Evostar 2018

The Leading European Event on Bio-Inspired Computation. Parma, Italy. 4-6 April 2018.

Call for papers:

Evostar Programme

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EuroGP Programme


Wednesday, 4 April

11:10-13:20 - EuroGP 1

Chaired by Aniko Ekart

  1. A Multiple Expression Alignment Framework for Genetic Programming,
    Leonardo Vanneschi, Kristen Scott, Mauro Castelli
  2. Evolving Graphs by Graph Programming,
    Timothy Atkinson, Detlef Plump, Susan Stepney
  3. Pruning Techniques for Mixed Ensembles of Genetic Programming Models,
    Mauro Castelli, Ivo Gonçalves, Luca Manzoni, Leonardo Vanneschi
  4. Generating Redundant Features with Unsupervised Multi-Tree Genetic Programming,
    Andrew Lensen, Bing Xue, Mengjie Zhang
  5. Towards In Vivo Genetic Programming: Evolving Boolean Networks to Determine Cell States,
    Nadia Taou, Michael Lones

13:20-14:30 - Lunch

14:30-16:20 - EuroGP 2

Chaired by Ting Hu

  1. Evolving the Topology of Large Scale Deep Neural Networks,
    Filipe Assunçao, Nuno Lourenço, Penousal Machado, Bernardete Ribeiro
  2. Using GP is NEAT: Evolving Compositional Pattern Production Functions,
    Filipe Assunçao, Nuno Lourenço, Penousal Machado, Bernardete Ribeiro
  3. Structurally Layered Representation Learning: Towards Deep Learning through Genetic Programming,
    Lino Rodriguez-Coayahuitl, Alicia Morales-Reyes, Hugo Jair Escalante
  4. Evolving Better RNAfold Structure Prediction,
    William B. Langdon, Justyna Petke, Ronny Lorenz
  5. Genetic Programming Hyper-heuristic with Cooperative Coevolution for Dynamic Flexible Job Shop Scheduling,
    Daniel Yska, Yi Mei, Mengjie Zhang
  6. Geometric Crossover in Syntactic Space,
    João Macedo, Carlos Fonseca, Ernesto Costa
  7. A Comparative Study on Crossover in Cartesian Genetic Programming,
    Jakub Husa, Roman Kalkreuth

16:20-16:40 - Coffee break

16:40-18:15 - EuroGP 3

Chaired by Mengjie Zhang

Short talks + Panel

  1. Comparing Rule Evaluation Metrics for the Evolutionary Discovery of Multi-Relational Association Rules in the Semantic Web,
    Minh Duc Tran, Claudia d'Amato, Binh Thanh Nguyen, Andrea G. B. Tettamanzi
  2. Investigating a Machine Breakdown Genetic Programming Approach for Dynamic Job Shop Scheduling,
    John Park, Yi Mei, Su Nguyen, Gang Chen, Mengjie Zhang
  3. Multi-Objective Evolution of Ultra-Fast General-Purpose Hash Functions,
    David Grochol, Lukas Sekanina
Panel: GP in the Era of Deep Neural Networks

18:30-20:00 - EvoStar poster session and conference reception

Thursday, 5 April

9:30-11:10 - EuroGP 4

Chaired by Mauro Castelli - Lukas Sekanina

Best paper nominations

  1. Analyzing Feature Importance for Metabolomics using Genetic Programming,
    Ting Hu, Karoliina Oksanen, Weidong Zhang, Edward Randell, Andrew Furey, Guangju Zhai
  2. On the Automatic Design of a Representation for Grammar-based Genetic Programming,
    Eric Medvet, Alberto Bartoli
  3. Scaling Tangled Program Graphs to Visual Reinforcement Learning in ViZDoom,
    Robert Smith, Malcolm Heywood
  4. Multi-Level Grammar Genetic Programming for Scheduling in Heterogeneous Networks,
    Takfarinas Saber, David Fagan, David Lynch, Stepan Kucera, Holger Claussen, Michael O'Neill

EvoApplications Programme


Wednesday, 4 April

9:00-9:30 - Registrations

9:30-9:45 - Conference opening by SPECIES Society President Marc Schoenauer

9:45-10:45 - Plenary invited talk: Una-May O'Reilly

10:45-11:10 - Coffee break

11:10-13:20 - EvoAPPS 1

Chaired by Anna I Esparcia-Alcázar

EvoNUM & EvoSET - In parallel with EvoAPPS 2

  1. Multi-strategy Differential Evolution,
    Anil Yaman, Giovanni Iacca, Matt Coler, George Fletcher, Mykola Pechenizkiy
  2. A Generic Framework for Incorporating Constraint Handling Techniques into Multi-Objective Evolutionary Algorithms,
    Hiroaki Fukumoto, Akira Oyama
  3. Late Acceptance Hill Climbing for Constrained Covering Arrays,
    Mosab Bazargani, John H. Drake, Edmund K. Burke
  4. Search-Based Temporal Testing in an Embedded Multicore Platform,
    Komsan Srivisut, John Clark, Richard Paige
  5. Investigating the Evolvability of Web Page Load Time,
    Brendan Cody-Kenny, Umberto Manganiello, John Farrelly, Adrian Ronayne, Eoghan Considine, Thomas McGuire, Michael O'Neill

11:10-13:20 - EvoAPPS 2

Chaired by Michalis Mavrovouniotis & Trung Thanh Nguyen

EvoSTOC - In parallel with EvoAPPS 1

  1. On the Use of Repair Methods in Differential Evolution for Dynamic Constrained Optimization,
    Maria-Yaneli Ameca-Alducin, Maryam Hasani-Shoreh, Frank Neumann
  2. Prediction with Recurrent Neural Networks in Evolutionary Dynamic Optimization,
    Almuth Meier, Oliver Kramer
  3. A Multi-Objective Time-Linkage Approach for Dynamic Optimization Problems with Previous-Solution Displacement Restriction,
    Danial Yazdani, Trung Thanh Nguyen, Juergen Branke, Jin Wang
  4. A Type Detection Based Dynamic Multi-Objective Evolutionary Algorithm,
    Shaaban Sahmoud, Haluk Topcuoglu
  5. Robust Evolutionary Optimization Based on Coevolution,
    Steffen Limmer, Tobias Rodemann

13:20-14:30 - Lunch

14:30-16:20 - EvoAPPS 3

Chaired by Sanaz Mostaghim

EvoBIO, EvoCOMNET, EvoENERGY, EvoINDUSTRY, EvoKNOW short talks. In parallel with EvoAPPS 4

  1. Fitness Functions Evaluation for Segmentation of Lymphoma Histological Images using Genetic Algorithm,
    Thaina Tosta, Paulo Faria, Leandro Neves, Marcelo Nascimento
  2. Automatic segmentation of neurons in 3D samples of human brain cortex,
    Giacomo Mazzamuto, Irene Costantini, Mattia Neri, Matteo Roffilli, Ludovico Silvestri, Francesco S. Pavone
  3. Analysis of relevance and redundance on Topoisomerase 2b (TOP2B) binding sites: A feature selection approach,
    Pedro Manuel Martinez Garcia, Miguel Garcia Torres, Federico Divina, Francisco Antonio Gomez-Vela, Felipe Cortes-Ledesma
  4. Phase-Space Sampling of Energy Ensembles with CMA-ES,
    Jörg Bremer, Sebastian Lehnhoff
  5. Improving Multi-Objective Evolutionary Influence Maximization in Social Networks,
    Doina Bucur, Giovanni Iacca, Andrea Marcelli, Giovanni Squillero, Alberto Tonda
  6. A Classifier to Identify Soft Skills in a Researcher Textual Description,
    Antonia Azzini, Andrea Galimberti, Stefania Marrara, Eva Ratti
  7. Evolving Controllers for Electric Vehicle Charging,
    Martin Pilat
  8. Integrating Evolution Strategies into Genetic Algorithms with Fuzzy Inference Evaluation to solve a Steelmaking and Continuous Casting Scheduling Problem.,
    Eduardo Salazar
  9. Automatic generation of constructive heuristics for multiple types of combinatorial optimisation problems with grammatical evolution and geometric graphs,
    Christopher Stone, Emma Hart, Ben Paechter
  10. Maximizing the effect of local disturbance in the dynamics of opinion formation,
    Long Him Cheung, Ka Wai Cheung, Kwok Yip Szeto
  11. Rotation Invariance and Rotated Problems: An Experimental Study on Differential Evolution,
    Fabio Caraffini, Ferrante Neri

14:30-16:20 - EvoAPPS 4

Chaired by Sara Silva

EvoGAMES, EvoIASP, EvoROBOT short talks. In parallel with EvoAPPS 3

  1. Online-trained Fitness Approximators for Real-world Game Balancing,
    Mihail Morosan, Riccardo Poli
  2. Recomposing the Pokémon Color Palette,
    Antonios Liapis
  3. Evolving a TORCS Modular Fuzzy Driver using Genetic Algorithms,
    Mohammed Salem, Antonio Miguel Mora, Juan Julian Merelo, Pablo Garcia-Sanchez
  4. Evolution of Convolutional Highway Networks,
    Oliver Kramer
  5. Improving Evolutionary Algorithm Performance for Feature Selection in High-Dimensional Data,
    Nicole Cilia, Claudio De Stefano, Francesco Fontanella, Alessandra Scotto di Freca
  6. CGP4Matlab - A Cartesian Genetic Programming MATLAB Toolbox for Audio and Image Processing,
    Rolando Miragaia, Gustavo Reis, Francisco Fernandez, Tiago Inacio Reis, Carlos Grilo
  7. Can the Relevance Index be Used to Evolve Relevant Feature Sets?,
    Laura Sani, Riccardo Pecori, Emilio Vicari, Michele Amoretti, Monica Mordonini, Stefano Cagnoni
  8. Evolvable Deep Features,
    Jakub Nalepa, Grzegorz Mrukwa, Michal Kawulok
  9. Evolving Artificial Neural Networks for Multi-Objective Tasks,
    Steven Künzel, Silja Meyer-Nieberg
  10. HyperNTM: Evolving Scalable Neural Turing Machines through HyperNEAT,
    Jakob Merrild, Mikkel Angaju Rasmussen, Sebastian Risi

16:20-16:40 - Coffee break

16:40-18:15 - EvoAPPS 5

Chaired by Francisco Fernández


  1. A Genetic Algorithm for Community Detection in Attributed Graphs,
    Clara Pizzuti, Annalisa Socievole
  2. Accelerating the Computation of Solutions in Resource Allocation Problems Using an Evolutionary Approach and Multiagent Reinforcement Learning,
    Ana Bazzan
  3. A CPU-GPU parallel Ant Colony Optimization solver for the Vehicle Routing Problem,
    Antón Rey-Villaverde, Manuel Prieto, Ignacio Gómez, Christian Tenllado, J. Ignacio Hidalgo

18:30-20:00 - EvoStar poster session and conference reception

Thursday, 5 April

9:30-11:10 - EvoAPPS 6

Chaired by Antonio Mora & Alberto Tonda

EvoGAMES long talks. In parallel with EvoAPPS 7

  1. Mapping Chess Aesthetics onto Procedurally Generated Chess-like Games,
    Jakub Kowalski, Antonios Liapis, Lukasz Zarczynski
  2. Piecemeal Evolution of a First Person Shooter Level,
    Antonios Liapis
  3. Self-Adaptive MCTS for General Video Game Playing,
    Chiara F. Sironi, Jialin Liu, Diego Perez-Liebana, Raluca D. Gaina, Ivan Bravi, Simon M. Lucas, Mark H. M. Winands
  4. Deceptive Games,
    Damien Anderson, Matthew Stephenson, Julian Togelius, Christoph Salge, John Levine, Jochen Renz

9:30-11:10 - EvoAPPS 7

Chaired by Stefano Cagnoni & Mengjie Zhang

EvoIASP long talks. In parallel with EvoAPPS 6

  1. Adapting Bagging and Boosting to Learning Classifier Systems,
    Yi Liu, Xue Bing, Will N. Browne
  2. Towards Evolutionary Super-Resolution,
    Michal Kawulok, Pawel Benecki, Daniel Kostrzewa, Lukasz Skonieczny
  3. Estimation of the 3D pose of an object using correlation filters and CMA-ES,
    Juan Carlos Dibene, Kenia Picos, Victor Diaz-Ramirez, Leonardo Trujillo
  4. An Automatic Feature Extraction Approach to Image Classification Using Genetic Programming,
    Ying Bi, Bing Xue, Mengjie Zhang

11:10-11:30 - Coffee break

11:30-13:20 - EvoAPPS 8

Chaired by Jaume Bacardit

EvoBIO, EvoBAFIN long talks

  1. Task Classification using Topological Graph Features for Functional M/EEG Brain Connectomics,
    Javier Del Ser, Eneko Osaba, Miren Nekane Bilbao
  2. Mutual Information Iterated Local Search: A Wrapper-Filter Hybrid for Feature Selection in Brain Computer Interfaces,
    Jason Adair, Alexander Brownlee, Gabriela Ochoa
  3. Feature Selection for Detecting Gene-gene Interactions in Genome-wide Association Studies,
    Faramarz Dorani, Ting Hu
  4. Multi-objective Cooperative Coevolutionary Algorithm with Dynamic Species-Size Strategy,
    Karoon Suksonghong, Kittipong Boonlong

13:20-14:20 - Lunch

14:20-16:00 - EvoAPPS 9

Chaired by Kyrre Glette & Julien Hubert

EvoROBOT long talks

  1. Combining MAP-Elites and Incremental Evolution to Generate Gaits for a Mammalian Quadruped Robot,
    Jørgen Nordmoen, Kai Olav Ellefsen, Kyrre Glette
  2. Search Space Analysis of Evolvable Robot Morphologies,
    Karine Miras, Evert Haasdijk, Kyrre Glette, A. E. Eiben
  3. Revolve: A Versatile Simulator for Online Robot Evolution,
    Elte Hupkes, Milan Jelisavcic, A. E. Eiben
  4. Evolving a Repertoire of Controllers for a Multi-Function Swarm,
    Sondre A. Engebraten, Jonas Moen, Oleg Yakimenko, Kyrre Glette

16:00-16:20 - Coffee break

16:20-18:00 - EvoAPPS 10

Chaired by Kevin Sim & Neil Urquhart

EvoINDUSTRY & General track, long talks

  1. Evaluating the Performance of an Evolutionary Tool for Exploring Solution Fronts,
    Neil Urquhart
  2. Toward the Online Visualisation of Algorithm Performance for Parameter Selection,
    David Walker, Matthew Craven
  3. CardNutri: A software of Weekly Menus Nutritional Elaboration for Schoolar Feeding applying Evolutionary Computation,
    Rafaela Moreira, Elizabeth Wanner, Flavio Martins, Joao Sarubbi

19:00-21:30 - Conference dinner

10:00-11:30 - EvoAPPS 11

Chaired by Paul Kaufmann & Oliver Kramer

EvoENERGY. In parallel with EvoAPPS 12

  1. Many-objective optimization of mission and hybrid electric power system of an unmanned aircraft,
    Teresa Donateo, Claudia Lucia De Pascalis, Antonio Ficarella
  2. Network Coordinated Evolution: Modeling and Control of Distributed Systems through On-Line Genetic PID-Control Optimization Search,
    Holm Smidt, Matsu Thornton, Reza Ghorbani
  3. Achieving Optimized Decisions on Battery Operating Strategies in Smart Buildings,
    Jan Müller, Mischa Ahrens, Ingo Mauser, Hartmut Schmeck

Friday, 6 April

10:00-11:30 - EvoAPPS 12

Chaired by Fabio D'Andreagiovanni & Giovanni Iacca

EvoCOMNET. In parallel with EvoAPPS 11

  1. Multimodal Transportation Network Design Using Physarum Polycephalum-Inspired Multi-agent Computation Methods,
    Rishi Vanukuru, Nagendra R. Velaga
  2. Social Relevance Index for Studying Communities in a Facebook Group of Patients,
    Laura Sani, Gianfranco Lombardo, Riccardo Pecori, Paolo Fornacciari, Monica Mordonini, Stefano Cagnoni
  3. A fast metaheuristic for the design of DVB-T2 networks,
    Fabio D'Andreagiovanni, Antonella Nardin

11:30-12:00 - Coffee break

12:00-13:00 - Plenary invited talk: Penousal Machado, "Evolution, Art and Sex"

13:00-13:30 - Conference closing, best paper presentations, general announcements including 2019 location

13:30-14:15 - Lunch

14:15-15:15 - SPECIES society AGM open to all EvoStar participants

15:15-18:00 - Optional afternoon social trip: tour of Parma

EvoCOP Programme


Thursday, 5 April

11:30-13:20 - EvoCOP 1

Chaired by Manuel López-Ibáñez

  1. On the Fractal Nature of Local Optima Networks,
    Sarah L. Thomson, Sébastien Verel, Gabriela Ochoa, Nadarajen Veerapen, Paul McMenemy
  2. An Evolutionary Algorithm with Practitioner's-Knowledge-Based Operators for the Inventory Routing Problem,
    Piotr Lipinski, Krzysztof Michalak
  3. How Perturbation Strength Shapes the Global Structure of TSP Fitness Landscapes,
    Paul McMenemy, Nadarajen Veerapen, Gabriela Ochoa
  4. An Ant Colony Approach for the Winner Determination Problem,
    Abhishek Ray, Mario Ventresca

13:20-14:20 - Lunch

14:20-16:00 - EvoCOP 2

Chaired by Darrell Whitley

  1. Automatic grammar-based design of heuristic algorithms for unconstrained binary quadratic programming,
    Marcelo de Souza, Marcus Ritt
  2. Data Clustering Using Grouping Hyper-heuristics,
    Anas Elhag, Ender Ozcan
  3. Automatic Algorithm Configuration for the Permutation Flow Shop Scheduling Problem Minimizing Total Completion Time,
    Artur Brum, Marcus Ritt
  4. Reference Point Adaption Method for Genetic Programming Hyper-heuristic in Many-Objective Job Shop Scheduling,
    Atiya Masood, Gang Chen, Yi Mei, Mengjie Zhang

16:00-16:20 - Coffee break

16:20-18:00 - EvoCOP 3

Chaired by Gabriela Ochoa

  1. MOEA/DEP: An Algebraic Decomposition-based Evolutionary Algorithm for the Multi-objective Permutation Flowshop Scheduling Problem,
    Marco Baioletti, Alfredo Milani, Valentino Santucci
Late Breaking Abstracts:
  1. The Need to Transform Evolutionary Computation Research
    Darrell Whitley
  2. Ant colony optimization for a multi-criteria generalized job-shop scheduling problem
    Fatima Ghedjati
  3. A distributed multiple Ant Colony algorithm to solve a steel industry scheduling problem
    Silvino Fernandez Alzueta, Pablo Valledor Pellicer, Jorge Rodil Martinez, Segundo Álvarez García, Eneko Malatsetxebarria Elizegi

19:00-21:30 - Conference dinner

Thursday, 5 April

10:00-11:30 - EvoCOP 4

Chaired by Arnaud Liefooghe

Best paper nominations

  1. Better Runtime Guarantees Via Stochastic Domination,
    Benjamin Doerr
  2. Worst improvement based iterated local search,
    Sara Tari, Matthieu Basseur, Adrien Goëffon
  3. A multistart alternating tabu search for commercial districting,
    Alex Gliesch, Marcus Ritt, Mayron C.O. Moreira

EvoMUSART Programme


April 04, 2018

16:25-18:15 - EvoMusArt 1 - Short talks

Room 2, chaired by Antonios Liapis

  1. Musical Organisms: a generative approach to growing musical scores,
    Anna Lindemann, Eric Lindemann
  2. Medical art therapy of the future: building an interactive virtual underwater world in a children's hospital,
    Ludivine Lechat, Lieven Menschaert, Tom De Smedt, Lucas Nijs, Monica Dhar, Koen Norga, Jaan Toelen
  3. Dynamical Music with Musical Boolean Networks,
    George Gabriel, Susan Stepney
  4. Adaptive interface for mapping body movements to sounds,
    Dimitrije Markovic, Nebojsa Malesevic
  5. evoExplore: Multiscale Visualization of Evolutionary Histories in Virtual Reality,
    Justin Kelly, Christian Jacob
  6. Towards Partially Automatic Search of Edge Bundling Parameters,
    Evgheni Polisciuc, Filipe Assunção, Penousal Machado
  7. Construction of a repertoire of analog Form-finding techniques as a basis for computational morphological exploration in design and architecture,
    Ever Patiño, Jorge Maya
  8. Generative Solid Modelling Employing Natural Language Understanding and 3D Data,
    Marinos Koutsomichalis, Björn Gambäck
April 05, 2018

11:30-13:10 - EvoMusArt 2 - Visual arts

Room 2, chaired by Juan Romero

  1. Non-photorealistic Rendering with Cartesian Genetic Programming using Graphics Processing Units,
    Illya Bakurov, Brian Ross
  2. Towards a General Framework for Artistic Style Transfer,
    Florian Uhde, Sanaz Mostaghim
  3. The Light Show: Flashing Fireflies Gathering and Flying over Digital Images,
    Paulo Urbano
  4. Deep Interactive Evolution,
    Philip Bontrager, Wending Lin, Julian Togelius, Sebastian Risi
  5. On Collaborator Selection in Creative Agent Societies: An Evolutionary Art Case Study,
    Simo Linkola, Otto Hantula

13:10-14:15 - Lunch

14:15-15:55 - EvoMusArt 3 - Music & Dance

Room 2, chaired by Aniko Ekart

  1. Learning as Performance: Autoencoding and Generating Dance Movements in Real Time,
    Alexander Berman, Valencia James
  2. Expressive Piano Music Playing Using a Kalman Filter,
    Alexandra Bonnici, Maria Mifsud, Kenneth Camilleri
  3. Co-Evolving Melodies and Harmonization in Evolutionary Music Composition,
    Olav Olseng, Bjoern Gambaeck
  4. RoboJam: A Musical Mixture Density Network for Collaborative Touchscreen Interaction,
    Charles Martin, Jim Torresen

15:55-16:15 - Coffee break

16:15-17:45 - EvoMusArt 4 (Best paper nominations)

Room 2, chaired by Antonios Liapis

  1. Visual art inspired by the collective feeding behavior of sand-bubbler crabs,
    Hendrik Richter
  2. Generating drums rhythms through data-driven conceptual blending of features and genetic algorithms,
    Maximos Kaliakatsos-Papakostas
  3. Evotype: Towards the Evolution of Type Stencils,
    Tiago Martins, João Correia, Ernesto Costa, Penousal Machado

Important dates:

Submission Deadline: 1 November 2017
Notification: 3 January 2018
Camera-ready: 15 January 2018
Mandatory registration per paper: 9 February 2018
Early registration discount: 28 February
Registration deadline: 28 March
EvoStar dates: 4-6 April 2018