Call for Competitions


The call for competitions is now officially closed. On the Competitions page in the content menu of this webpage, a list of accepted competitions can be found with individual deadlines for submissions.

General Information

The Competition Chairs of GECCO 2018 invites domain experts to submit proposals for organizing a competition at GECCO 2018. The deadline for this, which is NON-EXTENSIBLE, is as follows:

  • Proposals for competitions: November 7, 2017

Competitions demonstrate how Evolutionary Computation and related techniques can be utilized in challenging practical, real-world and gaming settings. They also enable fair comparisons between algorithms and (for recurrent competitions) provide the possibility to follow the development of approaches over time.

Competition Proposal Submission Instruction

Each competition proposal should include:

  1. A half-page abstract (plain text) that includes: competition title, the name and affiliation of the organizer(s), and a description of the competition. If the competition has been held before, then also provide the web address of last edition and what you will change, in case you plan any changes.
  2. In addition, you can voluntarily provide your thoughts on the following items:
    • sourcing of prizes
    • judging process
    • think about newcomers: can you provide tutorials (incl. videos) to make the entrance easier?
    • think about the eventual sharing of submitted algorithms and their descriptions

We are currently exploring the possibility of offering the publication of algorithm descriptions as 2-page contributions to the GECCO Companion.

Competition proposals should be submitted by e-mail to the GECCO 2018 Competitions Chair:

Markus Wagner
University of Adelaide, Australia
Email: markus.wagner (at)

Review Process

Competition proposals will be reviewed by the Competitions Chair and other members of the GECCO 2018 organizing committee. Final decisions will be made based on GECCO attendees' and competitors' likely interest, the breadth and depth of the topic(s), and the expertise and credentials of the organizer(s).

The outcome of the review process is scheduled to be announced on December 5, 2017.