Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Call for Papers: WCCI 2014 Special Session "Evolutionary Developmental Systems"

Motivation and Scope

Computational modeling of biological development has received increasing interests in evolutionary computation, artificial life and computational systems biology. In the evolutionary computation community, evolutionary algorithms using an indirect coding or generative coding are believed to be more scalable in evolving highly complex systems, compared to those using a direct coding. A variety of developmental and generative models have been proposed, ranging from a set of re-writing rules to gene regulatory network model including metabolic reactions.

Evolutionary  developmental  systems  (Evo-Devo)  are  of  great  interest  not  only  to  efficient optimization of large-scale systems, but also to the understanding of the evolution of the body plan and neural control in living systems. This special session aims to promote cross-disciplinary research in evolutionary computation, artificial life, computational neuroscience and computational systems biology. Topics of the special session include but are not limited to:
  • Scalable evolutionary algorithms using indirect or generative encoding
  • Evolution of computational models for morphological development
  • Evolutionary development of neural systems, neural plasticity
  • Morphogenetic self-organizing systems, morphogenetic robotics
  • Analysis of evolvability and robustness of developmental systems
  • Evolutionary reconstruction of gene regulatory networks
  • Benchmarking evolutionary developmental systems


All papers are to be submitted electronically at: Please choose “Special Session on Evolutionary Developmental Systems" as the topic of your paper. Please also notify the organizers of your submission. Submission deadline: December 20, 2013.

Special Session Organizers:

Dr Hyondong Oh
Department of Computing, University of Surrey
Guildford, GU2 7XH, United Kingdom

Prof. Yaochu Jin
Department of Computing, University of Surrey
Guildford, GU2 7XH, United Kingdom

Prof. Larry Bull
Department of Computer Science and Creative Technologies
University of the West of England Bristol, BS16 1QY, United Kingdom

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