Evolutionary computation (EC) and multi-agent systems and simulation (MASS) both involve populations of agents. EC is a learning technique by which a population of individual agents adapt according to the selection pressures exerted by an environment; MASS seeks to understand how to coordinate the actions of a population of (possibly selfish) autonomous agents that share an environment so that some outcome is achieved. Both EC and MASS have top-down and bottom up features. For example, some aspects of multi-agent system engineering (e.g., mechanism design) are concerned with how top-down structure can constrain or influence individual decisions. Similarly, most work in EC is concerned with how to engineer selective pressures to drive the evolution of individual behavior towards some desired goal. Multi-agent simulation (also called agent-based modeling) addresses the bottom-up issue of how collective behavior emerges from individual action. Likewise, the study of evolutionary dynamics within EC (for example in coevolution) often considers how population-level phenomena emerge from individual-level interactions. Thus, at a high level, we may view EC and MASS as examining and utilizing analogous processes. It is therefore natural to consider how knowledge gained within EC may be relevant to MASS, and vice versa; indeed, applications and techniques from one field have often made use of technologies and algorithms from the other field. Studying EC and MASS in combination is warranted and has the potential to contribute to both fields.
The EcoMASS workshop, now in its 8th iteration, welcomes original submissions on all aspects of Evolutionary Computation and Multi-Agent Systems and Simulation, which include (but are not limited to) the following topics and themes:
Each accepted paper will be presented orally at the workshop and distributed in the workshop proceedings to all GECCO attendees. Authors should follow the same format as is used for the GECCO conference papers; refer to http://www.sigevo.org/gecco-2014/papers.html for details. Manuscripts should not exceed 8 pages. Papers should be submitted by March XX, 2014 in PDF format to firstname.lastname@example.org with "ECoMASS paper submission" in the subject line.
Paper submission deadline: March 28, 2014
Notification of acceptance: April 15, 2014
Camera-ready deadline: April 25, 2014
Accepted Author Registration deadline: TBA
Date: July 12 or 13, 2014
Program Committee for ECoMASS 2014
Former Program Committee Members
Former ECoMASS Chairs