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2011 IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation
New Orleans, LA, USA
June 5-8, 2011

IEEE CEC’2011 Undergraduate Research Workshop

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The CEC 2001 Undergraduate Research Workshop will provide an opportunity for undergraduate students to present their research in evolutionary computation. Presentations are expected to describe senior-level research projects; however, summer research projects or exceptional course projects may also be appropriate. It is expected that in most cases, projects have been supervised by a faculty mentor.

Structure:

The workshop will be a half-day event, during which approximately eight undergraduate students will present their work to attendees. Expected attendees will include undergraduates, faculty mentors, and other CEC participants interested in undergraduate research. 20-25 attendees are expected. Each student will give a 15-minute talk, followed by questions and discussion; there will be ample time for conversation among attendees during the workshop. Students will also participate in the CEC poster session, allowing a broader cross-section of CEC attendees to interact with the undergraduate researchers.

Goals:

The goals of the Undergraduate Workshop are to:
  1. Provide a forum allowing undergraduate students to put a capstone on their undergraduate research activities, by presenting their work at an international conference.
  2. Allow undergraduate students to meet and interact with each other early in the conference, forming connections to make the conference more approachable for them.
  3. Encourage sharing and networking amongst teaching faculty with students participating in undergraduate research projects in EC
  4. Provide networking opportunities for graduate school faculty and undergraduate students interested in pursuing advanced degrees
  5. Encourage more emphasis on education at the CEC conference

Submissions:

Students are invited to submit 2-4 page abstracts in standard CEC paper format (US Letter size) on their work in order to present at the workshop. These will be linked on the web, but prospective participants should be aware that these will not appear in the CEC proceedings. Submissions are due by April 8, so that attendees can take advantage of the early registration rates for CEC. However, late submissions will be accepted to the extent possible.

Submissions should be sent to the workshop organizer, Clare Bates Congdon, at congdon@usm.maine.edu.

In addition, each paper must be accompanied by an email message from a supervising faculty member verifying that the author(s) performed the research described in the paper while enrolled as undergraduate students during the 2009-10 and/or 2010-11 academic year.

As one point of the workshop is to highlight undergraduate accomplishments, undergraduates are expected to be the named authors, and faculty members or other mentors should be mentioned in the acknowledgements of the paper.

Important Dates

Early submission date: April 8
Early acceptances: April 12
CEC early registration deadline: April 15
Late submission date: May 15
Late acceptances: May 22
Workshop date: June 5

Note that the early registration deadline for CEC is April 15, 2011, so the workshop has an early submission date of April 8 to allow participants to meet the early registration deadline. (Submissions will also be accepted after the April 8th early deadline, on a space-available basis.)