Call For Workshop Proposals (closed)

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

In addition to the regular program of the International Conference on Parallel Problem Solving from Nature 2004, workshops exploring current hot topics on nature-inspired parallel problem solving will be held on Saturday 18th September in Birmingham, UK. Researchers interested in chairing a workshop are invited to submit proposals.

Workshops provide an opportunity for researchers to meet and discuss important research issues and challenges in an informal setting. Provocative new ideas, controversial aspects, open problems and critical overviews are encouraged. Topics may include, but are not limited to, the following:

Evolutionary Computation, Quantum Computation, Molecular Computation,  Neural Computation, Artificial Life, Swarm Intelligence, Evolutionary Art, Artificial Ant Systems, Artificial Immune Systems, Self-Organising Systems, Emergent Behaviours, Machine Perception, and Theoretical Aspects, as well as Real World Applications.

Individual workshops can be half day, or full day in length. Allocating time to interactive sessions, discussions, brainstorming etc. that cannot normally be accommodated within a larger conference programme is strongly encouraged.

Proposals for workshops should not exceed two pages in length and should contain the following information:

  1. A title and description of the topic the workshop is intended to focus on.
  2. The motivation why the topic is both timely and relevant to the PPSN community.
  3. A brief description of the proposed workshop format and identification of the points where the workshop will encourage the participation of all workshop attendees. (For example, workshops have often included a combination of the following: panel discussion, question and answer sessions, hands-on demonstrations, small group problem solving sessions, brainstorming sessions, short paper presentations, poster sessions, general discussion).
  4. The names and full contact information (e-mail and postal addresses, fax, and telephone numbers) of the workshop organiser(s) and brief descriptions of their relevant expertise.
  5. Preferred length half day/full day).
  6. An indicative list of potential attendees.

Organisers of accepted proposals will be responsible for co-ordinating the workshop and gathering abstracts/papers for publication if applicable. Attendance of the workshops will be open to all PPSN attendees. ALL organisers, participants, and presenters must register for the PPSN-2004 conference.

Where workshops include paper or poster presentations abstracts and/or full papers from each workshop will be published in the separate workshop proceedings. Details and additional deadlines will be provided once decisions have been made on the proposals.

Workshop proposals should be submitted no later than 15th March 2004 in PLAIN TEXT e-mail or postscript / pdf format.  Please do not send html formatted text or encoded attachments. Organisers will be notified of the committee's decisions by 19th April 2004.

Updated information about the workshop program will be provided at as it is received.

Please send proposals and inquiries regarding workshops to any of the following addresses:

Dr Ata Kaban,
Dr Peter Tino,
School of Computer Science,
University of Birmingham,
Birmingham, UK.
B15 2TT.
Important Dates are:

Submission of workshop proposals: 15 March 2004
Notification of acceptance: 19 April 2004
Conference workshops: 18 September 2004

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