CEC2017-Special Session on EC in Architectural Design

Special Session on EC in Architectural Design

2017 IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation, CEC2017


Special Session on Evolutionary Computation in Architectural Design

Organized by

Fatih Tasgetiren, Sevil Sariyildiz, Ozer Ciftcioglu and P. N Suganthan

Architecture has a profound impact on the environment that we spend much of our daily lives in. As such, it is important that the outcomes of architectural design are well performing and suitable for their intended purpose. Architectural design is a process of high complexity, which aims to satisfy design goals comprising hard, engineering aspects, together with soft, perceptual and cognitive ones. Due to the excessive complexity of the design task, human cognition alone is often insufficient to ensure suitable outcomes. Computational Intelligence and Soft Computing methods can aid in confidently arriving at high-performing architectural design solutions, as well as provide valuable inspiration during the design process. As such, these methods are high on the contemporary scientific agenda.

The majority of architectural design problems involve real-valued decision variables and multiple objectives. For these reasons, they prove to be an ideal field for Multi-Objective Real-Parameter Constrained Optimization applications of soft computing and computational intelligence methods such as Evolutionary Algorithms, machine learning, fuzzy logic, simulation etc. These methods are capable of navigating complex design spaces, such as those encountered in architectural design problems, and identifying best tradeoff solutions.

Scope and Topics

This session aims to put forward original contributions, latest research and development, and contemporary issues in the field of soft computing and computational intelligence for architectural and building design. It intends to collect a series of innovative, high quality papers on ideas, concepts, and technologies that make use of evolutionary algorithms in these research areas. Proposed submissions should be original, unpublished, and present novel fundamental research contributions from a theoretical or an application point of view. Session topics include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Evolutionary Computation and Multi-Objective Optimization in Architectural and Urban Design.
  • Surrogate Modelling and Meta-models in Sustainable Architectural Design
  • Modeling of Fuzzy and Imprecise Design Aspects
  • Soft Computing in Spatial, Formal and Color Perception
  • Cognitive Models for Supporting Design Decisions
  • Applications in Practice: Urban Design
  • Applications in Practice: Large Scale Structures and Complexes
  • Soft Computing and Architectural education

Important dates:

Paper Submission:                                               January 16, 2017

Paper acceptance notification:                          February 26, 2017

Final paper submission deadline:

Paper Submission:

You should follow CEC2017 Submission Web Site. Special session papers are treated the same as regular conference papers. For inquiries, please do not hesitate to contact at: fatih.tasgetiren@yasar.edu.tr.


All accepted papers will be published as IEEE CEC conference proceedings and will be included in IEEE Xplore database.

Organized by

M. Fatih Tasgetiren

International Logistic Management Department

Yasar University

Izmir, Turkey

Email: fatih.tasgetiren@yasar.edu.tr

Webpage: http://ftasgetiren.yasar.edu.tr/


He is currently a full professor and HoD in the International Logistics Management Department at Yasar University, Turkey. He is the director of reserach and development center at Yasar University.

Dr. M. Fatih Tasgetiren’s research interest is in design and development of heuristic optimization algorithms applied to both continuous and discrete/combinatorial/binary optimization problems, especially to production scheduling problems. He has published about 30 journal papers, 80 conference papers and 15 book chapters. His google scholar citation and h-index are 4382 and 31, respectively.

Sevil Sariyildiz

Faculty of Architecture

Yasar University, Delft University of Technology

Izmir, Turkey & Delft, The Netherlands



Sevil Sariyildiz is currently professor and chair of Technical Design & Informatics at the Faculty of Architecture, Delft University of Technology-Netherlands (since 1993) and the Dean of Faculty of Architecture at Yasar University-Izmir, Turkey (since 2013). Her specialism deals with Computational Design research and education in Architecture and Building Technology. The research concerns developing methods, techniques and tools for PerFORMative Architecture & Computation (PAC) in DESIGN. Main research topics are:

  • Computational intelligence and optimization in ARCHITECTURE
  • DESIGN Configuration and PerFORMance assessment
  • Digital DESIGN & Manufacturing
  • INTEGRAL-collaborative DESIGN (Building Information Modeling, Building Assembly Modeling, Building Optimization Modeling)

Sariyildiz studied architecture in Yildiz Teknik Uni.-Istanbul and TUDelft and received Msc and PhD in TUDelft (cum laude). She has been distinguished guest professor in Penn State University- USA. She has been the acting rector of the TUD in PhD comities and the Head of the Department of Building Technology and advisor of the Dutch Ministry of Spatial Planning and Environment for 8 years and advisor of the Ministry of Social Affairs in the Netherlands. She is the founder of DEWIS (Delft Women in Science) Network. She has more than 250 scientific publications, more than 25 PhD students and member of various national and international scientific comities, leader and participant in EU projects, invited speaker in conferences and involved in many other international scientific and management activities.

She has been chosen in 2015 as one of the “50 most influential Turks in the Netherlands” (Volkskrant), in 2009 as one of the “26 successful Turks in the Netherlands” (Elsevier magazine), in 2002 by NWO (Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research) as one of the 20 “Colorful Talent in Science”, in 2003 as one of the “Top 10 women” in the Netherlands and in 2006 as one of the “Four successful foreigner in science in the Netherlands”.

Ozer Ciftcioglu

Faculty of Architecture

Maltepe University, Delft University of Technology

Istanbul, Turkey & Delft, The Netherlands



Prof. Dr. Ozer Ciftcioglu was working as academic member at Istanbul Technical University (ITU) through the years 1967 and 1998 at the Electrical and Electronics Engineering Faculty, Chair of Nuclear Power in Electricity. Through the years 1998 and 2008 he was working at Delft University of Technology, being affiliated first with the Faculty Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science, Chair of Control and Information Systems, and thereafter with the Faculty of Architecture, Chair of Design Informatics. From 2008 until the present he is still affiliated with Delft University of Technology as an emeritus Professor.

Prof. Ciftcioglu graduated as MSc in Electronics and Communication option from Electrical-Electronics Engineering Faculty of ITU in 1967; he graduated as MSc Nuclear Engineer from University of Strathclyde, UK in 1971, having the fellowship from International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA, Vienna). He accomplished his PhD at ITU in 1976. He became associate Professor (Habil.) in 1981, and he is promoted as full-professor in 1988 at ITU. He had been holding guest professorships in different universities and research centres in Europe and in the USA.

In the years of his academic career, he has been giving a number of lectures at ITU, and other universities as invited Professor in the field of both Nuclear Engineering and Electrical Engineering. Some lecture titles in graduate and undergraduate level in the field of Electrical Engineering are: Probability and Stochastic Processes; Stochastic System Modelling and Identification; Optimizaton; Optimal Signal Processing; Spectral Analysis and Time Series; Digital Signal Processing; Adaptive Modelling; Statistical Estimation Theory; Optimal Estimation and Kalman Filtering; Wavelets and Applications; Sensor/Data Fusion; Neural Networks; System Reliability; Fault Diagnosis in Large Scale Process Systems; Finite Elements Method in Electrical Engineering; Neural Networks for Non-linear System Identification and Control. In the last two decades his activities and research interest are focused on computational intelligence and computational complexity, publishing papers in the research areas of signal processing, soft computing (neural networks, fuzzy logic, genetic algorithms and evolutionary computation,) information processing in design context. Some special research areas are visual perception, knowledge modeling, and multi-objective (Pareto) optimization, and special application areas include architectural design themes.

Professor Ciftcioglu is a regular reviewer of IEEE Transactions, and he is a Senior Member of the IEEE. He has been member of the editorial boards of a number of scientific journals, as well as organizing committees of international conferences.

Ponnuthurai Nagaratnam Suganthan

School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering

Nanyang Technological University




Dr. Ponnuthurai Nagaratnam Suganthan received the B.A degree, Postgraduate Certificate and M.A degree in Electrical and Information Engineering from the University of Cambridge, UK in 1990, 1992 and 1994, respectively. After completing his PhD research in 1995, he served as a pre-doctoral Research Assistant in the Dept of Electrical Engineering, University of Sydney in 1995–96 and a lecturer in the Dept of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, University of Queensland in 1996–99. He moved to NTU in 1999. He is an Editorial Board Member of the Evolutionary Computation Journal, MIT Press. He is an associate editor of the IEEE Trans on Cybernetics (2012 – ), IEEE Trans on Evolutionary Computation (2005 – ), Information Sciences (Elsevier) (2009 – ), Pattern Recognition (Elsevier) (2001 – ) and Int. J. of Swarm Intelligence Research (2009 – ) Journals. He is a founding co-editor-in-chief of Swarm and Evolutionary Computation (2010 – ), an Elsevier Journal. SaDE paper (published in April 2009) won “IEEE Trans. on Evolutionary Computation” outstanding paper award in 2012. Dr Jane Jing Liang (his former PhD student) won the IEEE CIS Outstanding PhD dissertation award, in 2014. IEEE CIS Singapore Chapter won the best chapter award in Singapore in 2014 for its achievements in 2013 under his leadership. His research interests include swarm and evolutionary algorithms, pattern recognition, numerical optimization by population-based algorithms and applications of swarm, evolutionary & machine learning algorithms. His publications have been well cited (Googlescholar Citations: 16k). His SCI indexed publications attracted over 1000 SCI citations in calendar year 2013 alone. He served as the General Chair of the IEEE SSCI 2013. He has been a member of the IEEE (S’90-M’92-SM’00-F’15) since 1990 and an elected AdCom member of the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society (CIS) in 2014-2016.

International Program Committee:

  • Fatih Tasgetiren, Industrial Engineering Department, Yasar University, Turkey.
  • Sevil Sariyildiz, Faculty of Architecture, TU Delft, The Netherlands and Yasar University, Turkey.
  • Ozer Ciftcioglu, Faculty of Architecture, TU Delft, The Netherlands and Maltepe University, Turkey.
  • N. Suganthan, Electrics and Electronics Department, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  • Ioannis Chatzikonstantinou, Faculty of Architecture, Yasar University, Turkey & TU Delft, The Netherlands.
  • Alice E. Smith, Industrial and Systems Engineering Department, Auburn University, USA
  • Michela Turrin, Faculty of Architecture, TU Delft, The Netherlands
  • Michael Bittermann, Faculty of Architecture, Maltepe University, Turkey
  • Seckin Kutucu, Faculty of Architecture, Yasar University, Turkey
  • Mauricio Morales Beltran, Faculty of Architecture, Yasar University, Turkey
  • Berk Ekici, Faculty of Architecture, Yasar University, Turkey & TU Delft, The Netherlands.
  • Cemre Ugurlu Cubukcuoglu, Faculty of Architecture, Yasar University, Turkey
  • Basak Kundakcı Koyunbaba, Faculty of Architecture, Yasar University, Turkey.
  • Omer Ozturkoglu, Industrial Engineering Department, Yasar University, Turkey.
  • Quan-Ke Pan, State Key Laboratory, Northeastern University, China
  • Yun-Chia Liang, Industrial Engineering Department, Yuan-Ze University, Taiwan
  • Ling Wang, Department of Automation, Tsinghua University, China
  • Swagatam Das, Indian Statistical Institute, India
  • Adil Baykasoglu, Industrial Engineering Department, Dokuz Eylul University, Turkey.
  • Abdullah Konak, Information Sciences and Technology, Penn State, Berks, USA.
  • Li junqing, Liaocheng university, PR. China,
  • Sang Hongyan, Liaocheng university, PR. China
  • Ayca Kirimtat, Faculty of Architecture, Yasar University, Turkey
  • Ilker Kahraman, Faculty of Architecture, Yasar University, Turkey
  • Arzu Cilasun Kunduraci, Faculty of Architecture, Yasar University, Turkey