INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON EVOLUTIONARY COMPUTATION
THE FOURTH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON PARALLEL PROBLEM SOLVING FROM NATURE (PPSN IV) BERLIN, GERMANY, SEPTEMBER 22 - 26, 1996 SECOND ANNOUNCEMENT CALL FOR PARTICIPATION
The International Conference on Evolutionary Computation - The Fourth International Conference on Parallel Problem Solving from Nature (PPSN IV) will be held in Berlin, Germany between September 22 - 26, 1996. This meeting will bring together an international community from academia, government and industry interested in algorithms suggested by the unifying theme of natural computation.
Natural computation is a common name for the design, theoretical and empirical understanding of algorithms gleaned from nature. Characteristic for natural computation is the metaphorical use of concepts, principles and mechanisms underlying natural systems. Examples are genetic algorithms, evolutionary programming and evolution strategies inspired by the evolutionary processes of mutation, recombination, and natural selection in biology, simulated annealing inspired by many-particle systems in physics, growth processes in nature and economics and algorithms inspired by multi-cellular systems like neural and immune networks.
Topics of particular interest include, but are not limited to: evolution strategies, evolutionary programming, genetic algorithms and classifier systems, other forms of evolutionary computation, simulated annealing, neural and immune networks, machine learning and optimization using these methods, their relations to other learning paradigms, and mathematical description of their behavior.
The application of these techniques to solve real-world problems in manufacturing, design, planning, and engineering is emphasized.