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The 8th International Conference on Parallel Problem Solving from Nature (PPSN VIII)
18-22 September 2004, Birmingham, UK


The International Conference on Parallel Problem Solving from Nature (PPSN) has been one of the most respected high-quality international conferences in Natural Computation since 1990. Its eighth biennial conference (PPSN VIII) will be held in the heart of England --- Birmingham, UK --- on 18-22 September 2004.

Natural computation is the study of computational systems that use ideas and get inspiration from natural systems, including biological, ecological, physical, chemical and social systems. It is a fast-growing interdisciplinary field in which a range of techniques and methods are studied for dealing with large, complex, and dynamic problems.

PPSN VIII will showcase a wide range of topics in natural computation including, but not restricted to: Evolutionary Computation, Quantum Computation, Molecular Computation, Neural Computation, Artificial Life, Swarm Intelligence, Artificial Ant Systems, Artificial Immune Systems, Self-Organising Systems, Emergent Behaviours, Machine Perception, and Applications to Real World Problems.

The conference emphasises original theories and novel applications of natural computation. Researchers, practitioners, and students from academia and industry are invited to submit their original papers to this conference.

World-leading researchers in the field of natural computation will present keynote speeches and tutorials at the conference. The confirmed speakers include Lee Giles (the main driver behind CiteSeer), Benjamin Wah, Marco Dorigo, Darell Whitley, ... The conference proceedings will be published by Springer in its LNCS series. A number of specialist workshops will be run just before the main conference.

Important Dates

Submission: 16 April 26 March 2004
Acceptance: 28 May 2004
Final papers: 18 June 2004
Conference: 18-22 September 2004

Paper Submissions

Authors are invited to submit papers presenting original results in the field of natural computation by 16 April 26 March 2004. The format should follow Spinger Verlag LNCS style ( ) with no more than 10 pages. Only electronic submissions will be considered.

Papers in postscript or PDF files can be submitted through from 26/01/2004.

Best Paper Awords

PPSN VIII is pleased to announce the largest paper prize ever in natural computation sponsored by Honda Research Institute (Europe). This award recognises the best paper presented at the conference and values at around 2,100 euros. This includes GBP1,100.00 (1,600 euros) and up to GBP350.00 (500 euros) for travel costs between a European city and the Honda Research Institute (Europe) in Offenbach, Germany, to present his/her work. A separate Best Student Paper Award is sponsored by HP Labs. (Bristol).

Conference Organising Committee

General Chair:
Xin Yao, University of Birmingham
Programme Co-Chairs: Jose A. Lozano, University of the Basque Country
Edmund Burke, University of Nottingham
Jim Smith, University of the West of England Electronic
Electronic Programme Chair:
JJ Merelo, Universidad de Granada
Local Organisation Chair:
John Bullinaria, University of Birmingham
Tutorial Co-Chairs:
Jon Rowe, University of Birmingham
JJ Merelo, Universidad de Granada
Workshop Co-Chairs:
Peter Tino, University of Birmingham
Ata Kaban, University of Birmingham
Proceedings Chair:
Hans-Paul Schwefel, University of Dortmund
Publicity Co-Chairs:
Jun He, University of Birmingham
Shigeyoshi Tsutsui, Hannan University
Eckart Zitzler, ETH Zurich
Best Paper Competition Chair:  Bernhard Sendhoff, Honda Research Institute Europe
Industrial Liaison Chair:
Graham Hesketh, Rolls-Royce plc
Conference Secretariat:
c/o Mrs Delia Sexton
School of Computer Science
The University of Birmingham Edgbaston,
Birmingham B15 2TT
Phone: +44 121 414 2215
Fax: +44 121 414 4281

You can download the Call For Papers here ( PPSN04CFP.pdf  240k).

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