IWLCS 2008 call for papers

The Eleventh International Workshop on Learning Classifier Systems (IWLCS 2008) will be held in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, Sunday, July 13, 2008 during the Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO-2008), July 12-16, 2008.

Originally, Learning Classifier Systems (LCSs) were introduced by John H. Holland as a way of applying evolutionary computation to machine learning and adaptive behavior problems. Sine then, the LCS paradigm has broadened greatly into a framework that encompasses many representations, rule discovery mechanisms, and credit assignment schemes. Current LCS applications range from data mining, to automated innovation and the on-line control of cognitive systems. LCS research includes various actual system approaches: While Wilson’s accuracy-based XCS system (1995) has received the highest attention and gained the highest reputation, studies and developments of other LCSs are usually discussed and contrasted.
Advances in machine learning, and reinforcement learning in particular, as well as in evolutionary computation have brought LCS systems the necessary competence and guaranteed learning properties. Novel insights in machine learning and evolutionary computation are being integrated into the LCS framework.
Thus, we invite submissions that discuss recent developments in all areas of research on, and applications of, Learning Classifier Systems. IWLCS is the event that brings together most of the core researchers in classifier systems. Moreover, a free introductory tutorial on LCSs is presented the day before the workshop at GECCO 2008. Tutorial and IWLCS workshop thus also provide an opportunity for researchers interested in LCSs to get an impression of the current research directions in the field as well as a guideline for the application of LCSs to their problem domain.

Submissions and Publication

Submissions will be short-papers up to 8 pages in ACM format. Please see the GECCO 2008 information for authors for further details.
All accepted papers will be presented at IWLCS 2008 and will appear in the GECCO workshop volume. Proceedings of the workshop will be published on CD-ROM, and distributed at the conference. Authors will be invited after the workshop to submit revised (full) papers for publication in the next post-workshop proceedings volume (scheduled for 2009), in the Springer LNCS/LNAI book series.

All papers should be submitted in PDF format and e-mailed to: esterb[at]salle.url.edu.

Important dates

  • Paper submission deadline: April 4, 2008
  • Notification to authors: April 11, 2008
  • Submission of camera-ready material: by Friday, April 18, 2008
  • Conference registration by Monday, April 21, 2008
  • Workshop date: Sunday, July 13, 2008

Organizing Committee

  • Jaume Bacardit, University of Nottingham (UK). E-mail: jaume.bacardit[at]nottingham.ac.uk
  • Ester Bernadó-Mansilla, Universitat Ramon Llull (Spain). E-mail: esterb[at]salle.url.edu
  • Martin V. Butz, Universitat Wurzburg (Germany). E-mail: mbutz[at]psychologie.uni-wuerzburg.de
Advisory Committee
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