CALL FOR ENTRIES FOR 2008 HUMIES
$10,000 in PRIZES AT
THE 5th ANNUAL (2008) “HUMIES” AWARDS
FOR HUMAN-COMPETITIVE RESULTS
PRODUCED BY GENETIC AND EVOLUTIONARY COMPUTATION
HELD AT THE
GENETIC AND EVOLUTIONARY COMPUTATION CONFERENCE
IN ATLANTA, GEORGIA
Last updated October 12, 2011
Techniques of genetic and evolutionary computation are being increasingly applied to difficult real-world problems—often yielding results that are not merely academically interesting, but competitive with the work done by creative and inventive humans.
Entries are now being solicited for awards totaling $10,000 for the 2008
awards for human-competitive results that have been produced by any form of
genetic and evolutionary computation (including, but not limited to genetic
algorithms, genetic programming, evolution strategies, evolutionary
programming, learning cla
An automatically created result is considered “human-competitive” if it satisfies at least one of the eight criteria below.
(A) The result was patented as an invention in the past, is an improvement over a patented invention, or would qualify today as a patentable new invention.
(B) The result is equal to or better than a result that was accepted as a new scientific result at the time when it was published in a peer-reviewed scientific journal.
(C) The result is equal to or better than a result that was placed into a database or archive of results maintained by an internationally recognized panel of scientific experts.
(D) The result is publishable in its own right as a new scientific result ¾ independent of the fact that the result was mechanically created.
The result is equal to or better than the most recent human-created solution to
a long-standing problem for which there has been a succe
(F) The result is equal to or better than a result that was considered an achievement in its field at the time it was first discovered.
(G) The result solves a problem of indisputable difficulty in its field.
(H) The result holds its own or wins a regulated competition involving human contestants (in the form of either live human players or human-written computer programs).
Contestants should note that a pervasive thread in most of the above eight
criteria is the notion that the result satisfy an “arms length” standard—not a
yardstick based on the opinion of the author, the author’s own institution (educational or
corporate), or the author’s close a
Presentations of entries will be made at the Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO-2008). The awards and prizes will be announced and presented during the GECCO conference. The judging committee is in formation, but will include
• John Koza
• Riccardo Poli
• Wolfgang Banzhaf
Cash prizes of $5,000 (gold), $3,000 (silver), and bronze (either one prize
of $2,000 or two prizes of $1,000) will be awarded for the best entries that
satisfy the criteria for human-competitivene
The deadline for 2008 entries is Monday May 26, 2008.
All entries are to be sent electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org.
An entry must consist of one TEXT file and one or more PDF files.
The TEXT file must contain the following nine items. Please be very careful to include ALL required information. Contestants are alerted to the fact that items 6 and 9 are especially important and will be the main basis by which entries will be judged.
(1) the complete title of one (or more) paper(s) published in the open literature describing the work that the author claims describes a human-competitive result,
(2) the name, complete
physical mailing addre
(3) the name of the co
(4) the abstract of the paper(s),
(5) a list containing one or
more of the eight letters (A, B, C, D, E, F, G, or H) that co
(6) a statement stating why the result satisfies the criteria that the contestant claims,
(7) a full citation of the paper (that is, author names; publication date; name of journal, conference, technical report, thesis, book, or book chapter; name of editors, if applicable, of the journal or edited book; publisher name; publisher city; page numbers, if applicable);
(8) a statement either that “any prize money, if any, is to be divided equally among the co-authors” OR a specific percentage breakdown as to how the prize money, if any, is to be divided among the co-authors; and
(9) a statement stating why
the judges should consider the entry as “best” in comp
The PDF file(s) are to contain the paper(s). The prefe
The judging committee will review all
entries and identify a short list approximately 8–10 finalists for presentation at the 2008 Genetic and Evolutionary
Computation (GECCO-2008) conference to be held in Atlanta, Georgia USA
on July 12-16, 2008 (Saturday–Wednesday). Finalists will be notified by Monday June 23, 2008 by an e-mail to
the corresponding author. Finalists must then
At the GECCO conference, there will be 12-minute oral presentations by the
finalists to the judging committee. The presentations will be open to all
conference attendees at a special se
The presenting author for each entry must register for the GECCO conference.
After the oral presentations, the award committee will meet and consider the
presentations. The awards are will announced at the Wednesday July 16, 2008, morning plenary se
Authors generally enter their own work; however, a person may
No prize may be awarded to anyone closely a
May 26, 2008 (Monday) — Entries (consisting of one TEXT file and one or more PDF files) are due by e-mail.
June 23, 2008 (Monday) — Finalists will be notified by e-mail
July 9, 2008 (Wednesday) — Finalists must submit their presentation to (e.g., PowerPoint, PDF) for posting on competition web site.
July 12, 2008 (Monday) — Date for presentations before judging committee at public session at GECCO conference in London
July 14, 2008 (Wednesday) — Announcement of awards at morning plenary session of GECCO conference in London.
· For information about the annual Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO) operated by the Association for Computing Special Interest Group on Genetic and Evolutionary Computation (SIGEVO)
· For information about the annual Human-Competitive Awards (the “humies”) in genetic and evolutionary computation offered at the annual Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO)
· The home page of Genetic Programming Inc. at www.genetic-programming.com.
· The home page of John R. Koza (including online versions of most published papers)
· For information about John Koza’s course on genetic algorithms and genetic programming at Stanford University
· Information about the 1992 book Genetic Programming: On the Programming of Computers by Means of Natural Selection, the 1994 book Genetic Programming II: Automatic Discovery of Reusable Programs, the 1999 book Genetic Programming III: Darwinian Invention and Problem Solving, and the 2003 book Genetic Programming IV: Routine Human-Competitive Machine Intelligence. Click here to read chapter 1 of Genetic Programming IV book in PDF format.
· 5,000+ published papers on genetic programming in a searchable bibliography (with many on-line versions of papers) by over 880 authors maintained by William Langdon’s and Steven M. Gustafson.
· For information on the Genetic Programming and Evolvable Machines journal
· For information on the Genetic Programming book series, see the Call For Book Proposals