SecDef @ GECCO 2022

ACM Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO), July 9-13, 2022
Boston, USA


Please note that due to the COVID-19 situation worldwide, GECCO 2022 is a hybrid conference.

The Ninth ACM Workshop on Genetic and Evolutionary Computation in Defense, Security, and Risk Management (SecDef 2022) will be held in conjunction with the ACM Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO) in Boston, USA, July 9-13, 2022.

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 7, 2022

Submission Deadline: April 11, 2022

Notifications: April 25, 2022

Camera-Ready Material: May 4, 2022

Conference Date: July, 9-13, 2022

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 11th, 2022. 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.

As a published ACM author, you and your co-authors are subject to all ACM Publications Policies, including ACM’s new Publications Policy on Research Involving Human Participants and Subjects, outlined here.

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

Program and Schedule

The conference program with a detailed schedule is available here. The SecDef workshop schedule can be found on page 51. We look forward to welcoming you!


SecDef General Chair
Erik Hemberg, MIT-CSAIL, Massachusetts, USA

SecDef Workshop Organizers
Marwa A. Elsayed, Dalhousie University, Canada

SecDef Workshop Steering Committee
Tokunbo Makanju, New York Institute of Technology, Vancouver, Canada
Anna I. Esparcia-Alcázar, Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain
Nur Zincir-Heywood, Dalhousie University, Canada

SecDef Honorary Mention
Frank W. Moore, University of Alaska Anchorage, USA

SecDef Web Chairs
Robert Smith, Dalhousie University, Canada
Marwa A. Elsayed, Dalhousie University, Canada

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