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at the Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO 2020)

July 8-12, 2020, Cancún, Quintana Roo, Mexico

The Good Benchmarking Practices for Evolutionary Computation (BENCHMARK@GECCO) Workshop, was a part of the Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO) 2020 and took place on July 8 (Cancún time, July 9 in China) as an online meeting with over 70! international participants. We had an incredibly inspiring discussion and it can be said that this workshop will probably have a lasting impact and strengthened our young community effort towards better benchmarking of metaheuristic algorithms.Here you can download the original BB-DOB@GECCO Workshop Call for Papers (CfP) in PDF format and here as plain text file.

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1. Scope and Objectives

Benchmarking aims to illuminate the strengths and weaknesses of algorithms regarding different problem characteristics. To this end, several benchmarking suites have been designed which target different types of characteristics. Gaining insight into the behavior of algorithms on a wide array of problems has benefits for different stakeholders. It helps engineers new to the field of optimization find an algorithm suitable for their problem. It also allows experts in optimization to develop new algorithms and improve existing ones. Even though benchmarking is a highly-researched topic within the evolutionary computation community, there are still a number of open questions and challenges that should be explored:

  1. most commonly-used benchmarks are small and do not cover the space of meaningful problems,
  2. benchmarking suites lack the complexity of real-world problems,
  3. proper statistical analysis techniques that can easily be applied depending on the nature of the data are lacking or seldom used, and)
  4. user-friendly, openly accessible benchmarking techniques and software need to be developed and spread.

We wish to enable a culture of sharing to ensure direct access to resources as well as reproducibility. This helps to avoid common pitfalls in benchmarking such as overfitting to specific test cases. We aim to establish new standards for benchmarking in evolutionary computation research so we can objectively compare novel algorithms and fully demonstrate where they excel and where they can be improved.

2. Workshop Description

As the goal of the workshop is to discuss, develop and improve benchmarking practices in evolutionary computation, we particularly welcome informal position statements addressing or identifying open challenges in benchmarking, as well as all other suggestions and contributions for a discussion. Possible contributions include, but are not limited to:

  1. lists of open questions/issues in benchmarking
  2. examples of good benchmarking
  3. descriptions of common pitfalls in benchmarking and how to avoid them.

For all other information about the workshop, please contact Thomas Weise at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with CC to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We also welcome the submission of workshop papers to be published in the GECCO companion proceedings. The Workshop Call for Papers (CfP) can be downloaded in PDF format or as plain text file here: Our goal for the WORKshop is to collaboratively produce output that improves the state-of-the-art of benchmarking in evolutionary computation, not to organize yet another mini-conference!

3. Topics

The topics of interest for this workshop include, but are not limited to:

4. Program

Our workshop took place on Wednesday, July 8, 2020, at 16:10 Cancun Time, which was 5:10pm in New York, 22:10 in the UK, 12:10 in Moscow, 05:10 on July 9 in Beijing, and 06:10 on July 9 in Tokyo. The program of our workshop was as follows:

  1. Discussion (30 min approx): What is the purpose of benchmarking?
    • Organizer: Boris Naujoks, joint work with Thomas Bartz-Beielstein and Carola Doerr
    • Session Chair: Tome Eftimov
    • slides@google / slides@iao
  2. Discussion (30 min approx): What are good benchmarking practices / how to do benchmarking / what not to do?
    • Organizer: William La Cava
    • Session Chair: Pietro S. Oliveto
    • slides@google
  3. Presentation (20 min: 15 presentation + 5 discussion): Makoto Ohki. “Benchmark with Facile Adjustment of Difficulty for Many-Objective Genetic Programming and Its Reference Set”
    • Speaker: Makoto Ohki
    • Session Chair: Thomas Weise
  4. Discussion (30 min approx): Open questions/issues in benchmarking / What to do next?

The workshop was a great success and more than 70 international researchers from all over the world took part in it. There were many discussions and talks, which will have a lasting impact and which probably have started quite some new efforts in our community. It is clear that all of us strive for improving the way metaheuristic algorithms and optimization problems are investigated. Good research requires sound and reproducible experimentation. Our report Benchmarking in Optimization: Best Practice and Open Issues, published on July 7 on Arxiv, was one step into that direction. Together with the input from the workshop, it will further be improved. Other community efforts discussed in this workshop include the benchmarking network and the IOHprofiler. All-in-all, many questions and topics have been raised, so we now have lots of exciting work to do to answer, research, and implement them.

5. Important Dates

Paper Submission Opening:  27  February  2020
Paper Submission Deadline:  17  April  2020
Decisions Due:  1  May  2020
Camera-Ready Material Due:  8  May  2020
Author Registration Deadline:  11  May  2020
Conference Presentation:  8  July  2020

Submission Page:

6. Instructions for Authors

All relevant instructions regarding paper submission are available at

7. Related Event @ PPSN

A similar benchmarking best practices workshop will be held at PPSN 2020, which takes place from September 5-9, 2020, in Leiden, The Netherlands: or at Contributions to this workshop are welcome in any format until June 8, 2020.

8. List of Organizers

The workshop is co-organized by the following people (alphabetically ordered list). All of them are contributing equally to the workshop.

9. Workshop History

This workshop emerged from an initiative at GECCO 2019, which was launched to consolidate the various activities around benchmarking. This was also preceded by the BB-DOB@PPSN, BB-DOB@GECCO, and BOCIA workshops in 2018 as well as the Benchmarking of Computational Intelligence Algorithms special issue in ASOC. We are proud that our workshop is organized by a large number of colleagues who jointly cover a broad spectrum of benchmarking aspects. Most of the organizers are experienced in workshop organization, and will support the junior fellow in making their first experiences.

10. Hosting Event

The Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO 2020)
July 8-12, 2020, Cancún, Quintana Roo, Mexico

The Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO 2020) will present the latest high-quality results in genetic and evolutionary computation. Topics include genetic algorithms, genetic programming, evolution strategies, evolutionary programming, memetic algorithms, hyper-heuristics, real-world applications, evolutionary machine learning, evolvable hardware, artificial life, adaptive behavior, ant colony optimization, swarm intelligence, biological applications, evolutionary robotics, coevolution, artificial immune systems, and more. The full list of tracks is available at: Program Tracks

The GECCO 2020 Program Committee invites the submission of technical papers describing your best work in genetic and evolutionary computation. Full papers of at most 8 pages (excluding references) should present original work that meets the high-quality standards of GECCO. Accepted full papers appear in the ACM digital library as part of the Main Proceedings of GECCO. For full papers, a separate abstract needs to be submitted first by January 30, 2020. Full papers are due by the non-extensible deadline of February 6, 2020.

Each paper submitted to GECCO will be rigorously evaluated in a double-blind review process. Evaluation is done on a per-track basis, ensuring high interest and high expertise of the reviewers. Review criteria include the significance of the work, technical soundness, novelty, clarity, writing quality, relevance and, if applicable, sufficiency of information to permit replication.

Besides full papers, poster-only papers of at most 2 pages may be submitted. Poster-only papers should present original work that has not yet reached the maturity and completeness of research results that are published as full papers at GECCO. The review of poster-only papers follows the same double-blind process described above. Accepted poster-only papers will appear in the ACM digital library as part of the Companion Proceedings of GECCO. Poster-only papers are due by the non-extensible deadline of February 6, 2020, and no abstract needs to be submitted first.

By submitting a paper, the author(s) agree that, if their paper is accepted, they will:

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