Monday, July 23, 2018

[DMANET] CfP: EvoCOP 2019, held as part of EvoStar (submission deadline: November 1, 2018)

EvoCOP 2019 - The 19th European Conference on
Evolutionary Computation in Combinatorial Optimisation

April 24 - April 26, 2019
Leipzig, Germany

held as part of EvoStar (

The 19th 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 2019 conference will be held in the city of Leipzing, Germany,
together with EuroGP (the 22nd European Conference on Genetic Programming),
EvoMUSART (the 8th European conference on evolutionary and biologically inspired
music, sound, art and design) and EvoApplications (the 22nd European Conference
on the Applications of Evolutionary Computation), 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

Notice that, by tradition, continuous/numerical optimisation is *not* part of
the topics of interest of EvoCOP. Interested authors might consider submitting
to other EvoStar conferences such as EvoApplications.

**** Publication Details ****

EvoCOP 2019 will accept three 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, 10197 and 10782 for the previous proceedings).

The best regular paper presented at EvoCOP 2019 will be distinguished with a
*Best Paper Award*. Authors nominated for the best regular paper award will be
invited for fast track publication in the *Evolutionary Computation Journal*.
The invited submissions must significantly extend the conference paper and will
undergo peer review.

* Reproducibility studies are concise and rigorous experimental studies that
replicate published experiments, and that substantially shift the confidence in
the main results of the original study. We strongly encourage the authors to
discuss the reasons for the new findings, such as, e.g., input data not
considered in the original work or different implementation details.
A reproducibility study should follow the usual reproducibility standards, that
is, it should provide complete details about the implementation, compiler
options, input data description, algorithmic parameters, operating system and
hardware specification. Moreover, the code should be available in a public
repository immediately after the submission to EvoCOP and should remain
available after publication in the proceedings. Statistical analysis, if
applicable, should provide details about the statistical assumptions and
statistical testing procedures. Although it is expected that textual
similarity between the reproducibility study and the original work may arise,
the usual plagiarism standards will be taken into account. Reproducibility
studies will take the form of short papers presented orally at the conference
and published in the Springer LNCS proceedings.

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

**** Submission Details ****

Paper 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 (Reproducibility studies): 8 pages
Page limit (LBAs): 1-2 pages

**** Important Dates ****

Submission deadline (Regular papers, Reproducibility studies): November 1, 2018
Submission deadline (LBAs): TBA
EvoStar: April 24-26, 2019

**** EvoCOP Programme Chairs ****

Arnaud Liefooghe
University of Lille, France

Luís Paquete
University of Coimbra, Portugal

Luís Paquete |
Dept. of Informatics Engineering
University of Coimbra, Portugal

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