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Special Session
Special Session on
Evolutionary Computation in Cellular Automata
 - ECCA 2012

5 - 7 October, 2012 - Barcelona, Spain

Within the International Conference on Evolutionary Computation Theory and Applications - ECTA 2012


Emmanuel Sapin
University of Exeter
United Kingdom
Ed Keedwell
University of Exeter
United Kingdom


Evolutionary computation (EC) in Cellular Automata (CA) has attracted the interest of many researchers in recent years. EC is known to provide very good results when applied to Cellular Automata (CA). The EvCA group was a pioneer in this new field of research and their question "How does evolution produce sophisticated emergent computation in systems composed of simple components limited to local interactions?" is still a fundamental issue in the theory of complex systems.
Evolutionary computation has been shown to be a remarkable tool in the search for computing patterns as well as in the search for automata performing various computing tasks. This session is open to papers dealing with any research in which stochastic algorithms are used to search the space of cellular automata and will also consider for publication research dealing with unconventional computing using an evolutionary approach.

Topics of Interest
The session is largely (not solely) focused on the following suggested topics of interest related to cellular automata and their applications:
  • Genetic Algorithms applied in CA
  • Genetic Algorithms applied in unconventional computing
  • CA viewed as Artificial Life models
  • Evolutionary multiobjective optimization in CA
  • Machine Learning in CA
  • CA viewed as Cognitive Systems
  • Concurrent co-operation in CA
  • Evolutionary art generated by CA
  • Evolution strategies in CA
  • Concurrent co-operation in CA
  • Co-evolution and collective behavior in CA
  • Swarm/collective intelligence in CA
  • Evolutionary computation in Bio-inspired Automata
  • Evolutionary computation in Restarting Automata, Forgetting Automata
  • Evolutionary computation in Automata with Additional Resources
  • Evolutionary computation in Automata Networks, Cooperation, and Communication
  • Evolutionary computation in Quantum Automata


Available soon.


Prospective authors are invited to submit papers in any of the topics listed above.
Instructions for preparing the manuscript (in Word and Latex formats) are available at: Paper Templates
Please also check the Guidelines and Templates.
Papers should be submitted electronically via the web-based submission system at: http://www.insticc.org/Primoris


All accepted papers will be published in a special section of the conference proceedings book - under an ISBN reference and on CD-ROM support - and submitted for indexation by Thomson Reuters Conference Proceedings Citation Index (ISI), INSPEC, DBLP and EI (Elsevier Index).
All papers presented at the conference venue will be available at the SCITEPRESS Digital Library (http://www.scitepress.org/DigitalLibrary/).
SCITEPRESS is member of CrossRef (http://www.crossref.org/).
All papers presented at the conference venue will be available at the SCITEPRESS Digital Library


ECTA Special Sessions - ECCA 2012
e-mail: ecta.secretariat@insticc.org