GreenGEC 2012 Workshop

Green and Efficient Energy Applications

of Genetic and Evolutionary Computation


Alexandru-Adrian TANTAR, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Emilia TANTAR, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg 
Peter Bosman, Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica, Netherlands 

to be held as part of the

Sponsored by ACM SIGEVO

July 7-11 (Saturday-Wednesday), 2012
Philadelphia, USA

PAPER SUBMISSION DEADLINE: March 28 March 31, 2012

University of Luxembourg

Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica
North Dakota State University

Global increases in living standards, diminishing natural resources and environmental concerns place energy amongst the most important global issues today. On the consumer side, there is an increasing need for more efficient, smart, uses of energy, be it in large-scale computing systems and data warehouses, in homes or in office buildings. On the producer side, there is a push toward the use of sustainable, green, energy sources, which often come in the form of less reliable sources such as wind energy. In addition,  future energy systems are often envisioned to be "smart", consisting of massive amounts of small generators, such as solar panels, located at consumers, effectively turning consumers into potential producers whenever they have a surplus of energy. The management, control and planning of, and efficient use of energy in (future) energy systems brings about many important challenges.

Energy systems are not only real-world systems, they are also one of the most important foundations of the modern world. Especially with the upcoming required changes to make more efficient use of energy and to shift towards a global use of sustainable, green energy sources, there are many challenges in mathematics and computer science. Real-world challenges, such as those arising in (future) energy systems, are typically highly complex because of the many aspects to be considered that are often disregarded in theoretical research such as dynamic changes, uncertainty and multiple objectives. In many situations therefore, problem-specific algorithms are infeasible or impractical. Instead, flexible and powerful approaches such as evolutionary algorithms (EAs) can often provide viable solutions. Typical real-world challenges that are addressed by EAs are of the optimization type. This covers the use of EAs to optimize issues ranging from energy consumption (e.g. scheduling, memory/storage management, communication protocols, smart sensors, etc.) to the planning and design of energy systems at many levels, ranging from small printed circuit boards to entire transmission networks.

The aim of this workshop is to bring together researchers interested in addressing challenging issues related to the use of evolutionary computation for applications in (future) energy systems. The workshop is a follow up of the GreenIT Evolutionary Computation workshop held at GECCO 2011.

The workshop covers all energy-related applications of evolutionary computation, including but not limited to:

- planning of (future) (smart) energy systems
- network design optimization
- management and control of (future) (smart) energy systems
- stability of smart energy systems
- dynamic demand and supply matching in smart energy systems
- smart homes, buildings, offices, streets, ...
- energy-efficient optimization and its applications
- energy-efficient scheduling algorithms
- optimization of energy-efficient protocols
- modeling-representations, simulation and validation for energy consumption optimization problems
- large scale and high-dimensional energy-efficient optimization
- energy-aware smart grids
- thermal optimization in cloud computing/data centers
- online dynamic optimization for energy efficient systems
- energy optimization in uncertain environments
- learning and anticipation
- robustness and performance guarantees
- real-world energy efficient optimization problems
- management and profiling tools for energy efficient systems

Both theoretical papers and papers describing practical experiences are welcome.

We invite submissions up to 8 pages in ACM format. The talks should present recent research ideas, identify new challenging problems or show obtained results. Both theoretical papers and papers describing practical experiences will be welcome. Accepted papers will be published in a separate workshop proceedings associated to the GECCO conference which also appears in the ACM Digital Library.


   Alexandru-Adrian Tantar, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg

   Emilia Tantar, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg

   Peter A.N. Bosman, Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI), Netherlands


Workshop chairs

   Pascal Bouvry, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg

   Alexandru-Adrian Tantar, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg

   Emilia Tantar, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg

   Peter A.N. Bosman, Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI), Netherlands

   Samee U. Khan, North Dakota State University, USA

   Bernabé Dorronsoro, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg

   Grégoire Danoy, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg


Important Dates

  • March 28th March 31, 2012 - Papers submission deadline
  • April 9th April 12, 2012 - Decision Notification
  • April 16 April 22, 2012 - Camera-Ready Submissions and Copyright Forms due for Accepted Papers


Submissions should not exceed 8 pages in ACM style. Refer to for format details. All accepted papers will be presented orally at the workshop and included in the workshop proceedings. However, unlike GECCO, we do not require having papers submitted in anonymous format. Papers may be submitted by March 31, 2012 in PostScript or PDF format to


Program Committee (TBC)



Copyright Form and Camera-Ready Papers

As the workshop proceedings will be published by ACM, authors of accepted papers must submit a copyright form assigning copyright to ACM. Authors are responsible for sending their copyright form to the ACM and submitting electronic (PDF) versions of their workshop materials by April 16 April 22, 2012. Camera-ready format and submission instructions will be posted on the conference web site.


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