Sunday, December 8, 2013


**** CEC Special Session at IEEE WCCI 2014 CALL FOR PAPERS ****

Heuristic Methods for Multi-Component Optimization Problems
CEC Special Session at IEEE World Congress on Computational Intelligence
(WCCI 2014)
July 6 - 11, 2014, Beijing International Convention Center, Beijing, China

** Motivation **

Real-world optimization problems often consist of several NP-hard
combinatorial optimization problems that interact with each other.
Such multi-component optimization problems are difficult to solve not only
because of the contained hard optimization problems, but in particular,
because of the interdependencies between the different components.
Interdependence complicates a decision making by forcing each sub-problem
to influence the quality and feasibility of solutions of the other
This influence might be even stronger when one sub-problem changes the data
used by another one through a solution construction process. Examples of
multi-component problems are vehicle routing problems under loading
the maximizing material utilization while respecting a production schedule,
the relocation of containers in a port while minimizing idle times of ships,

and the traveling thief problem.

The goal of this special session is to provide a forum for researchers
in computational intelligence working on multi-component optimization
While the main focus of this session is evolutionary computation, other
as well as combinations with fuzzy systems or neural networks are highly
welcome, too.
The scope of this special session is very broad and includes all topics
to multi-component problems.

** Paper Submission **

Follow the IEEE CEC 2014 submission website
On the submission system you must select "SS23. EC23: Heuristic Methods for
Multi-Component Optimization Problems" as "Main Research Topic".

Special session papers are treated in the same way as regular conference

** Important dates **

* Paper submissions: December 20, 2013
* Notification of acceptance: March 15, 2014
* Final paper submission: April 15, 2014

** Scope **

Topics include (but are not limited to):
* Applications of evolutionary algorithms and swarm intelligence methods to
multi-component problems
* Benchmark design
* Hybrid approaches (including fuzzy systems and neural networks) for
multi-component problems
* Industrial applications
* Theoretical investigations

** Special Session Organizers **

* Sergey Polyakovskiy
* Markus Wagner
* Mohammad Reza Bonyadi
* Frank Neumann
* Zbignew Michalewicz

School of Computer Science, The University of Adelaide
Adelaide, Australia

** Contacts **

Sergey Polyakovskiy (


This special session is organized as a part of the IEEE Task Force on
Evolutionary Scheduling and Combinatorial Optimization

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