Evostar 2015

The Leading European Event on Bio-Inspired Computation.

Copenhagen, Denmark, 8-10 April 2015

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, and high clustering coefficient). This leads to emergent properties of the system, not anticipated by its isolated components. Furthermore, when the system behaviour is studied form a temporal perspective, self-organisation patterns typically arise.

Studying complex systems requires composite strategies that employ various different algorithms to solve a single difficult problem. Components of such strategies may solve consecutive phases leading to the main goal (for example, consider an oil deposit exploration strategy composed of a complex memetic search algorithm and of a direct FEM solver), may be used to approach particular sub-tasks from different perspectives (as, for example, in multi-scale approaches), or may solve the main problem in different ways that are aggregated to form the final solution (as, for example, in hyper-heuristics, island GAs or multi-physics approaches).

EvoCOMPLEX 2015 covers all aspects of the interaction of evolutionary algorithms -and metaheuristics in general- with complex systems. Topics of interest include, but are 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
  • multi-scale, multi-physics and multi-goal systems
  • other complex systems not included above

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

  • complex population structures
  • synergy of component algorithms
  • self-organized criticality and emergent behavior
  • attractors
  • convergence, computational complexity and stopping conditions
  • other applications of complex systems to EAs.


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


Authors of selected papers will be invited to submit extended versions of their papers to a special issue of the Journal of Computational Science (http://www.journals.elsevier.com/journal-of-computational-science, JCR 2013 impact factor: 1.567). More details will be available after the conference.

Submission Details

Submissions must be original and not published elsewhere. They will be peer reviewed by members of the program committee. The reviewing process will be double-blind, so please omit information about the authors in the submitted paper.

Submit your manuscript in Springer LNCS format.

Please provide up to five keywords in your Abstract

Page limit: 12 pages to http://myreview.csregistry.org/evoapps14/.

Programme Committee

  • Jhon Edgar Amaya, Universidad Nacional Experimental del Táchira, Venezuela
  • Anca Andreica, Universitatea Babes-Bolyai, Romania
  • Tiago Baptista, Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal
  • Antonio Córdoba, Universidad de Sevilla, Spain
  • Carlos Fernandes, Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal
  • José Enrique Gallardo, Universidad de Málaga, Spain
  • Carlos Gersherson, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, México
  • Evert Haasdijk, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Juan Luis Jiménez Laredo, Université du Havre, France
  • Iwona Karcz-Duleba, Wrocław University of Technology, Poland
  • Raúl Lara Cabrera, Universidad de Málaga, Spain
  • Gabriel Luque, Universidad de Málaga, Spain
  • Juan Julián Merelo, Universidad de Granada, Spain
  • Antonio Nebro, Universidad de Málaga, Spain
  • Maciej Smolka, AGH University of Science and Technology, Poland
  • Giovanni Squillero, Politecnico di Torino, Italy
  • Marco Tomassini, Université de Laussane, Switzerland
  • Alberto Tonda, INRA, France

EvoCOMPLEX Programme Chairs

  • Carlos Cotta
    Universidad de Málaga, Spain
  • Robert Schaefer
    AGH University of Science and Technology, Poland

Important dates:

Submission Deadline: 15 November 2014
Notification: 07 January 2015
Camera-ready: 21 January 2015
Early registration discount:01 March 2015
Registration deadline:31 March 2015
EvoStar dates: 8-10 April 2015