2014 Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO 2014)
July 12-16, 2014, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Organized by ACM SIGEVO

You are invited to plan your participation in the Genetic and Evolutionary
Computation Conference (GECCO 2014). This conference will present the latest
high-quality results in genetic and evolutionary computation.

** Important dates **

* Workshop and tutorial proposals: November 6, 2013
* Notification of workshop and tutorial acceptance: November 29, 2013
* Competition proposals: November 29, 2013
* Abstract submission: January 15, 2014
* Submission of full papers: January 29, 2014
* Notification of paper acceptance: March 12, 2014
* Camera ready submission: April 14, 2014
* Advance registration: May 2, 2014
* Conference: July 12-16, 2014

** Contacts **

Web: http://www.sigevo.org/gecco-2014
Email: gecco2014@sigevolution.org
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/GECCO2014
Facebook: http://on.fb.me/19IQqqd
Google+: http://goo.gl/sbJBv

** Call for Papers **

The GECCO 2014 Program Committee invites the submission of technical papers
describing your best work in genetic and evolutionary computation. Abstracts
need to be submitted by January 15, 2014. Full papers are due by the
**non-extensible deadline** of January 29, 2014. Detailed submission
instructions can be found at http://www.sigevo.org/gecco-2014.

Each paper submitted to GECCO will be rigorously evaluated in a double-blind
review process. The evaluation is on a per-track basis, ensuring high interest
and expertise of the reviewers. Review criteria include significance of the
work, technical soundness, novelty, clarity, writing quality, and sufficiency
of information to permit replication, if applicable. All accepted papers will
be published in the ACM Digital Library.

GECCO allows submission of material that is substantially similar to a paper
being submitted contemporaneously for review by another conference. However,
if the submitted paper is accepted by GECCO, the authors agree that
substantially the same material will not be published by another conference.
Material may later be revised and submitted to a journal, if permitted by the

Researchers are invited to submit abstracts of their work recently published
in top-tier conferences and journals to the new Hot Off the Press track.
Contributions will be selected based on quality and interest to the GECCO

** Call for Tutorials **

The GECCO 2014 Organizing Committee invites proposals for tutorials. Proposals
are due by November 6, 2013 and will be reviewed by the GECCO 2014 Organizing
Committee based on their significance to the conference, the breadth and depth
of the topics, and the expertise and credentials of the presenters. Tutorials
will be free to all attendees of the conference. Slide sets of accepted
tutorials will be published in the ACM Digital Library as part of a companion
volume to the conference proceedings. For detailed instructions, see

** Call for Workshops **

The GECCO 2014 Organizing Committee invites proposals for workshops. Proposals
are due by November 6, 2013. GECCO workshops provide the possibility to
jointly develop visions and exchange ideas in an informal setting, especially
if focused on an emerging research field or interdisciplinary research area.
Attendance at the workshops will be free for all GECCO attendees.

Workshop organizers are responsible for coordination, publicity, and the
reviewing of submitted papers. Accepted workshop papers will be published in
the ACM Digital Library in a companion volume to the conference proceedings.
For detailed instructions, see http://www.sigevo.org/gecco-2014.

** Call for Competitions **

The GECCO 2014 Organizing Committee invites proposals for competitions.
Proposals are due by November 6, 2013 and will be reviewed based on their
relevance to the community. Each competition proposal should introduce an
active research domain that showcases the power of evolutionary computation.

** Program Tracks **

Three days of presentations of the latest high-quality results in more than 15
separate and independent program tracks specializing in various aspects of
genetic and evolutionary computation.

** Planned Program Tracks **

* Ant Colony Optimization and Swarm Intelligence
* Artificial Life / Robotics / Evolvable Hardware
* Biological and Biomedical Applications
* Digital Entertainment Technologies and Arts
* Estimation of Distribution Algorithms
* Evolution Strategies and Evolutionary Programming
* Evolutionary Combinatorial Optimization and Metaheuristics
* Evolutionary Machine Learning (formerly: Genetics Based Machine Learning)
* Evolutionary Multiobjective Optimization
* Generative and Developmental Systems
* Genetic Algorithms
* Genetic Programming
* Hot Off the Press (new track!)
* Integrative Genetic and Evolutionary Computation
* Parallel Evolutionary Systems
* Real World Applications
* Search-Based Software Engineering
* Self-* Search
* Theory

** Free Tutorials and Workshops! **

Two days of tutorials and workshops (included with conference registration)
presented by some of the world's foremost experts in topics of interest to
genetic and evolutionary computation researchers and practitioners.

** GECCO Organizers **

* General Chair: Dirk Arnold
* Editor-in-Chief: Christian Igel
* Local Chair: Elena Popovici
* Publicity Chair: Christian Gagne
* Tutorials Chair: Mengjie Zhang
* Students Chair: Petr Posik
* Workshops Chair: Per Kristian Lehre
* Competitions Chair: Amy K. Hoover
* Evolutionary Computation in Practice: Thomas Bartz-Beielstein and Jorn Mehnen
* Business Committee: Darrell Whitley and Juergen Branke

** About the Conference Venue **

Vancouver is a large and multicultural Canadian city with a distinctive West
Coast twist. Nestled between the sea and the mountains, it is a vibrant city
close to nature. The remarkable Stanley Park as well as the 22 km seawall,
which offers unparalleled opportunities for walking, cycling, and
rollerblading, are in walking distance from downtown. The diversity of the
city's restaurant scene is second to none. Vancouver has regularly been ranked
as one of the most livable cities worldwide and is a beautiful destination to

Travelling to Vancouver is easy and convenient, with direct flights from many
cities in North America, Europe, Asia, and Oceania, and a rail connection
between the airport and downtown (Canada Line). For more information, visit

The conference will be held at the Sheraton Wall Centre Vancouver
(http://www.sheratonvancouver.com). Located in Downtown Vancouver’s shopping
and entertainment districts, it is within walking distance of the city’s best
restaurants and most attractions.


GECCO is sponsored by the Association for Computing Machinery Special Interest
Group for Genetic and Evolutionary Computation (ACM SIGEVO).