Call for Competition Entry


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:
  • 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.

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