[hpc-announce] Call for Hot Off the Press - GECCO 2020

Gregorio Toscano gtoscano at gmail.com
Mon Mar 2 23:24:56 CST 2020

Hot Off the Press (HOP) track to be held as part of the
2020 Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO 2020)
8-12 July, 2020, Cancun, Mexico.    http://gecco-2020.sigevo.org/

Important Dates

Submission deadline:   ** April  3, 2020 **
Notification:          ** April 17, 2020 **
Camera-Ready:          ** April 24, 2020 **


The Hot Off the Press (HOP) track offers authors of recent papers the
opportunity to present their work to the GECCO community, both by giving
a talk on one of the three main days of the conference and by having a
2-page abstract appear in the Proceedings Companion, in which the
workshop papers, late-breaking abstracts, and tutorials also appear. We
invite researchers to submit summaries of their own work recently
published in top-tier conferences and journals. Contributions are
selected based on their scientific quality and their relevance to the
GECCO community. Typical contributions include (but are not limited to)
evolutionary computation papers that have appeared at venues different
from GECCO, papers comparing different heuristics and optimization
methods that have appeared at a general heuristics or optimization
venue, papers describing applications of evolutionary methods that have
appeared at venues of this application domain, or papers describing
methods with relevance to the GECCO community that have appeared at a
venue centered around this method's domain. In any case, it is the
authors' responsibility to make clear why this work is relevant for the
GECCO community, and to present the results in a language accessible to
the GECCO community.

Acceptance Criteria

* The HOP paper must be of significant interest to the GECCO community.
* The HOP paper must have appeared in a well-respected journal
or conference proceeding. For journal publications, it suffices that the
paper is finally accepted and available on the publisher's web page.
* The HOP paper must not have been published in its final form
earlier than 2019.
* The core content of the paper must not have been presented at a
GECCO conference before.


Submitters to the HOP track have the choice between only giving a talk
at the conference or giving both a talk and having their abstract appear
in the GECCO Proceedings Companion. The track is equally happy with both
formats. Acceptance/rejection of the submission will only be based on
the acceptance criteria described above, not on the submission type.


A submission that aims at becoming a 2-page paper in the GECCO
Proceedings Companion must follow relatively strict rules. It must
consist of the 2-page paper that shall appear in the proceedings and a
compulsory appendix with additional details. The paper part should give
a concise description of the main results of the work in a language
understood by the GECCO community. Where not obvious from the result,
the particular interest to the GECCO audience must be clearly explained.
The abstract of the 2-page paper must clearly indicate the original
paper it is based on. This part of the paper, at the moment of
submission, must be in the form the authors propose for its appearance
in the Proceedings Companion. The compulsory appendix (which will be
used for reviewing purposes alone) may contain any additional
information the authors want to provide to the reviewers. It must
contain a complete description regarding the way the results may have
been presented at previous GECCO conferences. It must also contain a
direct link to the original paper in PDF format. If the original paper
appeared at a venue the reviewers might be unfamiliar with, then an
explanation of its reputation is desirable. Any other arguments in
favor of the paper should be provided as well. The appendix should be
brief. Apart from these rules, the same formatting rules apply as for
the late-breaking abstracts.


If authors of an original paper prefer to only present their result at
GECCO without a 2-page paper appearing in the Proceedings Companion,
then their submission does not need to follow the above rules. However,
this type of submission still requires (i) a short summary of the
results accessible to reviewers with a typical GECCO background, (ii) an
indication of why the results are particularly interesting for the GECCO
audience, (iii) a declaration regarding the extent to which they have
been presented at previous GECCOs, (iv) and a link to the paper.

Link to the submission site:


(select category "Hot Off the Press" in the submission form)

The submission deadline is Friday, April 3rd, 2020, 23:59 (Anywhere on
Earth), and the notification of acceptance is Friday, April 17, 2020.


Submitters of a 2-page paper have to ensure that there is no copyright
conflict with the original submission. We do not expect significant
problems here. Firstly, a HOP paper is an excellent advertisement for
the original paper, so it is clearly not in the interest of a publisher
to make HOP submissions difficult. Secondly, a good HOP submission, to
optimally address the GECCO audience with 2 pages only, in almost all
cases will contain a significant amount of new text. Nevertheless, it
remains the authors' duty to take care of the copyright situation. This
includes the reproduction of original artwork, for which a consent of
the original publisher might be required. Authors retain the copyright
of the HOP abstract, so there is no problem from the ACM or GECCO side.

Accepted Papers and Presentations

At least one author of an accepted presentation or paper is required to
register for the conference (April 24, 2020) and present the results at
the conference.

More Information

For more information, contact the Hot Off the Press Chair, Heike Trautmann
<trautmann at wi.uni-muenster.de>

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