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[DMANET] Optimization and Engineering journal: Special Session on Multiobjective Optimization and Decision Making in Engineering Sciences

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Special Session on
Multiobjective Optimization and Decision Making in Engineering Sciences

Optimization and Engineering journal

Paper submission deadline: 30 November, 2019


Guest Editors:

Jussi Hakanen (Faculty of Information Technology, University of Jyväskylä)

Richard Allmendinger (Alliance Manchester Business School, University of
Manchester, UK)

Aim and scope

The emergence of advanced technologies and digitalization has been changing
our world and leading to a situation where physical assets are being
augmented heavily with non-physical assets. In addition to widely used
simulation-based optimization, data-driven optimization approaches have
become more popular in engineering sciences due to availability of large
amounts of data collected in every field (e.g. from IoT, sensors,
experimental measurements etc.). Therefore, the effective combination of
data and advanced engineering and management technologies and skills is
becoming a key asset to a company urging the need to rethink how to tackle
modern decision making problems. The consideration of various competing
factors related to business, technical, workforce, safety and environmental
aspects further increases the complexity of decision making and leads to
multiple criteria decision making (MCDM) problems. This special issue
focuses on the intersection between Engineering, Data Science, Multiple
Criteria Decision Making (MCDM) and Multiobjective Optimization (MO). The
development of new models and algorithmic methods to solve such problems is
in the focus as much as the application of these concepts to real problems.
The aim of the issue is to bring together academics and practitioners with
different expertise, in particular, in engineering, computer science,
mathematics, data science and business.

This special issue is connected to but not restricted to papers presented at
the 25th International Conference on Multiple Criteria Decision Making,
MCDM2019 (to be held in Istanbul, Turkey, in June 2019).

Major topics of interest

All submissions related to the development/application of
multi/many-objective optimization in engineering are welcome. Especially,
submissions considering novel approaches combining engineering and data
science are highly encouraged. Topics of interest (but not limited to)

· Preference-based approaches actively incorporating human decision

· Data-driven methods and their combination with simulation-based

· Applications in engineering sciences where multi/many-objective
optimization has been used to make more informed decisions (e.g. advanced
manufacturing, material sciences and digital technology)

· MCDM system development aimed at practical use in engineering
enabling interactive participation of the decision maker (visualization,
decision support, graphical user interfaces, automatic configuration and
tuning of optimization and decision making algorithms)

· Hybrid methodologies combining mathematical programming,
evolutionary computation and/or machine learning

· Approaches for computationally expensive (black-box)
multi/many-objective problems and/or challenges in MCDM

· Methods to deal with problem challenges arising in engineering
sciences such as uncertainty, dynamic landscapes/constraints, noisy
functions/data, robustness requirements etc.

· Test/benchmark problems/simulators and performance measures to
validate optimization and decision making approaches in engineering
sciences, large-scale/mixed type/highly constrained problems

Submission instructions

Papers should be submitted online at and the
submission deadline for full-length papers is November 30, 2019. Upon
manuscript submission, please select the special issue "MCDM 2019".
Submissions will be peer-reviewed according to the standards of the journal.
Manuscripts will be processed as they arrive and will be published online as
soon as they are accepted. For planning purposes, interested authors are
encouraged to email a tentative title to the guest editors.


Please feel free to contact us in case you have any questions

Jussi Hakanen: <>

Richard Allmendinger:

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