Special Issue on GI in the ASE journal


Authors of accepted papers are invited to submit their extended work to the Special Issue on Genetic Improvement to be published in the Automated Software Engineering journal.

Genetic Improvement is the application of evolutionary and search-based optimisation methods to the improvement of existing software. It has been used to improve both software functional properties, such as fixing bug or performing automated code transplantation, and software non-functional properties, such as minimising execution time, memory usage, or energy consumption.

We invite submissions that discuss recent developments in all areas of research on, and applications of, Genetic Improvement. Topics of interest include both the theory and practice of Genetic Improvement. Applications of GI include, but are not limited to:

Key Dates and Submission Details

Submission: 31 July 2023 (updated)

Submissions should follow the usual ASE submission guidelines.

Submission link is available on the ASE journal’s website.


Markus Wagner

Markus Wagner is currently an Associate Professor at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. He has organised two GI workshops and co-presented GI tutorials at ASE 2020, GECCO 2020 and 2021. He was general chair for ACM GECCO-2022 having previously served as Workshop Chair and Competition Chair. Within the IEEE CIS, he has chaired several education-related committees, where he also served as founding chair of two task forces.

Justyna Petke

Justyna Petke is a Principal Research Fellow and Proleptic Associate Professor, conducting research in genetic improvement. She is at the Centre for Research on Evolution, Search and Testing at University College London. Her work on genetic improvement was awarded a Silver (GECCO 2014) and a Gold ’Humie’ (GECCO 2016) and an ACM SIGSOFT Distinguished Paper Award at ISSTA 2015. She was the PC co-Chair for the International Symposium on Search-Based Software Engineering in 2017. She also organised 9 Genetic Improvement Workshops. She currently serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Systems and Software, Empirical Software Engineering, Genetic Programming and Evolvable Machines, Automated Software Enigineering and Engineering Applications of Artificial Intelligence journals.