Call for Special Sessions


Special session proposals are invited to the 2019 IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation. Special session proposals should include the title, aim and scope (including a list of main topics), and the names of the organizers of the special session, together with a short biography of all organizers. A list of potential contributors will be very helpful.

Special session proposals will be evaluated based on the timeliness, uniqueness of the topic and qualifications of the proposers. The proposers are expected to have a PhD degree and have a good publication track record in the proposed area. After review, a decision on whether the proposal will be provisionally accepted will be sent to the proposers within two weeks after receipt of the proposals. Provisionally accepted special sessions will be listed on the website. However, it is likely that a provisionally accepted proposal will be combined with another one to avoid multiple special sessions covering a similar topic.

Manuscripts submitted to special sessions should be done through the paper submission website of IEEE CEC 2019. It is the responsibility of the special session organizers to make sure that papers submitted to their special session clearly indicate the name of the special session the paper belongs to. All papers submitted to special sessions will be subject to the same peer-review procedure as the regular papers. Special sessions having fewer than four accepted papers will be cancelled and the accepted papers will be moved to regular sessions.

All special sessions proposals should be submitted to the Special Sessions Chair, Prof. Chuan-Kang Ting Papers submitted to this special session track (if accepted and presented) will be published in the IEEE CEC proceedings.

The IEEE CEC 2019 special sessions proposal submission deadline is extended to 9 November 2018 .

Guidelines to Special Session Organizers


  • Each SpecialSession(SS) should generally have a maximum of three organizers and it is mandatory that at least one of them attends and chairs the SS.
  • SSs must have a single main organizer,the corresponding contact.Others can be co-organizers. All the organizers must be a staff member at an institution or a company, and no PhD or other students can be organizers.
  • Organizers should avoid very narrow topics for SSs, trying to have accepted papers from different institutions.
  • SS Organizers must handle the review process of papers submitted to their own session. However, at least two reviewers must be selected from researchers outside possible authors of papers of the SS. It is expected that organizers are committed to provide the reviews in due time.
  • All the submitted special sessions will be assessed by the organizing committee and provisional acceptance will generally be made in two weeks. Proposals of similar topics will be asked to merge or modify. Final acceptance will be made by 9 November 2018 (two weeks after the proposal deadline).