IEEE CEC 2004 Special Session on Evolutionary Computation in
Cryptology and Computer Security
The Congress on Evolutionary Computation (CEC), one of the leading
International Conferences in the field, will be held in Portland,
Oregon, EEUU, 20th - 23th June 2004. It covers all topics in
evolutionary computation: from combinatorial to numerical
optimization, from supervised to unsupervised learning, from
co-evolution to collective behaviors, from evolutionary design to
evolvable hardware, from molecular to quantum computing, from ant
colony to artificial ecology, etc.  

Techniques taken from the field of Evolutionary Computation
(especially Genetic Algorithms, Genetic Programming, Artificial Immune
Systems, but also others) are steadily gaining ground in the area of
cryptology and computer security.

In recent years, algorithms which take advantage of approaches based
on Evolutionary Computation have been proposed, for example, in the
design and analysis of a number of new cryptographic primitives,
ranging from pseudorandom number generators to block ciphers, in the
cryptanalysis of state-of-the-art cryptosystems, and in the detection
of network attack patterns, to name but a few. There is a growing
interest from the cryptographic and computer security communities
towards Evolutionary Computation techniques. This has occurred partly
as a result of these recent successes, but also because the nature of
systems is changing in a way which means traditional computer security
techniques will not meet the full range of tasks at hand. The
increasing distribution, scale, autonomy and mobility of emerging
systems is forcing us to look to nature-inspired computation to help
deal with the challenges ahead.

There is a general feeling that the area is ripe for further research;
the creation of a body of work has only just begun.  

The special session encourages the submission of novel research at all
levels of abstraction (from the design of cryptographic primitives
through to the analysis of security aspects of 'systems of systems').

We believe the special session will promote further co-operation
between specialists in evolutionary computation (and its current
partners such as biology), computer security, cryptography and other
disciplines, and will give interested researchers an opportunity to
review the current state-of-art of the topic, exchange recent ideas,
and explore promising new directions.

Important Dates
Deadline for submissions: January 31, 2004
Author notification: February 15, 2004
Camera-ready copy of papers: March 1, 2004
Conference: To be held in Portland, Oregon (EEUU) from June 20th  to 23th, 2004

Journal Special Issue
A selection of the best papers accepted will be published in a special
issue on Evolutionary Computation in Cryptology and Computer Security
of the New Generation Computing Journal.

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Further information
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Special Session Webpage at
or the CEC 2004 Special Sessions homepage at


Pedro Isasi,
Artificial Intelligence Group
Carlos III University
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28911 Leganadrid, Spain
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Julio Cesar Hernandez,
Computer Security Group
Carlos III University
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28911 Leganes, Madrid, Spain
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John A Clark,
Non-Standard Computation and High Integrity Systems Groups
Dept. of Computer Science
University of York,
York YO10 5DD, England
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