Call for Competition Entry


Competition Entry submissions will be open until March 27, 2018. Link to the submission site.
For example, the competition Internet of Things: Online Anomaly Detection for Drinking
Water Quality
invites the submission of 2-page abstracts.

General Information

Two-page abstracts describing the competition entry in the field of genetic and evolutionary computation are solicited for presentation at the Competition Workshop of the 2018 Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO 2018), and for inclusion in the proceedings conference companion, available to all attendees of the conference and in the ACM Digital Library.

Presentation Format

Following the success of the previous years poster format for Late Breaking Abstracts, authors of the accepted competition entry abstract will be asked by the respective competition organisers to prepare a poster summarizing their contributions. Attendees will have the opportunity to interact with authors and enjoy a dynamic forum to share and spread scientific ideas. The details about the poster preparation will be sent to the authors of accepted abstracts.

Selection Process

Two-page abstracts will be briefly examined for relevance and minimum standards of acceptability, but will not be peer reviewed in detail. Authors of accepted two-page abstracts will individually retain copyright (and all other rights) to their two-page abstracts. Accepted two-page abstracts with no author registered by the deadline will not appear in the Competition Entry Abstracts section of the Conference Companion volume.

How to Submit a Competition Entry Abstract

  • Submission site: https://ssl.linklings.net/conferences/gecco
  • Submission deadline: Tuesday, March 27, 2018, 23:59 (Anywhere on Earth)
  • Page limit: 2 pages using ACM template.
  • Author agreement: By submitting a competition entry, the author(s) agree that, if their entry is accepted, they will:
    • Submit a final, revised, camera-ready version to the publisher (deadline to be announced)
    • Register at least one author to attend the conference (date to be announced)
    • Attend the conference (at least one author) and present the competition entry at the conference.

File Preparation Instructions

Templates for Word and LaTeX are available at Papers Submission Instructions page.

The ACM Copyright Notice must appear on the first page of your abstract, on the bottom of the left column of the first page. This statement must appear in 8 pt. Times New Roman, justified text, with GECCO'18 in italics. The ACM templates you use to submit your paper for review contain a sample copyright notice. The exact text of the copyright statement will be provided for accepted authors after abstract acceptance decisions are made.

First Page Sections

Your submission must include all of these ACM first page mandatory sections:

  • Title: Format the title of your abstract so that the first letter of the main words in your title is an uppercase letter. For example: Genetic and Evolutionary Computation for the People.
  • Authors: Include the following information for each author: Name, Affiliation, Address, Email address.
  • Categories and Subject Descriptors: Select the category and descriptors in the ACM Computing Classification Scheme that best describe the content of your abstract. Include the codes and descriptive words on the first page of your abstract.
  • ACM Computing Classification Scheme: https://www.acm.org/publications/class-2012.

Help on how to classify works using the ACM Computing Classification System: https://www.acm.org/binaries/content/assets/publications/article-templates/ccs-howto-v6-12jan2015.pdf

  • Keywords: choose the terms by which you would like your work to be indexed. Include your choice of keywords that describe the content of your submission.

Your submission can also include the following ACM first page section:

  • General Terms: This section is limited to the following 16 terms. Select one of the following general terms that best describes the content of your submission: Algorithms, Management, Measurement, Documentation, Performance, Design, Economics, Reliability, Experimentation, Security, Human Factors, Standardization, Languages, Theory, Legal Aspects, Verification.

Color Images, Figures, Graphs, Tables, Charts

Your color images will appear in color on the proceedings USB key and in the ACM Digital Library. We recommend that:

  • Images be at least 300 or 600 dpi for quality reproduction.
  • Graph, table, and chart rules are at least 0.5 pt and black. Finer lines and point size will not reproduce well, even if you can see them on your laser printed hardcopy.
  • All fonts be embedded or included in figures. If your figure uses custom, or any non-standard font, the characters may appear differently when printed. Be sure to embed or include fonts correctly.
  • If you use images or figures assembled from multiple images, embed the images, and/or flatten or group layers correctly. The images must not be lined.

Final Page Layout

Check the final layout of your paper:

  • Page and Column Breaks: check for paragraph "widows"; that is, the last line of a paragraph is at the top of a page or column. To correct paragraph widows, either tighten the previous column, or force the next-to-the-last sentence to the next page.
  • Section and Sub-section headings should remain with at least 2 lines of body text when near the end of a page or column.

About the Registration Requirement for Authors

GECCO requires at least one author of each accepted paper or abstract (the presenting author) to complete a paid registration by the author registration deadline. GECCO requires at least one author to register to attend the conference, so that someone is at the conference to present the research. If an accepted paper or abstract has more than one author, and more than one of those authors will attend, then each author who attends the conference must pay a registration. Only the presenting author must register by the deadline; the other authors do not have a deadline to register. If an author is the presenting author for more than one accepted paper or abstract, the presenting author pays only one registration.

More Information

For more information, contact the Competitions Chair, Markus Wagner, at markus.wagner at adelaide.edu.au