Tuesday, July 25, 2017

[DMANET] CfP: EvoCOP 2018 (submission deadline: November 1, 2017)

EvoCOP 2018 - The 18th European Conference on
Evolutionary Computation in Combinatorial Optimisation

April 5 - April 6, 2018
Parma, Italy

Part of Evo* 2018 (http://www.evostar.org)

The 18th European Conference on Evolutionary Computation in Combinatorial
Optimisation is a multidisciplinary conference that brings together researchers
working on evolutionary computation methods and other metaheuristics for
solving difficult combinatorial optimisation problems appearing in various
industrial, economic, and scientific domains. Prominent examples of
metaheuristics include: evolutionary algorithms, estimation of distribution
algorithms, swarm intelligence methods such as ant colony and particle swarm
optimisation, local search methods such as simulated annealing, tabu search,
variable neighbourhood search, iterated local search, scatter search and path
relinking, and their hybridisation, such as memetic algorithms. Automatic
algorithm configuration and design, meta-optimisation, model-based methods, and
hyperheuristics are also topics of interest. Successfully solved problems
include, but are not limited to, multi-objective, uncertain, dynamic and
stochastic problems in the context of scheduling, timetabling, network design,
transportation and distribution, vehicle routing, graph problems,
satisfiability, energy optimisation, cutting, packing, and planning problems.

The EvoCOP 2018 conference will be held in the city of Parma, Italy, together
with EuroGP (the 21st European Conference on Genetic Programming), EvoMUSART
(7th 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 EvoStar (Evo*).

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

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

* Applications of metaheuristics to combinatorial optimisation problems
* Representation techniques
* Practical solution of NP-hard problems
* Neighbourhoods and efficient algorithms for searching them
* Variation operators for stochastic search methods
* Theoretical developments
* Constraint-handling techniques
* Parallelisation and grid computing
* Search space and landscape analyses
* Comparisons between different (also exact) methods
* Heuristics
* Genetic programming and Genetic algorithms
* Tabu search, iterated local search and variable neighbourhood search
* Ant colony optimisation
* Artificial immune systems
* Scatter search
* Particle swarm optimisation
* Memetic algorithms
* Hybrid methods and hybridisation techniques
* Matheuristics (hybrids of exact and heuristic methods)
* Hyper-heuristics and autonomous search
* Automatic algorithm configuration and design
* Metaheuristics and machine learning
* Surrogate-model-based methods
* Estimation of distribution algorithms
* String processing
* Scheduling and timetabling
* Network design
* Vehicle routing
* Graph problems
* Satisfiability
* Packing and cutting problems
* Energy optimisation problems
* Multi-objective optimisation
* Search-based software engineering

**** Publication Details ****

EvoCOP 2018 will accept two types of submissions:

* Regular 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,
9026, 9595 and 10197 for the previous proceedings).

* Late-breaking abstracts (LBAs) summarising ongoing research, recent studies
and applications of evolutionary computation and other meta-heuristics to
real-world or academic combinatorial optimization problems. LBAs will be
presented as posters during the conference.

**** 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 (Regular papers): 16 pages
Page limit (LBAs): 1 page

**** Important Dates ****

Submission deadline (Regular papers): November 1, 2017
Submission deadline (LBAs): January 15, 2018
EvoStar: April 4-6, 2018

**** EvoCOP Programme Chairs ****

Arnaud Liefooghe
University of Lille, France

Manuel Lopez-Ibanez
University of Manchester, United Kingdom

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