Genetic Programming 1998 Conference (GP-98)

July 22 - 25 (Wednesday - Saturday), 1998

University of Wisconsin - Madison, Wisconsin USA

In Cooperation with the American Association for Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), the IEEE Neural Networks Council, Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), ACM SIGART, and IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society

(Held just before AAAI-98 on July 26 - 30, 1998 in Madison)

"Genetic programming is automatic programming. For the first time since the idea of automatic programming was first discussed in the late 40's and early 50's, we have a set of non-trivial, non-tailored, computer-generated programs that satisfy Samuel's exhortation: 'Tell the computer what to do, not how to do it.' "

--- John Holland, University of Michigan

Genetic programming is an automatic programming technique for evolving computer programs that solve (or approximately solve) problems. Starting with a primordial ooze of thousands of randomly created computer programs, a population of programs is progressively evolved over many generations using the Darwinian principle of survival of the fittest, a sexual recombination operation, and occasional mutation.

Over 800 technical papers have been published since 1992 in this rapidly growing field.

The 1997 Genetic Programming Conference at Stanford University featured 20 tutorials, 3 invited speakers, 70 papers 15 poster papers in a peer-reviewed proceedings book published by Morgan Kaufmann Publishers, as well as 38 late-breaking papers and 16 PhD Student Presentations in a separate book. Registration at the second GP conference in l997 was more than 350 and exceeded the 288 of the first GP conference in 1996.

The main focus of the GP-98 conference (and most of the papers) is on genetic programming. In addition, papers describing recent developments in closely related areas will be reviewed and selected by special program committees appointed and supervised by the special program chairs. These areas will
include SUBMITTING PAPERS TO GP-98: The deadline for arrival at the physical mail address of the AAAI below of eight (8) paper copies of each submitted paper is Wednesday, January 21, 1998. Papers are to be in single-spaced, 10-point type on 8 1/2" x 11" paper with 1" margin at top and 3/4" margin at left, right, and bottom. A4 paper may be used, but not e-mail or fax. Papers are to contain ALL of the following 9 items, contained entirely within a maximum total of 9 pages, IN THIS ORDER: (1) the paper's category (chosen from one of the following alternatives: Genetic Programming, Genetic Algorithms, Evolutionary Programming, Evolutionary Strategies, Evolvable Hardware, ----additional categories to be added here--- ), (2) title of paper, (3) author name(s), (4) author physical address(es), (5) author e-mail address(es), (6) author phone number(s), (7) a 50-200 word abstract of the paper, (8) the text of the paper (including all figures, tables, acknowledgments, and appendices, if any), and (9) bibliography. Review criteria will include significance of the work, novelty, sufficiency of information to permit replication (if applicable), clarity, and writing quality. The first-named author (or other designated corresponding author) will be notified of acceptance or rejection within approximately six weeks after the paper submission deadline. Different numbers of pages will probably be allocated to various accepted papers (e.g., at GP-96 and GP-97, there were 9-page papers, 6-page papers, and 1-page poster papers in the proceedings book). The deadline for final camera-ready version of accepted papers will be announced and will be approximately three weeks after notification of acceptance. Proceedings books will be distributed at the conference (and, if requested, mailed at no extra charge by 2-day priority mail to registered conference attendees with U.S. addresses about two weeks prior to the conference). By submitting a paper, the author(s) agree that they will submit a final revised camera-ready version of their accepted paper and register at least and that at least one author will register, attend, and present each accepted and published paper at the conference. The style of the camera-ready paper will be announced, but will be substantially that of the GP-97 Conference. The instructions for the final camera-ready paper are available by clicking here. A LaTeX2e style sheet prepared by Peter Marenbach ( of the Darmstadt University of Technology is available that was packed using 'tar' and 'gzip' the second with a DOS-like 'zip'. Both files consist of a style file, a simple example file and a bibtex style file (for use with harvard.sty).

FOR INFORMATION ON PhD Student Workshop on Tuesday July 21, 1998 chaired by Una-May O-Reilly.

E-mail or contact GP-98 Conference, c/o American Association for Artificial Intelligence, 445 Burgess Drive, Menlo Park, CA 94025; PHONE: 650-328-3123; FAX: 650-321-4457.

E-mail to John Koza GP-98 Chair, Computer Science Department, Stanford University, at

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