In many real-world optimisation problems, a wide range of uncertainties has to be taken into account. Generally, uncertainties in evolutionary optimisation can be categorized into four classes:
- Noisy fitness function. Noise in fitness evaluations may come from many different sources such as sensory measurement errors or randomised simulations.
- Approximated fitness function. When the fitness function is very expensive to evaluate, or an analytical fitness function is not available, approximated fitness functions are often used instead.
- Robustness. Often, when a solution is implemented, the design variables or the environmental parameters are subject to perturbations or changes. Therefore, a common requirement is that a solution should still work satisfyingly either when the design variables change slightly, e.g., due to manufacturing tolerances, or when the environmental parameters vary slightly. This issue is generally known as the search for robust solutions.
- Dynamic fitness function. In a changing environment, it should be possible to continuously track the moving optimum rather than repeatedly re-start the optimisation process. For evolutionary computation in dynamic environments, learning and adaptation usually play an important role. Multi-objective problems may also involve dynamic environments.
Handling uncertainties in evolutionary computation has received an increasing interest over the past years. A variety of methods for addressing uncertainties have been reported from different application backgrounds. The EvoSTOC event's objective is to foster interest in the issue of handling uncertainties, to provide a forum for researchers to meet, and a platform to present and discuss latest research in the field. Papers are solicited addressing any of the aforementioned four areas and/or their combination with optimisation methods inspired by nature. Algorithmic solutions for multi-objective/multi-criteria problems and novel implementation of hybrid (memetic) algorithms are warmly encouraged. Theoretical and empirical results as well as real-world applications are welcome.
Topics of interest include but are not limited to the following:
- handling noisy fitness functions
- using fitness approximations
- searching for robust solutions
- tracking moving optima
- multi-objective problems in uncertain environments
- co-evolution in uncertain environments
- real-world applications
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.
Accepted papers can be found here.
Submit your manuscript, at most 10 A4 pages long, in Springer LNCS format no later than November 4, 2009 using the online submission tool at http://myreview.csregistry.org/evoapplications10/.
Please refer to Springer LNCS web site for the paper formatting instructions.
Submissions must be original and not published elsewhere, and will be peer reviewed by at least two members of the program committee.
The review process is double-blind and therefore the paper must not contain any references that would identify the authors.
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 paper has to register for the conference no later than the early registration deadline, and at least one author has to attend the conference and present the paper.
Post-conference publications will be considered!
Dirk Arnold (Dalhousie University, Canada)
Hans-Georg Beyer (Vorarlberg University of Applied Sciences, Austria)
Peter Bosman (Centre for Mathematics and Computer Science, Netherlands)
Juergen Branke (University of Karlsruhe, Germany)
Andrea Caponio (Technical University of Bari, Italy)
Ernesto Costa (University of Coimbra, Portugal)
Kalyanmoy Deb (Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, India)
Andries Engelbrecht (University of Pretoria, South Africa)
Yaochu Jin (Honda Research Institute Europe, Germany)
Anna V. Kononova (University of Leeds, UK)
Jouni Lampinen (University of Vaasa, Finland)
Xiaodong Li (RMIT University, Australia)
John McCall (Robert Gordon University, UK)
Ernesto Mininno (University of Jyväskylä, Finland)
Yew Soon Ong (Nanyang Technological University of Singapore, Singapore)
Zhang Qingfu (University of Essex, UK)
William Rand (University of Maryland, USA)
Khaled Rasheed (University of Georgia, USA)
Hendrik Richter ( University of Leipzig, Germany)
Philipp Rohlfshagen (University of Birmingham, UK)
Kay Chen Tan (National University of Singapore, Singapore)
Ke Tang (University of Science and Technology of China, China)
Yoel Tenne (Sydney University, Australia)
Renato Tinos (Universidade de Sao Paulo, Brazil)
Ville Tirronen (University of Jyväskylä, Finland)
Shengxiang Yang (University of Leicester, UK)
Gary Yen (Oklahoma State University, USA)