Call For Papers: Soft Computing Journal Special Issue on Evolutionary Computing & Complex Systems (ECCS 2012)

Special issue of the Soft Computing Journal

Evolutionary Computing & Complex Systems


The large-scale use and applicability of evolutionary computing for complex real-life systems and applications determined a need for ensuring solid theoretical grounds, providing sensitivity, resilience or error propagation analysis results.

The aim of this special issue is to build a bridge between probabilities, statistics, set oriented numerics and evolutionary computing, as to identify new common and challenging research aspects useful for highly complex systems. Out of control stochastic factors, uncertainty or error propagation, are all potential pathways for hazardous conditions or catastrophic failures when dealing with complex systems in financial markets, nuclear plants, surveillance and defense, etc. Similarly, the handling of large quantities of data may require the use of distributed environments where the probability of failure and the stability of the algorithms may need in-depth study. Therefore, algorithms capable of delivering robust solutions in the presence of erroneous or abnormal inputs, resilient to failures or with performance guarantees, evolved to be of crucial importance when applied to such systems.

The special issue will primarily focus on the solutions provided for highly complex systems by applied and theoretical evolutionary computation that advance the research in the field. The topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

· performance guarantee factors for large scale / highly multi-modal problems
· performance guarantees measures for existing algorithms
· highly complex systems optimization
· robust methods for large scale, high dimensional problems
· theoretical tools, components that ensure the robustness in practice
· mathematical objects and evolutionary programming
· robust / fast estimation of mathematical quantities
· particle methods, Markov Chain Monte Carlo methods
· spatial complexity of methods and its implications in practice
· robustness of parallel and distributed evolutionary optimization
· self-tuning, self-adaptive techniques
· particular issues (e.g. landscape analysis)
· swarm intelligence
· real-world applications

Important Dates

Submission of manuscripts: Jan 15, 2012
First revision notification: Apr 30, 2012
Submission of revised manuscripts: May 31, 2012
Second revision notification: Jun 15, 2012
Submission of final manuscripts: Jun 30, 2012
Final notification: Jul 15, 2012
Expected publication: End 2012

Notes for Prospective Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. For any additional information please contact Alexandru-Adrian TANTAR or Emilia TANTAR. A guide for authors, aims and scope of the Soft Computing Journal and other relevant information for submitting papers are available online at the following address:
Manuscripts have to be submitted online via

A PDF version of this call is available at

Guest Editors

Alexandru-Adrian Tantar Emilia Tantar Pascal Bouvry
University of Luxembourg University of Luxembourg University of Luxembourg
Luxembourg Luxembourg Luxembourg

Oliver Schütze Carlos Coello Coello
Mexico City, Mexico Mexico City, Mexico

Pierre Del Moral
INRIA Bordeaux-Sud Ouest
Université Bordeaux I
Head of ALEA Team

Editor-in-Chief Co-Editor-in-Chief

Antonio Di Nola Vincenzo Loia
E-mail: E-mail:
Universitá di Salerno Universitá di Salerno
Salerno, Italy Salerno, Italy

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