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The idea of organizing a workshop called Parallel Problem Solving Solving from Nature (PPSN) emerged in 1989/1990 when
observed that they were meeting more and more often at the outskirts of conferences on Operations Research, Physics, or Computer Sciences. Their common topic was a not yet established field of science, in Europe at least.
In the U.S.A., a conference series on Genetic Algorithms had been established in 1985 already, but their topic seemed to be too narrow for the PPSN originators. They wanted to include all kinds of computer algorithms which emphasized
The number of papers submitted and the number of participants in the first PPSN event at Dortmund was so encouraging that this workshop became a starter for a biennial conference series on the Eastern side of the Atlantic Ocean and thus a cisatlantic counterpart to the transatlantic International Conference on Genetic Algorithms (ICGA - since 1999: GECCO).
At San Diego, where the fourth ICGA took place in 1991, the proponents of Genetic Algorithms, Evolutionary Programming (both born in the U.S.A. in the 1960ies, as well), but unconscious of each other and the Germany based Evolution Strategies at first, neglecting each other later on, met and decided to use
as a common denominator for their approaches toward solving problems by mimicking/simulating evolutionary principles like
Since the beginning, PPSN conferences tried to attract researchers who simulate the thermodynamic process of annealing or use immune and neural networks as well as other paradigms gleaned from natural processes, but Darwinian evolution has been the most frequently used metaphor until now.
So far, eleven PPSN conferences have been held
The next PPSN event, PPSN XII will take place on September 1-5, 2012, in Taormina (Sicily), Italy.