ACDL 2020 is proceeding as planned for July in Certosa di Pontignano, Tuscany. Like you, the organizing committee is actively monitoring the global situation regarding the spread of SARS-CoV-2.  We are aware of the risks of large gatherings, especially those that attract attendees from around the world such as our advanced course. We are actively exploring options and developing alternative plans should a change in ACDL 2020 be warranted.

Currently, we are working to provide the possibility of remote presentation for speakers who are unable to travel due to restrictions imposed by their countries in light of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic.

Should the situation change, it may become necessary to move to 100% virtual course. In this case, the registration will be reduced and participants refunded accordingly.

All updates will be shared in a timely manner via our website, through email to authors of accepted papers, and via social media.

We are looking forward to seeing you at ACDL 2020 (Certosa di Pontignano, Tuscany).


ACDL 2020 Organizing Committee .


New Keynote Speaker @ ACDL 2020: Jose C. Principe, University of Florida, USA

New Keynote Speaker @ ACDL 2020:

Professor Jose C. Principe, Ph.D.
Eckis Distinguished Professor of ECE
University of Florida, USA


  • UF Nominee, Southeastern Universities Research Association, 2015
  • Teacher/Scholar of the Year, University of Florida 2014
  • Research Fellowship, University of Florida, 2014
  • Honorary Professor, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Medellin, 2013
  • Distinguished Lecturer, IEEE Computational Intelligence Society, 2011-2013
  • IEEE Neural Network Pioneer Award, Computational Intelligence Society, 2011
  • Honoris Causa Degree, Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland, 2010
  • Career Achievement Award, IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, 2007
  • Gabor Award, International Neural Network Society, 2006

New Keynote Speaker @ ACDL 2020: Sergiy Butenko, Texas A&M University, USA

New Keynote Speaker @ ACDL 2020
Sergiy Butenko
Professor and Donna and Jim Furber ’64 Faculty Fellow
Industrial and Systems Engineering, Texas A&M University
Editor-in-Chief for Journal of Global Optimization
4037 ETED Building, 3131 TAMU, College Station, TX 77843-3131
Phone: 979-458-2333; Fax: 979-458-4299; Email: butenko@tamu.edu

New Keynote Speaker: Risto Miikkulainen – The University of Texas at Austin – Deep NeuroEvolution @ACDL 2020!

Deep NeuroEvolution at ACDL 2020!

Risto Miikkulainen is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Texas at Austin and AVP of Evolutionary Intelligence at Cognizant Technology Solutions.  His current research focuses on methods and applications of neuroevolution, as well as neural network models of natural language processing and vision; he is an author of over 400 articles in these research areas.

Honors and Awards

  • IEEE CIS Evolutionary Computation Pioneer Award, 2020
  • Gabor Award, the International Neural Network Society, 2017
  • Outstanding Paper of the Decade Award, International Society for Artificial Life, 2017.
  • IEEE Fellow, 2016
  • IEEE Computational Intelligence Society Distinguished Lecturer, 2015-2017.
  • Deployed Application Award, AAAI/IAAI-2013, AAAI/IAAI-2018
  • Best Paper Awards at GECCO-2002, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2014, 2015, 2017
  • Best Paper Awards at CIG-2005, 2006, 2009, 2011
  • BotPrize Award (Turing test for game bots), 2012
  • Honorable mention, Ziskind-Somerfield Research Award, Society of Biological Psychiatry, 2012
  • Winner, Annual Competition of Pseudo-Boolean SAT Solvers at SAT-2010 and SAT-2011
  • Bronze Medal, Human Competitive Results Competition, GECCO-2005, GECCO-2017