Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO 2021) - Last Call for Competition Proposals

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Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO 2021) - Last Call for Competition Proposals
July 10-14, 2021, Lille, France

Competitions Proposals: November 5, 2020

Acceptance Decision: December 3, 2020

Conference: July 10-14, 2021


Competitions demonstrate how Evolutionary Computation and related
techniques can be utilized in challenging practical, real-world and
gaming settings. They also enable fair comparisons between algorithms
and (for recurrent competitions) provide the possibility to follow the
development of approaches over time.

We are offering the publication of short algorithm descriptions as
2-page contributions to the GECCO Companion. The competition organizers
decide whether they want to offer this to the competition participants.
The deadline for these algorithm descriptions will be in April 2021, and
they will be reviewed by the respective competition organizers. Your
competition's deadline can be after the 2-pages are due, e.g. in June.


While fame and certificates attract some participants, others are
attracted by prizes. We encourage the competition organizers to source
sponsors prizes. The sponsors can either directly donate a prize to your
competition, or they can sign up for an official 'GECCO-level'
sponsorship (or a customized variant of one): where, of course, an
agreement would be made that their donation is meant to sponsor (in part
or in total) the competition. Please note that we are merely encouraging
this as a way of attracting additional attention -- it is not mandatory
to have a sponsor, and we might even be able to organize a sponsor for
you, if interested.


Competition Proposals are submitted using the form in the GECCO 2021 web
page ( Instructions
on how to login in the web page and how to create an account are
provided in the webpage. Submitters should be prepared to provide the
following information:

* The competition title. Please refrain from using special characters
in the title.
* A description of the competition. This field will also be displayed
on the website as the default description for the competition if it is
* The name, affiliation, email and short bio of the organizer(s). The
first organizer will be the default contact person, but more organizers
can be designated as contact person.
* (Optional) A URL with more info about the competition.
* The deadline for competitors to submit their artifacts/results (it
can be after the 2-pages are due, if this option is offered to the
* (Optional) If the competition has been held before, then also
provide the web address of the last edition and what you will change in
case you plan any changes.
* Description of any prizes and how they will be sourced.
* Description of the judging process.
* (Optional) How do you plan to encourage newcomers? Can you provide
tutorials (incl. videos) to make the entrance easier?
* (Optional) What is the dissemination plan for the submitted
artifacts (please explain how you would like to handle the potential
issues related to intellectual property of the artifacts, if any).
* (Optional) Any other relevant information to evaluate the
competition proposal.


Competition proposals will be reviewed by the Competition Chairs and
other members of the GECCO 2021 organizing committee, based on GECCO
attendees' and competitors' likely interest, the breadth and the depth
of the topic(s), and the expertise and credentials of the organizer(s).


You can find updated information of the Competitions at:

If you have questions regarding the competitions at GECCO 2021, please
contact the Competitions Chairs:

Marcella Scoczynski
Federal University of Technology - Parana, Brazil

Markus Wagner
University of Adelaide, Australia
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