Monday, 10 November 2014

Call for Papers CEC2015 Special Session "Evolutionary Computation in Architectural Design"

Special Session for IEEE CEC 2015.

Architecture is a design field whose outcomes affect our daily lives profoundly through forming most of the environment that we live and work in. At the same time, it is an important part of a culture because buildings, settlements and cities are among the most enduring elements of culture. So, it is paramount that works of architecture are designed to serve their goals so that negative aspects are minimized and positive ones prevail. This is generally considered a challenging task, the main reason being attributed to the complexity involved in Architectural Design.

The problems encountered in Architectural Design involve multiple, conflicting goals such as structural performance, daylight comfort, solar performance, building cost and so on. And they are defined by intricate, non-linear relationships among design variables and design objectives. These characteristics of designs contribute significantly to the complexity of the task, and often provide insurmountable challenges for human reasoning and cognition. For these reasons, the use of computational intelligence and search methods can aid in confidently arriving at high-performing architectural design solutions, as well as provide valuable inspiration during the design process.

The majority of architectural design problems involve real-valued decision variables and multiple objectives. For these reasons, they prove to be an ideal field for Multi-Objective Real-Parameter Constrained Optimization applications of Evolutionary Algorithms such as Genetic Algorithm (GA) and Differential Evolution (DE) Algorithm. These algorithms are capable of navigating complex design spaces, such as those encountered in architectural design problems, and identifying best tradeoff solutions.

The primary aim of this special session is to put forward original contributions, latest research and development, and contemporary issues in the field of evolutionary computation for architectural and building design. It intends to collect a series of innovative, high quality papers on ideas, concepts, and technologies that make use of evolutionary algorithms in these research areas. Proposed submissions should be original, unpublished, and present novel fundamental research contributions from a theoretical or an application point of view.

Session topics include (but are not limited to ) the following:
  • Performance oriented design: structural performance, energy performance, comfort, construction and operation costs
  • Planning of urban settlements, design of urban configurations and alternative development strategies (i.e., floating settlements)
  • Large-scale structures and complexes (i.e., stadia, airport terminals, large-scale roofs and so on). 
  • High-rise and ultra-high rise buildings
  • High-performance architectural facades
  • Layout and configuration of architectural spaces in complex and hybrid-function buildings
  • Performative architectural design (i.e., the conceptual stage of architectural design)
  • Constraint handling in architectural design

Important dates:

Paper Submission: 19 December 2014
Paper acceptance notification: 20 February 2015
Final paper submission deadline: 13 March 2015

Paper Submission:

You should follow the IEEE CEC 2015 Submission Web Site. Special session papers are treated the same as regular conference papers.

For inquiries, please do not hesitate to contact at:


All accepted papers will be published as IEEE CEC conference proceedings and will be included in IEEE Xplore database.

Organized by

M. Fatih Tasgetiren
Industrial Engineering Department
Yasar University
Izmir, Turkey

Sevil Sariyildiz
Faculty of Architecture
Yasar University
Izmir, Turkey &TU Delft University , The Netherlands

Ozer Ciftcioglu
Faculty of Architecture
TU Delft University
The Netherlands

Ponnuthurai Nagaratnam Suganthan
School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering
Nanyang Technological University

Alice E. Smith
Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering and
Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering
Auburn University, Alabama USA

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