2018 Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO-2018)


3rd Evolution in Cognition Workshop as part of 2018 Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO-2018) – July 15-19, Kyoto, Japan organized by ACM SIGEVO 


Webpage: https://sites.google.com/champlain.edu/eic2018/


 Submission Deadline: March 27th, 2018


=== Topic ===


Evolution by natural selection has shaped life over billions of years leading to the emergence of complex organism capable of exceptional cognitive abilities. These natural evolutionary processes have inspired the development of Evolutionary Algorithms (EAs), which are optimization algorithms widely popular due to their efficiency and robustness. Beyond their ability to optimize, EAs have also proven to be creative and efficient at generating innovative solutions to novel problems. The combination of these two abilities makes them a tool of choice for the resolution of complex problems.


There is evidence that the principle of selection on variation is at play in the human brain, as proposed in Changeux’s and Edelman’s models of Neuronal Darwinism, and more recently properly reformulated in the theory of the Neuronal Replicators. Consequently, the idea of an interaction between evolutionary processes and cognition over physiological time scales has been gaining some traction. Since the development of human cognition requires years of maturation, it can be expected that artificial cognitive agents will also require months if not years of learning and adaptation. It is in this context that the optimizing and creative abilities of EAs could become an ideal framework that complement, aid in understanding, and facilitate the implementation of cognitive processes. Additionally, a better understanding of how evolution can be implemented as part of an artificial cognitive architecture can lead to new insights into cognition in humans and other animals.


The goals of the workshop are to depict the current state of the art of evolution in cognition and to sketch the main challenges and future directions. In particular, we aim at bringing together the different theoretical and empirical approaches that can potentially contribute to the understanding of how evolution and cognition can act together in an algorithmic way in order to solve complex problems. In this workshop we welcome approaches that contribute to an improved understanding of evolution in cognition using robotic agents, in silico computation as well as mathematical models.


Keywords: Evolutionary Computation, Evolution, Cognition, Darwinian Neurodynamics, Neuronal Darwisnism, robotics.


=== Invited speakers ===


  • Prof. Kenji Doya
  • Additional invited speakers will be announced in the near future.


=== Organizers ===


  • Prof. Stéphane Doncieux, University Pierre and Marie Curie, France
  • Dr. Joshua Auerbach, Champlain College
  • Prof. Richard Duro, Universidade da Coruna, Spain
  • Dr. Harold P. de Vladar, KLI – Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolution and Cognition Research, Vienna.


=== Submissions and deadlines ===


Accepted submissions:

  • Original: experimental work, position papers as well as overviews of author's recent work are all welcome. These submissions will be included in the proceedings and be presented during the workshop
  • Abstracts submitted as poster to GECCO 2018: the authors of selected abstracts will be given a talk. The abstract won’t be included in the proceedings.
  • Hot-of-the-press: authors can submit a recently published work. Selected articles will be given a talk.


Submission: extended abstracts (2-4 pages) and long papers (8 pages) are accepted. They should follow ACM template. The submission process will use the GECCO submission system. Please ask any question you may have to eic_ws@isir.upmc.fr:


  • March, 27th, 2018: Papers Submission Deadline
  • April, 10th, 2018: Notification of Acceptance
  • April, 24th, 2018: Camera-Ready Paper Submission
  • July 15 or 16th, 2018: Workshop


GECCO is sponsored by the Association for Computing Machinery Special

Interest Group on Genetic and Evolutionary Computation (SIGEVO). SIG

Services: 2 Penn Plaza, Suite 701, New York, NY, 10121, USA,

1-800-342-6626 (USA and Canada) or +212-626-0500 (Global).



Stéphane Doncieux, Josh Auerbach, Richard Duro and Harold P. de Vladar