Thursday, December 5, 2013

[DMANET] CFP: Evolutionary Combinatorial Optimization and Metaheuristics (ECOM) Track at GECCO 2014

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* Evolutionary Combinatorial Optimization and Metaheuristics (ECOM) Track
*** July 12-16, 2014, Vancouver, Canada
*** Organized by ACM SIGEVO

** Track Description **

The aim of this track is to provide a forum for high quality research
on metaheuristics for combinatorial optimization problems. Plenty of
hard problems in a wide variety of areas, including logistics, network
design, bioinformatics, engineering, business, etc., have been tackled
successfully with metaheuristic approaches. For many problems, the
resulting algorithms are considered to be state-of-the-art.
Apart from evolutionary algorithms, the class of metaheuristics includes
prominent members such as tabu search, iterated local search, variable
neighborhood search, memetic algorithms, simulated annealing, GRASP,
ant colony optimization and others.

** Scope **

The Evolutionary Combinatorial Optimization and Metaheuristics (ECOM)
Track welcomes submissions of original and unpublished work concerning
applications or the theory of all kinds of metaheuristics for
combinatorial optimization problems. Topics include (but are not
limited to):

* Applications of metaheuristics to combinatorial optimization problems
including multi-objective, stochastic and dynamic problems.
* In-depth experimental analysis and comparisons of metaheuristics or exact methods
* Theoretical developments in combinatorial optimization and metaheuristics
* Engineering of metaheuristic algorithms and automatic configuration
* Representation techniques
* Neighborhoods and efficient algorithms for searching them
* Variation operators for stochastic search methods
* Search space analysis
* Comparisons between different (also exact) techniques
* Constraint-handling techniques
* Hybrid methods, adaptive hybridization techniques and memetic computing methodologies
* Insight into problem characteristics of problem classes

Each paper will be rigorously evaluated in a double-blind review process.
All accepted papers will appear in the proceedings of GECCO 2014,
which will be published by ACM (Association for Computing Machinery).

** Important Dates **

January 15, 2014 - Abstract submission
January 29, 2014 - Submission of full papers (strict, non-extensible deadline)
March 12, 2014 - Notification of paper acceptance
April 14, 2014 - Camera ready submission
July 12-16, 2014 - GECCO 2014 Conference in Vancouver, Canada

** Track Chairs **

Guenther Raidl (ADS, TU Vienna, Austria)
Thomas Stuetzle (IRIDIA, ULB, Belgium)

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