Graduate Student Workshop 2005
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Michael O'Neill (University of Limerick)
Terry Riopka (Lehigh University)
Gregory Hornby (NASA Ames Research Center)
Call for Papers
Submission Deadline: 21 March 2005 (Submission Closed)
Acceptance Notification: 8 April 2005
Camera Ready Deadline: 18 April 2005
Submissions may be made by email only, either in Postscript or PDF format. The submission should be typeset in ACM GECCO-2005 Format and should be up to four pages in length. There is no need to anonymize the paper. Mail submissions to Michael O'Neill. Please mail them with the subject line: GECCO 2005 Graduate Student Workshop Submission
This single day workshop will involve approximately 10 selected students researching any aspect of Evolutionary Computation presenting a 15-20 minute synopisis of their current research to a mentor panel, other students and other selected participants. Each presentation will be followed by questions and discussion prompted by the mentor panel. A limited number of other students will be invited to attend the workshop where they will have an opportunity to join in discussions.
This format is intended to offer feedback from the panel to the presenters regarding their results, methodology, future directions and presentation style. It should benefit other attendees in terms of learning about the work of others, engaging in technical discussions and meeting researchers with related interests. Workshops with approximately the same goals and format was held at previous GP/GECCO events and were strongly endorsed by both faculty and student participants.
To be eligible to present at this workshop you must submit a paper up to four pages long describing your thesis work involving any area of Evolutionary Computation including existing intermediate results. Your submission should be authored solely by you (and your advisor or supervisor if protocol demands).
The group of presenting students will be chosen by the panel with the intent of creating a diverse group of students working on a broad range of topic areas. You are an ideal candidate if your thesis topic has already been approved by your university and you have been working on your thesis for between 6 and 18 months. You are also a strong candidate if evolutionary computation has a role in an undergraduate project or thesis.
Importantly, even if you are not chosen to present, you will be considered for invitation to the workshop and you can expect to derive a lot of benefit from attending. Participation will be limited to preserve the discussion quality of the workshop but students who submit a paper will receive highest consideration.
The papers submitted by students who participate in the workshop will be published in the GECCO Workshop Proceedings.
The Graduate Student Workshop has a long history of participation in the GP and GECCO conferences, and has had many notables in the EA community participate both as presenters and as panel members. Links to the previous workshops are provided at the end of this page.
Awards will also be presented for the best paper, and best presentation.
For further information contact Michael O'Neill.
How does my paper submission relate to GECCO?
This workshop is entirely distinct from submitting to the GECCO conference. You may submit your paper both here and at GECCO. In fact, your workshop paper may overlap with any other paper submission you've made elsewhere, so long as this does not violate copyright agreements made elsewhere.
Can I get a travel grant?
There is a strong possibility of travel grants to authors of accepted submissions. Our goal is a high level of participation by students. In past years, students with papers accepted at this workshop have received additional consideration for student travel grants to GECCO. We hope to continue this policy in 2005.
What topics can I submit?
You can submit a paper on any topic that would be acceptable to the original GECCO call for papers. However, your paper must be related in some aspect to your thesis work.
Can I ask the panel questions?
Most definitely. Although the panel and other participants will inevitably ask you questions to clarify your research, keep in mind that you are primarily there to elicit help and advice from them! The workshop is designed to be a dialogue between you and the Evolutionary Computation community, to enable you to both share your research with other experts in the field, and to enlist them to share their expertise and experience with you.
08:30 - 08:35 Opening remarks
08:40 - 09:00 Zbigniew Skolicki
An Analysis of Island Models in Evolutionary Computation
09:10 - 09:30 Hammad Majeed
A New Approach to Evaluate GP Schema in Context
09:40 - 10:00 Francois-Joseph Lapointe
Choreogenetics: the Generation of Choreographic Variants Through Genetic Mutations and Selection
10:10 - 10:40 Coffee break
10:40 - 11:00 Katharina Lehmann
Why simulating evolutionary processes is just as interesting as applying them
11:10 - 11:30 Christina Hayes
Hyperbolic Fixed Points are Typical in the Space of Mixing Operators for the Infinite Population Genetic Algorithm
11:40 - 12:00 Ian Dempsey
Constant Generation for the Financial Domain using Grammatical Evolution
12:10 - 14:00 LUNCH BREAK
14:00 - 14:20 Namrata Khemka
Making Soccer Kicks Better: A Study in Particle Swarm Optimization
14:30 - 14:50 Wai Kuan Foong
Ant Colony Optimization for Power Plant Maintenance Scheduling Optimization
15:00 - 15:20 Daniele Loiacono
Improving Generalization in the XCSF Classifier System Using Linear Least-Squares
15:30 - 16:00 Coffee break
16:00 - 16:20 Ricardo Landa Becerra
Use of Domain Information to Improve the Performance of an Evolutionary Algorithm
16:30 - 16:50 Johan Berntsson
G2DGA: An Adaptive Framework for Internet-based Distributed Genetic Algorithms
17:00 - 17:30
Voting and Awards
18:30 Reception/Dinner Reception + dinner for winners and panelists!