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Evolutionary Computation TC


This organization is known as the Evolutionary Computation Technical Committee (ECTC) of the Computational Intelligence Society (CIS) of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, Inc. (IEEE).

Purpose and Scope

The purpose of the ECTC is to promote the research, development, and teaching of computational techniques that use non-deterministic methods to adapt their behavior over time. These techniques are inspired by adaptive methods found in nature and solve problems by modeling evolutionary processes. Any such computational technique shall be referred to as an evolutionary computation (EC).

Research in Evolutionary Computation studies phenomena from various fields including biology, psychology and the social sciences. The Evolutionary Computation Technical Committee anticipates that some publications under its auspices may incorporate statements regarding these phenomena. The committee will evaluate all such statements according to rigid and accepted scientific standards.


The ECTC Chair is appointed by the CIS President with the agreement of the CIS EXCOM for a one-year term. The term of service expires at the end of the calendar year for which the ECTC Chair has been appointed. No more than two consecutive full terms are permitted.


The ECTC members are appointed by the CIS President with the agreement of the ECTC Chair for a one-year term. The term of service expires at the end of the calendar year for which they have been appointed.


There is no membership fee. Funding for the committee shall be provided by the CIS in the annual budget request. Once approved by the CIS AdCom, funds will be available to support the ECTC activities. The Chair shall be responsible for the appropriate use of the approved funds with supporting documentation.


The ECTC shall engage in various activities in order to promote EC as a viable technology, including but not limited to the following: recommend candidates to the Awards Committee for the CIS Pioneer Award in the EC area; nominate papers for Outstanding Paper Awards to the Awards Committee from papers published in the Transactions on EC; propose special sessions to the CIS-sponsored conference organizers; participate in paper reviews and selection for CIS-sponsored conferences and publications; promote IEEE Senior Members and Fellows program; collaborate on production of tutorials and book series with the Multimedia Committee; maintain the Committee's website; facilitate local chapters activities and organize specialized workshops or meetings. The ECTC will assist in soliciting conference proposals and actively work with the organizers of CIS-sponsored conferences to ensure their technical excellence.

When requested by the CIS, the ECTC will evaluate and report on the technical merits of conference or symposium proposals submitted to the CIS.


ECTC business will normally be conducted via email, surface mail or telephonically. The ECTC chair will call a physical meeting to be held at the annual Congress on Evolutionary Computation, or as requested by the ECTC members. Sufficient advance notice of the meetings will be given to the members, as well as all other interested parties. The Chair shall prepare an agenda before the meeting, and shall prepare minutes for distribution after the meeting.

Task Forces

The purpose of task forces (TF) is to build an active and healthy infrastructure to promote specific well-focused topical areas within EC to ensure continuing growth and vitality of the CIS. The Chair of each TF is recruited by the Chair of ECTC and serves for one-year term. The TF chair position is renewable.

Anyone in the EC community may propose the formation of a TF. The TF proposal must be submitted in writing to the ECTC chair and shall contain the purpose of the TF, the anticipated interest in the topic area, proposed activities, and an initial membership list. TF membership may include individuals who do not hold membership in the CIS. The TF is established if a majority of the ECTC members vote for approval. TFs shall remain in existence until dissolved by a majority vote of the ECTC members.

Each TF shall submit an annual activity report to the ECTC chair. The report must be submitted not less than 30 days prior to the annual ECTC meeting.

The TF chair must be a CIS member.

Task Forces