SecDef @ GECCO 2021

ACM Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO), July 10-14, 2021
Online Only


Please note that due to the COVID-19 situation worldwide, GECCO 2021 is an online-only conference.

The Eighth ACM Workshop on Genetic and Evolutionary Computation in Defense, Security, and Risk Management (SecDef 2021) will be held in conjunction with the ACM Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO) in Lille, France, July 10-14, 2021.

With the constant appearance of new threats, research in the areas of defense, security and risk management has acquired an increasing importance over the past few years. These new challenges often require innovative solutions and computational intelligence techniques can play a significant role in finding them.

We invite completed or ongoing work, with the aim to encourage communication between active researchers and practitioners to better understand the current scope of efforts within genetic and evolutionary computation on defense, security, and risk. The ultimate goal is to understand, discuss, and help set future directions for our community.


Important Dates

Submission Opening: February 11, 2021

Submission Deadline: April 12, 2021

Notifications: April 26, 2021

Camera-Ready Material: May 3, 2021

Conference Date: July, 10-14, 2021

Important Dates

Call for Papers

Authors are invited to submit papers that fall into or are related to one or multiple topic areas listed below:


  • Intrusion Detection
  • Anomaly Detection
  • Signature-Based Detection
  • Behavior Monitoring
  • Network Traffic Analysis
  • System Data Analysis
  • Application Data Analysis
  • Attack Prevention and Defense Systems
  • Threat Forecasting Systems
  • Anti Spam and/or Antivirus Systems
  • Bring Your Own Device
  • Critical Infrastructure Protection
  • Advanced Persistent Threats
  • Adversarial Threats and Hardening
  • Cyber Hunting
  • User Identification and Authentication
  • Privacy and Anonymity
  • Malware Detection, Family Labeling identification
  • Insider Threats
  • Social Engineering


  • Design of Military Systems and Sub-Systems
  • Logistics and Scheduling of Military Operations
  • Strategic Planning and Tactical Decision Making
  • Logistics and Scheduling of Military Operations
  • Examining Tradeoffs in Military and Counter-Terrorism Procedures
  • Automated Discovery of Tactics and Procedures for Military and Defense Systems
  • Cyber Warfare
  • Cyber Fraud


  • Identification, Prevention, Monitoring, and Handling of Risks
  • Risk Impact and Probability Estimation Systems
  • Contingency Plans
  • Real Time Risk Management
  • Policy Management
  • Measures and Metrics


Submission Guidelines

Submission Guidelines

Authors should submit their papers at the conference submission site (link) on or before April 12th, 2021. Submissions should conform to ACM SIG guidelines for full-length GECCO papers (link). Reviews are not double-blind.

A more detailed description of the workshop and submission instructions may be found here.

We look forward to receiving your papers and meeting you at the conference!

Program and Schedule

To Be Announced


SecDef General Chair

Erik Hemberg, MIT-CSAIL, Massachusetts, USA

SecDef Workshop Organizers

Riyad Alshammari, King Saud bin Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia
Tokunbo Makanju, New York Institute of Technology, Vancouver, Canada

SecDef Workshop Steering Committee

Anna I. Esparcia-Alcázar, Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain
Gunes Kayacik, Qualcomm Research Silicon Valley, USA
Nur Zincir-Heywood, Dalhousie University, Canada

SecDef Honorary Mention

Frank W. Moore, University of Alaska Anchorage, USA

SecDef Web Chair

Robert Smith, Dalhousie University, Canada


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