Estimation of Distribution Algorithms Track

July 7-11, 2007       London, England


Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO-2007) is the largest conference in the field of genetic and evolutionary computation. GECCO-2007 is the recombination of the 16th International Conference on Genetic Algorithms (ICGA) and the 12th Annual Genetic Programming Conference (GP). GECCO-2007 is organized by the ACM Special Interest Group on Genetic and Evolutionary Computation (SIGEVO) and it will take place in London, England on July 7-11, 2007.

About EDA track

Estimation of distribution algorithms (EDAs) replace traditional variation operators of genetic and evolutionary algorithms, such as mutation and crossover, by building a probabilistic model of promising solutions and sampling the built model to generate new candidate solutions. Using probabilistic models for exploration in genetic and evolutionary algorithms enables the use of advanced methods of machine learning and statistics for automated identification and exploitation of problem regularities for broad classes of problems. As a result, EDAs provide a robust and scalable solution to many important classes of optimization problems with only little problem specific knowledge.

Some of the well-known EDAs are the population-based incremental learning (PBIL), the compact genetic algorithm (cGA), the factorized distribution algorithm (FDA), the estimation of Bayesian networks algorithm (EBNA), the Bayesian optimization algorithm (BOA), and the extended compact genetic algorithm.

This track invites submissions that present original work on EDAs with the focus on theory and applications of EDAs, the design of new EDAs, and the improvement of existing EDAs. More specifically, submissions in the following areas of EDA research are encouraged:

Submitting papers

Papers for the EDA track should be submitted using the standard GECCO-2007 submission system. For more information, please visit the official GECCO-2007 Paper Submission Site.

Important dates:

January 17, 2007 Electronic paper and title page submission deadline
March 14, 2007 Author Notifications Sent
April 11, 2007 Conference registration deadline for authors
April 11, 2007 Camera-ready copy deadline
July 7-11, 2007 GECCO-2007

Track chair

Martin Pelikan
Missouri Estimation of Distribution Algorithms Lab (MEDAL)
Dept. of Mathematics and Computer Science
University of Missouri at St. Louis, CCB 320
One University Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63121


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