July 17 – July 21, 2017
Submission Deadline: March 19, 2017
Submissions could be for full papers, short papers, poster papers, or posters
SCOPE AND OBJECTIVES
Most real-world problems are complex and stochastic and, thus, hard to
approach. Such problems originate from a wide range of areas including
manufacturing and production, logistics and supply chain management,
healthcare, and many more. Simulation and optimization have
traditionally been considered separately as alternative approaches to
deal with such problems. The recent advances in computational power
have promoted the proliferation of hybrid techniques that combine both
approaches. The challenge is to design efficient and effective
hybridization mechanisms taking advantage of great details provided by
simulation as well as the ability of optimization methods to provide
On the other hand, SO applications can/might become increasingly large
(parameter, variable, and objective spaces) and complex
(cross-disciplinary and mixed discrete-continuous optimization),
requiring the use of parallel computing techniques for efficient and
effective execution. However, the design and implementation of
parallel SO methods raise several issues such as problem
decomposition, parallel sampling, synchronization between simulation
and optimization processes, load balancing, scalability, etc.
This workshop seeks to provide an opportunity for researchers to
present their original contributions on the joint use of advanced
single- and multi-objective optimization methods, simulation and
distributed and/or parallel multi/many- core computing, and any
The PaCOS Workshop topics include the following:
Topics related to synergy between Simulation and Optimization include,
but not limited to:
● Statistical selection methods such as ranking and selection, and
multiple comparison procedures;
● Black-box search methods that directly make use of the simulation
estimates of the objective function like random search algorithms,
simulation-based single- and multi-objective metaheuristics (e.g.
local search or evolutionary algorithms) (also called simheuristics),
probability distribution model–based methods;
● Meta-model based methods such as first- and second-order regression
models and neural networks;
● Gradient-based methods like stochastic approximation, etc.
● Computational/theoretical studies reporting results on solving
complex problems using SO techniques.
● SO applications including healthcare, manufacturing, logistics,
biological applications, advanced big data analytics, engineering
● Software frameworks for the design and implementation of SO techniques.
Topics related to synergy between Simulation-Optimization and parallel
computing include, but not limited to:
● Parallelization techniques and advanced data structures for SO methods.
● Parallel mechanisms for the hybridization of optimization and simulation.
● Implementation issues of parallel SO on multi-core processors,
accelerators, clusters, grids/clouds, etc.
● Energy- and thermal-aware implementation of parallel SO methods.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR PAPER SUBMISSIONS
You are invited to submit original and unpublished research works on
above and other topics related to synergy between parallel computing,
optimization and simulation. Submitted papers must not have been
published or simultaneously submitted elsewhere. For Regular papers,
please submit a PDF copy of your full manuscript, not to exceed 8
double-column formatted pages per template, and include up to 6
keywords and an abstract of no more than 400 words. Additional pages
will be charged additional fee. Submission should include a cover page
with authors' names, affiliation addresses, fax numbers, phone
numbers, and all authors email addresses. Please, indicate clearly the
corresponding author(s) although all authors are equally responsible
for the manuscript. Short papers (up to 4 pages), poster papers and
posters (please refer to
for posters submission details) will also be considered. Please
specify the type of submission you have. Please include page numbers
on all preliminary submissions to make it easier for reviewers to
provide helpful comments.
Submit a PDF copy of your full manuscript to the workshop EasyChair
paper submission site at
Only PDF files will be accepted, uploaded to the submission link
above. Each paper will receive a minimum of three reviews. Papers
will be selected based on their originality, relevance, significance,
technical clarity and presentation, language, and references.
Submission implies the willingness of at least one of the authors to
register and present the paper, if accepted. At least one of the
authors of each accepted paper will have to register and attend the
HPCS 2017 conference to present the paper at the workshop.
Accepted papers will be published in the Conference proceedings.
Instructions for final manuscript format and requirements will be
posted on the HPCS 2017 Conference web site. It is our intent to have
the proceedings formally published in hard and soft copies and be
available at the time of the conference. The proceedings is projected
to be included in the IEEE or ACM Digital Library and indexed in all
major indexing services accordingly.
Plans are underway to have the best papers, in extended version,
selected for possible publication in a journal as special issue.
Detailed information will soon be announced and will be made available
on the conference website.
If you have any questions about paper submission or the symposium,
please contact the symposium organizers.
Paper Submissions: --------------------------------------------- March 19, 2017
Acceptance Notification: --------------------------------------- April 07, 2017
Camera Ready Papers and Registration Due by: ----------- May 03, 2017
Conference Dates: ---------------------------------------------- July
17 – 21, 2017
Université Lille 1/INRIA Lille - Nord Europe/CNRS CRIStAL,
Phone: +33 3 59 57 78 86
Fax: +33 3 28 77 85 37
Jožef Stefan Institute
Phone: +386 1 477 3460
TH Köln, University of Applied Sciences
Phone: +49 2261 8196 6257
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