Wednesday, February 27, 2019

[DMANET] [GECCO 2019] CFP: IAM Workshop - Industrial Applications of Metaheuristics

IAM 2019

4th GECCO Workshop on Industrial
Applications of Metaheuristics

IAM is held as part of the 2019 Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO-2019), July 13-17, Prague, Czech Republic

Aims and Scope

Metaheuristics have been applied successfully to many aspects of applied mathematics and science, showing their capabilities to deal effectively with problems that are complex and otherwise difficult to solve. There are a number of factors that make the usage of metaheuristics in industrial applications more and more interesting. These factors include the flexibility of these techniques, the increased availability of high-performing algorithmic techniques, the increased knowledge of their particular strengths and weaknesses, the ever increasing computing power, and the adoption of computational methods in applications. In fact, metaheuristics have become a powerful tool to solve a large number of real-life optimization problems in different fields and, of course, also in many industrial applications such as production scheduling, distribution planning, and inventory management.

This workshop proposes to present and debate about the current achievements of applying these techniques to solve real-world problems in industry and the future challenges, focusing on the (always) critical step from the laboratory to the shop floor. A special focus will be given to the discussion of which elements can be transferred from academic research to industrial applications and how industrial applications may open new ideas and directions for academic research.

Topic areas include (but are not restricted to):

- Success stories for industrial applications of metaheuristics
- Pitfalls of industrial applications of metaheuristics.
- Metaheuristics to optimize dynamic industrial problems.
- Multi-objective optimization in real-world industrial problems.
- Meta-heuristics in very constrained industrial optimization problems.
- Reduction of computing times through parameter tuning and surrogate modelling.
- Parallelism and/or distributed design to accelerate computations.
- Algorithm selection and configuration for complex problem solving.
- Advantages and disadvantages of metaheuristics when compared to other techniques.
- New research topics for academic research inspired from industrial applications.


Authors can submit:
- Short contributions including position papers of up to 4 pages - and/or
- Regular contributions of up to 8 pages.

In both cases, it is mandatory to follow the official GECCO paper formatting guidelines. Please see the GECCO 2019 information for authors for further details, accessible through Papers do not need to be anonymized. Software demonstrations will also be welcome. Workshop papers must be submitted using the GECCO submission system this year. After login, the authors need to select the "Workshop Paper" submission form. In the form, the authors must select the workshop they are submitting to. The GECCO submission system accessible at Further information on the workshop paper submission is available at

Important Dates

Submission deadline: April 3, 2019
Authors notification: April 13, 2109
Camera-ready submission: April 24, 2019
Workshop dates July 13 or 14, 2019
GECCO Conference, Prague, Czech Republic: July 13-17, 2019

Workshop Chairs

Silvino Fernandez Alzueta (ArcelorMittal)
Pablo Valledor Pellicer (ArcelorMittal)
Thomas Stuetzle (Universite Libre de Bruxelles, ULB)

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