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[DMANET] EvoCOP 2016 last CFP: Extended deadline (Nov. 11) + Special Issue in JoH

EvoCOP 2016 - The 16th European Conference on
Evolutionary Computation in Combinatorial Optimisation

March 30 - April 01, 2016
Porto, Portugal

Part of Evo* 2016 (

The 16th European Conference on Evolutionary Computation in Combinatorial Optimisation is a multidisciplinary conference that brings together researchers working on metaheuristics for solving difficult combinatorial optimisation problems appearing in various industrial, economic, and scientific domains. Prominent examples of metaheuristics include: evolutionary algorithms, simulated annealing, tabu search, scatter search and path relinking, memetic algorithms, ant colony and bee colony optimisation, particle swarm optimisation, variable neighbourhood search, iterated local search, greedy randomized adaptive search procedures, estimation of distribution algorithms, and hyperheuristics. Successfully solved problems include scheduling, timetabling, network design, transportation and distribution problems, vehicle routing, travelling salesman, graph problems, satisfiability, energy optimisation problems, packing problems, and planning problems.

The EvoCOP 2016 conference will be held in the city of Porto, Portugal. It will be held in conjunction with EuroGP (the 19th European Conference on Genetic Programming), EvoMUSART (5th European conference on evolutionary and biologically inspired music, sound, art and design) and EvoApplications (specialist events on a range of evolutionary computation topics and applications), in a joint event collectively known as Evo*.

**** Areas of Interest and Contributions ****

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

Applications of metaheuristics to combinatorial optimisation problems
Novel application domains for metaheuristic optimisation methods
Representation techniques
Neighbourhoods and efficient algorithms for searching them
Variation operators for stochastic search methods
Constraint-handling techniques
Hybrid methods and hybridization techniques
Theoretical developments
Search space and landscape analyses
Comparisons between different (also exact) techniques
Metaheuristics and machine learning
Ant colony optimisation
Artificial immune systems
Genetic programming and Genetic algorithms
Scatter search
Particle swarm optimisation
Tabu search, iterated local search and variable neighbourhood search
Memetic algorithms
Hyper-heuristics and autonomous search
Estimation of distribution algorithms
String processing
Scheduling and timetabling
Network design
Vehicle routing
Graph problems
Packing and cutting problems
Energy optimisation problems
Practical solving of NP-hard problems
Mixed integer programming
Multi-objective optimisation
Grid computing
Combinatorial optimisation
Nature and Bio-inspired methods
Quantum computing and quantum annealing
Optimisation in Cloud computing
Search-based software engineering

**** Publication Details ****

All accepted papers will be presented orally at the conference and printed in the proceedings published by Springer in the LNCS series (see LNCS volumes 2037, 2279, 2611, 3004, 3448, 3906, 4446, 4972, 5482, 6022, 6622, 7245, 7832, 8600 and 9026 for the previous proceedings).

**** Submission Details ****

Submissions must be original and not published elsewhere. The submissions will be peer reviewed by members of the program committee. The authors of accepted papers will have to improve their paper on the basis of the reviewers comments and will be asked to send a camera ready version of their manuscripts. At least one author of each accepted work has to register for the conference, attend the conference and present the work.

The reviewing process will be double-blind, please omit information about the authors in the submitted paper. Submit your manuscript in Springer LNCS format.

* Page limit: 16 pages
* Submission link:

**** Special Issue ****

The authors of selected papers accepted for the conference will be invited to submit an extended version of the paper to a Special Issue in Journal of Heuristics (Springer). The Special Issue will be tentatively published in autumn 2017.

**** Important Dates ****

Submission deadline: November 11, 2015 (extended)
EVO* event: March 30 - April 01, 2016

**** EvoCOP Programme Chairs ****

Francisco Chicano
University of Malaga, Spain

Bin Hu
Austrian Institute of Technology, Austria

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