Monday, 21 October 2013

Call for papers: Special session for WCCI 2014 "Memetic Computing"

Organized by IEEE CIS Emergent Technologies Task Force on Memetic Computing.

Memetic Computing (MC) is defined as a paradigm that uses the notion of meme(s) as units of information encoded in computational representations for the purpose of problem-solving. MC first emerged as population-based meta-heuristic algorithms or hybrid global-local search or more commonly now as memetic algorithm (MA), inspired by Darwinian principles of natural selection and Dawkins’ notion of a meme defined as a unit of cultural evolution that is capable of local/individual refinements. The metaphorical parallels to, on the one hand, Darwinian evolution and, on the other hand, between memes and domain specific heuristics are captured within MAs thus rendering a methodology that balances well generality and problem-specificity.

Taking advantage of both biological selection and cultural selection, a plethora of potentially rich MC methodologies, frameworks and operational meme-inspired algorithms have been developed with considerable success in several real-world domains. Yet, there remain many open issues and opportunities that are continually emerging as intriguing challenges for the field. The aim of this special session is to serve as a forum for scientists in this field to exchange the latest advantages in theories, technologies, and practice of MC.

Covered Topics

Authors are invited to submit their original and unpublished work in the following areas:
  • Novel competitive, collaborative and cooperative frameworks of memetic computation,
  • Analytical and/or theoretical studies that enhance our understanding on the behaviors of memetic computation, 
  • Formal and Probabilistic Single/Multi-Objective memetic frameworks, 
  • Cognitive, Brain, individual learning, and social learning inspired memetic computation 
  • Partial or full or meta-Lamarckian/Baldwinian, meta-learning, agent based memetic computation.
  • Memetic frameworks using surrogate or approximation methods, 
  • Memetic frameworks for computationally expensive problems and real-world applications,
  • Knowledge incorporation in memetic computation.

Important Dates

  • Paper submission deadline: December 20, 2013
  • Paper acceptance notification date: March 15, 2014
  • Final paper submission deadline: April 15, 2014
  • Early registration: April 15, 2014

Paper Submission

All papers should be submitted electronically through:
To submit your papers to the MC special session, please select the Special Session name in the Main Research topic.

For more submission information please visit:


Dr. Zexuan Zhu
College of Computer Science and Software Engineering, Shenzhen University, China

Dr. Wenyin Gong
China University of Geosciences, Wuhan, China

Dr. Yew-Soon Ong
School of Computer Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

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