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LCCOMP news 25.07.2018

Genaro Martinez
 

LCCOMP (Computer Science Laboratory)
ESCOM-IPN Mexico. UCL-UWE UK.

Dear friends, colleagues, and members,

Send a lot of possible interesting information for you, colleagues,
and students in CA and computer science topics. Please forward
freely this info. Thank you!

[MEETINGS]

* 13th International Conference Cellular Automata for Research and
Industry (ACRI 2018)

NOTE: First Intensive School on Cellular Automata

http://uncomp.uwe.ac.uk/LCCOMP/Anuncios/Entries/2018/9/17_ACRI_2018.html

* AUTOMATA 2018

http://uncomp.uwe.ac.uk/LCCOMP/Anuncios/Entries/2018/6/20_AUTOMATA_2018.html

* 6th International Workshop on Applications and Fundamentals of
Cellular Automata (AFCA 2018)

http://uncomp.uwe.ac.uk/LCCOMP/Anuncios/Entries/2018/11/27_AFCA_2018.html

* The Ninth International Conference on Complex Systems (ICCS 2018)

http://www.necsi.edu/events/iccs2018/

* ALIFE 2018

http://2018.alife.org/

* 10th International Conference on Computational Collective
Intelligence (ICCCI 2018)

http://www.iccci2018.org/

** For the rest of meetings, please follows the next link.

http://uncomp.uwe.ac.uk/LCCOMP/Anuncios/Archive.html

[BOOKS]

* Advances in Unconventional Computing (Vol. 1: Theory, Vol. 2: Prototypes)

http://uncomp.uwe.ac.uk/LCCOMP/Archivos/Entries/2016/5/13_Advances_in_Unconventional_Computing.html

* The Nature of Computation

http://uncomp.uwe.ac.uk/LCCOMP/Archivos/Entries/2011/8/14_The_Nature_of_Computation.html

* Complex Systems and Networks

http://uncomp.uwe.ac.uk/LCCOMP/Archivos/Entries/2017/2/12_Complex_Systems_and_Networks.html

* Embryogenesis Explained

http://uncomp.uwe.ac.uk/LCCOMP/Archivos/Entries/2016/10/1_Embryogenesis_Explained.html

For a full list of books, papers, and beyond. Please follows the next link.

http://uncomp.uwe.ac.uk/LCCOMP/Archivos/Archive.html

[OTHER SOURCES]

* Finite-State Classical Mechanics

https://arxiv.org/abs/1807.04437

* Pulsing dynamics in randomly wired complex cellular automata

https://arxiv.org/abs/1806.06416

* Unifying Themes in Complex Systems IX

https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007%2F978-3-319-96661-8

[CA PUBLICATIONS]

* Journal Cellular Automata

http://www.oldcitypublishing.com/journals/jca-home/jca-issue-contents/

* Complex Systems

http://www.complex-systems.com/current.html

* arXiv

http://arxiv.org/list/nlin.CG/recent

[CA SOFTWARE]

* DDLab

http://www.ddlab.org/

* Golly

http://golly.sourceforge.net/

[CA software repository]

http://uncomp.uwe.ac.uk/genaro/Cellular_Automata_Repository/Software.html

[CA REPOSITORY]

http://uncomp.uwe.ac.uk/genaro/CA_repository.html


LCCOMP SPONSORS: ICUC, CEMS, UWE; ESCOM, IPN.

All best wishes!
Genaro


--
Genaro Juarez Martinez
Unconventional Computing Center, UWE, UK
http://uncomp.uwe.ac.uk/genaro/
Computer Science Laboratory, IPN, Mexico
http://uncomp.uwe.ac.uk/LCCOMP/
Artificial Life Robotics Lab
http://www.comunidad.escom.ipn.mx/ALIROB/
Centre for Chaos and Complex Networks, CUHK, China
http://www.ee.cityu.edu.hk/~cccs/
Foundation of Computer Science Laboratory, HU, Japan
http://www.iec.hiroshima-u.ac.jp/
Laboratoire de Recherche Scientifique, France
http://labores.eu/
Institut des Systèmes Complexes en Normandie, France
http://iscn.univ-lehavre.fr/

Postdoc Available at the University of Vermont (in Meta-Learning for Artificial General Intelligence)

Nick Cheney
 

A two-year postdoc position with competitive salary is available in Nick
Cheney’s lab in the Computer Science Department at the University of
Vermont – and in close collaboration with the EvolvingAI Lab at the
University of Wyoming. The research will be in the area of meta-learning
for artificial general intelligence – applied to a variety of problems,
especially those in deep reinforcement learning. Responsibilities include
helping to design bio-inspired algorithms that enable agents to learn a
variety of new tasks without losing the ability to perform previous ones
(i.e. avoiding “catastrophic forgetting”) and testing these method on
simulated and/or physical robots.

The position will be advised by Professor Nick Cheney at the University of
Vermont and Professor Jeff Clune at the University of Wyoming/Uber AI Labs.
It is available immediately, and applicants will be considered on a rolling
basis – though some flexibility on start date is possible. Experience in
deep learning and/or reinforcement learning is desired. But applicants with
strong research backgrounds in relevant fields (e.g. statistics, math,
computer science), strong programming and communication skills, and a
demonstrated desire to learn more about machine learning and neural
networks will also be considered.

To apply please send application materials to ncheney@... and jeffclu
ne@.... These should include a CV with cover letter, transcripts, GRE
scores (if available), contact information (including academic relationship
to you) for 3 letters of reference, a representative publication, and any
additional materials demonstrating verbal communication skills (e.g. a
recorded academic talk, or a recorded summary of your research interests,
motivation, and goals – please link videos rather than attaching them) or
programming skills (e.g. link to a Github repository).


The Evolving Artificial Intelligence Lab (http://EvolvingAI.org
<http://evolvingai.org/>) focuses on robotics and creating artificial
intelligence in neural networks, either via deep learning or evolutionary
algorithms. The lab is actively engaged in research. Just in the last three
years, we have received an NSF CAREER award, participated in a cover
article in Nature, produced the 63rd most talked about scientific paper
worldwide in 2015, and our deep learning papers were awarded oral
presentations (1-6% acceptance rates) at NIPS, CVPR, ICLR, and an ICML
workshop. In that same time, we also produced six papers at GECCO,
including a best paper award, and three papers in PLoS Computational
Biology – including a cover article with a Reddit AMA about it that over
42,000 people joined to ask 1000+ questions. Additionally, our work has
been covered by almost every major international news outlet.

Professor Cheney’s lab at the University of Vermont is a newly established
core research group within the Vermont Complex Systems Center – a
postdisciplinary team of faculty and students working on real-world,
data-rich, and meaningful complex systems problems of all kinds
(VermontComplexSystems.org). The lab focuses on developing bio-inspired
design and machine learning methods to study and address important complex
adaptive systems in our society – spanning robotics, digital fabrication,
healthcare, and social-environmental problems. The lab is growing quickly
and strongly funded by past and current projects from DARPA, NASA, the NSF,
USDA, ARO, and industrial partnerships. In addition to research output (13
papers in the last two years), the group is also focused on the public
engagement of science – working with government and industrial stakeholders
to help realize real-world impacts of AI research, engaging nearly a
millions viewers via scientific communication videos, and winning 7
conference/institutional awards for these efforts.

The University of Vermont (UVM), established in 1791, is a comprehensive
research university with a current enrollment of 12,000+ undergraduate,
graduate, and medical students. The scientific and academic environments in
the College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences, and throughout UVM,
are dynamic, highly collaborative, and multi-disciplinary. UVM has state of
the art core facilities, including the Vermont Advanced Computing Center,
the Advanced Genome Technologies Core, and the UVM Medical Center. We also
offer generous benefits packages, including health, dental, disability, and
life insurance, personal and medical leave, and tuition remission.

The University is located in beautiful Burlington, Vermont, about 90 miles
south of Montreal. Burlington is consistently ranked as one of the best
small cities in America for quality of living, and features year-round
outdoor recreation and cultural events. Greater Burlington has a population
of approximately 150,000 and enjoys a panoramic setting on Lake Champlain,
bordered by the Adirondack and Green Mountains.

The University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and
actively encourages applications from women, veterans, and people from
diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds.


More info available at: www.ncheney.com/join-us.html
Thank you for your interest in this position, or your help to advertise it!


Best regards,

Nick Cheney
Research Assistant Professor, Computer Science
University of Vermont
ncheney@...
ncheney.com

Jeff Clune
Associate Professor, Computer Science
Director, Evolving Artificial Intelligence Lab
University of Wyoming
jeffclune@...
jeffclune.com

Postdoc positions in origins of life theory in the Beyond Center at ASU

srwlkr@...
 

Dear all,

Please help us to spread the word and/or apply for postdoc positions doing origins of life theory at the Beyond Center at ASU (https://beyond.asu.edu/), the project has many intersections with alife topics.

Thanks in advance!
Sara Walker

[apologies for duplicate mailings]

Postdoctoral Research Scholar (JOB# 12520)
Arizona State University
Beyond Center for Fundamental Concepts in Science

The Beyond Center for Fundamental Concepts in Science (http://beyond.asu.edu) at Arizona State University invites applications for up to two postdoctoral research scholars to work on the theory of life’s origins, with emphasis on the deep conceptual foundations. These full-time, benefits-eligible positions are renewable on an annual basis (July 1 – June 30), contingent upon satisfactory performance, availability of resources, and the needs of the university. Applicants must be within five years of receipt of their Ph.D. to be considered for initial appointment and for subsequent annual renewal.

Ideal candidates will be able to apply theory directly to experimental data, and be adventurous enough to develop radically new ideas. A background in physics or computer science is preferred, but promising candidates across all disciplinary backgrounds will be considered. The candidate will work under the direction of Prof. Sara Walker (see emergence.asu.edu for more details of the research program) and will also interact with other faculty in the Beyond Center including Paul Davies, and faculty in the Center for Biosocial Complex Systems, a collaboration between Arizona State University and the Santa Fe Institute.

Minimum Qualifications: PhD in a related field by the time of appointment.

Desired Qualifications: background in physics or computer science.

Applicants should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and a statement of research interests in pdf format to Jeanette Perez at perezjr@.... They should also arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent to the same address. Initial review of complete applications will begin on September 30, 2018 is preferred, if not filled, every week thereafter until the search is closed. Further enquiries should be emailed directly to Sara Walker (sara.i.walker@...) or Paul Davies (paul.davies@...).

A background check is required for employment. Arizona State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to excellence through diversity. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.


Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.
https://www.asu.edu/aad/manuals/acd/acd401.hml https://www.asu.edu/titleIX/

[Meetings] Call for participation SAB2018 - International Conference on the Simulation of Adaptive Behavior

Poramate Manoonpong
 

Call for participation



FROM ANIMALS TO ANIMATS 15

The 15th International Conference on the Simulation of Adaptive Behavior (SAB2018)

14-17 August 2018, Frankfurt, Germany



* Keynote speakers *

Auke Jan Ijspeert, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), Switzerland
Jan Peters, Darmstadt University of Technology, Germany
Koh Hosoda, Osaka University, Japan
Tom Froese, National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico


https://www.sab2018.org/


Final program : https://indico.fias.uni-frankfurt.de/event/8/program


Best regards

Poramate Manoonpong, Jochen Triesch, John Hallam, Xiaofeng Xiong, Jørgen Christian Larsen

FW: IUNI Research Scientist position open - please spread the word

Luis M. Rocha
 

**********************************

Title: Research Scientist, Indiana University Network Science Institute (IUNI)

Position Summary
The Indiana University Network Science Institute (IUNI) seeks applicants for an Assistant Research Scientist position. This position will be appointed for a two-year term with the possibility of renewal based on exemplary performance, programmatic need, and continued funding of the position.

Scientific areas of particular interest include: (1) Analysis and modeling of networks, ideally using both analytical and computational tools; (2) Dynamical processes on networks, especially multilevel biomedical and social networks; (3) computational social science, where massive data from social media is analyzed to answer fundamental questions about individuals and society, with applications spanning from health to political science; (4) science of science, where large scholarly databases are built, analyzed, and modeled to explore topics such as the emergence of scientific fields, the diffusion of knowledge and expertise, the adoption of innovations, the definition of novelty, the prediction of scholarly and societal impact.

Basic Qualifications
The ideal candidate will have completed a PhD in physics, applied math, engineering, computer science or information science and have a strong background and experience in network science and data science. To employ theoretical, empirical, and mixed methods, the researcher will need both analytical/modeling skills and the technical capabilities to deal with big data.

For full details including application instructions see IU Jobs site,

https://indiana.peopleadmin.com/postings/6216


______________________________________________________



Luis Mateus Rocha, Professor of Informatics and Cognitive Science

Director, NSF-NRT Interdisciplinary Training in Complex Networks and Systems

Center for Complex Networks and Systems Research

School of Informatics & Computing

Indiana University, 919 E. 10th St

Bloomington IN, 47408, USA

http://informatics.indiana.edu/rocha



and



Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência, Oeiras, Portugal

http://www.igc.gulbenkian.pt/research/unit/76

______________________________________________________

Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say and not giving a damn. (Gore Vidal)

______________________________________________________

Postdoc Available at the University of Vermont (in Meta-Learning for Artificial General Intelligence)

Nick Cheney
 

A two-year postdoc position with competitive salary is available in Nick
Cheney’s lab in the Computer Science Department at the University of
Vermont – and in close collaboration with the EvolvingAI Lab at the
University of Wyoming. The research will be in the area of meta-learning
for artificial general intelligence – applied to a variety of problems,
especially those in deep reinforcement learning. Responsibilities include
helping to design bio-inspired algorithms that enable agents to learn a
variety of new tasks without losing the ability to perform previous ones
(i.e. avoiding “catastrophic forgetting”) and testing these method on
simulated and/or physical robots.

The position will be advised by Professor Nick Cheney at the University of
Vermont and Professor Jeff Clune at the University of Wyoming/Uber AI Labs.
It is available immediately, and applicants will be considered on a rolling
basis – though some flexibility on start date is possible. Experience in
deep learning and/or reinforcement learning is desired. But applicants with
strong research backgrounds in relevant fields (e.g. statistics, math,
computer science), strong programming and communication skills, and a
demonstrated desire to learn more about machine learning and neural
networks will also be considered.

To apply please send application materials to ncheney@... and jeffclu
ne@.... These should include a CV with cover letter, transcripts, GRE
scores (if available), contact information (including academic relationship
to you) for 3 letters of reference, a representative publication, and any
additional materials demonstrating verbal communication skills (e.g. a
recorded academic talk, or a recorded summary of your research interests,
motivation, and goals – please link videos rather than attaching them) or
programming skills (e.g. link to a Github repository).


The Evolving Artificial Intelligence Lab (http://EvolvingAI.org
<http://evolvingai.org/>) focuses on robotics and creating artificial
intelligence in neural networks, either via deep learning or evolutionary
algorithms. The lab is actively engaged in research. Just in the last three
years, we have received an NSF CAREER award, participated in a cover
article in Nature, produced the 63rd most talked about scientific paper
worldwide in 2015, and our deep learning papers were awarded oral
presentations (1-6% acceptance rates) at NIPS, CVPR, ICLR, and an ICML
workshop. In that same time, we also produced six papers at GECCO,
including a best paper award, and three papers in PLoS Computational
Biology – including a cover article with a Reddit AMA about it that over
42,000 people joined to ask 1000+ questions. Additionally, our work has
been covered by almost every major international news outlet.

Professor Cheney’s lab at the University of Vermont is a newly established
core research group within the Vermont Complex Systems Center – a
postdisciplinary team of faculty and students working on real-world,
data-rich, and meaningful complex systems problems of all kinds
(VermontComplexSystems.org). The lab focuses on developing bio-inspired
design and machine learning methods to study and address important complex
adaptive systems in our society – spanning robotics, digital fabrication,
healthcare, and social-environmental problems. The lab is growing quickly
and strongly funded by past and current projects from DARPA, NASA, the NSF,
USDA, ARO, and industrial partnerships. In addition to research output (13
papers in the last two years), the group is also focused on the public
engagement of science – working with government and industrial stakeholders
to help realize real-world impacts of AI research, engaging nearly a
millions viewers via scientific communication videos, and winning 7
conference/institutional awards for these efforts.

The University of Vermont (UVM), established in 1791, is a comprehensive
research university with a current enrollment of 12,000+ undergraduate,
graduate, and medical students. The scientific and academic environments in
the College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences, and throughout UVM,
are dynamic, highly collaborative, and multi-disciplinary. UVM has state of
the art core facilities, including the Vermont Advanced Computing Center,
the Advanced Genome Technologies Core, and the UVM Medical Center. We also
offer generous benefits packages, including health, dental, disability, and
life insurance, personal and medical leave, and tuition remission.

The University is located in beautiful Burlington, Vermont, about 90 miles
south of Montreal. Burlington is consistently ranked as one of the best
small cities in America for quality of living, and features year-round
outdoor recreation and cultural events. Greater Burlington has a population
of approximately 150,000 and enjoys a panoramic setting on Lake Champlain,
bordered by the Adirondack and Green Mountains.

The University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and
actively encourages applications from women, veterans, and people from
diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds.


More info available at: www.ncheney.com/join-us.html
Thank you for your interest in this position, or your help to advertise it!


Best regards,

Nick Cheney
Research Assistant Professor, Computer Science
University of Vermont
ncheney@...
ncheney.com

Jeff Clune
Associate Professor, Computer Science
Director, Evolving Artificial Intelligence Lab
University of Wyoming
jeffclune@...
jeffclune.com

CfP - EvoApplications 2019

Paul Kaufmann
 

The 22nd International Conference on the Applications of
Evolutionary Computation, April 24–26 2019, Leipzig, Germany.

http://www.evostar.org/2019/

EvoApplications invites high quality contributions for its 22nd edition,
which will be held as part of the EvoStar 2019 event in Leipzig, Germany,
April 2019 and co-located within EvoStar with three related conferences:
EuroGP, EvoCOP and EvoMUSART.

EvoApplications will focus on following thematic areas:
- Games
- Image & Signal Processing, Vision & Pattern recognition
- Life Sciences
- Networks & Distributed Systems
- Neuroevolution & Data Analytics
- Numerical Optimization - Theory, Benchmarks and Applications
- Robotics
- Social Sciences and Economics
- Soft & Hard Engineering

Please do not be deterred if your work does not fit into any of these,
as new areas will arise depending on submissions. Just ensure you select
the appropriate keywords to classify your paper.


SUBMISSION, PRESENTATION, AND PUBLICATION DETAILS

This year EvoApplications is accepting two kinds of submission: full papers
and short papers. Full papers require novel and complete research work and
have a limit of 16 pages. Short papers should present complete research and
interesting preliminary results and have a limit of 8 pages. Both types of
submission will undergo the same double-blind review process and all accepted
papers will be included in the LNCS proceedings. All authors of accepted
papers will be given the opportunity to further disseminate their work in
poster sessions.

- Page limit: 8 pages (short papers) or 16 pages (full papers).
- Submission format: Springer LNCS
– Review process: double-blind. Please ensure to anonymize your submission.
- Presentation format
-- Long talks: 20 minutes + 5 min questions. Authors can optionally bring a
poster to present at the poster session.
-- Short talks: 10 minutes, no questions. Authors MUST also bring a poster to
present at the poster session.
-- Short papers are only eligible for short talks. Authors of long papers
will be notified in advance of the type of presentation (short/long).
- Submission link: https://myreview.saclay.inria.fr/evoapps19/


IMPORTANT DATES

- Submission Deadline: November 1, 2018
- Notification: January 3, 2019
- Camera-ready: January 15, 2019
- EvoStar dates: 24-26 April 2019


LOCATION

The city of Leipzig is located in the north-east of Germany, about 160km
south of Berlin. Situated at the crossing of two major medieval trading
routes, Via Imperii connecting Italy with the North and Via Regia connecting
East and West, it was once considered as one of the major European centers of
trade, culture and learning. Today Leipzig is an easily likeable, green and
young city with a rich cultural diversity. Particularly in the city center
one can find many beautiful historical buildings from different architectural
periods, museums and parks. Also, lovers of classical music appreciate
Leipzig due to the impact of Bach and Mendelsohn-Bartholdy, who lived in the
city for important parts of their lives.


ORGANIZATION

EvoApplications Coordinator
Paul Kaufmann, Mainz University, Germany

EvoApplications Publication Chair
TBA

Evo* Local Chair:
Hendrik Richter, Leipzig University of Applied Sciences, Germany

[meetings] Workshop "Swarm Robotics - Pushing the State of the Art" - Rome, October 25-26 2018

Vito Trianni
 

Swarm Robotics - Pushing the State of the Art
October 25-26 2018
Rome, Italy

http://laral.istc.cnr.it/swarm_robotics_2018/


— Description —
Swarm robotics is the domain of robotics that deals with large groups of robots that coordinately and cooperatively accomplish a task.
Inspired by natural self-organising systems like ant colonies, fish schools or bird flocks, the goal of swarm robotics research is to deploy complex robotics systems that present robustness to faults, scalability to different group sizes, flexibility of the displayed behaviour and adaptivity to environmental changes.
The problems faced by swarm robotics concerns mainly the analysis of complex systems formed by a multitude of interacting units, the design of individual level rules leading to desired collective behaviours, and the application of the lessons learned in lab research to real-world domains. The workshop will discuss cutting-edge research in all these directions thanks to a great assembly of invited speakers, and will represent a unique place where to trace the future of this research field beyond the state of the art.

— Participation —
Presentations at the workshop will be given by invited speakers only (see the program below).
Participation to the workshop is limited to a very small number of attendees, on a first-come-first-served basis, upon payment of a registration fee of €150,00 to cover organisation costs. The interested attendees should fill in the registration form (https://goo.gl/forms/D3sDx7IGsdSLsvgI3) to indiciate their interest. Instructions for the payment of the registration fee (by credit card or bank transfer) will be communicated to the selected attendees. Participation to the workshop is secured upon reception of the payment.

— Location —
The workshop will take place at the Hotel Nord Nuova Roma (http://www.hotelnordnuovaroma.it/en/), very close to the Termini station in central Rome. The workshop is co-located with ANTS 2018, the Eleventh International Conference on Swarm Intelligence (Rome, October 29-31, 2018 — http://swarm-intelligence.eu/ants2018/), providing a unique occasion for discussing the cutting-edge research performed in the swarm robotics domain.

— Program —
Thursday, October 25, 2018
Session I: Biological foundations
9:00 - 9:15 Opening Talk
9:15 - 10:00 Andrew King
10:00 - 10:30 James Herbert-Read
10:30 - 11:00 Coffee break
11:00 - 11:30 Guy Theraulaz
11:30 - 12:00 Asja Jelic
12:00 - 12:30 Ofer Feinerman
12:30 - 13:45 Lunch break

Session II: Analysis tools
13:45 - 14:30 Clement Sire
14:30 - 15:00 Arianna Bottinelli
15:00 - 15:30 Andrea Perna
15:30 - 16:00 Coffee break
16:00 - 16:30 James A. R. Marshall
16:30 - 17:00 Mieke Massink
17:00 - 17:30 Ira Schwartz

Friday, October 26, 2018
Session III: Design methods
9:15 - 10:00 Mauro Birattari
10:00 - 10:30 Anders Lyhne Christensen
10:30 - 11:00 Coffee break
11:00 - 11:30 Heiko Hamann
11:30 - 12:00 Marco Dorigo
12:00 - 12:30 Danesh Tarapore
12:30 - 13:45 Lunch break

Session IV: Towards real world applications
13:45 - 14:30 Metin Sitti
14:30 - 15:00 Spring Berman
15:00 - 15:30 Wafa Johal
15:30 - 16:00 Coffee break
16:00 - 16:30 Vito Trianni
16:30 - 17:00 Guido de Croon
17:00 - 18:00 Closing discussion Moderated by Nicola Nosengo


— Organising Committee —
Marco Dorigo, IRIDIA, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium — http://iridia.ulb.ac.be/~mdorigo/HomePageDorigo/
Guy Theraulaz, CRCA, CNRS UMR 5169, Université Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France — http://cognition.ups-tlse.fr/spip.php?article182&lang=en
Vito Trianni, ISTC, National Research Council, Rome, Italy — http://laral.istc.cnr.it/trianni/

— Funding —
The workshop organisation is supported by the Office of Naval Research Global, under grant agreement ONRG-CSP-N62909-18-1-2156.


========================================================================
Vito Trianni, Ph.D. vito.trianni@(no_spam)istc.cnr.it
ISTC-CNR http://www.istc.cnr.it/people/vito-trianni
Via San Martino della Battaglia 44 Tel: +39 06 44595277
00185 Roma Fax: +39 06 44595243
Italy
========================================================================

University of Cincinnati: Graduate Positions in computer and robot models of animal behavior (application deadline: January 1).

Dieter Vanderelst
 

Graduate Positions in computer and robot models of animal behavior
(application deadline: January 1).

I am recruiting highly qualified and motivated Ph.D. students beginning
in summer or fall 2018. My lab focuses on models of navigation, flight
control & foraging in echolocating bats. We build computer simulations,
artificial sonar systems, and robots to develop hypotheses about bat
biosonar. Students are expected to have a keen interest in sensory
biology and possess a robust technical skill set. While we focus on bat
sonar, we also work on models of other species (including humans) and
interested students are encouraged to propose novel research directions.
Please visit my website for examples of ongoing and past projects:
http://www.bitsofbats.net.

*Support*

The biology department offers competitive support packages for qualified
students. The University of Cincinnati, the Department of Biological
Sciences, and the lab have a strong commitment to diversity in science
and graduate education. Students from underrepresented ethnic or racial
minorities will be considered for the new Provost Graduate Fellowship,
which provides a three year $25,000 stipend plus tuition remission, and
the Yates Fellowship, which awards grants to underrepresented minority
candidates.

*The Sensory Biology, Behavior & Evolution group*

Students will be joining the Department of Biological Science’s Sensory
Biology, Behavior & Evolution group (SBBE). This research and graduate
training group focuses on research at the intersection of neurobiology,
behavior, and evolution directed at how organisms sense and respond to
their environment at functional and evolutionary levels. Research
includes mechanisms of sensory system function, neuroethology,
behavioral ecology, sexual selection, sensory ecology, genomics and
evolutionary developmental biology (evo/devo) of sensory traits and
response systems. Research at the intersection of these disciplines is
making significant contributions to many other areas, including human
behavior and medicine, molecular genetics, physiology and endocrinology,
ecology and evolutionary biology. Faculty in this group form
interdisciplinary collaborations with departments in the UC College of
Medicine, Children's Hospital Research Center, Environmental Health,
Biomedical Engineering, and the Molecular Markers Cluster. For
additional information please visit:
https://www.artsci.uc.edu/departments/biology/research/Sbbe.html

*The University of Cincinnati*

The University of Cincinnati is a top-25 public ‘research-intensive’
institution and is ranked among the nation’s best institutions for
undergraduate education. Founded in 1819, our campus boasts
award-winning, modern architecture and is located in close vicinity to
collaborative resources including, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and
the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden.

Cincinnati is a vibrant city on the banks of the Ohio River. The region
is home to year-round cultural and entertainment opportunities such as
the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and National Underground Railroad
Freedom Center, as well as many annual music and cultural festivals.
Cincinnati is also home to major professional sports teams including the
Cincinnati Bengals, Cincinnati Reds, and FC Cincinnati – a new
professional soccer team which draws over 20,000 fans per game. City and
county park systems provide extensive green space for outdoor activities
as well as research and outreach opportunities.

*How to apply*

Students interested in joining the lab should contact Dieter Vanderelst
(vanderdt@...) to discuss their interests. Please include a
brief statement of your research interests, CV, and GRE scores. More
information about the graduate program in the Department of Biological
Sciences can be found here:
http://www.artsci.uc.edu/departments/biology/graduate/future.html.
Graduate applications are due January 1. To apply:
http://www.grad.uc.edu/ApplyOnline.aspx.

Several open CS faculty positions at Michigan State University

Charles Ofria
 

Hi Folks,

The Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Michigan State
University is pleased to announce that we plan to have *several
tenure-track faculty openings each of the next three years*. All ranks
will be considered (based on experience) and cluster hires will be
possible. Full information can be found in this year's official
announcement, which is attached.

While we are open to hiring researchers in any area, *I personally want to
encourage applications from members of the Artificial Life community*. MSU
is home to the BEACON Center for the Study of Evolution in Action, which
unites researchers using biological and computational approaches to learn
about evolutionary dynamics. Over a dozen current MSU faculty are in the
fields of Artificial Life or Evolutionary Computation.

We will start reviewing applications on *Nov 15th*, but will continue to
examine them as they come in.

Best,

Dr. Charles Ofria
Professor of Computer Science & Engineering
President, International Society for Artificial Life
Director, MSU Digital Evolution Laboratory
Deputy Director, BEACON Center for the Study of Evolution in Action
Michigan State University
http://www.cse.msu.edu/~ofria/
Phone: 517 884-2562 : Fax: 517 913-6032

Open position: Research Associate in Complex Systems Modelling at the University of Sheffield

Andreagiovanni Reina
 

The University of Sheffield (UK) has an open position for a Research
Associate in Complex Systems Modelling to work on the just-started Swarm
Awareness project (https://swarmawareness.group.shef.ac.uk).

The Swarm Awareness project aims to endow a swarm with awareness of its own
state, thus allowing individual agents with local knowledge to reach a
consensus on the global swarm state. Particular examples of states to
measure are swarm size (number of agents), fraction of the swarm committed
to a unique decision (quorum), and super-threshold decision
(decision-state).

We are seeking candidates with a PhD (or equivalent experience) in
mathematics, physics, or computer science, as well as experience of
implementing and analysing numerical simulations. The position is until
12th August 2020 (subject to extension); we aim to let the post-holder
start as soon as possible. The application deadline is 18th of October 2018.

More info available at
https://swarmawareness.group.shef.ac.uk/recruitment.html

Thanks for circulating this,

Andreagiovanni Reina, PhD
Research Associate in Collective Robotics
University of Sheffield, UK
http://areina.staff.shef.ac.uk
<http://areina.staff.shef.ac.uk/>

Assistant Professor positions at Keele University

PeterAndras
 

Two Assistant Professor (UK Lecturer) positions in Computer Science

*Keele University *- Faculty of Natural Sciences - School of Computing and
Mathematics

*Closing date for applications: 21st October 2018*

Keele University is renowned for its exciting approach to higher education,
innovative research, beautiful campus, strong community spirit and
excellent student experience. With a turnover in excess of £150 million,
over 10,000 students and a total staff of approximately 2000, the
University provides high quality teaching across a wide range of academic
and vocational subjects and promotes world-class research. The University
hosts the largest UK Smart Energy Network Demonstrator (SEND) with an
associated Centre for Doctoral Training based in the School of Computing
and Mathematics.

Applications are welcome from dynamic and enthusiastic individuals
committed to high quality teaching and research in any relevant field of
Computer Science (e.g. software engineering, evolutionary systems,
security, human-computer interaction, biological computation, machine
learning, formal methods, distributed systems, smart energy,
high-performance computing – but not restricted to these particular
fields). Applicants will have interests that complement our existing
research strengths while broadening the scope of our teaching expertise.

The Assistant Professor (UK Lecturer) posts are part of continued growth
and expansion of Computer Science at Keele, which presents many new
opportunities for the development of synergies in both teaching and
research. Candidates will be expected to develop an active research
programme that both complements and extends our existing research profile
in Computer Science. Candidates are also expected to develop research
collaborations with colleagues at Keele and elsewhere in strategic research
areas of the University, such as smart energy, AI, big data or digital
health. Details of the research carried out in Computer Science at Keele
can be found at:

http://www.keele.ac.uk/scm/research/compsci/

The successful candidates will have a PhD in an appropriate area of
Computer Science (or be very close to completion of his/her PhD) and will
have a strong commitment to delivering high quality undergraduate teaching,
including supervision of undergraduate and postgraduate research projects
and the development and delivery of new modules. The post-holders will have
the skills, enthusiasm and flexibility for teaching across a wide range of
computer science topics and will also contribute to recruitment activities
and administrative duties within our Computer Science programmes.

Informal enquires can be made to Professor Peter Andras on 01782 733412 or
p.andras@...

Keele University is committed to the principles of the Athena SWAN charter,
and values equality and diversity across our workforce. We strive to
ensure that our workforce is representative of broader society, and
therefore, we would actively welcome applications from women for this role.


Keele University values equality and diversity across our workforce and to
ensuring our staff community is reflective of the diversity of our student
population. In support of these commitments the University welcomes
applications from individuals of Black, Asian and ethnic minority
backgrounds for *all* roles.

*For full post details please visit: www.keele.ac.uk/vacancies
<http://www.keele.ac.uk/vacancies>*

*Keele University employees wishing to apply should login to Employee Self
Service and click on the 'View current vacancies' link.*

*Closing date for applications: 21st October 2018*

*Interviews will be held on: 16th November 2018*

*Post reference: KU00000898*

Advanced Research Fellowships - Artificial Intelligence

PeterAndras
 

Industrial Strategy Advanced Research Fellowships

Special area of interest: Artificial Intelligence and industrial / medical
applications.

Keele University


Closes:

30th October 2018


Job Ref:

KU00000892



Salary: Grade 8 £42,036-£50,132/Grade 9 £51,630-£59,828

We’re Keele and we’re different. Founded over 60 years ago to meet the
challenges of a rapidly changing world, our mission today is as relevant as
it was then.

A key part of our mission is the delivery of research with the highest
impact. The University and its Science & Innovation Park play a critical
economic anchor role across and beyond the Midlands area of the UK. In the
last 2 years we have invested over £40 million in building our capacity to
work collaboratively with business, industry and a wider set of partners. As
part of our future plans for continued investment, we are now seeking to
recruit two Industrial Strategy Advanced Research Fellows to the University.

Applications are welcomed from individuals with a track record in any
discipline, which aligns with the aims and objectives of the UK Government’s
Industrial Strategy and the UKRI Funding Councils delivering the strategy
(e.g. artificial intelligence). We particularly welcome applications which
will further build the University’s reputation for
internationally-excellent, world-leading and high impact research in one or
more grand challenge areas within the Industrial Strategy.

The fellowships are principally research focused positions until July 2021,
after which role-holders will transition into substantive academic roles
which will include both teaching and research responsibilities. Appointments
will be considered at grade 8 (Lecturer scale) or grade 9 (Senior Lecturer
scale). The level will be determined by the experience and track-record of
individual candidates.

Candidates will be expected to demonstrate an established or emerging track
record of high quality collaborative research with business, industry and
other non-academic partners across the UK, aligned to areas of existing
research endeavour at Keele University. An ability to demonstrate a
track-record and future desire to collaborate with a wide range of
commercial partners, large and small, will be welcomed.

Initial applications are invited with a deadline of 30 October 2018, with
interviews taking place 3-7 December 2018. Applications will be selected
against the person specification for the role, which will include
consideration of how the proposed candidate will complement established and
emerging areas of research in regard to our interdisciplinary research
themes of: sustainable futures, social inclusion and global health.

Applicants interested in applying for these jobs in the area of Artificial
Intelligence and its industrial / medical applications may contact Professor
Peter Andras (p.andras@... <mailto:p.andras@...> ) for
further information about these jobs.

Keele University values equality and diversity across our workforce and to
ensuring our staff community is reflective of the diversity of our student
population. In support of these commitments the University welcomes
applications from individuals of Black, Asian and ethnic minority
backgrounds for all roles.

For full post details please visit: <http://www.keele.ac.uk/vacancies>
www.keele.ac.uk/vacancies

Keele University employees wishing to apply should login to Employee Self
Service and click on the 'View current vacancies' link.

Closing date for applications: 30th October 2018

Promoting Equality, Valuing Diversity.





---

Professor Peter Andras

Head of School

School of Computing and Mathematics

Keele University

Keele, Staffordshire

ST5 5BG

UK



Tel. +44-1782-733412

Fax. +44-1782-734268

E-mail: <mailto:p.andras@...> p.andras@...

Web: <http://www.scm.keele.ac.uk/staff/p_andras/>
www.scm.keele.ac.uk/staff/p_andras/

CFP: Engineering and Real World Applications (EvoApps 2019)

Sara Silva
 

*** Apologies for cross-posting ***

=========================================================
 Engineering and Real World Applications

 a thematic area of the European Conference on
 the Applications of Evolutionary Computation

 part of the EvoStar event (evostar.org)

=========================================================
 Submission deadline: November 1, 2018

=========================================================

Evolutionary Computation (EC) has established itself as a powerful technique to tackle design, search and optimisation problems in the real-world, with a wide variety of applications in business and in industry, as well as in engineering domains and in life and environmental sciences.  There are however specific challenges in moving from academic research to real environments: these challenges are not only technical, but may also encompass issues such as user interaction and adoption.

The Engineering and Real World Applications thematic area seeks papers that address (but are not limited to) the following:

  - Case studies on the adoption of EC within organisations and businesses
  - Novel applications of EC in new academic domains, e.g. to tackle optimisation/design problems in physical, environmental, and life sciences
  - Optimisation in industrial environments, e.g. including but not limited to production planning, transportation, distribution, and control engineering
  - Hybrid methods and novel heuristics developed to solve specific problems, particularly where these might be generalized to other applications
  - The handling of real world soft constraints
  - The construction of user interfaces to allow non-experts to use EC based techniques
  - Any other real world applications where EC is the main methodology

We encourage authors to consider their readership and when discussing a specific application area, provide sufficient introductory background to the area for the lay reader to understand.

=========================================================
 IMPORTANT DATES

  - Submission Deadline: November 1, 2018
  - Notification: January 3, 2019
  - Camera-ready: January 15, 2019
  - EvoStar event: April 24-26, 2019 (Leipzig, Germany)

=========================================================
 TWO TYPES OF SUBMISSIONS

This year EvoApplications is accepting two kinds of submission: full papers and short papers. Full papers require novel and complete research work and have a limit of 16 pages. Short papers should present complete research and interesting preliminary results and have a limit of 8 pages. Both types of submission will undergo the same double-blind review process and all accepted papers will be included in the LNCS proceedings. All authors of accepted papers will be given the opportunity to further disseminate their work in poster sessions.

- Page limit: 8 pages (short papers) or 16 pages (full papers).
- Submission format: Springer LNCS
- Review process: double-blind. Please ensure to anonymize your submission.
- Submission link: https://myreview.saclay.inria.fr/evoapps19/

=========================================================
 LOCATION

The city of Leipzig is located in the north-east of Germany, about 160km south of Berlin. Situated at the crossing of two major medieval trading routes, Via Imperii connecting Italy with the North and Via Regia connecting East and West, it was once considered as one of the major European centers oftrade, culture and learning. Today Leipzig is an easily likeable, green and young city with a rich cultural diversity. Particularly in the city center one can find many beautiful historical buildings from different architectural periods, museums and parks. Also, lovers of classical music appreciate Leipzig due to the impact of Bach and Mendelsohn-Bartholdy, who lived in thecity for important parts of their lives.

For more information on the conference please, visit the main conference website at http://www.evostar.org/2019/cfp_evoapps.php

Regards,
Emma Hart, Edinburgh Napier University
Sara Silva, University of Lisbon

EvoApplications'19: Deadline extension until the 12th of November

Paul Kaufmann
 

The EvoApplications 2019 Conference extends its deadline until the
12th of November. The submission site will stay open until Monday,
after which no further submissions will be accepted. Authors who
have already submitted a paper can update their work by the new deadline.

—————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————-

The 22nd International Conference on the Applications of
Evolutionary Computation, April 24–26 2019, Leipzig, Germany.

http://www.evostar.org/2019/

EvoApplications invites high quality contributions for its 22nd edition,
which will be held as part of the EvoStar 2019 event in Leipzig, Germany,
April 2019 and co-located within EvoStar with three related conferences:
EuroGP, EvoCOP and EvoMUSART.

EvoApplications will focus on following thematic areas:

- Engineering + Real world applications, Chairs: Emma Hart, Sara Silva
- Games, Chairs: Julian Togelius, Alberto Tonda
- Image & Signal Processing, Vision & Pattern recognition, Chairs: Stephen Smith, Monica Mordonini
- Life sciences, Chairs: James Foster, Jaume Bacardit
- Networks, Chairs: JJ Merelo, Juan Luis (Juanlu) Jiménez-Laredo
- Neuroevolution, Chairs: Julian Miller, Sebastian Risi
- Numerical optimization, Chairs: Günter Rudolph, Oliver Kramer
- Robotics, Chairs: Gusz Eiben, Kyrre Glette
- General, Chairs: Carlos Cotta, Paco Fernandez, Giovanni Iacca, Trung Thanh Nguyen


Please do not be deterred if your work does not fit into any of these,
as new areas will arise depending on submissions. Just ensure you select
the appropriate keywords to classify your paper.


SUBMISSION, PRESENTATION, AND PUBLICATION DETAILS

This year EvoApplications is accepting two kinds of submission: full papers
and short papers. Full papers require novel and complete research work and
have a limit of 16 pages. Short papers should present complete research and
interesting preliminary results and have a limit of 8 pages. Both types of
submission will undergo the same double-blind review process and all accepted
papers will be included in the LNCS proceedings. All authors of accepted
papers will be given the opportunity to further disseminate their work in
poster sessions.

- Page limit: 8 pages (short papers) or 16 pages (full papers).
- Submission format: Springer LNCS
– Review process: double-blind. Please ensure to anonymize your submission.
- Presentation format
-- Long talks: 20 minutes + 5 min questions. Authors can optionally bring a
poster to present at the poster session.
-- Short talks: 10 minutes, no questions. Authors MUST also bring a poster to
present at the poster session.
-- Short papers are only eligible for short talks. Authors of long papers
will be notified in advance of the type of presentation (short/long).
- Submission link: https://myreview.saclay.inria.fr/evoapps19/


IMPORTANT DATES

- Submission Deadline: November 12, 2018
- Notification: January 12, 2019
- Camera-ready: February 11, 2019
- EvoStar dates: 24-26 April 2019


LOCATION

The city of Leipzig is located in the north-east of Germany, about 160km
south of Berlin. Situated at the crossing of two major medieval trading
routes, Via Imperii connecting Italy with the North and Via Regia connecting
East and West, it was once considered as one of the major European centers of
trade, culture and learning. Today Leipzig is an easily likeable, green and
young city with a rich cultural diversity. Particularly in the city center
one can find many beautiful historical buildings from different architectural
periods, museums and parks. Also, lovers of classical music appreciate
Leipzig due to the impact of Bach and Mendelsohn-Bartholdy, who lived in the
city for important parts of their lives.


ORGANIZATION

EvoApplications Coordinator
Paul Kaufmann, Mainz University, Germany

EvoApplications Publication Chair
Pedro Castillo, University of Granada, Spain

Evo* Local Chair:
Hendrik Richter, Leipzig University of Applied Sciences, Germany

CFW: The 2019 Conference on Artificial Life (ALIFE 2019) 29 July - 2 August 2019 in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK

ICOS Research Group
 

*** Apologies for cross-posting. Appreciate if you can distribute
this CFW to your network. ***

**********************************************************************
ALIFE 2019
The 2019 Conference on Artificial Life

29 July - 2 August 2019
Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK

http://alife.ico2s.org/
**********************************************************************


Call for Workshops, Special Sessions & Tutorials
================================================

The ALife2019 Organizing Committee invites proposals for Workshops,
Special Sessions and Tutorial to be held in conjunction with
The 2019 Conference on Artificial Life (ALIFE 2019), which will be
held in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK on 29 July - 2 August, 2019.
http://alife.ico2s.org/

We especially encourage proposals that relate to the theme of
ALIFE 2019: How Can Artificial Life Help Solve Societal Challenges?

Workshop Proposals
------------------
The ALIFE 2019 workshops are intended to be forums to present and
discuss new approaches, visions, or critical reflections within a
research area. They provide an excellent opportunity to meet people
with similar interests, to be exposed to cutting-edge research and
to exchange ideas in an informal setting. The organizers of an
accepted workshop are responsible for its coordination and its
publicity (e.g., for sending out call for papers/abstracts), for
collecting and reviewing the papers/abstracts, and for maintaining
a website providing a list of ccepted talks. Workshops are open to
all interested conference participants, unless specifically justified
otherwise in the application. Workshops can allocate either one or
two 1.5 hour time slots.

If accepted, ALIFE will provide the onsite logistics (seminar rooms,
projectors, coffee breaks) and links from the main conference website.
All other organizational issues -- including separate review process
and proceedings publication, if any -- are taken care of by the
workshop chairs. Therefore, any workshop-specific requests from
participants should be exclusively addressed to them, not to the ALIFE
committee. The internal organization of the satellite workshops and
tutorials (website, paper submission, invited talks, proceedings, all
deadlines except registration) is entirely left up to their respective
organizers. Participation in workshops requires conference
registration.

Tutorial Proposals
------------------
ALIFE 2019 tutorials will be presented by domain experts to cover
current topics relevant to artificial life researchers and
practitioners, such as introduction to state-of-the-art methods and
software. Each tutorial slot will be 1.5 hours long. We encourage
tutorial organizers to maintain a website that collects tutorial,
demos and interactive material.

As for Workshops, ALIFE will provide the onsite logistics (seminar
rooms, projectors, coffee breaks) and links from the main conference
website. All other organizational issues are taken care of by the
tutorial chairs. Therefore, any workshop-specific requests from
participants should be exclusively addressed to them, not to the ALIFE
committee. Participation in workshops requires conference
registration.

Special Sessions
----------------
Special Sessions are part of the conference main program. They are
dedicated to both established and emerging core concepts of the ALife
agenda. Special sessions provide an excellent opportunity for
researchers in the ALife community to shape parts of the conference
programme by attracting high quality submissions, organizing session
content and selecting session chairs.

Contributions to special sessions undergo the same peer review
process as other submissions to the conference and will be included
in the conference proceedings. There is no limit on the number of
time slots allocated to a special session and their duration will
instead be determined by the number of allocated contributions.
Special sessions that do not attract a sufficient number of
contributions will not take place.


Important Dates
===============
Submission of Workshop/Tutorial Proposals is open now.
We will receive applications until 24th January, 2019.
The notification of acceptance will be given by 30th January 2019.


Submission Process
==================
Every workshop, special session and tutorial proposal should include:

1. title of the workshop/special session/tutorial
2. name(s) and affiliation(s) of the organizer(s) with contact
details
3. a short CV of the organizer(s)
4. a brief description (half-page) of the workshop/tutorial topics

Only for workshops:

5. type of workshop (contributed talks, invited talks, interactive
session, panel discussion, etc.)
6. potential target participants and audience
7. roughly approximated number of participants
8. an indication whether the workshop should run for one or two
1.5 hour slots
9. whether you have a plan for preparing online proceedings or
abstract booklets of the workshop or not

All proposals must be sent to: alife-19@...

EVOAPPS/Neuroevolution/Data Analytics deadline extension

Sebastian Risi
 

Dear colleagues,

**** DEADLINE EXTENDED ****

The deadline for submitting your paper on neuroevolution and data
analytics to the EVOAPPS conference is now

**November 12, 2018**.

Neuroevolution and data analytics is a thematic area of the European
Conference on the Applications of Evolutionary Computation (part of
EVO*, http://www.evostar.org/2019/):

The areas of interest for the track include, among others:

Evolutionary Machine Learning

Evolutionary techniques and neural networks

Developmental neural networks

HyperNEAT

Evolution and Deep Neural Networks

Cartesian Genetic Programming Artificial Neural Networks (CGPANNs)

Neuroevolution in Robotics

Novel search methods in neuroevolution

Indirect encodings of neural networks

Quality Diversity search

Role and application of neural networks in data analytics

- Big Data Analysis

- Analysis, modelling and visualization

- Operational analytics and intelligence

- Anomaly detection and prediction

- Monitoring and measurements for management

- Artificial intelligence, neural networks, and deep learning for management

- Data mining, statistical modeling, and neuroevolution for management

Important dates are:

- Submission Deadline: November 12, 2018 <-- New

- Notification: January 12, 2019 <-- New

- Camera-ready: February 11, 2019 <-- New

- EVO* event: April 24-26, 2019 (Leipzig, Germany)

** TWO TYPES OF SUBMISSIONS **

This year EvoApplications is accepting two kinds of submission: full
papers and short papers. Full papers require novel and complete
research work and have a limit of 16 pages. Short papers should
present complete research and interesting preliminary results and have
a limit of 8 pages. Both types of submission will undergo the same
double-blind review process and all accepted papers will be included
in the LNCS proceedings. All authors of accepted papers will be given
the opportunity to further disseminate their work in poster sessions.

* Page limit: 8 pages (short papers) or 16 pages (full papers).

* Submission format: Springer LNCS

* Review process: double-blind. Please ensure to anonymize your submission.

* Submission link: https://myreview.saclay.inria.fr/evoapps19/

LOCATION

The city of Leipzig is located in the north-east of Germany, about
160km south of Berlin. Situated at the crossing of two major medieval
trading routes, Via Imperii connecting Italy with the North and Via
Regia connecting East and West, it was once considered as one of the
major European centers of trade, culture and learning. Today Leipzig
is an easily likeable, green and young city with a rich cultural
diversity. Particularly in the city center one can find many beautiful
historical buildings from different architectural periods, museums and
parks. Also, lovers of classical music appreciate Leipzig due to the
impact of Bach and Mendelsohn-Bartholdy, who lived in the city for
important parts of their lives.

For more information on the conference please, visit the main
conference website at

http://www.evostar.org/2019/cfp_evoapps.php

Regards,

Julian Miller and Sebastian Risi


--
Dr. Sebastian Risi
Associate Professor
IT University of Copenhagen, Room 5C15
Rued Langgaards Vej 7, 2300 Copenhagen, Denmark
email: sebastian.risi@..., web: www.sebastianrisi.com
phone: +45-50250355

[jobs] research position: collective decision making, ISTC-CNR, Rome, Italy

Vito Trianni
 

I’m recruiting a postdoctoral researcher to work within the newly founded project "CODE: Collective Decisions in Dynamic Environments" to be carried out the Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies of the Italian National Research Council, in Rome. The position is for one year, and is renewable for two more years.

The research program aims to the study of collective decision making in dynamical contexts, where the possible alternatives display time-varying features. The study has a theoretical component based on dynamical systems theory, and an experimental component based on multi-agent and multi-robot systems. Dynamical systems are useful to determine the time evolution of collective decision-making under a given parameterisation, with the goal of identifying optimal conditions to maximise efficiency and decision accuracy. Multi-agent models allow to validate the predictions made by analytical models, and to consider heterogeneous interaction topologies that can emerge, for instance, from a complex and dynamic distribution of agents in space, as resulting from non-random motion patterns. The research also includes the possibility to test the identified collective decision strategies with multi-robot systems, exploiting a swarm of kilobot robots.

The ideal candidate should have knowledge of dynamical systems theory and expertise in using tools for such studies (e.g., Wolfram Mathematica). Good programming skills are also required (Python, C++), as well as abilities in data visualisation.

The deadline to submit an application is November the 9th. PhD students nearing the end of their doctoral program are also welcome to participate.

The interested candidate may place an informal inquiry by contacting me, or read the instructions for the application provided in the notice of selection:
http://www.istc.cnr.it/sites/default/files/vacancies/bandi/notice_of_selection_n._istc-adr-247-2018-rm.doc




========================================================================
Vito Trianni, Ph.D. vito.trianni@(no_spam)istc.cnr.it
ISTC-CNR http://www.istc.cnr.it/people/vito-trianni
Via San Martino della Battaglia 44 Tel: +39 06 44595277
00185 Roma Fax: +39 06 44595243
Italy
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Extended Deadline - OLA 2019 - International Conference on Optimization and Learning

Gregoire Danoy
 

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OLA'2019
International Conference on Optimization and Learning: Challenges and Applications

29-31 Jan 2019
Bangkok Thailand

http://ola2019.sciencesconf.org/
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OLA is a conference focusing on the future challenges of optimization and learning methods and their applications. The conference OLA'2019 will provide an opportunity to the international research community in optimization and learning to discuss recent research results and to develop new ideas and collaborations in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.

OLA'2019 welcomes presentations that cover any aspects of optimization and learning research such as optimization for learning, learning for optimization, optimization and learning under uncertainty, new high-impact applications, parameter tuning, 4th industrial revolution, hybridization issues, optimization-simulation, meta-modeling, high-performance computing, parallel and distributed optimization and learning, surrogate modeling, multi-objective optimization …

Submissions:
===============

We will accept submissions in two different formats:
- S1: Extended abstracts of work-in-progress and position papers of a maximum of 3 pages
- S2: Original research contributions of a maximum of 10 pages


Important dates:
===============

Extended Submission deadline November 2, 2018
Notification of acceptance November 16, 2018

Proceedings: Accepted papers in categories S1 and S2 will be published in the proceedings that will be available at the conference. In addition, a post-conference indexed Springer book and special issue of Journal (ITOR International Transaction on Operational Research) is planned to be published. Participants will be invited to submit extended versions of their work for consideration.

Emergence workshop -- Call for Abstracts

Susan Stepney
 

Emergence

Second International TRANSIT workshop on Cross-disciplinary Research
27-28 March 2019, Ron Cooke Hub, University of York, Heslington, YO10 5GE UK

Keynote speakers:

Professor Yasmin Merali, University of Hull
https://www.hull.ac.uk/faculties/staff-profiles/yasmin-merali.aspx

more TBC

The Second International TRANSIT workshop on Cross-disciplinary Research
(TWCR 2019) will be held in York, UK, 27-28 March 2019. It is hosted by
the York Cross-disciplinary Centre for Systems Analysis and the University
of York.

Emergence is a term used to describe system-level collective properties and
behaviours that cannot be reduced to specific properties of their
individual components. From Aristotle’s “the whole is something besides
the parts” to Anderson’s “More is different”, emergence captures the
existence of an overall unity separate from its constituents. Emergence is
a broad concept, occurring across systems comprising physical,
technological, neural, biological, or social components. From physics to
philosophy, from biology to art, from engineering to neuroscience, emergent
properties abound, yet there remains little agreement on a formal
definition of emergence, ways to analyse it, or ways to achieve it.

TWCR 2019 will explore the cross-disciplinary theme of Emergence, seeking
to bring together ideas, approaches, concepts, and perspectives from
natural biological systems and other physical systems, from engineered
physical and virtual systems, and from human social systems.

The aim of the workshop is to bring together researchers from all these
connected fields, to engage across the disciplines, to inform of latest
findings, to transfer discoveries and concepts from one field to another,
and to inspire new ideas and new collaborations across the theme.

The TWCR programme committee invite you to submit a one page abstract (by
13 January 2019) in any area of emergence related to the call theme. A
collection of submissions covering the range of the theme will be selected
for presentation (by short talk, or by poster) at the workshop. Submission
is via the Easy Chair system
https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=twcr2019%20

Programme Committee
Susan Stepney
Richard Bingham
Leo Caves
Pierre-Philippe Dechant
Dan Franks
Philip Garnett
Richard Law
Simon O’Keefe
Angelika Sebald
Reidun Twarock

See here
https://www.york.ac.uk/yccsa/activities/news-events/eventsarchive/evolutionevolvabilityandchange/
for details on the First International TRANSIT Workshop, Evolution,
Evolvability and Change held in April 2018