we suggest new potential competitors to get familiar with the software API of the past year championship, available here.


For inquiries send an email to scr2011@sigevolution.org or visit the Car Racing Google Group at


organizing committee

Daniele Loiacono
Politecnico di Milano, Italy

Luigi Cardamone
Politecnico di Milano, Italy

Martin V. Butz
University of Würzburg, Germany

Pier Luca Lanzi
Politecnico di Milano, Italy

    evocompetitions chair

    Anna I Esparcia-Alcázar
    S2 Grupo
    , Spain