Friday, February 5, 2016

[DMANET] CfP: Matheuristics 2016

Matheuristics 2016
Sixth International Workshop on Model-based Metaheuristics

4-7 September, 2016. Brussels, Belgium

More details and up-to-date information at

Scope of the Workshop

The Matheuristics workshop series is proposed as a primary forum for
researchers working on exploiting mathematical programming techniques
in a (meta)heuristic framework, granting to mathematical programming
approaches the problem robustness and time effectiveness that
characterize heuristics, or exploiting the mathematical programming
model formulation in the customization of a heuristic for specific or
general problems.

Metaheuristics such as tabu search, simulated annealing, GRASP, VNS,
genetic algorithms and ant colonies, have been originally proposed and
developed when the available Mixed Integer Programming (MIP)
algorithms and software or Constraint Programming methods were not an
efficient or even feasible alternative for solving real-world problem
instances, or significant subproblems thereof.

However, research on mathematical programming, and in particular on
discrete optimization, has led to a state of the art where MIP solvers
or customized MIP codes can be effective even in a heuristic context,
both as primary solvers or as subprocedures.

Matheuristics 2016 aims at collecting contributions that define the
state of the art for the computational effectiveness and efficiency or
the theoretical properties of matheuristics, which are algorithms
and codes that integrate metaheuristics and MIP strategies and
software. The workshop will be entirely devoted to this subject of
research and its applications. The conference program will consist of
plenary presentations, enriched by a couple of keynote or tutorial
lectures. Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

- Model-based metaheuristics,
- Hybridizing (meta)heuristics and exact methods,
- MIP techniques used for defining heuristic solvers (such as local branching and RINS),
- Problem relaxations to guide (heuristic) search,
- Information from exact algorithms to develop heuristics,
- Decompositions and lower/upper bounds in matheuristic codes,
- Stochastic programming and heuristic search,
- Metaheuristics for stochastic problems,
- Design and configuration of matheuristic algorithms,
- Experimental analysis and modeling of algorithms,
- Real world case histories of matheuristic applications, and
- Automatic configuration of matheuristics and algorithm selection among others.

Although we do not discard their importance, Matheuristics 2016 is not
interested in heuristics tailored to a specific problem that have no
element which can be generalized to other problems (no matter how
mathematically sophisticated they are) nor in metaheuristics variants
or implementations that are not justified by a mathematical model.

Submission Instructions

Submissions to Matheuristics 2016 should be comprehensive and self-contained,
and relevant to the topic of the workshop.

Submissions can be done in one of two categories:

* Contributed article of up to 12 pages. These will be distributed in
informal proceedings for the workshop.
* Work that has recently been published or submitted elsewhere (journal or
high-quality conferences) and is relevant for the workshop for oral
presentation only (free format).

The submission site is open and submissions can be done at

Publication Details

The workshop will have informal proceedings that are distributed
through the Matheuristics 2016 webpage. The post-conference
publication will happen through a special issue in the journal
International Transactions in Operational Research (ITOR).

Further Information

Up-to-date information will be published on the web site For information about local
arrangements, registration forms, etc., please refer to the
above-mentioned web site or contact the local organizers at the
address below.

Matheuristics 2016 will be organized back-to-back with ANTS 2016, and the two conferences will
share an invited talk and coffee breaks.

Workshop Address

Matheuristics WORKSHOP
IRIDIA, CP 194/6 Tel +32-2-6502729
Universite' Libre de Bruxelles Fax +32-2-6502715
Av. F. D. Roosevelt 50
1050 Bruxelles, Belgium email:

Workshop Location

Universite Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium.

Important Dates

Tentative Submission deadline April 15, 2016
Notification of acceptance June 12, 2016
Camera ready copy June 30, 2016
Early registration June 30, 2016
Workshop September 4-7, 2016

The submission deadline for the ITOR special issue is October 15, 2016.

Matheuristics Committee

General Chair

Thomas Stuetzle, IRIDIA, CoDE, ULB, Brussels, Belgium

Programme Chairs

Thomas Stuetzle, IRIDIA, CoDE, ULB, Brussels, Belgium
Vittorio Maniezzo, Universita di Bologna, Italy

Organisation Committee

Alberto Franzin, IRIDIA, ULB, Brussels, Belgium
Federico Pagnozzi, IRIDIA, ULB, Brussels, Belgium
Leslie Perez Caceres, IRIDIA, ULB, Brussels, Belgium

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