Wednesday, December 18, 2013

[DMANET] +++ EXTENDED DEADLINE +++ CfP: ITOR special issue on "Hybrid Metaheuristics and their Applications"


Submission deadline: January 15, 2014


The International Transactions in Operational Research (ITOR) will
publish a Special Issue dedicated to "Hybrid Metaheuristics and their
Applications". Pure metaheuristics, such as GRASP, VNS, simulated
annealing, evolutionary algorithms, tabu search, ant colony
optimization, scatter search, and iterated local search, are considered
state-of-the-art methods for many problems. In recent years, however, it
has become evident that the concentration on a sole metaheuristic is
rather restrictive. A skilled combination of concepts from different
optimization techniques can provide more efficient algorithms and higher
flexibility when dealing with real-world and large-scale problems.
Hybrid Metaheuristics are therefore techniques for optimization that
combine different metaheuristics or integrate AI/OR techniques into

Contributions solicited cover a variety of topics, including but not
limited to:

- Novel combinations of components from different metaheuristics
- Hybridization of metaheuristics and AI/OR techniques
- Low-level hybridization
- High-level hybridization, portfolio techniques, expert systems
- Cooperative search
- Automated parameter tuning
- Empirical and statistical comparison
- Theoretical aspects of hybridization
- Parallelization
- Software libraries

Although we strongly encourage the submission of papers presented at the
8th International Workshop on Hybrid Metaheuristics (HM 2013) that took
place in Ischia (Napoli), Italy, from May 23 to 25, 2013, this Call for
Papers is also open to the entire community of academics and practitioners.

All papers will be peer-reviewed according to the editorial policy of
published by the International Federation of Operational Research
Societies (IFORS). Papers should be original, unpublished, and not
currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. They should be
prepared according to the instructions to authors that can be found in
the journal homepage. Authors should upload their contributions using
the submission site, indicating in
their cover letter that the paper is intended for this special issue.

The deadline for submissions is January 15, 2014. Other inquiries
should be sent directly to any of the Guest Editors in charge of this
issue: Paola Festa (, Mauricio G.C. Resende
(, and Ana Viana (

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