IEEE Computational Intelligence Society Electronic Letter, Issue 86, December 2011



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Contents

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1 IEEE CIS News and Announcements
1.1 Join the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society
1.2 IEEE WCCI 2012: Paper submission deadline is approaching

2 Conferences
2.1 CFP: International Joint Conference on Neural Networks (IJCNN 2012)
2.2 CFP: IEEE International Conference on Fuzzy Systems (FUZZ-IEEE 2012)
2.3 CFP: IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation (IEEE CEC 2012)
2.4 CFP: IJCNN-WCCI 2012 Special Session: Adaptive Dynamic Programming and Its Applications in Complex Networked Systems
2.5 CFP: IEEE WCCI 2012 Special Session: Computational Intelligence in Communications and Networking
2.6 CFP: IEEE WCCI 2012 Special Session: Computational Intelligence and Affective Computing
2.7 CFP: IEEE WCCI 2012 Special Session: Computational Intelligence on Consumer Games and Graphics Hardware (CIGPU 2012)
2.8 CFP: IEEE CEC 2012 Special Session: Evolutionary Computation for Creative Intelligence
2.9 CFP: IEEE CEC 2012 Special Session: Hardware Aspects of Bio-Inspired Architectures and Systems
2.10 CFP: IEEE CEC 2012 Special Session: Differential Evolution: Past, Present and Future
2.11 CFP: IEEE CEC 2012 Special Session: Autonomous Evolutionary Optimization
2.12 CFP: IEEE International Conference Intelligent Systems (IEEE IS 2012)
2.13 CFP: International Symposium on Neural Networks (ISNN 2012)
2.14 CFP: International Conference on Brain Inspired Cognitive Systems (BICS 2012)
2.15 CFP: The Eighth International Conference on Intelligent Computing (ICIC 2012)
2.16 CFP: The 3rd International Conference on Swarm Intelligence (ICSI'2012)
2.17 CFP: 12th European Conference on Evolutionary Computation in Combinatorial Optimisation (EvoCOP 2012))
2.18 CFP: 10th Portuguese Conference on Automatic Control - CONTROLO'12
2.19 CFP: GECCO 2012: Genetics-based Machine Learning track
2.20 CFP: FLINS 2012 Special Session: Logic Algebra, Algebraic Logic and Their Applications

3 Publications
3.1 IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks; Volume 22, Issue 11, November 2011
3.2 CFP: Special Issue of IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation: Understanding Complex Evolutionary Systems
3.3 CFP: Special Issue of IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems: Learning in Nonstationary and Evolving Environments
3.4 CFP: Special Issue of IEEE Transactions on Autonomous Mental Development: Biologically-Inspired Human-Robot Interactions

4 Career Opportunities
4.1 Assistant Professor Position at TU Eindhoven, the Netherlands
4.2 New Ph.D. Positions Available at the University of Rhode Island, USA
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1 IEEE CIS News and Announcements
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1.1 Join the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society
Posted by: Pablo Estevez (pestevez@yahoo.com)
Date submitted: November 30th, 2011

The 2012 membership year is underway. Join IEEE today and receive membership benefits through 31 December 2012. Graduate student members pay the student rate as long as they are enrolled in at least 50% of a normal full-time academic program. In addition, the IEEE offers an electronic membership (e-Membership) option for professionals, saving 65% off the cost of traditional IEEE membership. The e-Membership option is available to new and renewing members who reside in countries where the per capita gross domestic product does not exceed US $15,000. See more details at: http://www.ieee.org/emember. You can start the join/membership procedure at this link: http://www.ieee.org/membership_services/membership/join/join_DB.html. Besides joining IEEE, you can easily add the CIS membership at any time. Current CIS membership dues are US $26 for regular membe! rs and US $13 for students/graduate students. As a member of CIS, you will receive IEEE Computational Intelligence Magazine, and you will have free online access to our major journals through IEEE Xplore. Please visit our website at http://ieee-cis.org/ for more information and details.
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1.2 IEEE WCCI 2012: Paper submission deadline is approaching
Posted by: Hussein Abbass (h.abbass@adfa.edu.au)
Date submitted: October 30th, 2011

Authors are welcomed to submit papers to one of the three premier conferences of the IEEE World Congress on Computational Intelligence, 10-15 June, 2012, Brisbane, Australia

Submission to Fuzz-IEEE 2012
http://ieee-cis.org/conferences/fuzzieee2012/upload.php

Submission to IEEE-CEC 2012
http://ieee-cis.org/conferences/cec2012/upload.php

Submission to IJCNN 2012
http://ieee-cis.org/conferences/ijcnn2012/upload.php
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2 Conferences
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2.1 CFP: International Joint Conference on Neural Networks (IJCNN 2012)
Posted by: Hussein Abbass (h.abbass@adfa.edu.au)
Date submitted: November 28th, 2011

2012 International Joint Conference on Neural Networks (IJCNN 2012)

The annual International Joint Conference on Neural Networks (IJCNN) will be held jointly with the IEEE International Conference on Fuzzy Systems (FUZZ-IEEE) and the IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation (IEEE CEC) as part of the 2012 IEEE World Congress on Computational Intelligence (IEEE WCCI), June 10-15, 2012, Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Brisbane, Australia. Cross-fertilization of the three technical disciplines and newly emerging technologies is strongly encouraged.

Call for Contributed Papers

IJCNN 2012 will feature a world-class conference that aims to bring together researchers and practitioners in the field of neural networks and computational intelligence from all around the globe. Technical exchanges within the research community will encompass keynote lectures, special sessions, tutorials and workshops, panel discussions as well as poster presentations. In addition, participants will be treated to a series of social functions, receptions, and networking to establish new connections and foster everlasting friendship among fellow counterparts. The annual IJCNN covers all topics in neural networks including:

Neural network theory & models
Computational neuroscience
Learning and adaptation
Pattern recognition
Cognitive models
Machine vision and image processing
Brain-machine interfaces
Collective intelligence
Neural control
Hybrid systems
Evolutionary neural systems
Self-aware systems
Neurodynamics and complex systems
Data mining
Neuroinformatics
Sensor networks and intelligent systems
Neural hardware
Applications
Neural network applications
Computational biology
Neuroengineering
Bioinformatics
Emerging areas

Paper Submission and Inquiries
Prospective authors are invited to contribute high-quality papers to IJCNN 2012. All papers are to be submitted electronically through the IEEE WCCI 2012 website http://www.ieee-wcci2012.org/.

For IJCNN inquiries please contact Conference Chair: Cesare Alippi at cesare.alippi@polimi.it
For Program inquiries please contact Program Chair: Kate Smith-Miles at kate.smith-miles@sci.monash.edu.au
General Enquires for IEEE WCCI 2012 should be sent to the General Chair: Hussein Abbass at h.abbass@adfa.edu.au

Call for Special Sessions

The IJCNN 2012 Program Committee solicits proposals for special sessions within the technical scopes of the Congress. Special sessions, to be organized by international recognized experts, aim to bring together researchers in special focused topics. Papers submitted for special sessions are to be peer-reviewed with the same criteria used for the contributed papers. Proposals should include the session title, a brief description of the scope and motivation, biographic and contact information of the organizers. Researchers interested in organizing special sessions are invited to submit formal proposal to the Special Session Chair: Brijesh Verma at b.verma@cqu.edu.au

Call for Tutorials and Workshops

IJCNN 2012 will also feature pre-Congress tutorials and workshops, covering fundamental and advanced neural network topics. A tutorial or workshop proposal should include title, outline, expected enrollment, and presenter/organizer biography.
We invite you to submit tutorials proposals to the Tutorial Chair: Haibo He at he@ele.uri.edu
We invite you to submit workshops proposals to the Workshop Chair: Slawomir Wesolkowski at s.wesolkowski@ieee.org
Call for Competitions

IJCNN 2012 will host competitions to stimulate research in neural networks, promote fair evaluations, and attract students. The proposals for new competitions should include descriptions of the problems addressed, motivations, expected impact on neural networks and machine learning, and established baselines, schedules, anticipated number of participants, and a biography of the main team members. We invite you to submit proposals to the Competitions Chair: Sung-Bae Cho at sbcho@yonsei.ac.kr

Important Dates
Competition proposals submission deadline: October 17, 2011
Special sessions proposal submission deadline: November 21, 2011
Special session decision notification: November 28, 2011
Paper submission deadline: December 19, 2011
Tutorial and Workshop proposal submission deadline: January 16, 2012
Tutorial and Workshop decision notification: January 23, 2012
Paper acceptance notification date: February 20, 2012
Final paper submission deadline: April 2, 2012
Early registration: April 2, 2012
Conference dates: June 10-15, 2012
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2.2 CFP: IEEE International Conference on Fuzzy Systems (FUZZ-IEEE)
Posted by: Hussein Abbass (h.abbass@adfa.edu.au)
Date submitted: November 28th, 2011

2012 IEEE International Conference on Fuzzy Systems (FUZZ-IEEE)

The annual IEEE International Conference on Fuzzy Systems (FUZZ-IEEE) will be held jointly with the International Joint Conference on Neural Networks (IJCNN) and the IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation (IEEE CEC) as part of the 2012 IEEE World Congress on Computational Intelligence (IEEE WCCI), June 10-15, 2012, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Brisbane, Australia. Cross-fertilization of the three technical disciplines and newly emerging technologies is strongly encouraged.

Call for Contributed Papers

FUZZ-IEEE 2012 will feature a world-class conference that aims to bring together researchers and practitioners in the field of fuzzy systems and computational intelligence from all around the globe. Technical exchanges within the research community will encompass keynote lectures, special sessions, tutorials and workshops, panel discussions as well as poster presentations. In addition, participants will be treated to a series of social functions, receptions, and networking to establish new connections and foster everlasting friendship among fellow counterparts. The annual FUZZ-IEEE covers all topics in fuzzy systems including:

Fuzzy logic and fuzzy set theory
Fuzzy document retrieval systems, text mining
Lattice theory and multi-valued logics
Fuzzy systems for natural language processing
Approximate reasoning
Fuzzy information processing
Type-2 fuzzy logic
Fuzzy and rough data analysis, fuzzy statistics
Rough sets and random sets
Fuzzy data mining and forecasting
Fuzzy mathematics
Fuzzy systems modeling and identification
Possibility theory and imprecise probability
Fuzzy control and intelligent systems
Fuzzy decision making and decision support systems
Fuzzy systems for robotics
Fuzzy optimization and design
Fuzzy pattern recognition
Fuzzy man-machine interfaces, emotional computing
Fuzzy clustering
Fuzzy computing with words, granular computing
Fuzzy systems architectures and hardware
Fuzzy systems for agent technology
Fuzzy web intelligence
Hybrid fuzzy systems (fuzzy-neuro-evolutionary)
Fuzzy sets in bioinformatics
Fuzzy image and multimedia processing
Fuzzy databases, fuzzy data summarization
Medical, financial, industrial applications
Emerging areas

Paper Submission and Inquiries

Prospective authors are invited to contribute high-quality papers to FUZZ-IEEE 2010. All papers are to be submitted electronically through the IEEE WCCI 2012 website http://www.ieee-wcci2012.org/.
For FUZZ-IEEE inquiries, please contact Conference Chair Bernadette Bouchon-Meunier: Bernadette.Bouchon-Meunier@lip6.fr.
For Program inquiries please contact Program Chair James M. Keller: KellerJ@missouri.edu.
General Enquires for IEEE WCCI 2012 should be sent to the General Chair: Hussein Abbass at h.abbass@adfa.edu.au

Call for Special Sessions

The FUZZ-IEEE 2012 Program Committee solicits proposals for special sessions within the technical scopes of the Congress. Special sessions, to be organized by international recognized experts, aim to bring together researchers in special focused topics. Papers submitted for special sessions are to be peer-reviewed with the same criteria used for the contributed papers. Proposals should include the session title, a brief description of the scope and motivation, biographic and contact information of the organizers. Researchers interested in organizing special sessions are invited to submit formal proposal to the Special Session Chair: Laszlo T. Koczy at koczy@tmit.bme.hu.

Call for Tutorials and Workshops

FUZZ-IEEE 2012 will also feature pre-Congress tutorials and workshops, covering fundamental and advanced fuzzy systems topics. A tutorial or workshop proposal should include title, outline, expected enrollment, and presenter/organizer biography.
We invite you to submit tutorials proposals to the Tutorial Chair: Scott Dick at dick@ee.ualberta.ca.
We invite you to submit workshops proposals to the Workshop Chair: Slawomir Wesolkowski at s.wesolkowski@ieee.org

Call for Competitions

FUZZ-IEEE 2012 will host competitions to stimulate research in fuzzy systems, promote fair evaluations, and attract students. The proposals for new competitions should include descriptions of the problems addressed, motivations and expected impact on fuzzy systems, data description, evaluation procedures and established baselines, schedules, anticipated number of participants, and a biography of the main team members. We invite you to submit proposals to the Competitions Chair: Simon Lucas at sml@essex.ac.uk

Important Dates

Competition proposals submission deadline: October 17, 2011
Special sessions proposal submission deadline: November 21, 2011
Special session decision notification: November 28, 2011
Paper submission deadline: December 19, 2011
Tutorial and Workshop proposal submission deadline: January 16, 2012
Tutorial and Workshop decision notification: January 23, 2012
Paper acceptance notification date: February 20, 2012
Final paper submission deadline: April 2, 2012
Early registration: April 2, 2012
Conference dates: June 10-15, 2012
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2.3 CFP: IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation (CEC)
Posted by: Hussein Abbass (h.abbass@adfa.edu.au)
Date submitted: November 28th, 2011

2012 IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation (CEC)

The annual IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation (CEC) will be held jointly with the International Joint Conference on Neural Networks (IJCNN) and the IEEE Conference on Fuzzy Systems (FUZZ-IEEE) as part of the 2012 IEEE World Congress on Computational Intelligence (IEEE WCCI), June 10-15, 2012, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Brisbane, Australia. Cross-fertilization of the three technical disciplines and newly emerging technologies is strongly encouraged.

Call for Contributed Papers

IEEE CEC 2012 will feature a world-class conference that aims to bring together researchers and practitioners in the field of evolutionary computation and computational intelligence from all around the globe. Technical exchanges within the research community will encompass keynote lectures, special sessions, tutorials and workshops, panel discussions as well as poster presentations. In addition, participants will be treated to a series of social functions, receptions, and networking to establish new connections and foster everlasting friendship among fellow counterparts. The annual IEEE CEC covers all topics in evolutionary computation including

Ant colony optimization
Molecular and quantum computing
Artificial life
Particle Swarm Optimization
Agent-based systems
Artificial immune systems
Bioinformatics and bioengineering
Representation and operators
Coevolution and collective behaviour
Industrial applications of evolutionary computation
Combinatorial and numerical optimization
Evolutionary game theory
Constraint and uncertainty handling
Cognitive systems and applications
Evolutionary data mining
Computational finance and economics
Evolutionary learning systems
Estimation of distribution algorithms
Evolvable/adaptive hardware and systems
Evolutionary design
Evolving neural networks and fuzzy systems
Evolutionary scheduling
Emerging areas

Paper Submission and Inquiries
Prospective authors are invited to contribute high-quality papers to IEEE CEC 2012. All papers are to be submitted electronically through the IEEE WCCI 2012 website http://www.ieee-wcci2012.org/.

For general inquiries about IEEE CEC 2012, please contact Conference Chair Garry Greenwood at greeenwood@ieee.org.
For Program inquiries please contact Program Chair: Xiaodong Li at xiaodong.li@rmit.edu.au
General Enquires for IEEE WCCI 2012 should be sent to the General Chair: Hussein Abbass at h.abbass@adfa.edu.au

Call for Special Sessions

The IEEE CEC 2012 Program Committee solicits proposals for special sessions within the technical scopes of the congress. Special sessions, to be organized by international recognized experts, aim to bring together researchers in special focused topics. Papers submitted for special sessions are to be peer-reviewed with the same criteria used for the contributed papers. Proposals should include the session title, a brief description of the scope and motivation, biographic and contact information of the organizers. Researchers interested in organizing special sessions are invited to submit formal proposal to the Special Session Chair: Mengjie Zhang at mengjie.zhang@ecs.vuw.ac.nz.

Call for Tutorials and Workshops

IEEE CEC 2012 will also feature pre-congress tutorials and post-congress workshops, covering fundamental and advanced evolutionary computation topics. A tutorial or workshop proposal should include title, outline, expected enrollment, and presenter/organizer biography.
We invite you to submit tutorials proposals to the Tutorial Chair: Janet Wiles at janetw@itee.uq.edu.au.
We invite you to submit workshops proposals to the Workshop Chair: Slawomir Wesolkowski at s.wesolkowski@ieee.org

Call for Competitions

IEEE CEC 2012 will host competitions to stimulate research in evolutionary computation, promote fair evaluations, and attract students. The proposals for new competitions should include descriptions of the problems addressed, motivations and expected impact on evolutionary computation, data description, evaluation procedures and established baselines, schedules, anticipated number of participants, and a biography of the main team members. We invite you to submit proposals to the Competitions Chair: Philip Hingston at p.hingston@ecu.edu.au.

Important Dates

Competition proposals submission deadline: October 17, 2011
Special sessions proposal submission deadline: November 21, 2011
Special session decision notification: November 28, 2011
Paper submission deadline: December 19, 2011
Tutorial and Workshop proposal submission deadline: January 16, 2012
Tutorial and Workshop decision notification: January 23, 2012
Paper acceptance notification date: February 20, 2012
Final paper submission deadline: April 2, 2012
Early registration: April 2, 2012
Conference dates: June 10-15, 2012
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2.4 CFP: Special Session at IJCNN-WCCI 2012: Adaptive Dynamic
Programming and Its Applications in Complex Networked Systems
Submitted by: Haibo He (he@ele.uri.edu)
Submitted date: November 21, 2011

Over the past decades, adaptive dynamic programing (ADP) has
attracted significantly increased attention from both theoretical
development and practical applications in many complex networked
systems. Recently, motivated by the latest observations and
developments from multiple disciplines such as adaptive control,
cognitive science, neuroscience, and psychology, it is widely
recognized that ADP could be the core technology to help the research
community to advance the foundations and principles of brain-like
intelligence and develop powerful techniques and solutions for
challenging engineering applications, such as electrical power
systems, transportation systems, communication networks, financial
industry, operations research, among many others.

To this end, we organize this "Adaptive Dynamic Programming and Its
Applications in Complex Networked Systems" Special Session to be
associated with the IEEE-INNS International Joint Conference on
Neural Networks (IJCNN'12), part of the 2012 IEEE World Congress on
Computational Intelligence (WCCI'2012), to be held from June 10 to
15, 2012 in Brisbane, Australia. The purpose of this special session
is to bring together world-wide researchers to present and discuss
common topics on both theoretical studies and application
developments of ADP research. We hope this special session will not
only provide an opportunity for international researchers to exchange
ideas and present the latest research results, but also create a
unique platform to identify important future research topics and
directions in this field.

Paper submissions on new advancements of both theoretical aspect and
architecture/model development in ADP, as well as its applications to
complex networked systems are invited. In addition, we also welcome
well-written survey papers which discuss the current state-of-the-art
development in this domain, and/or outline future research directions
on ADP and related fields.

Specific topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the followings:

* Models and architectures of ADP;
* Mathematical theoretical foundations of ADP;
* Learning for control and prediction;
* Neural networks design for ADP;
* ADP for feedback control;
* Neuro-dynamics analysis;
* Data-driven learning and control;
* Reinforcement learning;
* Goal-oriented learning, prediction, and control;
* Multi-stage learning and control;
* Actor-critic design and algorithms;
* Model-free ADP for learning and control;
* Model network design and prediction;
* ADP and reinforcement learning for emerging application domains
(e.g. smart grid, intelligent transportation systems, communication
systems, robotics, etc)

Important Dates:
Paper submission deadline: Dec 19, 2011
Paper acceptance notification date: Feb 20, 2012
Final paper submission deadline: April 2, 2012
Conference Dates: June 10-15, 2012

Paper Submission:
Manuscripts should be prepared according to the standard format and
page limitations specified in IJCNN-WCCI 2012. For more submission
instructions, please see the WCCI submission page at:
http://www.ieee-wcci2012.org/

Special Session Organizers:
Dr. Haibo He, Dr. Dongbin Zhao, and Dr. Derong Liu
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2.5 CFP: IEEE WCCI 2012 Special Session: Computational Intelligence in Communications and Networking
Posted by: Zhun Fan (zfan@tongji.edu.cn)
Date submitted: November 29th, 2011

With the advent of wireless and communication technologies, communication and computer networks have been growing rapidly and become a powerful medium of information and resources sharing. In view of the increasing scale, complexity, diversity, and mobility, design and optimization of networks become an essential research topic as well as a critical issue in real-world applications.

Computational intelligence (CI) has shown to be effective for a wide range of real-world problems. In particular, CI techniques, including neural network, fuzzy systems, and evolutionary computation, have gained much success and promising results in communications and networking.

The aim of this special session is to reflect the most recent advances of CI in communications and networking, and increase the awareness of the computing and network community at large on this kind of effective technology. This session will allow researchers to share experiences and present their new ways for taking advantage of CI techniques in communications and networking. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

Design of CI techniques for networking
Network optimization
Routing
Scheduling and load balance
Energy efficiency
Resource and interference management
Coverage and surveillance
Deployment optimization
Channel assignment
Location and mobility

CI in different communication technologies
Network optimization
Wireless network
Wireless sensor network (WSN)
Mobile/vehicular ad hoc network (MANET/VANET)
Cognitive network (CR)
Mesh/relay network
Heterogeneous networks

Paper Submission
Prospective authors are invited to contribute their papers to Special Session on Computational Intelligence in Communications and Networking. All papers are to be submitted electronically through the IEEE WCCI 2012 main website http://www.ieee-wcci2012.org/.
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2.6 CFP: IEEE WCCI 2012 Special Session: Computational Intelligence and Affective Computing
Posted by: Dongrui Wu (drwu09@gmail.com)
Date submitted: November 22th,2011

Affective computing is computing that relates to, arises from, or deliberately influences affects. It has been gaining popularity rapidly in the last decade because it has great potential in the next generation of human-computer interfaces. One goal of affective computing is to design a computer system that responds in a rational and strategic fashion to real-time changes in user affect (e.g., happiness, sadness, etc), cognition (e.g., frustration, boredom, etc) and motivation, as represented by speech, facial expressions, physiological signals, neurocognitive performance, etc.

Affective computing raises many new challenges for signal processing and machine learning. Especially, the body signals used for emotion recognition are very noisy and subject-dependent. Computational intelligence methods, particularly fuzzy logic systems, may be used to build intuitive and robust emotion recognition algorithms. On the other hand, emotions, which are intrinsic to human beings, may also inspire some new computational intelligence algorithms, just like how human brains inspired neural networks and population-based sexual evolution through reproduction of generation inspired evolutionary computation.

The Computational Intelligence and Affective Computing special session aims at bringing together researchers from both areas to discuss how computational intelligence algorithm can be used to solve challenging affective computing problems, and how affects (emotions) can inspire new computational intelligence algorithms. Topics of interest for this special session include but are not limited to:

* Emotion-inspired computational intelligence algorithms
* Computational models and architecture for processing emotions and other affective states
* Automatic emotion recognition & synthesis from physiological signals, facial expressions, body language, speech, or neurocognitive performance
* Emotion mining from texts, images, or videos
* Affective interaction with virtual agents and robots
* Applications of affective computing in interactive learning, affective gaming, personalized robotics, virtual reality, social networking, smart environments, healthcare and behavioral informatics, etc.

Paper Submission Deadline: December 19, 2011

Organizers:
Professor Anton Nijholt, Department of Computer Science, University of Twente, The Netherlands Email: anijholt@cs.utwente.nl; http://wwwhome.ewi.utwente.nl/~anijholt/
Dr. Dongrui Wu, Machine Learning Lab, GE Global Research, Niskayuna, NY, USA Email: drwu09@gmail.com; http://www-scf.usc.edu/~dongruiw/

Program Committee:
Egon L. van den Broek, University of Twente, The Netherlands
Hani Hagras, University of Essex, UK
Marie-Jeanne Lesot, LIP6-UPMC, France
Peter Lewis, University of Birmingham, UK
Chin-Teng Lin, National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan
Shrikanth Narayanan, University of Southern California, USA
Anton Nijholt, University of Twente, The Netherlands
Ana Paiva, Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal
Maria Rifqi, LIP6-UPMC, France
Mei Si, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA
Carlo Strapparava, Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Italy
Shangfei Wang, University of Science and Technology of China, China
Dongrui Wu, GE Global Research, USA
Georgios Yannakakis, IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Slawomir Zadrozny, Polish academy of science, Poland
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2.7 CFP: IEEE WCCI 2012 Special Session: Computational Intelligence on Consumer Games and Graphics Hardware (CIGPU 2012)
Posted by: W. B. Langdon (w.langdon@cs.ucl.ac.uk)
Date submitted: November 8th, 2011

The fifth special session on Computational Intelligence on Consumer
Games and Graphics Hardware (CIGPU-2012) will be held in Brisbane, Australia
as part of the IEEE World Congress on Computational Intelligence,
10-15 June 2012.

http://www.cs.ucl.ac.uk/staff/W.Langdon/cigpu/

Everyone who has implemented a Neural Network, Fuzzy or evolutionary
algorithm using a graphics card (GPU), games console, mobile phone,
etc. will want to submit to CIGPU 2012. Since it promises huge
amounts of cheap computation there is great interest in using mass
consumer market commodity hardware for engineering and scientific
applications. This tends concentrated upon graphics hardware,
particularly GPUs. However there is also increasing interest in using
games consoles such as Microsoft's Xbox, Sony's Playstation and the
Cell processor, for research and applications. In future personal
computer physics engines, which are intended to provide realistic real
time simulation of multi-body physics for sophisticated games, may
also be adapted to serve science (rather than simulate it). With
their blend of computing and sensors, eg 3D real time positioning,
mobile cellular telephones, tablets and gaming devices such as the
Nintendo Wii, also offer platforms for novel computational
intelligence applications.
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2.8 CFP: IEEE CEC 2012 Special Session: Evolutionary Computation for Creative Intelligence
Posted by: Chuan-Kang Ting (ckting@cs.ccu.edu.tw)
Date submitted: November 9th,2011

Call for Papers:
Special Session on *Evolutionary Computation for Creative Intelligence*
http://cilab.cs.ccu.edu.tw/ci-tf/ECCI2012.html

2012 IEEE World Congress on Computational Intelligence (WCCI 2012)
http://www.ieee-wcci2012.org/

AIM AND SCOPE:
Evolutionary computation (EC) techniques, including genetic algorithm, evolution strategies, genetic programming, particle swarm optimization, ant colony optimization, differential evolution, and memetic algorithms, have shown to be effective for search and optimization problems. Recently, EC gained several promising results and becomes an important tool in Computational Creativity, such as in music, visual art, literature, architecture, and industrial design.

The aim of this special session is to reflect the most recent advances of EC for Computational Creativity, with the goal to enhance autonomous creative systems as well as human creativity. This session will allow researchers to share experiences and present their new ways for taking advantage of EC techniques in Creativity. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, EC technologies in the following aspects:

- Generation of music, visual art, architecture and design
- Algorithmic design in creative intelligence
- Optimization in creativity
- Development of hardware and software for creative systems
- Evaluation methodologies
- Assistance of human creativity
- Computational aesthetics
- Emotion response
- Human-machine creativity

IMPORTANT DATES:
Submission deadline: Dec 19, 2011
Notification of acceptance: Feb 20, 2012
Final paper submission: Apr 2, 2012
WCCI 2012 Conference: Jun 10-15, 2012

PAPER SUBMISSION:
Prospective authors are invited to contribute their papers to Special Session on Computational Intelligence in Communications and Networking. All papers are to be submitted electronically through the IEEE WCCI 2012 main website http://www.ieee-wcci2012.org/.

CHAIRS:
Chuan-Kang Ting
National Chung Cheng University, Taiwan
ckting@cs.ccu.edu.tw

Francisco Fern?ndez de Vega
University of Extremadura, Spain
fcofdez@unex.es

Palle Dahlstedt
University of Gothenburg, Sweden
palle@ituniv.se
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2.9 CFP: IEEE CEC 2012 Special Session - Hardware Aspects of Bio-Inspired Architectures and Systems
Posted by: Martin Trefzer (mt540@ohm.york.ac.uk)
Date submitted: November 10th, 2011

We invite you to submit papers to the CEC special session series on "Hardware Aspects of Bio-Inspired Architectures and Systems".

This special session is supported by the IEEE Task Force on Evolvable Hardware.

Please refer to the following websites for the call for papers and details:
http://www-users.york.ac.uk/~mt540/ieee-tf-ehw/wcci2012.html
http://www-users.york.ac.uk/~mt540/ieee-tf-ehw/files/cfp-wcci-2012.pdf
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2.10 CFP: IEEE CEC 2012 Special Session: Differential Evolution: Past, Present and Future
Posted by: Kai Qin (kai.qin@inria.fr)
Date submitted: November 25th, 2011

Differential evolution (DE) emerged as a simple and powerful stochastic real-parameter optimizer more than a decade ago and has now developed into one of the most promising research areas in the field of evolutionary computation. The success of DE has been ubiquitously evidenced in various problem domains, e.g., continuous, combinatorial, mixed continuous-discrete, single-objective, multi-objective, constrained, large-scale, multimodal, dynamic and uncertain optimization problems. Furthermore, the remarkable efficacy of DE in real-world applications significantly boosts its popularity.

Over the past decades, numerous studies on DE have been carried out to improve the performance of DE, to give a theoretical explanation of the behavior of DE, to apply DE and its derivatives to solve various scientific and engineering problems, as demonstrated by a huge number of research publications on DE in the forms of monographs, edited volumes and archival articles. Consequently, DE related algorithms have frequently demonstrated superior performance in challenging tasks. It is worth noting that DE has always been one of the top performers in previous competitions held at the IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation. Nonetheless, the lack of systematic benchmarking of the DE related algorithms in different problem domains, the existence of many open problems in DE, and the emergence of new application areas call for an in-depth investigation of DE.

This special session aims at bringing together researchers and practitioners to review and re-analyze past achievements, to report and discuss latest advances, and to explore and propose future directions in this rapidly emerging research area. Authors are invited to submit their original and unpublished work in the areas including, but not limited to:

DE for continuous, discrete, mixed continuous-discrete, single-objective, multi-objective, constrained, large-scale, multiple optima seeking, dynamic and uncertain optimization
Review, comparison and analysis of DE in different problem domains
Experimental design and analysis of DE
Study on initialization, reproduction and selection schemes in DE
Study on control parameters (e.g. scale factor, crossover rate, population size) in DE
elf-adaptive and tuning-free DE
Parallel and distributed DE
Theory of DE
Synergy between DE and learning techniques
Hybridization of DE with other optimization techniques
Application of DE in real-world applications

Paper Submission
Prospective authors are invited to submit their papers through the website: http://ieee-cis.org/conferences/cec2012/upload.php. Please select "S29. Differential Evolution: Past, Present and Future" as the MAIN RESEARCH TOPIC.

Please refer to the special session website for the details:
http://mistis.inrialpes.fr/people/qin/DE-WCCI2012.htm
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2.11 CFP: IEEE CEC 2012 Special Session: Autonomous Evolutionary Optimization
Posted by: Kai Qin (kai.qin@inria.fr)
Date submitted: November 29th, 2011

Nowadays, numerous evolutionary algorithms (EAs) have been proposed, while new algorithms still come up incessantly. Although EAs have demonstrated strong efficacy in many real-world applications, practitioners often encounter the difficulty of determining a most effective algorithm configuration and parameter setting to solve a specific problem at hand, especially given little prior knowledge about this problem. Note that algorithm configuration indicates algorithm framework and component operators, which can inherently distinguish between EAs. Furthermore, even a well-calibrated EA cannot guarantee consistent competence at different searching stages since sub-regions of the search space explored at varying searching stages may not always favors one single EA.

Last decades have witnessed a rapidly growing research interest in autonomous evolutionary optimization (AEO). Such techniques are characterized by intelligent adaptation and adjustment of algorithm configurations and parameter settings to automatically accommodate diverse problem characteristics and changing problem conditions, which aim at avoiding the improper choices made subjectively by practitioners and the incompetence of one single well-calibrated EA for the entire searching course. AEO techniques usually employ neuro-fuzzy, statistical and machine learning techniques to discover promising configurations that can lead to desirable optimization performances on some well-studied problems from different domains and utilize these discoveries as the external knowledge in the design of AEO techniques, and moreover to exploit the run-time accumulated searching experience to derive promising adaptation rules that can enlighten the ongoing course of search. Although AEO techn! ! iques typically involves the time-consuming learning and adapting procedures based on a large volume of evaluated candidate solutions, recent breakthroughs on massively parallel systems (e.g. graphics processing units) may significantly accelerate their computation speed and accordingly boost their practical efficacy.

This special session aims to highlight the latest development in this rapidly emerging research area by bringing together researchers from both academia and industry. Authors are invited to submit their original and unpublished work in the areas including, but not limited to:

AEO for continuous, discrete, mixed continuous-discrete, single-objective, multi-objective, constrained, large-scale, multiple optima seeking, dynamic and uncertain optimization
Review of AEO in different problem domains
Empirical comparison and analysis of AEO in different problem domains
Experimental design and analysis of EAs
Automatic and interactive tuning of EAs
Automatic design and generation of EAs
Competence analysis of EAs using statistical & machine learning techniques
Parameter sensitivity and algorithm configuration analysis in EAs using advanced statistics, e.g. hypotheses testing, regression, analysis of variance, etc.
Adaptive and self-adaptive algorithm configuration and parameter tuning techniques
EA selection and portfolios
Adaptive and self-adaptive EAs and memetic algorithms
Parallel and distributed AEO on massively parallel systems
Theoretical analysis of AEO
Application of AEO in real-world applications

This special session is supported by the IEEE Emergent Technologies Task force on Collaborative Learning and Optimization

Paper Submission
Prospective authors are invited to submit their papers through the website: http://ieee-cis.org/conferences/cec2012/upload.php. Please select "S30. Autonomous Evolutionary Optimization" as the MAIN RESEARCH TOPIC.

Please refer to the special session website for the details:
http://mistis.inrialpes.fr/people/qin/AEO-WCCI2012.htm
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2.12 CFP: 6th IEEE International Conference Intelligent Systems (IEEE IS 2012)
Posted by: Vladimir Jotsov (bgimcssmc@yahoo.com)
Date submitted: November 15th, 2011

Organizers:
IEEE Computational Intelligence Chapter, Bulgaria
IEEE IM/CS/SMC Joint Chapter, Bulgaria

Technical Co-Sponsor:
IEEE Computational Intelligence Society

IEEE IS 2012 is a world-class conference held for the 6th time that aims to bring together researchers from both academy and industry, practitioners and students in the broad field of intelliget systems and applications from around the world. The conference will be hold in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, EU. The bi-annual IEEE IS (http://www.ieee-is.org) covers all topics in intelligent systems and applications including:

- Advanced Intelligent Systems
- Artificial Intelligence
- Artificial life
- Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
- Business and Finance
- Case-based and Temporal Reasoning
- Cognitive Aspects of Intelligent Systems
- Coevolution and collective behaviour
- Computational Intelligence
- Data Fusion
- Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery
- Data Processing
- Deep Data Mining
- Decision Support Systems
- Evolutionary Computation
- Education, e-Learning
- Emerging areas
- Enviromental Engineering
- Fuzzy Sets and Logics, and Their Extensions
- Genetic Algorithms
- Health, Medicine,Bioengineering
- Human-Machine Interaction Intelligent Behavior
- Intelligent Control
- Intelligent Information Security Systems
- Intelligent Measurement
- Intelligent Network Technologies
- Intelligent Signal Processing
- Knowledge Management
- Machine Learning
- Multi-Agent Systems
- Neural Networks and Neuro-Fuzzy Systems
- Ontology-Based Intelligent Systems
- Petri Nets and Their Extensions
- Power Industry
- Process Control
- Robotics and Manufacturing
- Swarm Intelligence and Ant Colony Optimization
- Telecommunication
- Transportation
- WEB Mining

In addition to the technical, poster and student sessions, Plenary Lectures will be delivered by Prof. R. Yager (USA), Prof. N. Kasabov (NZ), Prof. A. Kordon (USA) and Prof. A. Gegov (UK).

For additional information please write to Professor Krassimir Atanassov, Chair of NOC: ieee-is2012 .at. bas.bg

Paper Submission
Prospective authors are invited to contribute original, draft papers in IEEE conference format to IEEE IS 2012 through website http://www.ieee-is.org/.

The proceedings will be indexed in major databases and available through IEEE web site.

Competitions
Traditionally the augmented versions of conference selected papers appear within 1-2 years after the conference dates in well-known International Journals and post-conference books. The last one is published in Springer series 'Advances in Soft Computing'.

The deadline for calls for Invited Sessions (minimum 5 papers), Tutorials and Workshops is December 15, 2011.

Other Important Dates
Invited session/Tutorial/Workshop decision notification: December 20, 2011
Draft paper submission deadline: December 20, 2011
Notification of acceptance: March 3, 2012
Submission of final papers: April 15, 2012
Early registration: May 1, 2012
Conference dates: September 6-8, 2012

Is 2012 Honorary Chairman:
Prof. Lotfi Zadeh (USA)

Is 2012 General Chairmen:
Prof. Ronald Yager (USA)
Prof. Vassil Sgurev (Bulgaria)

Is 2012 Technical Program Chair:
Prof. Vladimir Jotsov (Bulgaria)

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2.13 CFP: 2012 International Symposium on Neural Networks (ISNN 2012)
Posted by: Danchi Jiang (Danchi.Jiang@utas.edu.au)
Date submitted: November 21st, 2011

2012 International Symposium on Neural Networks (ISNN 2012)
July 11-14, 2012, Shenyang, China
http://isnn.mae.cuhk.edu.hk/

The Ninth International Symposium on Neural Networks (ISNN 2012) will be held in Shenyang, China during July 11-14, 2012, following the successes of previous events. Shenyang is the capital of Liaoning Province in northeastern China with a long history and rich heritages. Shenyang was the capital of the Manchu people in the 17 th century and is the biggest city in northeastern China today. Shenyang is now an important political, industrial, and cultural center in China, and serves as the transportation and commercial hub of Northeastern China. The city has a solid infrastructure, a good land and air transport network, and abundant natural resources. ISNN 2012 aims to provide a high-level international forum for scientists, engineers, and educators to present the state of the art of neural network research and applications in related fields. The symposium will feature plenary speeches given by world renowned scholars, regular sessions with broad coverage, and special sessions! ! ! focusing on popular topics.

Important Dates
Special session proposals deadline: January 1, 2012
Paper submission deadline: January 15, 2012
Notification of acceptance: March 1, 2012
Camera-ready copy and author registration: April 1, 2012

Prospective authors are invited to contribute high-quality papers to ISNN 2012. In addition, proposals for special sessions within the technical scopes of the symposium are solicited. Special sessions, to be organized by internationally recognized experts, aim to bring together researchers in special focused topics. Papers submitted for special sessions are to be peer-reviewed with the same criteria used for the contributed papers. Researchers interested in organizing special sessions are invited to submit formal proposals to ISNN 2012. A special session proposal should include the session title, a brief description of the scope and motivation, names, contact information and brief biographical information on the organizers.

ISNN 2012 will be co-located with 2012 International Conference on Brain Inspired Cognitive Systems (BICS 2012).

The IEEE Computational Intelligence Society is a technical co-sponsor of ISNN 2012.

Gary Yen, General Chair
Huaguang Zhang, General Chair
Leszek Rutkowski, Program Committee Chair
Jun Wang, Program Committee Chair
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2.14 CFP: International Conference on Brain Inspired Cognitive Systems (BICS 2012)
Posted by: derong liu (derongliu@gmail.com)
Date submitted: November 22nd, 2011

2012 International Conference on Brain Inspired Cognitive Systems (BICS 2012)

The 2012 International Conference on Brain Inspired Cognitive Systems (BICS 2012) will be held jointly with the 2012 International Symposium on Neural Networks (ISNN 2012), July 11-14, 2012, Shenyang, China. Cross-fertilization of the two technical disciplines and newly emerging technologies is strongly encouraged.

Call for Contributed Papers

The 2012 International Conference on Brain Inspired Cognitive Systems (BICS 2012) will be held in Shenyang, China, as a sequel of BICS 2004 - 2010. Shenyang is the capital city of Liaoning Province with a long history and rich heritages. Shenyang was first used by the Manchu people as their capital in the 17th century and is today the biggest city in Northeastern China. Shenyang is now an important political, industrial, and cultural center, and serves as the transportation and commercial hub of Northeastern China. The city is well-known for its modern infrastructure, convenient land and air transport network, and abundant natural resources. BICS 2012 aims to provide a high-level international forum for scientists, engineers, and educators to present the state of the art of brain inspired cognitive systems research and applications in diverse fields. The symposium will feature plenary lectures given by world renowned scholars, regular sessions with broad coverage, and some s! ! pecial sessions focusing on popular and timely topics.

BICS 2012 solicits papers in the following areas:
Biologically Inspired Systems:
- Brain inspired systems
- Brain inspired vision
- Brain inspired audition and sound processing
- Brain inspired other sensory modalities
- Brain inspired motion processing
- Brain inspired robotics
- Brain inspired adaptive and control systems
- Brain inspired evolutionary systems
- Brain inspired oscillatory systems
- Brain inspired signal processing
- Brain inspired learning
- Neuromorphic systems
- Others
Cognitive Neuroscience:
- Cognitive neuroscience
- Cognitive neuroscience of vision
- Cognitive neuroscience of non-vision sensory modalities
- Cognitive neuroscience of volition
- Systems neuroscience
- Attentional mechanisms
- Affective systems
- Language
- Cortical models
- Sub-cortical models
- Cerebellar models
- Neural correlates
- Others
Models of Consciousness:
- World awareness
- Self-awareness
- Global workspace theory
- Imagination
- Qualia models
- Virtual machine approaches
- Formal models fo consciousness
- Control theoretical models
- Developmental/Infant models
- Will and volition
- Emotion and affect
- Philosophical implications
- Neurophysiological grounding
- Enactive approaches
- Heterophenomenology
- Analyitic/Synthetic phenomenology
- Others
Neural Computation:
- Neuro-computational systems
- Hybrid neural systems
- Neural learning
- Neural control systems
- Neural signal processing
- Architectures of neural computation
- Neural devices
- Neural perception and pattern classifiers
- Neuro-fuzzy systems
- Evolutionary neural networks
- Biological neural network models
- Applications
- Others
Prospective authors are invited to submit full-length papers (6-8 pages normally and 10 pages maximum) by the submission deadline through the online submission system (http://bics2012.mae.cuhk.edu.hk). The submission of a paper implies that the paper is original and has not been submitted under review or copyright protected elsewhere and will be presented by an author if accepted. All submitted papers will be refereed by experts in the field based on the criteria of originality, significance, quality, and clarity. The authors of accepted papers will have an opportunity to revise their papers and take consideration of the referees' comments and suggestions. All papers accepted by and presented at BICS 2012 will be published by Springer as multiple volumes of Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence which will be indexed by EI and ISTP. Selected papers will be published in special issues of several SCI journals.

Call for Special Sessions

The BICS 2012 technical program will include special sessions. Their aim is to provide a complementary flavor to the regular sessions and should include topics of interest to the BICS community. Prospective organizers of special sessions should submit proposals indicating:
(1) title of the session;
(2) rationale of the need for the special session at BICS. The rationale should stress the novelty of the topic and/or its multidisciplinary flavor, and must explain how it is different from the subjects covered by the regular sessions;
(3) short biography of the organizers;
(4) list of 5-6 contributed papers (including titles, authors, contact information of the corresponding author).
Proposals are due on or before 1 January 2012 and should be sent via e-mail (in either pdf or plain ascii text form) to the Special Sessions Chairs, "Sanqing Hu" (sanqinghu@gmail.com), "Stefano Squartini" (s.squartini@univpm.it). Proposals will be evaluated based on the timeliness of the topic, the qualifications of the organizers and the authors of the papers proposed in the session. Sessions in which three or more papers are co-authored by the same person, or by authors from the same group will not be accepted. In its decision, the committee will try to realize a balance of the topics across the technical areas represented in BICS. Notification of acceptance will be sent to the organizers by 7 January 2012. Authors of papers included in successful proposals should submit a manuscript on or before 15 January 2012. Manuscripts should conform to the formatting and electronic submission guidelines of regular BICS papers. When they submit papers, there is a choice to indicate t! ! hat their papers are special session papers. All papers will undergo peer review process. It is the responsibility of the organizers to ensure that their special session meets the BICS quality standards. If, at the end of the review process, less than four (4) papers are accepted, the session will be cancelled and the accepted papers will be moved to regular sessions.
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2.15 CFP: The Eighth International Conference on Intelligent Computing (ICIC 2012)
Posted by: De-Shuang Huang (dshuang@tongji.edu.cn)
Date submitted: November 8th, 2011

The Eighth International Conference on Intelligent Computing will be organized on July 25-29, 2012, in Huangshan, China.

The Conference Website: http://www.ic-ic.org/2012/index.htm
The Online Submission System: http://www.ic-ic.org/icg/

The conference proceedings will be published by Springer Verlag, including Lecture Notes in Computer Sciences (LNCS)/ Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence (LNAI)/ Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics (LNBI)/ Communications in Computer and Information Science (CCIS). And a small number of selected high-quality papers will be extended for possible inclusion in BMC Bioinformatics and Neurocomputing. All submissions will be thoroughly peer-reviewed by experts in the field based on originality, significance and clarity, only papers presenting novel research results or successful innovative applications are seriously considered for publication.

Important Dates:
Paper submission: January 1, 2012
Decision notification: April 10, 2012
Workshop/Special session proposal: December 20, 2011
Tutorial proposal: May 1, 2012
Camera-ready submission: April 25, 2012
Registration: April 25, 2012
Conference: July 25-29, 2012

For more information, please visit the conference website http://www.ic-ic.org/2012/index.htm.

ICIC2012-Shanghai-Hefei Secretariat
icic@iim.ac.cn
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2.16 CFP: The 3rd International Conference on Swarm Intelligence (ICSI 2012)
Posted by: Ying Tan (ytan@pku.edu.cn)
Date submitted: November 24th, 2011

ICSI'2012: Call for Papers

The 3rd International Conference on Swarm Intelligence (ICSI 2012)
URL: http://www.ic-si.org/
Dates: 17th-20th June 2012
Location: Shenzhen, China

This is the second call for papers for The 3rd International Conference on Swarm Intelligence (ICSI 2012)(http://www.ic-si.org).

The deadline for submission of papers is 31st December, 2011.

Submission Details: Prospective authors are invited to contribute high-quality papers (6-10 pages) to ICSI 2012 through online submission system at
http://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=icsi2012.

Papers accepted by ICSI'2012 will be published in Springer?s Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) (Indexed by ISI Proceedings, EI Compendex,
ISTP, DBLP, etc.) and some high-quality papers will be selected for special issues of SCI-indexed Journals, i.e., Computational Intelligence, Information Science,
International Journal of Artificial Intelligence, International Journal of Swarm Intelligence Research, etc.

For details about ICSI 2012, please visit the conference website at http://www.ic-si.org.

Conference Scope
This conference (ICSI 2012) is the third in a series of conferences (the first event ICSI 2010-Beijing and the second event ICSI 2011-Chongqing) that serves as a forum for an international
community of researchers, practitioners and vendors on all aspects of Swarm Intelligence and its application.
The scope of the conference includes (but is not limited to):

Theories
Swarm-based optimization techniques
Swarm computing
Particle swarm optimization
Ant colony optimization
Fish school search
Stochastic Diffusion Search (SDS)
Swarm robotics
Artificial life
Bioinformatics
Cognitive science
Social evolution
Optimization theory and methods
Immune system theory
Evolutionary computation
Grammatical Evolution
Natural Computing
Simulation and emulation of nature
Multi-agent based complex systems
Collective intelligence
Social intelligence
Social computing

Algorithms
PSO algorithms
ACO algorithms
FSS algorithms
Bees algorithm
Artificial Bee Colony Algorithms
Fireworks algorithms
Cultural algorithms
Genetic algorithms
Co-evolution algorithms
Memetic algorithms
Hybrid optimization methods
Evolutionary programming
Evolutionary strategy
Hybridization method
Evolutionary learning systems
Parallelizing algorithms
Others

Models
Computational swarm models
Artificial immune system
Multi-objective optimization
Evolutionary intelligent agents
Constrained environment
Information System
Analytic models of emergent behaviors
Classifier system
Evolving fuzzy system
Evolving neural networks
Models for social insets
Bio-inspired computing models
Socio-inspired computing models
Hybridizations of algorithms
Parallelization of swarm-based algorithms
Parallelization of evolutionary algorithms
Others

Applications
Pattern recognition
Machine learning
Intelligent control
Intelligent Energy Systems
and Networks
Financial prediction
Information security
Web intelligence
Data mining
Knowledge discovery
Neural networks
Neural systems
Cyber community
Electric Power systems
2D or 3D virtual swarms
Virtual reality
Audio processing
Image processing
Computer vision
Telecommunications systems
Evolutionary robotics
Automatic control
Routing
Socio-technical systems
Scheduling
Cybernetics and self-organization
Intelligent traffics
Simulations
Electronics systems
Defense security
Video surveillance
Others

Emerging areas
Molecular Computing
DNA computing
Quantum computing
Granularity computing

ICSI'2012 Secretariat
Email: icsi2012@ic-si.org
WWW: http://www.ic-si.org
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2.17 CFP: 12th European Conference on Evolutionary Computation in Combinatorial Optimisation (EvoCOP 2012))
Posted by: Martin Middendorf (middendorf@informatik.uni-leipzig.de)
Date submitted: November 3rd, 2011

12th European Conf. on Evolutionary Computation in Combinatorial Optimisation (EvoCOP 2012),
11-13 April 2011, Malaga, Spain
http://evostar.dei.uc.pt/2012
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2.18 CFP: 10th Portuguese Conference on Automatic Control (CONTROLO'12)
Posted by: Morgado Dias (morgado@uma.pt)
Date submitted: November 6th, 2011

The 10th Portuguese Conference on Automatic Control - CONTROLO'12,
Funchal, Madeira Island, Portugal, 16 to 18 of July 2012.
http://www.uma.pt/controlo2012
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2.19 CFP: GECCO 2012: Genetics-based Machine Learning track
Posted by: Tim Kovacs (xcsf1@yahoo.com)
Date submitted: November 12th, 2011

Submission deadline: January 13, 2012
http://www.sigevo.org/gecco-2012/
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2.20 CFP: FLINS 2012 Special Session: Logic Algebra, Algebraic Logic and Their Applications
Posted by: Vassilis Kaburlasos (vgkabs@teikav.edu.gr)
Date submitted: November 22nd, 2011

Logic Algebra, Algebraic Logic and Their Applications (Special Session) Submission: January 09, 2012
Organised by: Yang XU, Vassilis KABURLASOS, Jun LIU
http://www.flins2012.itu.edu.tr/index.html
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3.1 IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks; Volume 22, Issue 11, November 2011
Posted by: D. Liu (ieeetnn@gmail.com)
Date submitted: November 22nd, 2011

The following articles appear in the latest issue of IEEE Transactions on
Neural Networks; Volume 22, Issue 11, November 2011.

The articles can be retrieved on IEEE Xplore:
http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpl/tocresult.jsp?isnumber=6062577
or directly by clicking the individual paper URL below.

Volume 22, Issue 11, November 2011

1. Title: Delay-Independent Stability of Genetic Regulatory Networks
Authors: Fang-Xiang Wu
Page(s): 1685-1693
URL: http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/stamp/stamp.jsp?tp=&arnumber=6009229

2. Title: Multistability of Second-Order Competitive Neural Networks With Nondecreasing Saturated Activation Functions
Authors: Xiaobing Nie; Jinde Cao
Page(s): 1694-1708
URL: http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/stamp/stamp.jsp?tp=&arnumber=6009226

3. Title: Decentralized Dynamic Surface Control of Large-Scale Interconnected Systems in Strict-Feedback Form Using Neural Networks With Asymptotic Stabilization
Authors: Shahab Mehraeen; Sarangapani Jagannathan; Mariesa L. Crow
Page(s): 1709-1722
URL: http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/stamp/stamp.jsp?tp=&arnumber=6015562

4. Title: Asynchronous Event-Based Hebbian Epipolar Geometry
Authors: Ryad Benosman; Sio-Ho? Ieng; Paul Rogister; Christoph Posch
Page(s): 1723-1734
URL: http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/stamp/stamp.jsp?tp=&arnumber=6026950

5. Title: Estimating the Ultimate Bound and Positively Invariant Set for a Class of Hopfield Networks
Authors:
Jianxiong Zhang; Wansheng Tang; Pengsheng Zheng
Page(s): 1735-1743
URL: http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/stamp/stamp.jsp?tp=&arnumber=6026955

6. Title: Learning Speaker-Specific Characteristics With a Deep Neural Architecture
Authors:
Ke Chen; Ahmad Salman
Page(s): 1744-1756
URL: http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/stamp/stamp.jsp?tp=&arnumber=6026951

7. Title: Decentralized Optimal Control of a Class of Interconnected Nonlinear Discrete-Time Systems by Using Online Hamilton-Jacobi-Bellman Formulation
Authors: Shahab Mehraeen; Sarangapani Jagannathan
Page(s): 1757-1769
URL: http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/stamp/stamp.jsp?tp=&arnumber=6031925

8. Title: Stability and Convergence Analysis for a Class of Neural Networks
Authors: Xingbao Gao; Li-Zhi Liao
Page(s): 1770-1782
URL: http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/stamp/stamp.jsp?tp=&arnumber=6031924

9. Title: A Nonlinear Control Method Based on ANFIS and Multiple Models for a Class of SISO Nonlinear Systems and Its Application
Authors: Yajun Zhang; Tianyou Chai; Hong Wang
Page(s): 1783-1795
URL: http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/stamp/stamp.jsp?tp=&arnumber=6031926

10. Title: Spectral Embedded Clustering: A Framework for In-Sample and Out-of-Sample Spectral Clustering
Authors:
Feiping Ni; Zinan Zeng; Ivor W. Tsang; Dong Xu; Changshui Zhang
Page(s): 1796-1808
URL: http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/stamp/stamp.jsp?tp=&arnumber=6030950

11. Title: Energy-Efficient FastICA Implementation for Biomedical Signal Separation
Authors: Lan-Da Van; Di-You Wu; Chien-Shiun Chen
Page(s): 1809-1822
URL: http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/stamp/stamp.jsp?tp=&arnumber=6032107

12. Title: Adaptive Evolutionary Artificial Neural Networks for Pattern Classification
Authors: Tatt Hee Oong; Nor Ashidi Mat Isa
Page(s): 1823-1836
URL: http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/stamp/stamp.jsp?tp=&arnumber=6032754

13. Title: Direct Parallel Perceptrons (DPPs): Fast Analytical Calculation of the Parallel Perceptrons Weights With Margin Control for Classification Tasks
Authors: Manuel Fern?ndez-Delgado; Jorge Ribeiro; Eva Cernadas; Sen?n Barro Ameneiro
Page(s): 1837-1848
URL: http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/stamp/stamp.jsp?tp=&arnumber=6035789

3.2 CFP: Special Issue of IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation: Understanding Complex Evolutionary Systems
Posted by: Siang Yew Chong (S.Y.Chong@cs.bham.ac.uk)
Date submitted: November 20th, 2011

I Aim & Scope

Recent advances in simulation methodologies and increasing computing speed have led to the development and application of evolutionary systems to solve complex real-world problems in a variety of settings that include engineering, biology, and economics among others. The increasing complexity of these systems has made them more difficult to analyze in-depth. There is an inherent danger in building complex evolutionary systems without a thorough understanding and an acknowledgment that such systems could behave in novel, unexpected, or potentially hazardous ways. This special issue focuses on the theory of complex evolutionary systems and the development and application of tools that advance understanding, control, and reliability of complex evolutionary systems. The aim is to highlight
the latest advances in theory, methods of analysis, and standardization of tools for such systems. Topics of interest for this special issue include:

- Techniques for the automatic analysis of the results of evolutionary computation. Such techniques include but are not limited to clustering, fingerprinting and other feature extraction techniques, and performance-based testing.

- Techniques for visualization. Targets of visualization include individual evolved solutions, collections of evolved solutions, aspects of the dynamics of evolution, and fitness landscapes. Submissions in this area should be useful for comparing or understanding the results of evolution, improving the performance of evolutionary algorithms, understanding the geometry of fitness landscapes, or illuminating the dynamics of evolution.

- Techniques for automatic or semi-automatic selection or generation of representations for use in evolutionary computation. Techniques for comparing representations including representation independent features, performance based comparison, and theoretical structures that can be used to design or understand representations.

- Analysis of the structure of evolved populations. An evolved population may contain thousands of individuals but only a few basic types. Techniques for locating representatives of fundamental types, understanding their
relationship within a fitness landscape, and for forcing the locating of new types, such as techniques generalizing or improving niche specialization.

- Understanding of the behavior and dynamics of evolved agents. This includes both agents that solve a problem and agents that interact with one another, such as game playing agents. Contrasting different methods agents
discover for solving problems, comparing the strategies and competitiveness of evolved game playing agents.

II Important Dates

20 January 2012: Submission deadline
1 April 2012: Notice of first round reviews
1 June 2012: Revision due
15 July 2012: Final notice of accept/reject
1 Sept 2012: Final manuscript due
Tentative date for publication of the special issue is December 2012.

III Submission

Manuscripts should be prepared according to the instructions of the ?Information for Authors? section of the journal, available at http://ieee-cis.org/pubs/tec/authors/. Submissions should be done through the IEEE TEVC journal website: http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/tevc-ieee and clearly indicate ?Special Issue on Understanding Complex Systems? in the comments to the Editor-in-Chief. Submitted papers will be reviewed by at least three reviewers. The submission of a manuscript implies that it is the authors original unpublished work and is not being submitted for possible publication elsewhere.

IV Guest Editors

Daniel Ashlock, University of Guelph

Siang Yew Chong and Graham Kendall, University of Nottingham
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3.3 CFP: Special Issue of IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems: Learning in Nonstationary and Evolving Environments
Posted by: Cesare Alippi (alippi@elet.polimi.it)
Date submitted: November 27th, 2011

Using a computational model to learn under various environments has been a well-researched field that produced relevant results; unfortunately, the majority of these efforts rely on three fundamental assumptions: i) there is a sufficient and representative data set to configure and assess the model performance; ii) data are drawn from a fixed - albeit unknown - distribution; and iii) samples are mostly supposed to be independent. Alas, all these as-sumptions often do not hold in many real-world applications, such as in the analysis of climate or financial data, network intrusion, spam and fraud detection, electricity demand and industrial quality inspection among many others. Recent efforts towards incremental and online learning allow us to relax the "sufficiency" requirement by continuously updating a model to learn from small batches or online data, yet, the data that become available are still assumed to be drawn from a fixed distribution. More recently, approaches commo! ! nly called concept drift - and to some extend domain adaptation - algorithms, possibly in collaboration with change detection tests, have attempted to remove this assumption, by accommodating a stream or batches of data whose underlying distribu-tion changes over time. However, early efforts have made other assumptions, such as restricting the type of faults or changes affecting the system or the distribution and are primarily heuristic in nature with several free parame-ters to be fine-tuned.
Against this background, the need for a general framework to learn from - and adapt to - a changing environ-ment can be hardly overstated. A special issue that discusses the state-of-the-art and latest results on detecting and adapting to changes in underlying data distributions is very timely.
We invite original and unpublished contributions in all areas relevant to learning in a changing environment. Pa-pers must present original work or review the state-of-the-art in the following non-exhaustive list of topics:
- Learning in non-stationary, drifting or dynamic environments
- Adaptive learning in a missing, faulty, limited or unbalanced data context
- Incremental, lifelong and cumulative learning from nonstationary data
- Faults, changes or anomaly detection in data streams
- Domain adaptation
- Data mining from streams of data
- Architectures, techniques and algorithms for learning in such environments
- Applications requiring learning in dynamic and nonstationary environments

IMPORTANT DATES
15 April 2012: Deadline for manuscript submission
15 August 2012: Notification of authors
15 September 2012: Deadline for submission of revised manuscripts
30 September 2012: Final decision
January/February 2013: Special issue publication in the IEEE TNNLS

GUEST EDITORS
Prof. Cesare Alippi, Politecnico di Milano, Italy, cesare.alippi@polimi.it
Prof. Robi Polikar, Rowan University, USA, polikar@rowan.edu

SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS
- Read the information for Authors at http://ieee-cis.org/pubs/tnn/papers/
- Submit the manuscript at the IEEE-TNNLS webpage http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/tnn and follow the submission procedure. Please, clearly indicate on the first page of the manuscript and the Author's Cover Letter that the manuscript has been submitted to the Special Issue on Learning in Nonstationary and Evolving Environments. Send also an email to the guest editors to notify about your submission.
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3.4 CFP: Special Issue of IEEE Transactions on Autonomous Mental Development: Biologically-Inspired Human-Robot Interactions
Posted by: Zhengyou Zhang (zhang@microsoft.com)
Date submitted: November 10th, 2011

IEEE Transactions on Autonomous Mental Development Special Issue on Biologically-Inspired Human-Robot Interactions

Call for Papers

As robots become more common in our daily activities, human-robot interactions and human-computer interfaces are becoming increasingly important. Despite considerable progress in this relatively new field, very few researchers have paid attention to how the brain, cognition, and underlying biological mechanisms are involved in such interactions.

This call requests papers that bring together fields of study, such as cognitive architectures, computational neuroscience, developmental psychology, machine psychology, and socially affective robotics, to advance the field of human-robot interaction. A robot that shares many of the attributes of the human it is interacting with would not only result in a more sophisticated robot, but it may also cause the human to respond more naturally, and be more willing to cooperate with such a robot.

Submitted papers should further the field of Human-Robot Interaction through biologically inspired algorithms or methods. Topics may include, but are not limited to:
- Brain imaging during human-robot interaction
- Cooperative behavior and/or teamwork with robots and humans
- Emotion and empathy in robotic systems
- Gesture recognition using neural systems
- Human brain activity while interacting with robotic systems
- Human and robot shared or joint attention
- Natural language communication
- Natural vision systems
- Robot imitation of human behavior
- Socially affective robots
- Social cognition
- Space sharing and co-existence between humans and machines
- Theory of mind in robots

Guest Editors
- Frederick C Harris, Jr., University of Nevada, Reno, Reno, NV, fredh@cse.unr.edu
- Jeffrey Krichmar, University of California, Irvine, Irvine CA, USA, jkrichma@uci.edu
- Hava Siegelmann, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, MA, USA, hava@cs.umass.edu
- Hiroaki Wagatsuma, Kyushu Institute of Technology, Kitakyushu, Japan, waga@brain.kyutech.ac.jp

Two Kinds of Submissions are Possible:
- Regular papers, up to 15 double column pages.
- Correspondence papers either presenting a "perspective" that includes insights into issues of wider scope than a regular paper but without being highly computational in style or presenting concise description of recent technical results, up to 8 double column pages.

Instructions for authors:
http://ieee-cis.org/pubs/tamd/authors/

We are accepting submissions through Manuscript Central at
http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/tamd-ieee (please select "Bio-inspired human robot interaction" as the submission type)

When submitting your manuscript, please also cc it to jkrichma@uci.edu, fredh@cse.unr.edu, hava@cs.umass.edu, and waga@brain.kyutech.ac.jp.

Timeline:
December 31, 2011 - Deadline for paper submission
February 15, 2012 - Notification
April 15, 2012 - Final version
May 1, 2012 - Electronic publication
June 15, 2012 - Printed publication
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4 Career Opportunities
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4.1 Assistant Professor Position at TU Eindhoven, the Netherlands
Posted by: Uzay Kaymak (u.kaymak@ieee.org)
Date submitted: November 14th, 2011

The Department of Industrial Engineering & Innovation Sciences of the Technische Universiteit Eindhoven has a vacancy for an

Assistant Professor (1,0 fte) in Process Intelligence
(Excellent candidates will be offered a tenure track to associate professor)

Job description
The assistant professor will initiate, supervise, and perform high-quality research supporting process intelligence; teach courses in Bachelor and Master Programmes of the School of Industrial Engineering of Eindhoven University of Technology; initiate and contribute to externally funded research projects of the group; assist in the supervision of Ph.D. students and contribute to the management of the department. The candidate will become a member of the Information Systems group of the School of Industrial Engineering.

The assistant professor of Process Intelligence specialises in computerized systems and computational models for decisions regarding business processes. These models are typically developed with the help of various computational modelling techniques and simulation. Such techniques are studied both from a theoretical perspective as well as from an applied perspective as far as they contribute to improved decision making within the context of business process intelligence.

Requirements
The candidate is expected to have the following qualifications:
- A Ph.D. degree in a relevant field such as computer science, computational intelligence, information systems or a related quantitative field;
- High quality publications in international journals and conference proceedings;
- Excellent communication, organization and management skills;
- Strong cooperation skills and ability to work in a team;
- Experience in teaching academic courses (preferably in information systems and process intelligence).

We offer:
- a challenging job in a dynamic and ambitious university;
- a full-time temporary appointment for a period of maximum 6 years;
- a gross monthly salary of an assistant professor between 3,195 and 4,970 depending on experience and knowledge.
- a yearly holiday allowance of 8% of the yearly salary;
- a yearly end year allowance of 8.3% of the yearly salary;
- broad, attractive package of fringe benefits (including an excellent technical infrastructure, child care, savings schemes, and excellent sports facilities);

Information
A detailed project description and other more elaborate information is available on request from prof.dr.ir. U. Kaymak (u.kaymak@tue.nl)

Further information please visit
http://jobs.tue.nl/wd/plsql/wd_portal.show_job?p_web_site_id=3085&p_web_page_id=139743&p_order_by=
or contact E. van der Mierden, personnel officer IE&IS, (pz.ieis@tue.nl).

Application
Your application must contain the following documents (all in English):
- A letter of interest;
- An extensive curriculum vitae;
- Research and Teaching Statement

If you are interested, we invite you to apply before December 1st. To apply please visit http://jobs.tue.nl/wd/plsql/wd_portal_cand.form?p_web_site_id=3085&p_web_page_id=139743 .
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4.2 New Ph.D. Positions Available at the University of Rhode Island, USA
Posted by: Haibo He (he@ele.uri.edu)
Submitted date: November 29th, 2011

The Computational Intelligence and Self-Adaptive Systems (CISA)
Laboratory at the Department of Electrical, Computer, and Biomedical
Engineering at the University of Rhode Island (URI) is seeking
applications for funded Ph.D. positions. The research at CISA focuses
on the fundamental advancement of computational intelligence and
adaptive systems, as well as their applications to a wide range of
domains, such as energy and power grids, cybersecurity, sensor
networks, and cognitive radio networks.

Two new Ph.D. positions are available immediately for
highly-motivated students with a strong research background and
capability. For both positions, we are looking for candidates with
the following qualifications:

- A Master degree in engineering, mathematics, or related fields is
preferred, though outstanding undergraduate students will also be considered;
- Strong mathematical background and proficient in modeling and
simulation in a programming environment, such as Matlab;
- Previous research experiences in related fields and scientific
publications in journals/conferences are preferred;
- Strong communication skills;

In addition, we also hope the candidates have strong interests and/or
previous research experience on either one of the following two fields:

- Smart grid, cyber security, and/or adaptive control;
- Statistical signal processing, machine learning, and/or data mining;

Interested students are encouraged to contact Prof. Haibo He at
he@ele.uri.edu. Web site: http://www.ele.uri.edu/faculty/he/
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