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ECTA is sponsored by INSTICC – Institute for Systems and Technologies of Information, Control and Communication


Considered a subfield of computational intelligence focused on combinatorial optimisation problems, evolutionary computation is associated with systems that use computational models of evolutionary processes as the key elements in design and implementation, i.e. computational techniques which are based to some degree on the evolution of biological life in the natural world. A number of evolutionary computational models have been proposed, including evolutionary algorithms, genetic algorithms, the evolution strategy, evolutionary programming and swarm intelligence. These techniques form the basis of several disciplines such as artificial life and evolutionary robotics.
This conference intends to be a major forum for scientists, engineers and practitioners interested in the study, analysis, design, modeling and implementation of evolvable systems, both theoretically and in a broad range of application fields. ECTA welcomes both theoretical research and practical applications.
The conference also aims to foster hybrid approaches within evolutionary computation and also involving fuzzy computation and neural computation.


  • Memetic Algorithms
  • Evolutionary Search and Meta-Heuristics
  • Representation Techniques
  • Co-Evolution and Collective Behavior
  • Genetic Algorithms
  • Evolutionary Multi-Objective Optimization
  • Swarm/Collective Intelligence
  • Ant Colony Optimization
  • Evolutionary Learning Systems
  • Evolvable Computing
  • Evolvable/Adaptive Hardware and Systems
  • Applications: Games and Entertainment Technologies, Evolutionary Robotics, Evolutionary Art and Design, Industrial and Real World Applications, Computational Economics and Finance
  • Hyperheuristics
  • Bio-inspired Metaheuristics
  • Artificial Life
  • Genetic Programming
  • Hybrid Neuro/Genetic, Fuzzy/Genetic Systems


Erdal KayacanAarhus University, Denmark
Sanaz MostaghimOtto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg, Germany
Kalyanmoy DebMichigan State University, United States
M. VerleysenMachine Learning Group, Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium


Authors should submit a paper in English, carefully checked for correct grammar and spelling, addressing one or several of the conference areas or topics. Each paper should clearly indicate the nature of its technical/scientific contribution, and the problems, domains or environments to which it is applicable. To facilitate the double-blind paper evaluation method, authors are kindly requested to produce and provide the paper WITHOUT any reference to any of the authors, including the authors’ personal details, the acknowledgments section of the paper and any other reference that may disclose the authors’ identity.

Only original papers should be submitted. Authors are advised to read INSTICC's ethical norms regarding plagiarism and self-plagiarism thoroughly before submitting and must make sure that their submissions do not substantially overlap work which has been published elsewhere or simultaneously submitted to a journal or another conference with proceedings. Papers that contain any form of plagiarism will be rejected without reviews.

Authors can submit their work in the form of a Regular Paper, representing completed and validated research, or as a Position Paper, portraying a short report of work in progress or an arguable opinion about an issue discussing ideas, facts, situations, methods, procedures or results of scientific research focused on one of the conference topic areas. All papers must be submitted through the online submission platform PRIMORIS and should follow the instructions and templates that can be found under Guidelines and Templates. After the paper submission has been successfully completed, authors will receive an automatic confirmation e-mail.


All accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings, under an ISBN reference, on paper and on digital support.
SCITEPRESS is a member of CrossRef (http://www.crossref.org/) and every paper on our digital library is given a DOI (Digital Object Identifier).
All papers presented at the conference venue will be available at the SCITEPRESS Digital Library (consult SCITEPRESS Ethics of Publication)
A short list of presented papers will be selected so that  revised and extended versions of these papers will be  published by Springer in a SCI Series book (final approval pending)
The proceedings will be submitted for indexation by SCOPUS, Google Scholar, The DBLP Computer Science Bibliography, Semantic Scholar, Microsoft Academic, Engineering Index (EI) and Conference Proceedings Citation Index.


Conference Date: 2 - 4 November, 2020

Paper Submission: June 8, 2020 (extended) (extended)
Authors Notification:
July 17, 2020
Camera Ready and Registration:
July 31, 2020

Paper Submission: July 24, 2020
Authors Notification:
September 2, 2020
Camera Ready and Registration:
September 16, 2020

Workshop Proposal: June 9, 2020

Doctoral Consortium
Paper Submission: September 8, 2020
Authors Notification: September 22, 2020
Camera Ready and Registration: September 30, 2020

Special Sessions
Special Session Proposal: June 9, 2020

Tutorial Proposal: September 22, 2020

Demo Proposal: September 22, 2020

Panel Proposal: September 22, 2020


ECTA Secretariat
Address: Avenida de S. Francisco Xavier, Lote 7 Cv. C
             2900-616 Setúbal - Portugal
Tel.: +351 265 520 184
Fax: +351 265 520 186
e-mail: ecta.secretariat@insticc.org
Web: http://www.ecta.ijcci.org


Available soon.


Kurosh MadaniUniversity of Paris-EST Créteil (UPEC), France
Kevin Warwick (honorary)University of Reading and Coventry University, United Kingdom


Juan Julian MereloUniversity of Granada, Spain


Ajith Abraham, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
Matthew Addicoat, Nottingham Trent University, United Kingdom
Hernán Aguirre, Shinshu University, Japan
Adel Alimi, University of Sfax, Tunisia
Richard Allmendinger, University of Manchester, United Kingdom
Anca Andreica, Babes-Bolyai University, Romania
Sabri Arik, Istanbul University-Cerrahpasa, Turkey
María Arsuaga-Ríos, CERN, Switzerland
Matthieu Basseur, University of Angers, France
Adrian Bekasiewicz, Gdansk University Technology, Poland
Peter Bentley, University College London, United Kingdom
János Botzheim, Budapest University of Technology, Hungary
Alexander Brownlee, University of Stirling, United Kingdom
William R. Buckley, California Evolution Institute, United States
Stefano Cagnoni, Universita' Degli Studi Di Parma, Italy
Fabio Caraffini, De Montfort University, United Kingdom
Miguel Cardenas, Center Energy Environmental Technological Research, Spain
Pedro Castillo, University of Granada, Spain
Paolo Cazzaniga, University of Bergamo, Italy
Francisco Chicano, University of Málaga, Spain
Antonio Cioppa, University of Salerno, Italy
Mario Cococcioni, University of Pisa, Italy
J. Manuel Colmenar, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Spain
Vincenzo Conti, Kore University of Enna, Italy
Grégoire Danoy, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Abraham Duarte, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Spain
Marc Ebner, Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-Universität Greifswald, Germany
Khaled El-Naggar, College Technological Studies, Kuwait
Anna Esparcia-Alcázar, Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain
Andres Faina, IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Wei FANG, Jiangnan University, China
Hossam Faris, University of Jordan, Jordan
Paola Festa, University of Napoli, Italy
Steffen Finck, Vorarlberg University Applied Sciences, Austria
David Fogel, Natural Selection, Inc., United States
Gianluigi Folino, ICAR-CNR, Italy
José Fonseca, UNINOVA, Portugal
Francesco Fontanella, Università di Cassino e del Lazio Meridionale, Italy
James Foster, University of Idaho, United States
Mario Giacobini, University of Torino, Italy
Adrien Goeffon, University of Angers, France
Tao Gong, Education Testing Service, United States
Wenyin Gong, China University Geosciences, China
Francesco Grimaccia, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Pauline Haddow, The Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
Lutz Hamel, University of Rhode Island, United States
Oussama Hamid, University of Nottingham
Jeffrey Horn, Northern Michigan University, United States
Gareth Howells, University of Kent, United Kingdom
Giovanni Iacca, University of Trento, Italy
Turker Ince, Izmir University Economics, Turkey
Hisao Ishibuchi, Southern University of Science and Technology, China
Md. Monirul Islam, Bangladesh University Engineering Technology, Bangladesh
Cezary Janikow, University Missouri Saint Louis, United States
Juan Luis Jimenez Laredo, University of Le Havre, France
Juan Luis Jiménez-Laredo, Université Le Havre Normandie, France
Nicolas Jozefowiez, University of Lorraine, France
Iwona Karcz-Duleba, Wroclaw University of Science and Technology, Poland
Khairul Kasmiran, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Malaysia
Carlos Kavka,
Ahmed Kheiri, Lancaster University, United Kingdom
Chih-Chin Lai, National University Kaohsiung, Taiwan, Republic of China
Ricardo Landa, CINVESTAV-IPN, Mexico
Odile Lecompte, University of Strasbourg, France
Nuno Leite, Instituto Superior de Engenharia de Lisboa, Portugal
Rhyd Lewis, Cardiff University, United Kingdom
Miqing Li, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom
Diego Liébana, Queen Mary University of London, United Kingdom
Lin Lin, Dalian University of Technology, China
Wen-Yang Lin, National University of Kaohsiung, Taiwan, Republic of China
Wenjian Luo, University of Science and Technology of China, China
Penousal Machado, University of Coimbra, Portugal
Ana Madureira, ISEP/IPP, Portugal
Neel Mani, Amity University, India
Timo Mantere, University Vaasa, Finland
Viviana Mariani, Pontifical Catholic University of Parana, Brazil
Satoshi Matsuoka, Tokyo Institue of Technology, Japan
Mohamed Arezki Mellal, M'Hamed Bougara University, Algeria
Rui Mendes, University of Minho, Portugal
Pablo Mesejo Santiago, Universidad de Granada, Spain
Julian Miller, University of York, United Kingdom
Mustafa Misir, Istinye University, Turkey
Nenad Mladenovic, Mathematical Institute Serbian Academy Sciences Arts, Serbia
Soumya D. Mohanty, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, United States
Jean-Marc Montanier, Faurecia, France
Rafael Nogueras, Universidad de Málaga, Spain
Nasimul Noman, University of Newcastle, Australia, Australia
Luis Nunes, Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (ISCTE-IUL) and Instituto de Telecomunicações (IT), Portugal
Gustavo Olague, Cicese, Mexico
Ben Paechter, Edinburgh Napier University, United Kingdom
Gary Parker, Connecticut College, United States
Mario Pavone, University of Catania, Italy
Paola Pellegrini, French institute of science and technology for transport, France
David A. Pelta, University of Granada, Spain
Clara Pizzuti, National Research Council (CNR), Italy
Clara Pizzuti, National Research Council of Italy - CNR, Italy
Daniel Porumbel, Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers, Paris (CNAM), France
Günther Raidl, TU Wien, Austria
Marcus Randall, Bond University, Australia
José Ribeiro, Instituto Politécnico de Leiria, Portugal
Eduardo Rodriguez-Tello, Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico
Conor Ryan, University of Limerick, Ireland
Mohammed Salem, University of Mustapha Stambouli Mascara, Algeria
José Santos, University of A Coruña, Spain
Frédéric Saubion, University of Angers, France
Thomas Schmickl, Karl Franzens University Graz, Austria
Sevil Sen, Hacettepe University, Turkey
Patrick Siarry, University Paris 12 (LiSSi), France
Paolo Sibani, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark
Riyaz Sikora, University Texas Arlington, United States
Moshe Sipper, Ben-Gurion University, Israel
Andrzej Skowron, Institute of Mathematics UW, Poland
Dominik Sobania, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany
Tatiana Tambouratzis, University of Piraeus, Greece
Wallace Tang, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Sara Tari, University of Lille, France
Krzysztof Trojanowski, Uniwersytet Kardynała Stefana Wyszyńskiego, Poland
Tan Tse Guan, Universiti Malaysia Kelantan, Malaysia
Neil Urquhart, Edinburgh Napier University, United Kingdom
Rafael Villanueva, Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Spain
Yifei Wang, Georgia Institute of Technology, United States
Hui Wang, Nanchang Institute of Technology, China
Takeshi Yamada, NTT, Japan
Shengxiang Yang, De Montfort University, United Kingdom
Amelia Zafra, University Córdoba, Spain
Christine Zarges, Aberystwyth University, United Kingdom