Evolutionary Computation Digest Tuesday, May 17, 2005 Volume 19 : Issue 9

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Evolutionary Computation Digest  Tuesday, May 17, 2005  Volume 19 : Issue 9

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Today's Topics:

   - June 20th Deadline for the Human Competitive Competition at GECCO-2005
   - Call for Participation: OBUPM-2005
   - ToC of Latest IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation
   - PhD Studentships at Cranfield University
   - PhD Studentships  at  UL
   - Collaborative Interactive Evolution Project

   - CFP: WILF2005
   - CFP: HIS 2005
   - CFP: Special Issue of EJOR on EMOO
   - ECML PKDD 05: Last Call for Papers (Extended Deadline)


CALENDAR OF GA-RELATED ACTIVITIES: (with EC-Digest issue reference)

GECCO05 Genetic and Evolutionary Comp. COnf., Washingt, DC Jun 25-29,05(v18n14)
CEC2005 Congress on Evolutionary Computat., Edinburgh, UK  Sep 2-5, 05 (v18n21)
ECAL'05 Euro Conference on Artificial Life, Canterbury, UK Sep 5-9, 05 (v18n18)
ICES'2005 6th Int Conf on Evolvable Sys, Barcelona, Spain  Sep 12-14, 05(v19n6)
EA'05 7th Intl Conf on Artificial Evolution, Lille, France Oct 26-28, 05(v19n1)
HICCS, Hawai'i Int Conf on Sys Sciences, Kauai, Hawai, US  Jan  4-7, 06 (v19n6)

 Send announcements of other activities to EC-Digest-L at listserv.gmu.edu

Sender: "HUMAN COMPETITIVE  at  GECCO 2005" <daveg at evolution.ge.uiuc.edu>
Subject: June 20th deadline for the human competitive competition at GECCO-2005
        in Washington

                            CALL FOR ENTRIES FOR

                  $10,000 HUMAN-COMPETITIVE AWARDS FOR 2005 IN



Techniques of genetic and evolutionary computation are being
increasingly applied to difficult real-world problems often
yielding results that are not merely interesting and impressive,
but competitive with the work of creative and inventive humans.

At the Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO) in
Seattle in June 2004, $5,000 in 2004 awards for human-
competitive results were awarded for six human-competitive results
that had been produced by some form of genetic and evolutionary
computation in the previous year. These six results brought the
total number of known and identified human-competitive results
produced by genetic and evolutionary computation to 43 (as of
November 2004). For the 11 entries in 2004, visit

Entries are now being solicited for awards totaling $10,000 for 2005
awards for human-competitive results that have been produced by
any form of genetic and evolutionary computation (e.g., genetic
algorithms, genetic programming, evolution strategies, evolutionary
programming, learning classifier systems, grammatical evolution,
etc.) and that are published in the open literature between
July 1, 2004 and the deadline for 2005 entries of Monday
June 20, 2005.

The publication may be a GECCO paper (i.e., regular paper, poster
paper, or late-breaking paper) or a paper already published
elsewhere in the open literature (e.g., journal, another conference,
technical report, thesis, book, book chapter) or a paper that has
been unconditionally accepted in final form and is in press.?

An automatically created result is human-competitive?if it satisfies
at least one of the eight criteria below.

(A) The result was patented as an invention in the past, is an
improvement over a patented invention, or would qualify today as a
patentable new invention.

(B) The result is equal to or better than a result that was accepted as
a new scientific result at the time when it was published in a
peer-reviewed scientific journal.

(C) The result is equal to or better than a result that was placed into
a database or archive of results maintained by an internationally
recognized panel of scientific experts.

(D) The result is publishable in its own right as a new scientific
result, independent of the fact that the result was mechanically created.

(E) The result is equal to or better than the most recent human-created
solution to a long-standing problem for which there has been a
succession of increasingly better human-created solutions.

(F) The result is equal to or better than a result that was considered
an achievement in its field at the time it was first discovered.

(G) The result solves a problem of indisputable difficulty in its

(H) The result holds its own or wins a regulated competition involving
human contestants (in the form of either live human players or
human-written computer programs).

At the 2005 Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference
(GECCO-2005) to be held in Washington, DC on June 25?9
(Saturday-Wednesday), 2005, short oral presentations (probably 10
minutes) by the finalists will be heard by an awards committee and
conference attendees at a special session (probably 2 hours). If the
number of entries exceed 11, the awards committee (or a subcommittee
thereof) will create a short list of about 11 finalists who will be
invited to make oral presentations. The oral presentation should
primarily focus on why the result qualifies as being human-competitive
and secondarily on the nature of the work itself. The presenting author
for each entry must register for the GECCO.

After the oral presentations, the award committee will meet and
consider the presentations. The awards and prizes will be announced
and presented at a to-be-announced at the Wednesday morning plenary
session during the GECCO-2005 Conference (GECCO).

The 2005 judging committee will include

- Wolfgang Banzhaf (Editor-in-Chief of Genetic Programming and
 Evolvable Hardware journal)

- David Goldberg (past chair of International Society of
 Genetic and Evolutionary Computation)

- Erik Goodman (chair of International Society of
 Genetic and Evolutionary Computation)

- Riccardo Poli (GECCO-2004 Chair)

- Una-May O'Reilly (GECCO-2005 Chair)

The prize fund will be divided, as the committee decides, among the
entries. Every new result deemed by the committee to be
human-competitive for the past year will get some cash award.
Depending on the committee's evaluation of the relative merit of the
entries, the prize fund may be divided equally or may be divided so as
to reflect a ranking among the results deemed to be human-competitive.
The committee will divide the prize money equally among co-authors.

Authors are encouraged to nominate their own work. Anyone may call the
committee's attention to particular work by making an entry on behalf
of someone else.

No member of the awards committee may be associated with any entry
(e.g., academic advisor, collaborator, co-author). No cash prize
may be awarded to anyone employed by the company donating the prize
funds (i.e., Third Millennium On-Line Products Inc.); however, a result
may be entered by such person.

Sender: "Stefano Cagnoni" <cagnoni at Foresto.ce.unipr.it>
Subject: CFP: WILF2005

                          CALL FOR PAPERS
                             WILF 2005
            Sixth International Workshop on Fuzzy Logic
           Crema (Milan), Italy -- September 15-17, 2005

WILF 2005, this year at its 6th  edition, is an international workshop
on the theoretical, experimental, and applied fuzzy  and, more generally,
soft-computing techniques and systems which brings together researchers
and developers  from  both Academia  and  Industry  to report   on the
latest  scientific  and  theoretical  advances,  to discuss and debate
major issues and to demonstrate state-of-the-art systems.

The scientific program will include, besides two invited talks,
contributed papers that will be presented in plenary oral or poster
sessions. Original and unpublished papers on WILF 2005 main research
areas and related topics are welcome.
Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

1. General techniques and algorithms:
  - Fuzzy Sets;
  - Rough Sets;
  - Possibility Theory;
  - Fuzzy Logic;
  - Fuzzy Systems;
  - Neuro-Fuzzy Systems;
  - Representation of Vague and Imprecise Knowledge;
  - Fuzzy Evolutionary Algorithms;
  - Fuzzy Pattern Recognition;
  - Fuzzy Data Fusion.
2. Applications:
  - Bioinformatics;
  - Broadcasting;
  - Control;
  - Communications;
  - Information Retrieval;
  - Intelligent Resource Management;
  - Knowledge Management;
  - Medical;
  - Opto-mechatronics;
  - Remote Sensing;
  - Robotics;
  - Semantic Web
  - Speech Analysis;
  - Television;
  - Telepresence;
  - Virtual Reality.
3. Implementations:
  - Analog and Digital Circuits and Systems;
  - Architectures and VLSI Hardware;
  - Programmable Processors;
  - Commercial Software.

Two special sessions on "Soft Computing in Image Processing" and
"Bioinformatics" are planned. A selection of papers will be peer reviewed
for originality, technical contents and relevance and will be considered for
publication in two special issues of journals.

Important Dates:

Submission deadline:             29 May 2005
Notification of acceptance:      20 June 2005
Camera ready papers due:         15 July 2005
Workshop:                        15 September 2005


Manuscripts, prepared according to the Springer LNCS format
(instructions downloadable from
http://www.kdkeys.net/evolutionary-computation-digest-tuesday-may-17-2005-volume-19-issue-9/#link-6651) may not be
longer than 6 pages, including a cover sheet stating
(1) Paper title, (2) Keyword(s), (3) Authors' names and affiliations,
(4) Contact Author's name and contact details including telephone/fax
numbers and e-mail address.
Papers in PDF or gzipped PostScript format have to be submitted, no
later than May 29, 2005 following the link
The  papers  will be  peer-reviewed  by  at least  two members  of the
program committee.  Authors will  be notified via email of the results
of the review by June 20, 2005.
Submission implies the willingness of at least one author per paper to
register, attend the workshop, and present the paper.
WILF 2005 Proceedings, including all accepted contributions, will be
published by an international publisher. In addition, two special issues
of international journals are planned, which will include extended versions
of selected WILF 2005 papers.

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,  along  with  text sources  and
pictures, by July 15, 2005.

Web Address: http://www.kdkeys.net/evolutionary-computation-digest-tuesday-may-17-2005-volume-19-issue-9/#link-6653.

Sender: "Joern Grahl" < joern.grahl at bwl.uni-mannheim.de>
Subject: Call for Participation: OBUPM-2005

               Second Call for Participation

                        Workshop on


                  To be held as part of the
            June 25-29, 2005 (Saturday-Wednesday)
                Loew's L'Enfant Plaza Hotel
                    Washington, DC, USA
                    Organized by ACM SIG-EVO

WORKSHOP DATE: Sunday, June 26, 14:00-18:00.


OBUPM-2005 is a half-day workshop on evolutionary algorithms that make
use of probabilistic models to guide their search. Participation at the
workshop is open to all GECCO-2005 attendees. The workshop will contain
7 presentations on hot topics in the field:

- An Overview of the Extended Compact Genetic Algorithm
  Georges Harik, Fernando Lobo, Kumara Sastry

- Approximate Factorizations of Distributions and the Minimum Relative
 Entropy Principle
  Heinz Mühlenbein and Robin H?ns

- A Survey to Probabilistic Model Building Genetic Programming
  Yin Shan, Robert McKay, Daryl Essam, Hussein Abbass

- Efficiency Enhancement Techniques in Estimation of Distribution Algorithms
  Martin Pelikan, Kumara Sastry, and David E. Goldberg

- Scalability of Multiobjective Estimation of Distribution Algorithms
  Kumara Sastry, Martin Pelikan, and David E. Goldberg

- Numerical Optimization with Real-Valued Estimation-of-Distribution
  Peter A. N. Bosman

- Optimization of a Constrained Feed Network for an Antenna Array Using
 Simple and Competent Genetic Algorithm Techniques
  Tian-Li Yu, Scott Santarelli and David E. Goldberg

Further information can be found online. Please visit the workshop homepage:


In case you have any questions, please contact one of the workshop

We are looking forward to meeting you at OBUPM-2005!


J?rn Grahl
Dept. of Logistics
Mannheim Business School
Email: joern.grahl  at  bwl.uni-mannheim.de

Martin Pelikan
Dept. of Math. and Computer Science
University of Missouri at St. Louis
Email: pelikan  at  cs.umsl.edu

Kumara Sastry
Illinois Genetic Algorithms Laboratory
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Email: ksastry  at  uiuc.edu

Sender: "Nadia Nedjah" < nadia at eng.uerj.br>

5th International Conference on Hybrid Intelligent Systems (HIS'05)
November 06-09, 2005
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Conference URL: http://www.kdkeys.net/evolutionary-computation-digest-tuesday-may-17-2005-volume-19-issue-9/#link-6656
Mirror Site: http://www.kdkeys.net/evolutionary-computation-digest-tuesday-may-17-2005-volume-19-issue-9/#link-6657

Deadline for Paper Submission: July 1st, 2005

HIS'05 is technically co-sponsored by:
- IEEE Systems Man and Cybernetics Society
- International Fuzzy Systems Association (IFSA)
- European Neural Network Society (ENNS)
- European Society for Fuzzy Logic and Technology (EUSFLAT)
- The World Federation on Soft Computing
- Brazilian Computing Society (SBC)
- Brazilian Society for Automation (SBA)

HIS'05 is organized in cooperation with:
- IEEE- Computational Intelligence Society

Hybridization of intelligent systems is a promising research field of
computational intelligence focusing on synergistic combinations of multiple
approaches to develop the next generation of intelligent systems. A fundamental
stimulus to the investigations of Hybrid Intelligent Systems (HIS) is the
awareness that combined approaches

will be necessary if the remaining tough problems in artificial intelligence
are to be solved. Neural computing, machine learning, fuzzy logic, evolutionary
algorithms, agent-based methods, among others, have been established and shown
their strength and drawbacks.

Recently, hybrid intelligent systems are getting popular due to their
capabilities in handling several real world complexities involving imprecision,
uncertainty and vagueness.

HIS'05 builds on the success of previous HIS events: HIS'04 was held in
Kitakyushu, Japan, HIS'03 in Melbourne, Australia, HIS'02 in Santiago, Chile,
and HIS'01, the first event, in  Adelaide, Australia. All events attracted
participants from over 30 countries. HIS'05 is, therefore, the fifth
International Conference that brings together researchers, developers,
practitioners, and users of soft computing, computational intelligence,
multi-agents, and several other intelligent computing techniques.  The
objectives of this international meeting are to increase the awareness of the
research community of the broad spectrum of hybrid techniques, to bring
together AI researchers from around the world to present their cutting-edge
results, to discuss the current trends in HIS research, to develop a collective
vision of future opportunities, to establish international collaborative
opportunities, and as a result to advance the state of the art of the field.

HIS'05 invites authors to submit original and unpublished work that
demonstrates current research in hybrid intelligent systems research and their
applications in science, technology, business and commerce. Submitted papers
have to be original, containing new and original

results. The assessment criteria will be heavily weighted towards originality,
potential impact and relevance to HIS'05 themes. All papers will be peer
reviewed by three independent referees of the international program committee
of HIS'05.

HIS'05 will focus on the following topics:

-- Theoretical Advances in Hybrid Intelligent System Architectures
   - Interactions between neural networks and fuzzy inference systems
   - Hybrid learning techniques (supervised/unsupervised/reinforcement
   - Artificial neural network optimization using global optimization
   - Fuzzy inference system optimization using global optimization algorithms
   - Hybrid systems involving support vector machines, rough sets, Bayesian
     networks, probabilistic reasoning, minimum message length, etc.
   - Hybrid computing using neural networks, fuzzy systems, evolutionary
   - Hybrid optimization techniques (evolutionary algorithms, simulated
     annealing, tabu search, GRASP etc.)
   - Hybrid of soft computing and statistical learning techniques
   - Integration with Intelligent agents (architectures, environments,
     adaptation/learning and knowledge management)
   - Hybrid models using inductive logic programming, logic synthesis,
     grammatical inference, case-based reasoning etc.

-- Hybrid Approaches and Applications
   - Robotics and automation
   - Biomimetic applications
   - Bioinformatics
   - Web intelligence
   - Image and signal processing
   - Adaptive systems
   - Data mining
   - Behavioral simulations
   - Affective computing
   - Soft computing for control and automation
   - Multi-agent systems
   - Knowledge management
   - Communication and networking
   - Business systems and financial engineering.
   - Power engineering

We invite you to submit a:
- full paper of 6 pages, for oral presentation, A4 size, IEEE 2 columns format,
 using MS Word/LaTeX
- proposal to organize a technical session

(see the Call for Events Proposals in the conference Web page for more

Submitted papers have to be original, containing new results.

The proceedings of the Conference will be published by IEEE Computer Society and
will be available during the conference. It is assumed that all accepted
manuscripts will be presented at the conference. All accepted papers must be
accompanied by a full paid registration in order to appear in the proceedings.

All full papers are to be submitted in PDF electronically via the web site.

Hard copies should be sent only if electronic submission is not possible.

* Journal Publication Opportunities
- International Journal on Hybrid Intelligent Systems (IJHIS)
 Papers addressing strong HIS theoretical developments
 (based on the referee recommendations) after substantial revision may be
 considered for publication in the IJHIS  (http://www.kdkeys.net/evolutionary-computation-digest-tuesday-may-17-2005-volume-19-issue-9/#link-6658).
- Applied Soft Computing
 Extended versions of 10 application papers of the conference will also be
 invited for a "fast track" submission for the Elsevier Science Applied Soft
 Computing Journal (http://www.kdkeys.net/evolutionary-computation-digest-tuesday-may-17-2005-volume-19-issue-9/#link-6659).
- International Journal of Knowledge Management (IJKM), World Scientific,
 Extended versions of 6 to 8 selected papers of the conference will also
 be invited for submission to the IJKM (http://www.kdkeys.net/evolutionary-computation-digest-tuesday-may-17-2005-volume-19-issue-9/#link-6660
- Neural Computing and Applications, Springer-Verlag London

Extended version of selected papers on Hybrid aspects of neurocomputing will
also be invited for submission to the Neural Computing and Applications

Important Dates
- Deadline for sessions/tutorial proposals: June 12th, 2005
- Deadline for Paper Submission (full paper): July 1st, 2005
- Notification of Acceptance: August 1st, 2005
- Deadline for Authors' Registration: August 19th, 2005
- Deadline for Camera-Ready Papers: August 19th, 2005

Sender: "Xin Yao" < X.Yao at cs.bham.ac.uk>
Subject: ToC of latest IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation

IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation, vol. 9, no. 2, Apr. 2005

Web-Based Evolutionary and Adaptive Information Retrieval
Kushchu, I.
Page(s):  117- 125

The Exploration/Exploitation Tradeoff in Dynamic Cellular Genetic
Alba, E.; Dorronsoro, B.
Page(s):  126- 142

Multiobjective Evolutionary Optimization of DNA Sequences for Reliable DNA
Shin, S.-Y.; Lee, I.-H.; Kim, D.; Zhang, B.-T.
Page(s):  143- 158

Search Bias in Ant Colony Optimization: On the Role of
Blum, C.; Dorigo, M.
Page(s):  159- 174

Parametric Study for an Ant Algorithm Applied to Water Distribution System
Zecchin, A.C.; Simpson, A.R.; Maier, H.R.; Nixon, J.B.
Page(s):  175- 191

An Evolutionary Algorithm With Guided Mutation for the Maximum Clique
Zhang, Q.; Sun, J.; Tsang, E.
Page(s):  192- 200

A Genetic Algorithm for Automated Horizon Correlation Across Faults in
Seismic Images
Aurnhammer, M.; Tonnies, K.
Page(s):  201- 210

A Synthesis System for Analog Circuits Based on Evolutionary Search and
Topological Reuse
Dastidar, T.R.; Chakrabarti, P.P.; Ray, P.
Page(s):  211- 224

Sender: "Tiwari, Ashutosh" <A.Tiwari at Cranfield.ac.uk>
Subject: PhD Studentships at Cranfield University


Intelligent Decision Support for Process Re-design and Conformance

Industrial Collaborators: BT Plc. and Engineous Software Ltd.

Duration: September 2005 - September 2008

Supervisor: Dr Ashutosh Tiwari


Cranfield University is now advertising for TWO FULLY FUNDED PhD STUDENTSHIPS
for the EPSRC project on 'Intelligent Decision Support for Process Re-design
and Conformance'. Cranfield University is a leading centre for Applied Soft
Computing and Process Design. Soft Computing is a paradigm that offers a
consortium of techniques (including Fuzzy Logic, Neural Networks and
Evolutionary Computing) for handling real-life complexities such as
imprecision and uncertainty. Leveraging on Cranfield's expertise in these
areas, this project will expand the boundary of Soft Computing research to
the domain of Business Process Re-design.

The design and management of business processes is a key factor for companies
to effectively compete in today's volatile business environment. The aim of
this project is to provide computer assisted process improvement with
conformity feedback. The two project students will be expected to develop a
generic Soft Computing based framework for: (i) capturing the business
processes in an automated manner, (ii) identifying bottleneck areas and
interactively optimising the process design, and (iii) monitoring people for
conformance to the optimal model. The main research contribution of the two
project students will respectively be in the areas of Soft Computing and
Process Design. The scope of this interdisciplinary framework is in the
computer assisted business processes within Service/IT industry. This project
involves close collaboration with the industrial partners: BT Plc. and
Engineous Software Ltd.

These studentships are available to UK and EU students only. Applicants should
have a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree (or its equivalent) in
Computer Science or Engineering disciplines. In addition, an MSc degree in
these disciplines or research / work experience in Soft Computing and Process
Design would be beneficial. Interested Graduate / Postgraduate students with
Computer Science / Engineering background are invited to submit their CV for
an informal discussion over telephone or email.

Funding between ?11,500 and ?14,000 per year is available to suitably
qualified UK and EU students only. In addition, tuition fees will be paid by
the project.

For informal enquiries and discussion, please send your detailed CV to:
Dr Ashutosh Tiwari
Lecturer in Decision Engineering,
Enterprise Integration, School of Industrial and Manufacturing Science,
Cranfield University, Cranfield, Bedfordshire, MK43 0AL, UK
Email: a.tiwari at cranfield.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0) 1234 754250, Fax: +44 (0) 1234 750852

For an application form, please contact:
SIMS Enquiries (Building 62)
School of Industrial & Manufacturing Science,
Cranfield University, Cranfield, Bedfordshire, MK43 0AL, UK
Email: sims.enquiries at cranfield.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)1234 754086, Fax: +44 (0)1234 754109


Dr. Ashutosh Tiwari

Lecturer in Decision Engineering,
Enterprise Integration,
School of Industrial and Manufacturing Science (SIMS),
Cranfield University,
Cranfield, Bedfordshire, MK43 0AL, UK

Tel: +44 (0) 1234 754073, Ext. 4250
Fax: +44 (0) 1234 750852

Sender: "Dr. Carlos A. Coello Coello" <coello at cs.cinvestav.mx>
Subject: CFP Special Issue of EJOR on EMOO

Call for Papers
Special Issue of the European Journal on Operational Research
on "Evolutionary Multi-Objective Optimization"

Guest editors:

- Carlos A. Coello Coello
 Computer Science Section, CINVESTAV-IPN

- Arturo Hernandez Aguirre
 Computer Science Area, CIMAT

- Eckart Zitzler
 Computer Engineering and Networks Laboratory, ETH-Zurich

Brief description of the topic:

The issue will target papers related to the use of evolutionary (and
other bio-inspired) algorithms for multiobjective optimization. Theory,
practice and applications of all forms of evolutionary computation
related to multi-criterion decision-making (MCDM) are of interest.
Topics include, but are not limited to:
- Theoretical aspects of evolutionary multi-objective (EMO) algorithms
 (e.g., convergence,  run-time analysis, complexity analysis, etc.)
- Performance measures (metrics) and comparative studies
- Techniques to keep diversity among Pareto-optimal solutions
- Test problem development for EMO
- Elitism in EMO algorithms
- Comparison of EMO algorithms with classical and/or non-evolutionary
 MCDM methods
- New EMO techniques (either evolutionary or based on other heuristics
 such as particle swarm optimization, differential  evolution, cultural
 algorithms, etc.)
- Parallel issues of EMO algorithms
- Real-world applications of EMO algorithms
- Dimensionality analysis (e.g., techniques to deal with a high number
 of objectives and/or decision variables)

Important dates:
Submission deadline of full papers: August 26th, 2005
Approximate date of completion of the special issue: March 31st, 2006

Further details available at:

Dr. Carlos A. Coello Coello CINVESTAV-IPN
Av. IPN No. 2508 Col. San Pedro Zacatenco
Depto. de Ingeniería Eléctrica México, D.F. 07300
Sección de Computación e-mail: ccoello at cs.cinvestav.mx
Tel. 011 52 55 5061 3800 Fax: 011 52 55 5061 3757
    ext. 6564 URL: http://www.kdkeys.net/evolutionary-computation-digest-tuesday-may-17-2005-volume-19-issue-9/#link-6662

Please visit the EMOO repository located at:
and the constraint-handling repository located at:

Sender: "Michael.ONeill at ul.ie" <Michael.ONeill at ul.ie>
Subject: PhD Studentships  at  UL

Synthesising Consistent Instrument and Voice Sounds using
Physically Informed Spectral Models and Evolutionary Learning.

2 PhD studentships are available to start as soon as possible at the University
of Limerick, Ireland for the above project. The studentships cover fees and a
monthly stipend (tax-free) of 11,700 Euro for a duration of 3 years.

Applicants must be EU nationals, and have some background in either one or all
of Evolutionary Computation, Artificial Neural Networks or Music.

The project involves three main strands. The strands being 1) DSP & Hidden
Markov Models, 2) Evolutionary Learning, and 3) Cognitive and Neural Modelling.
The open positions are in areas 2 and 3 above.

Applicants should forward their CV's to either one of:
niall.griffith at ul.ie, michael.oneill at ul.ie

Closing date for applications is 10 June 2005.

Sender: "Alípio Mário Jorge" <amjorge at fep.up.pt>
Subject: ECML PKDD 05: Last Call for Papers (Extended Deadline)

Call for Papers ***** DEADLINE EXTENSION *****
Porto, Portugal, October 3-7, 2005
mailto:ecmlpkdd05 at liacc.up.pt

The 16th European Conference on Machine Learning (ECML) and the 9th European
Conference on Principles and Practice of Knowledge Discovery in Databases (PKDD)
will be co-located in Porto, Portugal, October 3-7, 2005. The combined event
will comprise presentations of contributed papers and invited speakers, a wide
program of workshops and tutorials, a demo session, and a discovery challenge.

Important dates
- Submission deadline: May 23, 2005 ***** EXTENDED *****
- Notification of acceptance: July 11, 2005
- Camera-ready copies due: July 25, 2005
- Conferences: October 3 to October 7, 2005

Paper submission

High quality research contributions pertinent to any aspects of machine learning
and knowledge discovery are called for, ranging from principles to practice;
particular attention will be paid to papers describing innovative, challenging

The papers must be in English and should be formatted according to the Springer
-Verlag Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence guidelines. Authors
instructions and style files can be downloaded at http://www.kdkeys.net/evolutionary-computation-digest-tuesday-may-17-2005-volume-19-issue-9/#link-6666

The maximum length of papers is 12 pages. The proceedings of ECML and PKDD will
be published as two separate volumes by Springer-Verlag in the Lecture Notes in
Artificial Intelligence series and will be available at the conference.

Simultaneous submissions to other  conferences are allowed, provided this fact
is clearly indicated on the submission form. Simultaneous submissions that are
not clearly specified as such will be rejected.  Accepted papers will appear in
the ECML/PKDD conference proceedings only if they are  withdrawn from
proceedings of other conferences.

ECML Call for Papers

The European Conference on Machine Learning series intends to provide an
international forum for the discussion of the latest high quality research
results in machine learning and is the major European scientific event in the
field. Submissions of papers that describe the application of machine learning
methods to real-world problems are encouraged, particularly exploratory
research that describes novel learning tasks and applications requiring
non-standard techniques.

Submissions that demonstrate both theoretical and empirical rigor are
especially encouraged.

Topics of interest (non-exhaustive list):
- artificial neural networks
- Bayesian networks
- case-based reasoning
- computational models of human learning
- computational learning theory
- cooperative learning
- decision trees
- discovery of scientific laws
- evolutionary computation
- grammatical inference
- incremental induction and on-line learning
- inductive logic programming
- information retrieval and learning
- instance based learning
- kernel methods
- knowledge acquisition and learning
- knowledge base refinement
- knowledge intensive learning
- machine learning of natural language
- meta learning
- multi-agent learning
- multi-strategy learning
- planning and learning
- reinforcement learning
- revision and restructuring
- statistical approaches
- unsupervised learning
- vision and learning

PKDD Call for Papers

Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery in Databases (KDD) is the ability to extract
useful patterns from large amounts of data stored in databases, data warehouses
or other information repositories. KDD is a combination of many research areas:
databases, statistics, machine learning, automated scientific discovery,
artificial intelligence, visualization, and high performance computing. KDD
focuses on the value that is added by the creative combination of the
contributing areas.

The European Conference on Principles and Practice of Knowledge Discovery in
Databases series intends to provide an international forum for the discussion of
the latest high quality research results in KDD and is the major European
scientific event in the field.

Submissions are invited that describe empirical and theoretical research in all
areas of KDD, as well as submissions that describe challenging applications of

Topics of interest (non-exhaustive list):

Algorithms and techniques
- classification
- clustering
- frequent patterns
- rule discovery
- statistical techniques and mixture models
- constraint-based mining
- incremental algorithms
- scalable algorithms
- distributed and parallel algorithms
- privacy preserving data mining
- multi-relational data mining

Data mining and databases
- database integration
- OLAP and data warehouse integration
- data mining query languages
- data mining query optimization

Data pre-processing
- dimensionality reduction
- data reduction
- discretization
- uncertain and missing information handling

Foundations of data mining
- complexity issues
- inductive databases
- knowledge (pattern) representation
- global vs. local patterns
- logic for data mining
- statistical inference and probabilistic modelling

Innovative applications
- mining bio-medical data
- web content, structure and usage mining
- semantic web mining
- mining governmental data, mining for the public administration
- personalization
- adaptive data mining architectures
- invisible data mining

KDD process and process-centric data mining
- models of the KDD process
- standards for the KDD process
- background knowledge integration
- collaborative data mining
- vertical data mining environments

Mining different forms of data
- graph, tree, sequence mining
- semi-structured and XML data mining
- text mining
- temporal, spatial, and spatio-temporal data mining
- data stream mining
- multimedia mining

Pattern post-processing
- quality assessment
- visualization
- knowledge interpretation and use
- knowledge exploration

Sender: SEANSZ at prodigy.net <SEANSZ at prodigy.net>
Subject: Collaborative Interactive Evolution Project

I'm looking for research participants in an
interesting project on interactive evolution.
Participation is fun and easy, and involves logging
into a web-based system for about five minutes every
day for a week to create interactive characters.
Multiple users engage the system each day, and as
such, the research extends interactive evolution
into "collaborative" interactive evolution.

You can get more information at the project homepage:


Please send me a quick e-mail if you're interested in
participating, and feel free to pass this on to
anyone who you think may be interested, as well.

Sean Szumlanski
University of Central Florida
seansz at cs.ucf.edu


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