Genetic Programming 1998 Conference

July 22 - 25 (Wednesday - Saturday), 1998

University of Wisconsin - Madison, Wisconsin USA

The program committee for the third annual Genetic Programming Conference (GP-98) to be held on July 22 - 25 (Wednesday - Saturday), 1998 at University of Wisconsin - Madison is broad-based and is open to all authors of one or more previously published papers on genetic programming.

The GP-97 Conference attracted over 350 attendees and featured 20 tutorials, 84 peer-reviewed papers, 3 invited speakers, vendor presentations, 38 late-breaking papers, and 16 PhD student presentations. The GP conference has acquired a reputation for robust discussion and new ideas and has already become the largest single conference in the field of evolutionary computation.

Being on the program committee will involve your reading, reviewing, and ranking about four to six submitted papers on genetic programming during the month of February 1998. (The paper submission deadline for GP-98 is Wednesday, January 21, 1998).

The review process used at the GP conference is based on judgment by peers of the submitting authors. The decisions on which papers are accepted and published by the conference are made entirely by the submitter's peers (i.e., authors of previously published GP papers). As in the past, the goal is to have each submitted paper read and ranked by about 6 or 7 peers so as to get a broad-based judgment of the submitted paper. The willingness of a broad base of published GP authors is absolutely critical to make this system work. Neither the conference's general chair or executive committee review any papers. The executive committee applies an automatic algorithm based on the rankings provided by the peer reviewers who actually read the papers in determining which papers are accepted and published in the various categories (long, short, and poster). That is, the peer reviewers who actually read the papers closely are the people who actually make the decision on which papers are accepted and published.

Your participation on the program committee will be acknowledged in the conference proceedings as well as various editions of the calls for papers, the conference brochure, and ads.

If you are willing to do this, please send me Physical copies of the papers will be sent to you by UPS courier service in late January 1998. The review form will be sent to you by e-mail. You will be given several weeks to read and review the papers. Reviews are returned by e-mail directly to the AAAI. The reviewer's name is removed from the message by the AAAI before the review is forwarded to the conference's general chair, executive committee, or (eventually) the submitting author. If your physical mailing address or e-mail address changes between now and February 1998, please notify us.

GP-98 will be co-located with 6 other conferences in Madison. Three conferences --- Machine Leaning (ICML), Computational Learning Theory (COLT), and Uncertainty in AI (UAI) will concurrent with GP-98. Two others --- AAAI and IAAI will immediately follow GP-98 in Madison and Cognitive Science 1998 will immediately follow AAAI and IAAI. Arrangements are currently being made concerning various joint and cooperative activities among the various conferences.

In 1998, GP-98 will be the only summertime conference on evolutionary computation. Other EC conferences in 1998 include EP-98 in San Diego in March 1998; ICEC-98 in Anchorage, Alaska in May 1998; PPSN-98 in September 1998 in Amsterdam, and FOGA-98 in September 1998 in Amsterdam.

GP-97 will be held in cooperation with American Association for Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), ACM SIGART, and IEEE Neural Networks Council.

There will be GP-98 PhD Student Workshop on Tuesday July 21, 1998 chaired by Una-May O'Reilly. See for details.

Tutorial proposals are being solicited. See for details.

Workshop proposals are also solicited as well as ideas for invited speakers and other activities.

As at GP-96 and GP-97, the main focus of the conference will be on genetic programming, but there will be several additional tracks on various other areas of evolutionary computation, including genetic algorithms, evolutionary programming, evolution strategies, classifier systems, DNA computing, evolvable hardware, evolutionary robotics, and possibly others.

Please reply to concerning participating on the program committee.

Thank you.

John Koza
GP-98 General Chair
Computer Science Department
Stanford University

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