Ninth GECCO Undergraduate Student Workshop
Tuesday, July 12, 2011, 8:30 - 12:30
to be held as part of the
2011 GENETIC AND EVOLUTIONARY COMPUTATION CONFERENCE (GECCO-2011)
July 12-16, 2011 (Tuesday-Saturday)
Organized by ACM SIG-EVO
Important Dates (extended)
- Submission deadline: Wednesday, March 23, 2011 Thursday, April 7, 2011
- Acceptance notification: Friday, April 1, 2011 Thursday, April 14, 2011
- Camera ready deadline: Wednesday, April 20, 2011 Tuesday, April 26, 2011
The ninth annual Undergraduate Student Workshop at a GECCO conference
will occur on Tuesday, July 12, 2011 as part of the GECCO-2011
conference in Dublin, Ireland. The workshop will provide an opportunity
for undergraduate students to present their research in evolutionary
computation. Typically, presentations will describe senior-level
research projects supervised by a faculty mentor; however, summer
research projects or exceptional course projects may also be
The workshop will be a half-day event, during which approximately eight
undergraduate students will present their work to each other, to
participating students' faculty mentors, and to GECCO participants
interested in undergraduate research. Students should plan on 20-minute
presentations, followed by five minutes of questions and discussion.
Students invited to the workshop will also participate in the
conference poster session. Students will display posters summarizing
their work, allowing the larger GECCO community to see what's being
done by undergraduates in evolutionary computation. The poster session
will also be a great opportunity for networking!
The goals of the Undergraduate Student Workshop are to:
- Provide a forum allowing undergraduate students to put a capstone
on their undergraduate research activities, by presenting their work at
an international conference;
- Encourage teaching faculty to consider undergraduate research opportunities for their students in the EC field;
- Prepare undergraduate students for graduate work in EC areas;
- Encourage sharing and networking amongst teaching faculty with students participating in undergraduate research projects in EC;
- Provide networking opportunities for graduate school faculty and undergraduate students interested in pursuing advanced degrees;
- Encourage more emphasis on education at the GECCO conference.
We anticipate a half-day workshop with approximately 8 presentations, organized according to the following schedule:
8:30 - 8:40: Workshop welcome
8:40 - 10:20: Four presentations (20 minutes + 5 minutes Q&A each)
10:20 - 10:40: Coffee break and informal discussion
10:40 - 12:20: Four presentations (20 minutes + 5 minutes Q&A each)
12:20 - 12:30: Discussion and workshop closing
Students are invited to submit papers not to exceed 6 pages that must
strictly adhere to the ACM formatting rules; Word and LaTex templates
are provided at http://www.sigevo.org/gecco-2011/papers.html.
Papers should be submitted in PDF format only and should be submitted via email to email@example.com.
Be sure to place the text "GECCO 2011 USW" in the subject line of your
message. For additional information, please refer to the workshop web
site at http://vision.gel.ulaval.ca/~cgagne/usw-gecco2011.html.
In addition, each paper must be accompanied by an email message from a
supervising faculty member verifying that the author(s) performed the
research described in the paper while enrolled as undergraduate
students during the 2009-10 and/or 2010-11 academic year.
By custom, faculty members are not named co-authors of Undergraduate
Student Workshop papers, although they may be recognized in the
acknowledgments section of the paper.
Since many undergraduate students do not normally read the EC
newsgroups and mailing lists, faculty participation is a key element
for promoting this workshop.
Faculty who have taught undergraduate courses related to evolutionary
computation, or who have supervised undergraduate research activities
in the field, are encouraged to consider which of their outstanding
students might wish to submit papers for the workshop. In addition,
faculty members who are interested in undergraduate education may serve
on the workshop panel. The panel will provide an excellent opportunity
for sharing project ideas and pedagogy related to evolutionary
computation. Interested faculty members should contact the workshop
organizers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks to Clare Bates Congdon, Frank W. Moore, and Jennifer Seitzer as former organizers of the workshop.
- Christian Gagné, Université Laval
- François-Michel De Rainville, Université Laval
- Félix-Antoine Fortin, Université Laval