Saturday, 5 January 2019

CFP: IEEE CEC 2019 Special Session on Speciation

Although Evolutionary Algorithms are very good at mimicking adaptation within a species to optimize solutions for difficult problems, creating algorithms that can mimic the development of two or more species from a common ancestor has been a challenge. There are versions of Evolutionary Algorithms that have some characteristics of speciation, but none that match natural processes. Such algorithms would be a good step in the development of a general purpose Evolutionary Algorithm and would help in understanding the principles of evolution. In regards to this research, we consider a population to be distinct (and a separate species) if it is made up of individuals that are unable to produce viable offspring with individuals from the other population or if offspring are produced, they are sterile. The short term goal, which is reasonable for this special session, is to have individuals of differing species choose not to mate and if they do produce offspring, the offspring do not continue to reproduce. In this way, the gene pools for each of the species will be isolated.

The purpose of this special session is to bring together people working on Evolutionary Algorithms that tend toward or have the potential for speciation. Some possible topics of interest include:

  • Evolutionary algorithms mimicking allopatric or sympatric speciation
  • Environments for research in natural speciation
  • Biologically-inspired models of interactive agents
  • Spatially-structured populations
  • Niching
  • Island models
  • Use of topology in populations
  • Formation of sub-populations
  • Selection criteria in evolutionary algorithms
  • Co-evolution
  • Multi-agent systems
  • Multimodal function optimization

Paper Submission

Papers should be submitted through the IEEE CEC 2019 paper submission website. Please specify that your paper is submitted to the Special Session on Speciation. All papers accepted and presented at CEC2019 will be included in the conference proceedings.

The submission deadline, date of notification, and the final paper submission dealine are the same as for regular conference papers -- these dates can be found at


Gary Parker - Department of Computer Science, Connecticut College, New London, Connecticut, USA

Peter Whigham - Department of Information Science, University of Otago, Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand.

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