Best Paper Awards


The following papers won the Best Paper Award:

  • CS+GECH Tracks
Rui Wang, Joel Lehman, Jeff Clune, Kenneth O. Stanley
POET: Open-Ended Coevolution of Environments and their Optimized Solutions

  • DETA+SBSE+Theory Tracks
Benjamin Doerr
A Tight Runtime Analysis for the cGA on Jump Functions - EDAs Can Cross Fitness Valleys at No Extra Cost

  • ECOM Track
Mohamad Alissa, Kevin Sim, Emma Hart
Algorithm Selection Using Deep Learning Without Feature Extraction

  • EML Track
Zhichao Lu, Ian Whalen, Vishnu Boddeti, Yashesh Dhebar, Kalyanmoy Deb,Erik Goodman, Wolfgang Banzhaf
NSGA-Net: Neural Architecture Search using Multi-Objective Genetic Algorithm

  • EMO Track
Tobias Glasmachers
Challenges of Convex Quadratic Bi-objective Benchmark Problems

  • ENUM Track
Nikolaus Hansen
A Global Surrogate Assisted CMA-ES

  • GA Track
Thiago Macedo Gomes, Alan Robert Resende de Freitas, Rodolfo Ayala Lopes
Multi-heap Constraint Handling in Gray Box Evolutionary Algorithms

  • GP Track
Thomas Helmuth, Edward Pantridge, Lee Spector
Lexicase Selection of Specialists

  • RWA Track
Mehdi Neshat, Bradley Alexander, Nataliia Sergiienko, Markus Wagner
A Hybrid Evolutionary Algorithm Framework for Optimising Power Take Off and Placements of Wave Energy Converters


  • The following papers have been nominated for a Best Paper Award.
  • For each Best Paper Award, the final choice will be made by GECCO attendees. Voting instructions will be available in the Program.
  • There will be one award for each large track (ECOM, EML, EMO, GA, GP, and RWA) and one for each group of small tracks, "DETA/SBSE/THEORY" and "CS/GECH".