SecDef @ GECCO 2020

ACM Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO), July 8-12, 2020


Please note that as of March 23, 2020, due to the COVID-19 situation worldwide, GECCO 2020 has become an electronic-only conference. This information was originally posted here on the GECCO 2020 main site news section.

The Seventh ACM Workshop on Genetic and Evolutionary Computation in Defense, Security, and Risk Management (SecDef 2020) will be held in conjunction with the ACM Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO) in Cancun, Mexico, July 8-12, 2020.

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 27, 2020

Submission Deadline: April 17, 2020

Decisions Due: May 1, 2020

Camera-Ready Material: May 8, 2020

Early Author Registration: April 27, 2020

Conference Date: July, 8-12, 2020

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 3rd, 2020. 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

July 9th, 2020, 1400-1550 Cancun, Mexico (UTC-05:00)

Presentations are 15 min + 5 min QA

    • 1400-1405, 5 min `Welcome and introduction`
    • 1405-1425, 20 min `Delivering diverse web server configuration in a moving target defense using evolutionary algorithms; Serrano Collado, García Valdez, Merelo`
    • 1425-1445, 20 min `Securing the Software Defined Perimeter with Co-Optimization; Shlapentokh-Rothman, Hemberg, O’Reilly`
    • 1445-1505, 20 min `Using Evolutionary Algorithms and Pareto Ranking to Identify Secure Virtual Local Area Networks; Rodríguez, Fulp, John, Cui`
    • 1505-1525, 20 min `Exploring an Artificial Arms Race for Malware Detection; Wilkins, Zincir, Zincir-Heywood`
    • 1525-1545, 20 min `Adversarial Threats to Large Satellite Networks (ATLAS-N): A Coevolutionary Approach Based on FlipIt; Patel, Somavarapu, Seals, Tauritz, Guzzetti`
    • 1545-1550, 5 min `Summary and goodbye`


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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