Important Dates

Journal track paper:
submit now, max Apr 1, 2017

Paper submission (TT):
Apr 15, 2017 May 1, 2017

Paper acceptance (TT):
May 31, 2017

Jun 15, 2017

Doctoral Symposium & BAAI session:
Paper submission: Jun 15, 2017
Paper acceptance: Jul 15, 2017
Camera-ready: Jul 25, 2017

Discovery Challenge:
Predictions: Jun 1, 2017
Papers: Jul 8, 2017 Jul 31, 2017

Geometry Friends:
Aug 8, 2017

Sep 5-8, 2017



ALEA – Artificial Life and Evolutionary Algorithms

Artificial Life and Evolutionary Algorithms deals with the study and simulation of life and evolution. Inspired by a range of different domains including biology, chemistry, physics and social sciences, it captures the main processes of natural systems and recreates them in artificial environments, leading to the development of new computational approaches that can address large, complex and dynamic problems from different domains.

ALEA is specifically dedicated to the theory and applications of Artificial Life (ALife) and Evolutionary Algorithms (EA). It focuses on computational bio-inspired models for studying natural systems, as well as for solving engineering and social problems. Its targets are the ALife community, the EA community, and also researchers and practitioners working in the overlap of these two areas, from computer science to physics, engineering, medicine, biology and economy. ALEA has been a track of the biennial international EPIA conferences since 2003.

Topics of Interest

  • Artificial Chemistries
  • Artificial Immune Systems
  • Classifier Systems
  • Complex Networks
  • Emergent Behaviours
  • Evolution and Learning Dynamics
  • Evolutionary Algorithms
  • Evolutionary Optimization
  • Evolutionary Robotics
  • Genetic Programming
  • Hyper-heuristics
  • Hybrid Approaches
  • Multi-objective Optimization
  • Origins of Life
  • Parallel Evolutionary Algorithms
  • Self-organizing Systems
  • Swarm Intelligence

Submission, Reviewing and Publication

All papers should be submitted in PDF format through the EPIA 2017 submission website, by selecting the Artificial Life and Evolutionary Algorithms track. Submissions must be original and not published elsewhere. Submitted papers may be full papers (10-12 pages) or short papers (4-6 pages) following Springer’s Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNAI) formatting instructions.

Each submission will be peer reviewed by at least three members of the Program Committee. The reviewing process is double blind, so authors should remove names and affiliations from the submitted papers, and must take reasonable care to assure anonymity during the review process. References to own work may be included in the paper, as long as referred to in the third person. Acceptance will be based on significance, technical quality, clarity, relevance and originality.

Accepted papers will appear in the EPIA 2017 proceedings, to be published by Springer in the LNAI series (indexed by the Thomson ISI Web of Knowledge, Scopus, DBLP and ACM digital library). All accepted papers must be presented orally in the conference by one of the authors. At least one author of each accepted paper must register for the conference.

Important Dates

Paper submission deadline: April 15, 2017
Notification of paper acceptance: May 31, 2017
Camera ready papers deadline: June 15, 2017
Conference dates: September 5-8, 2017

Organizing Committee

Sara Silva, FCUL, Lisbon, Portugal
Mauro Castelli, NOVA IMS, UNL, Lisbon, Portugal
Leonardo Trujillo, Instituto Tecnológico de Tijuana, Mexico
Leonardo Vanneschi, NOVA IMS, UNL, Lisbon, Portugal

Programme Committee

Khulood Alyahya, University of Birmingham, UK
Wolfgang Banzhaf, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada
Tiago Baptista, CISUC, University of Coimbra, Portugal
Stefano Cagnoni, University of Parma, Italy
Mauro Castelli, NOVA IMS, Portugal
Luís Correia, University of Lisbon, Portugal
A.E. Eiben, VU Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Gianluigi Folino, CNR-ICAR, Italy
James Foster, University of Idaho, USA
Mario Giacobini, University of Torino, Italy
Jin-Kao Hao, University of Angers, France
Ben Kovitz, Indiana University, USA
William B. Langdon, University College London, UK
Antonios Liapis, Institute of Digital Games, University of Malta, Malta
Penousal Machado, CISUC, University of Coimbra, Portugal
Luca Manzoni, Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca, Italy
James McDermott, University College Dublin, Ireland
Rui Mendes, Universidade do Minho, Portugal
Pablo Mesejo Santiago, INRIA, France
Julian Miller, University of York, UK
Jason Moore, University of Pennsylvania, USA
Luis Muñoz, Instituto Tecnológico de Tijuana, Mexico
Enrique Naredo Garcia, CentroGeo, Mexico
Gabriela Ochoa, University of Stirling, UK
Francisco B. Pereira, Instituto Superior de Engenharia de Coimbra, Portugal
Riccardo Poli, University of Essex, UK
Sebastian Risi, IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Juan Romero, University of A Coruña, Spain
Marc Schoenauer, INRIA, France
Lukas Sekanina, Brno University of Technology, Czech Republic
Sara Silva, University of Lisbon, Portugal
Leonardo Trujillo, Instituto Tecnológico de Tijuana, Mexico
Leonardo Vanneschi, NOVA IMS, Portugal