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Call for proposals

     The GECCO-99 Program Committee would like to invite proposals for Bird-of-a-feather workshops to be held during the 1999 Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO-99). 

      Workshops provide an opportunity for researchers to meet and discuss topics with a selected focus in an informal and interactive setting. Workshops are an excellent forum for participants with common interests to explore new approaches, critique existing approaches, and identify emerging areas of interest in genetic and evolutionary computation (GEC). Members of all segments of the GEC community are encouraged to submit proposals. 

      Individual workshops will be approximately two hours in length. The format of the workshops will be determined by their organizers, who are encouraged to leave ample time for general discussion.

      Proposals for workshops should not exceed three pages in length and should contain the following information: 

   1. A description of the workshop topic. Identify the specific issues on which the workshop will focus. 

   2. A brief discussion of why the topic is of particular interest to the GEC community at this time. 

   3. The names and full contact information (e-mail and postal addresses, fax, and telephone numbers) of the workshop organizer(s) and brief descriptions of their relevant expertise. 

   4. A brief description of the proposed workshop format, e.g. paper presentations, invited talks, panels, general discussion, or a combination of the above. 

   5. A list of potential attendees. 

      Organizers' whose proposals are accepted for GECCO workshops will be responsible for producing a call for participation, selecting participants, gathering abstracts for publication, and coordinating the workshop.  Presentation at a workshop will be by invitation of the organizers; attendance and participation at the workshops will be open to all GECCO attendees. The abstracts of the workshop presentations will be published with the late breaking papers at GECCO. Details and additional deadlines will be provided once decisions have been made on the proposals. 

      Workshop proposals should be submitted as soon as possible and must be recieved no later than November 2, 1998. Please submit proposals in PLAIN TEXT email format.  Organizers will be notified of the committee's decisions by November 6, 1998.

      Please send proposals and inquiries regarding workshops to: 

  Annie S. Wu
Naval Research Laboratory
Code 5514
Washington, DC 20375