Memetic Computing (MC) is defined as a paradigm that uses the notion of meme(s) as units of information encoded in computational representations for the purpose of problem-solving. MC first emerged as population-based meta-heuristic algorithms or hybrid global-local search or more commonly now as memetic algorithm (MA), inspired by Darwinian principles of natural selection and Dawkins’ notion of a meme defined as a unit of cultural evolution that is capable of local/individual refinements. The metaphorical parallels to, on the one hand, Darwinian evolution and, on the other hand, between memes and domain specific heuristics are captured within MAs thus rendering a methodology that balances well generality and problem-specificity.

Taking advantage of both biological selection and cultural selection, a plethora of potentially rich MC methodologies, frameworks and operational meme-inspired algorithms have been developed with considerable success in several real-world domains. Yet, there remain many open issues and opportunities that are continually emerging as intriguing challenges for the field. The primary target of this task force is to promote research on Memetic Computing. Further the task force aims at bringing researchers from academia and industry together to explore future directions of research and to publicize the new and emerging concept of memetics in computational intelligence to a wider audience. Specifically, we seek for diverse state-of-the-art concepts, theory, and practice of memetic computation that are close to evolutionary principles.

Chair

Zexuan Zhu, Shenzhen University, China

Vice Chairs

Ferrante Neri, De Montfort University, UK 
Maoguo Gong, Xidian University, China

Founding Chair

Yew-Soon Ong, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Members

Tang Ke, University of Science and Technology of China, China 
Donald C. Wunsch, University of Missouri Rolla, USA 
Ying-ping Chen, National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan 
Meng-Hiot Lim, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore 
Licheng Jiao, Xidian University, China 
Natalio Krasnogor, Newcastle University, UK 
Steven Gustafson, GE Global Research, USA 
Kay Chen Tan, City University of Hong Kong, Hongkong 
Yaochu Jin, University of Surrey, UK 
Chuan-Kang Ting, National Chung Cheng University, Taiwan 
Jim Smith, The University of the West of England, UK 
Ruhul Sarker, The University of New South Wales, Australia
Shaheen Fatima, Loughborough University, UK 
Chi Keong Goh, Advanced Technology Centre, Rolls-Royce Singapore Pte. Ltd, Singapore 
Swagatam Das, Indian Statistical Institute, India
Gary Lee Kee Khoon, Institute of High Performance Computing, A-Star, Singapore 
Yanqing Zhang, Georgia State University, USA 
Pablo Moscato, The University of Newcastle, Australia 
Carlos Cotta, Universidad de Málaga, Spain 
Anna Kononova, Heriot-Watt University, UK 
Ernesto Mininno, Technical University of Bari, Italy
Bo Liu, Academy of Mathematics and Systems Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Liang Feng, Chongqing University, China
Yaqin Hou, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  • Novel concepts of memetic computation and its adaptation into evolutionary framework and algorithms
  • Competitive, collaborative and cooperative agent based memetic computation
  • Cognitive & Brain inspired memetic computation
  • Meme-gene coevolutionary frameworks and multi-inheritance model
  • Formal and Probabilistic Single/Multi-Objective memetic frameworks
  • Analytical/Theoretical advances in memetic framework
  • Memes, memeplexes, meta-memes in computing and high-order evolution
  • Memetic frameworks that mimics individual learning, social learning and imitation
  • Partial or full or meta-Lamarckian/Baldwinian, meta-learning, agent based memetic computation
  • Parallel Memetic framework
  • Evolutionary Multi-Tasking
  • Memetic frameworks for handling computationally expensive problems

Events Organized by Technical Members

  1. Competition on Multifactorial Optimization: Evolutionary Single and Multi-Objective Multi-Tasking, IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation 2019, Organizers: Liang Feng, Kai Qin, Abhishek Gupta, Yuan Yuan, Yew-Soon Ong, Xu Chi.
  2. Special Session on Memetic Computing, IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation 2019, Organizers: Liang Feng, Yuan Yuan, and Chuan-Kang Ting.
  3. Competition on Multifactorial Optimization: Evolutionary Single and Multi-Objective Multi-Tasking, IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation 2018, Organizers: Liang Feng, Kai Qin, Abhishek Gupta, Yuan Yuan, Yew-Soon Ong, Xu Chi.
  4. Special Session on Memetic Computing, IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation 2018, Submission deadline: Feb. 1, 2018. Organizers: Liang Feng, Chuan-Kang Ding, Maoguo Gong and Meng-Hiot Lim.
  5. Competition on Multifactorial Optimization: Evolutionary Single and Multi-Objective Multi-Tasking, IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation 2017, Submission deadline: May 15, 2017. Organizers: Kai Qin, Liang Feng, Yuan Yuan, Yew-Soon Ong, and Xu Chi.
  6. Special Session on Memetic Computing, IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation 2017, Submission deadline: Jan. 30, 2017. Organizers: Liang Feng, Yifeng Zeng, and Zexuan Zhu.
  7. Special Session on Multitasking and Knowledge Transfer in Evolutionary Computation, The 2016 IEEE Symposium Series on Computational Intelligence , Submission deadline: August 15, 2016. Organizers: Yew-Soon Ong, Liang Feng, and Abhishek Gupta.
  8. Special Session on Memetic Computing, IEEE World Congress on Computational Intelligence 2016, CEC 2016, Submission deadline: Jan. 15, 2016. Organizers: Liang Feng, Ferrante Neri, and Yew-Soon Ong.
  9. Wikipedia like Knowledge Web on Memetic Computation.
  10. 2014 IEEE Workshop on Memetic Computing, 2014 IEEE Symposium Series on Computational Intelligence, December 9–12, Orlando, USA, 2014. Organizers: Giovanni Iacca, Fabio Caraffini, and Ferrante Neri.
  11. Special Session on Memetic Computing, 2014 IEEE World Congress on Computational Intelligence, CEC 2014, July 6–11, Beijing, China, 2014. Organizers: Zexuan Zhu, Wenyin Gong, Maoguo Gong, and Yew-Soon Ong.
  12. Special Session on Memetic Computing, 2013 IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation, CEC 2013, June 20-23, Cancún, México, 2013. Organizers: Zexuan Zhu, Yew-Soon Ong, and Kay-Chen Tan.
  13. 2013 IEEE Workshop on Memetic Computing, 2013 IEEE Symposium Series on Computational Intelligence, April 15 – 19, 2013, Singapore. Organizers: Zexuan Zhu, Ruhul Sarker, and Maoguo Gong.
  14. Special Session on Memetic Computing, 2012 IEEE World Congress on Computational Intelligence, CEC 2012, June 10-15, Brisbane, Australia, 2012, Organizers: Ferrante Neri, Zexuan Zhu, and Ruhul Sarker.
  15. 2011 IEEE Workshop on Memetic Computing, IEEE Symposium Series on Computational Intelligence 2011, April 11-15, 2011 - Paris, France. Organizers: Zexuan Zhu, Maoguo Gong, Zhen Ji & Yew-Soon Ong.
  16. Special Issue on Engineering Applications of Memetic Computing, IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man and Cybernetics Part C - Applications & Reviews, Submission deadline: December 31, 2010.
  17. Special Issue on Advances in Memetic Computation, IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation, Organizers: Yew-Soon Ong, Kay Chen Tan.
  18. Special Session on 'From Hybrid Evolutionary Computation and Hyper-Heuristics to Memetic Computation', IEEE World Congress on Computational Intelligence, WCCI 2010, CEC 2010, Barcelona, Spain, 18-23 July 2010, Organizers: Gabriela Ochoa, Shaheen Fatima, Ferrante Neri and Yew-Soon Ong.
  19. Special Session on Agent Based Memetic Algorithms, IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation, CEC 2009, Trondheim, Norway, 18-21 May, 2009 Organizers: Ruhul Sarker, Michela Milano & Andrea Roli
  20. Special Session on Memetic Algorithms for Hard to Solve Problems, IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation, CEC 2009, Trondheim, Norway, 18-21 May, 2009, Organizer: Ferrante Neri, Pablo Moscato & Hisao Ishibuchi
  21. Special Issue on 'Emerging Trends in Soft Computing - Memetic Algorithm', Soft Computing Journal, In Press.
  22. Special Session on Memetic Algorithms, IEEE World Congress on Computational Intelligence, WCCI 2008, CEC, Hong Kong, Organizers: Yew-Soon Ong, Ferrante Neri, Hisao Ishibuchi and Meng Hiot Lim.
  23. 'Memetic Computing' by Thomson Scientific's Essential Science Indicators as an Emerging Front.
  24. Special Session on Memetic Algorithms, IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation, CEC 2007, Singapore, Organizers: Yew-Soon Ong, Ferrante Neri, Hisao Ishibuchi and Meng Hiot Lim.
  25. Special Issue on Memetic Algorithms, IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man and Cybernetics - Part B, Vol. 37, No. 1, February 2007.
  26. Recent Advances in Memetic Algorithms, Series: Studies in Fuzziness and Soft Computing , Vol. 166, ISBN: 978-3-540-22904-9, 2005.