CFP: Special Session on OEDA of SEAL 2006 PDF Print E-mail

Special Session on
Optimization by Estimation of Distribution Algorithms

The Sixth International Conference on Simulated Evolution and Learning

15-18 October 2006
Hefei, China

Deadline Extended to:
April 30, 2006 12 May 2006

Scope and Theme of Special Session OEDA
Recently, there has been a growing interest in evolutionary algorithms that guide the exploration of the search space by building and using probabilistic models of promising solutions. The way to make variation operators more powerful and flexible is to replace traditional variation of Genetic and evolutionary computation by the following two steps: 1. Build a probabilistic model of the selected promising solutions, and 2. sample the built model to generate a new population of candidate solutions. Algorithms based on this principle are called estimation of distribution algorithms (EDAs), but are also known as probabilistic model-building genetic algorithms (PMBGAs) and as iterated density{estimation evolutionary algorithms (IDEAs). These algorithms introduce a new paradigm of evolutionary computation without using conventional evolutionary operators such as crossover and mutation. EDAs have shown to resolve a number of problems the conventional GAs experience great difficulties with and solve a number of difficult problems quickly, accurately, and reliably. The proposed methods are increasingly used to solve various problem of practical and theoretical importance. Theory was designed to understand the dynamics of the algorithms as well as their limits.
The purpose of the special session is to present and discuss general issues of research in this area, including (but not limited to):
  • recent advances in EDAs
  • new theoretical and empirical results in the area
  • application of EDAs to real-world problems
  • hybrid intelligent techniques related EDAs and their use in optimization
  • promising directions of future research

The special session of “optimization by estimation of distribution algorithms (OEDA)” aims to push onward the state-of-the-art in EDAs both theoretical as well as empirical by

  • providing an opportunity for researchers to present their latest work and
  • organizing a panel discussion on the most important aspects regarding EDAs.

Paper Submission

All papers will be subject to a peer review process by at least three reviewers. All papers must follow the same requirements for the paper format of the conference that can be found at the website: After the final decision is made, authors will receive a notification letter accompanied with the reports of the reviewers. All accepted papers will appear in the conference proceedings of SEAL'2006 and at least one of the authors must register and attend to present his/her paper at SEAL'2006.

Please Note: all papers for this special session should be submitted to Mr. Zhou Shude via email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Important Dates

Paper submission   :  April 30, 2006 12 May 2006
Paper Acceptance  :  June 19, 2006
Final Papers           :  July 14, 2006
Conference            :  October 15-18, 2006



All accepted papers which are registered and presented in the special sessions will be included in the conference proceedings, published by Springer in their Lecture Notes in Computer Science series. More details about paper publication can refer to



    Zhou Shude      Email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  
    Sun Zengqi       Email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
   Address:  State Key Lab of Intelligent Technology and Systems, Department of Computer Science and Technology, Tsinghua University, Beijing, 100084, China.

Technology Committee:

    Martin Pelikan  (University of Missouri-St. Louis, USA)
    Zhang Qingfu  (University of Essex, UK)
    Marcus Gallagher (University of Queensland, Australia)
    Ying-ping Chen  (National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan)
    Luo Xiong  (Tsinghua University, China)
    Siddhartha Shakya (Robert Gordon University, UK)
    Bo Yuan  (University of Queensland, Australia)
    Cai Yunpeng  (Tsinghua University, China)
    Hisashi Handa  (Okayama University, Japan)
    Jose M. Peña
  (Linköping University, Sweden)
    Josef Schwarz   (Brno University of Technology, Czech Republic)
    Jose A. Lozano (University of the Basque Country, Spain)

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