IWLCS 2009 call for papers

Please note a few extra days for submission as requested – see important dates.

The Twelfth International Workshop on Learning Classifier Systems (IWLCS 2009) will be held in Montreal, Canada, Thursday, July 9, 2008 during the Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO-2009), July 8-12, 2009.

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. Since 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 2009. 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

We welcome manuscripts of up to 8 pages in ACM format. Please see the GECCO 2009 information for authors for further format details. However, unlike GECCO, papers do not have to be submitted in anonymous format. All accepted papers will be presented at IWLCS 2009 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 2010), in the Springer LNCS/LNAI book series.

All papers should be submitted in PDF format and e-mailed to: jqb@cs.nott.ac.uk

Important dates (Updated 26.03.09)

Paper submission deadline: Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Notification to authors: Friday, April 8, 2009
Submission of camera-ready material: by Friday, April 17, 2009
Conference registration: by Monday, April 27, 2009
Workshop date: Thursday, July 9, 2009

Committees

Organizing Committee

Jaume Bacardit, University of Nottingham (UK). E-mail: jaume.bacardit@nottingham.ac.uk
Will Browne, University of Reading (UK). E-mail: w.n.browne@reading.ac.uk
Jan Drugowitsch, University of Rochester (USA). E-mail: jdrugowitsch@bcs.rochester.edu

Advisory Committee

Ester Bernadó-Mansilla, Universitat Ramon Llull (Spain)
Martin V. Butz, Universitat Wurzburg (Germany)
Tim Kovacs, University of Bristol (UK)
Xavier Llorà, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (USA)
Pier Luca Lanzi, Politechnico de Milano (Italy)
Wolfgang Stolzmann, Daimler Chrysler AG (Germany)
Keiki Takadama, Tokyo Institute of Technology (Japan)
Stewart Wilson, Prediction Dynamics (USA)

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