ACDM 2000 Conference

Pat Trundle (
Wed, 19 May 1999 08:27:52 +0200 (MET DST)

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Fourth International Conference on

APRIL 26th - 28th, 2000

' The Integration of Evolutionary and Adaptive Computing
Technologies with Product / System Design, Manufacture and Control'



Conference Chair: I. C. PARMEE

Keynote Speakers:

ACDM Lecture:

Supporting Organisations:
Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), UK; Institution of Mechanical
Engineers (IMechE), UK; Institute of Engineering Designers (IED), UK;
British Computer Society (BCS); Society for the study of Artificial
Intelligence and Simulation of Behaviour (AISB), UK; European Network
of Excellence in Evolutionary Computation (EVONET); CASE Centre for
Manufacturing, Michigan State University; Key Centre for Design,
University of Sydney; EPSRC Engineering Network in Adaptive Computing
in Design and Manufacture (ACDMnet).

Scientific Committee:
T. Beck, ICD, Germany
C. Coello Coello, LANIA, Mexico
K. Deb, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur
K. De Jong, George Mason Uni, USA
M. Denham, University of Plymouth, UK
T. Fogarty, Napier University, UK
D. Fogel, Natural Selection Inc., USA
M. Gen, Ashikaga Inst. of Technology, Japan
J. Gero, University of Sydney, Australia
E. Goodman, Michigan State University. USA.
D. Grierson, University of Waterloo, Canada
P. Hajela, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA
C. Harris, University of Southampton, UK
C. Hillermeier, Siemens Research, Germany
C. Hughes, Logica, UK
P. Husbands, University of Sussex, UK
A. Keane, University of Southampton, UK
M. L. Maher, University of Sydney Australia
C. Moore, Cardiff University, UK
J. Morris, University of Newcastle, UK
I. Parmee, University of Plymouth, UK
S. Patel, Unilever Research, UK
C. Poloni, University of Trieste, Italy
W. Punch, Michigan State University. USA
M. Schoenauer, Ecole Polytechnique, Paris
H-P Schwefel, Uni. of Dortmund, Germany
E. Semenkin, Siberian Aerospace Academy
P. Sen, University of Newcastle, UK
G. Smith, University of East Anglia, UK
J. Taylor, Kings College, London, UK
G. Thierauf, University of Essen, Germany

Conference Details:

This fourth PEDC evolutionary / adaptive computing
conference will be held in Plymouth, UK from April 26th-28th, 2000.
As before, the intention is to explore the integration of
evolutionary / adaptive search (AS) and associated Computational
Intelligence (CI) technologies (e.g. neural computing, intelligent
agent systems, fuzzy logic etc) across a wide spectrum of design and
manufacturing activities. A major objective is the identification of
fundamental problem areas that can be generically supported by
appropriate evolutionary and adaptive computing strategies. Areas of
specific interest include but are not restricted to:

a) the development and integration of appropriate evolutionary and
adaptive computing strategies that offer best benefit re the
differing requirements of conceptual, embodiment and detailed design.

b) novel application of appropriate evolutionary / adaptive computing
strategies to or integration with complex manufacturing systems e.g.
control, planning and scheduling, facility layout, robotics, etc

c) the development of co-operative frameworks supporting the
utilisation of appropriate combinations of evolutionary / adaptive
search and other CI technologies within a design / manufacturing

d) the application of novel adaptive computing techniques
and strategies that address specific design / analysis problems of
high complexity.

e) human-centred aspects i.e. how can the new
technologies best interact with current design practice or
alternatively, how can changes in design team practice be introduced
to achieve best benefit from the integration of search, exploration
and optimisati capabilities of the new technologies?

f) multi-disciplinary / multi-objective engineering decision-making
relating both to design and manufacture

g) reducing computational expense re population-based search during
detailed design and analysis

h) best practice re integration with high-performance computing,
parallel architectures etc v evolutionary and adaptive technologies
for innovative and creative design

i) development and integration of aesthetic fitness measures

j) fitness models for uncertain and poorly-defined environments

k) evolving design environments

l) agent-assisted evolutionary processes

m) integration of evolutionary design with undergraduate /
post-graduate teaching and industrial training requirements

Applied, theoretical, results-oriented and speculative papers from
both academia and industry will all be considered for inclusion. The
objective is to assess the current state-of-the-art and to
investigate a way forward that ensures rapid industrial take up of
the currently available technologies whilst identifying appropriate
areas warranting more fundamental research on a longer term basis or
medium term applied research and development. Application papers must
exhibit novel aspects relating to evolutionary / adaptive system
design and implementation.

The conference retains its format of single stream presentation and
extended poster sessions. The ACDM lecture, established in
1998, will again take place. This 1.5 hour lecture will address in
detail some will address in detail some particular aspect of
evolutionary / adaptive computing highly relevant to design and
manufacture. Following the success of recent ACDM-net / EVODES
workshops and their demonstrator / poster presentations format
similar opportunities to demonstrate both experimental and commercial
evolutionary and adaptive design / manufacture software will be
available. Anyone wishing to demonstrate such software should submit
a two-page (A4) description by September 15th stating whether this
software is currently commercially available or largely

The conference format is well suited to a highly
interactive meeting where fundamental problems relating to
appropriate research and development of these technologies within the
design and manufacture domain can be addressed, discussed and

The conference venue will be the Sherwell Conference
Centre, University of Plymouth, Devon, UK. This Centre, situated in
the heart of Plymouth, is a distinctive building converted from a
traditional English church and offering full presentation
capabilities within an interesting and striking environment (visit plymouth/). The venue is close to rail
and road links joining Plymouth to the National rail and road
network. Plymouth is a city of 250,000 people and has a long history
of associations with the sea, having a Naval dockyard and fishing
harbour. Situated at the mouth of the River Tamar on the border
between Devon and Cornwall the City has a magnificent natural
setting beneath the wild uplands of Dartmoor beside the tidal
waters of Plymouth Sound (visit

Submission of papers:

Papers must be original and related to the overall subject area of
the Conference. Initial submissions should be no longer than eight
pages at 10pt Times New Roman typeface. Margins of 15mm
should be maintained all round but overall format is flexible in the
first instance. Five copies of each paper should be sent to the
Conference Administrator by 15th September 1999. Accepted papers
will receive a layout guide for the preparation of final camera-ready
papers. Electronic submission of MSWORD 7 or Postscipt papers is
encouraged. The Scientific Committee will review all papers and those
selected for full presentation will again be published in book form
by Springer-Verlag. Those selected for the poster session
presentations will be included in the ACDM poster proceedings.

Important dates:
15th September, '99 Submission of paper for review
15th November, '99 Notification of acceptance
15th January, 2000 Camera-ready copy required

Further details will be available at:

Or contact:
Mrs P. Trundley
Conference Administrator
Plymouth Engineering Design Centre
University of Plymouth,
Devon, UK.

I. C. Parmee
Plymouth Engineering Design Centre

Reader in Evolutionary/ Adaptive Computing in Design and Manufacture
School of Computing

University of Plymouth
Drakes Circus
Plymouth PL4 8AA
Devon, UK
'Phone 01752 233509
'Fax 01752 233529

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