CALL FOR ENTRIES FOR 2009 HUMIES
$10,000 in PRIZES AT
THE 6th ANNUAL (2009) “HUMIES” AWARDS
FOR HUMAN-COMPETITIVE RESULTS
PRODUCED BY GENETIC AND EVOLUTIONARY COMPUTATION
HELD AT THE
GENETIC AND EVOLUTIONARY COMPUTATION CONFERENCE
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. Starting at the Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO) in 2004, cash prizes have been awarded for human-competitive results that had been produced by some form of genetic and evolutionary computation in the previous year.
Entries are being solicited for awards totaling $10,000 for the 2009 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
This prize competition is based on published
results. The publication may be a paper at the GECCO conference (i.e., regular
paper, poster paper, or late-brea
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). The awards and prizes will be announced and presented during the GECCO conference.
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 judging committee is
· Wolfgang Banzhaf
· John R. Koza (did not participate in judging)
· Riccardo Poli
· Darrell Whitley
Monday June 1, 2009 — Entries (consisting of one TEXT file and one or more PDF files) are due by e-mail
Monday June 22, 2009 — Finalists will be notified by e-mail
Wednesday July 1, 2009 — Finalists must submit their presentation to (e.g., PowerPoint, PDF) for posting on competition web site
July 8-12, 2009 — Dates for the 2009 Genetic and Evolutionary Computation (GECCO) conference
Friday July 10, 2009 —
2:00 PM – 3:40 PM —Presentations before judging committee at public se
Sunday July 12, 2009 —
Announcement of awards at morning plenary se
If you plan to
The deadline for 2009 entries is Monday June 1, 2009.
All entries are to be sent electronically to koza at human-competitive dot 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
statement stating why the result satisfies the criteria that the contestant
claims (see examples
of statements of human-competitiveness as
a guide to aid in constructing this part of the submi
(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 GECCO
conference. Finalists will be notified by Monday
June 22, 2009 by an e-mail to the co
At the GECCO conference, there will be short oral presentations by the
finalists to the judging committee. The amount of time available will be announced,
but will in the neighborhood of 8 to 15 minutes. 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. Finalists must submit a presentation in the form of a PowerPoint
file or a PDF file by Wednesday July
1, 2009 by e-mail to koza at human-competitive dot org. These
presentations will be added to the web page for the competition so that the
judging committee (and anyone else interested) may preview the submi
Authors generally enter their own work; however, a person may
No prize may be awarded to anyone closely a
· 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