A night at the round table
The EvoStar banquet was held at Villa Caracciolo. We had champagne and little fried seafood snacks beforehand, a four course meal, and then liquors afterwards. The meal proper probably didn't start until around 9pm, and we didn't get back to the hotel until around 12:30am, which was a little rough on those (like Bill Langdon) that had early morning talks the next day.
The dining room had mirrors on the ceiling, so I was able to take this shot of almost our entire table; Jennifer had the idea of having everyone look up while we took the shots. I'm at the top center, and the others (moving clockwise) are Douglas (Jennifer's husband), Jennifer Willies, Bill Langdon, Riccardo Poli, Kourosh Neshatian, Wolfgang Banzhaf, Marc Ebner, Hans-Paul Schwefel (almost entirely obscured by the chandelier - bummer), and his wife Antje (who's partially obscured by the chandelier).
It's a bummer about the chandelier obscuring Hans-Paul and Antje. Unfortunately there was no way to avoid someone being obscured from where I was. It will be interesting to see who's obscured in Riccardo's photos (you can see his camera).
Our table had four of the five recipients of the EvoStar award for Outstanding Contributions to the field of Evolutionary Computation in Europe (Jennifer '06, Riccardo and Wolfgang '07, and Bill '08). Marc Schoenauer also received the award this year, but unfortunately wasn't able to attend the conference.
Kourosh had come all the way from New Zealand for the conference.
Marc will be one of the key organizers (the general chair?) of next year's EvoStar event in Tübingen; his work on color constancy might have made it easier to sort out the nasty color balance problems in this image.
Hans-Paul is one of the pioneers in the field of evolutionary computation, and was one of the two plenary speakers.
Antje (who I also know from Dagstuhl) is a fine photographer, and she and Douglas were excellent dinner companions.