CALLS

IMPORTANT DATES
• Proposal submission due: 13 November 2019
• Notification of acceptance: 27 November 2019
• Tutorials/Workshops: 5 – 6 September 2020
• Conference: 7 – 9 September 2020

SCOPE
The PPSN 2020 Organising Committee invites proposals for workshops to be held in conjunction with PPSN 2020. The workshops are intended to be forums for presenting and discussing, for example, new emerging approaches or critical reflections within a subfield. They provide an excellent opportunity to meet people with similar interests, to be exposed to cutting-edge research and to exchange ideas in an informal setting. The organisers of an accepted workshop are responsible for its coordination, publicity (e.g., for sending out call for papers/abstracts), and maintaining a webpage providing a list of accepted talks. Paper submission and reviewing is however planned to run via easychair in separate tracks that will largely be coordinated by workshop organizers. 

Moreover, organisers can decide between half-day and full-day workshops. The workshop format is also up to the organisers. However, we encourage to facilitate interactive sessions. We suggest to solicit concept papers or abstracts of not more than a few pages’ length, instead of full papers.

SUBMISSION DETAILS
Prospective workshop organisers are invited to submit a plain-text workshop proposal by email to:
aesparcia@ieee.org

The proposal should include:
• Title of the workshop
• Brief description of the workshop topics
• Potential target participants and audience
• Roughly approximated number of participants
• Rough estimate of the number of talks
• Contact details and a short CV of the organiser(s)

WORKSHOPS CHAIR:
Anna I Esparcia-Alcázar, Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain

IMPORTANT DATES
• Proposal submission due: 13 November 2019
• Notification of acceptance: 27 November 2019
• Tutorials/Workshops: 5 – 6 September 2020
• Conference: 7 – 9 September 2020

SCOPE
The PPSN 2020 Organizing Committee invites proposals for tutorials to be held in conjunction with PPSN 2020. The tutorial topic should enjoy broad interest within the community, ranging from an established or emerging research topic within the field itself, or a related field, to an interesting application area. The proposed topic should facilitate a gentle introduction to the research area, but it should also cover the most important contributions in depth. The planned duration of each tutorial is 90 minutes.

SUBMISSION DETAILS
Prospective tutorials’ organizers are invited to submit a proposal by email to: 
ofersh@telhai.ac.il, with a message header following this format: TPPSN: [tutorial’s title]

The proposal should include:
• An abstract (of no more than 400 words)
• A tutorial description, featuring its syllabus
• Contact details and a short vitae of the organizer(s)
• Potential target participants and audience

TUTORIAL CHAIR:
Ofer M. Shir, Computer Science Department, Tel-Hai College, Upper Galilee, Israel

IMPORTANT DATES
• Proposal submission due: 13 November 2019
• Notification of acceptance: 27 November 2019
• Tutorials/Workshops: 5 – 6 September 2020
• Conference: 7 – 9 September 2020

SCOPE
The PPSN 2020 Organizing Committee invites proposals for competitions to be held in conjunction with PPSN 2020. This is the first time competitions are part of the PPSN and we expect that they provide new, interesting insights on methods and problems. 

Your competition should target questions that are of interest for the PPSN community. This includes established as well as emerging topics within the field itself, but also related fields and application areas. A connection to optimisation benchmarks or game problems is welcome but not necessary.

SUBMISSION DETAILS
Prospective competition organisers are invited to submit a proposal by email. Please use the following format:

● To: vanessa@modl.ai
● Title: Comp-PPSN [Competition Title]
● Content: Please include
    ○ A short description (of no more than 400 words)
    ○ Targeted research question(s)
    ○ Evaluation measure and ranking strategy
    ○ A link to the competition page/code
    ○ Short description of any sample (baseline) solutions and their performance in comparison to the state-of-the-art
    ○ Any other relevant information

COMPETITION CHAIR:
Vanessa Volz, Queen Mary University London, UK

IMPORTANT DATES
• Abstract submission: 1 April 2020
• Paper submission: 8 April 2020
• Author notification: 28 May 2020
• Camera ready: 22 June 2020
• Tutorials/Workshops: 5 – 6 September 2020
• Conference: 7 – 9 September 2020

The Sixteenth International Conference on Parallel Problem Solving from Nature (PPSN XVI) will be held in Leiden, The Netherlands on September 5-9, 2020. Leiden University and the Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science (LIACS) are proud to host the 30th anniversary of PPSN.

PPSN brings together researchers and practitioners in the field of Natural Computing, the study of computing approaches which are gleaned from natural models.

PPSN XVI will feature workshops and tutorials covering advanced and fundamental topics in the field of Natural Computing, as well as algorithm competitions. The keynote talks will be given by the world-renowned researchers in their fields.

Following PPSN’s unique tradition, all accepted papers will be presented during poster sessions and will be included in the proceedings. The proceedings will be published in the Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) series by Springer.

LIST OF TOPICS
The field includes, but is not limited to, areas such as Amorphous Computing, Artificial Life, Artificial Ant Systems, Artificial Immune Systems, Artificial Neural Networks, Cellular Automata, Evolutionary Computation, Swarm Computing, Self-Organizing Systems, Chemical Computation, Molecular Computation, Quantum Computation, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence approaches using Natural Computing methods.

Submissions covering the entire spectrum of work, ranging from rigorously derived mathematical results to carefully crafted empirical studies, are invited.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
• All papers must be original and not simultaneously submitted to another journal or conference. 
• PPSN2020 proceedings will be published in by Springer LNCS; page limit is 12 pages excluding references via EasyChair
• The LNCS template can be downloaded here.  
• Authors’ names must not be blinded for the reviewing process.

BEST PAPER AWARD
The best paper presented at PPSN XVI will be distinguished with a Best Paper Award.

PROGRAM COMMITTEE CHAIRS
Carola Doerr, Sorbonne University, CNRS, Paris, France 
Michael Emmerich, Leiden University, The Netherlands
Heike Trautmann, University of Münster, Germany