Ninth GECCO Undergraduate Student Workshop

Tuesday, July 12, 2011, 8:30 - 12:30
to be held as part of the
July 12-16, 2011 (Tuesday-Saturday)
Dublin, Ireland
Organized by ACM SIG-EVO

Important Dates (extended)

Workshop Description 

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 appropriate.
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:

Workshop Format

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
Papers should be submitted in PDF format only and should be submitted via email to 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
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.

Faculty Participation 

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


Thanks to Clare Bates Congdon, Frank W. Moore, and Jennifer Seitzer as former organizers of the workshop.