Evolutionary algorithms and complex systems

Complex systems are ubiquitous in physics, economics, sociology, biology, computer science, and many other scientific areas. Typically, a complex system is composed of smaller aggregated components, whose interaction and interconnectedness are non-trivial (e.g., interactions can be high-dimensional and non-linear, and/or the connectivity can exhibit non-trivial topological features such as power-law degree distribution, high clustering coefficient, etc.). This leads to emergent properties of the system, not anticipated by its isolated components. Furthermore, when the system behaviour is studied from a temporal perspective, self-organisation patterns typically arise.

evocomplex 2012 covers all aspects of the interaction of evolutionary algorithms (and metaheuristics in general) with complex systems. It is a part of the evoapplications conference, held within evo*, the major annual European event on evolutionary computation. evo* is always a very enjoyable event offering good opportunities for networking, informal contact, exchange of ideas and discussions with fellow researchers in a friendly and relaxed setting.

Areas of Interest and Contributions

High quality papers are sought on topics related to the confluence of evolutionary algorithms and complex systems, including (but not limited to) the use of evolutionary algorithms for the analysis or design of complex systems, such as for example:

  • Complex networks, e.g., social networks, ecological networks, interaction networks, etc.
  • Chaotic systems
  • Self-organizing systems, such as e.g., multiagent systems, social systems, etc.
  • Iterated function systems and cellular automata
  • Complex information systems

Relevant topics also include the use of complex systems and tools thereof to model, analyse or improve the performance of evolutionary algorithms, such as for example:

  • Complex population structures
  • Self-organized criticality
  • Emergent behaviour
  • Attractors

Publication Details

Accepted papers will appear in the proceedings of evo*, published in a volume of the Springer Lecture Notes in Computer Science, which will be available at the Conference.

Submission Details

Submissions must be original and not published elsewhere. The submissions will be peer reviewed by at least three members of the program committee. The authors of accepted papers will have to improve their paper on the basis of the reviewers’ comments and will be asked to send a camera ready version of their manuscripts. At least one author of each accepted work has to register for the conference and attend the conference and present the work.

The reviewing process will be double-blind, please omit information about the authors in the submitted paper. Submit your manuscript in Springer LNCS format.

submission link: http://myreview.csregistry.org/evoapps12/
page limit: 10 pages

Important Dates

submission deadline: 7 December 2011

notification to authors: 14 january 2012

camera-ready deadline: 27 january 2012

evo* event

11-13 april 2012

Programme Chairs

Carlos Cotta
University of Malaga

Juan J. Merelo
University of Granada