Wednesday, September 22, 2010

[DMANET] MIC 2011, Call for Papers

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9th Metaheuristics International Conference

MIC 2011

25-28 July, 2011 in Udine, Italy

More details and up-to-date information at

Scope of the Conference

The Metaheuristics International Conference (MIC) series was established
in 1995 and this is its 9th edition. MIC is the main event focusing on the
progress of the area of metaheuristics and their applications. As in
previous editions, MIC 2011 will provide an opportunity to the
international research community in metaheuristics to discuss recent
research results, to develop new ideas and collaborations, and to meet old
and make new friends in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.
Presentations covering all aspects of metaheuristic research such as new
algorithmic developments, high-impact applications, new research
challenges, theoretical developments, implementation issues, and in-depth
experimental studies are welcome. MIC 2011 strives for a high-quality
program that will be completed by a number of invited talks, tutorials,
and special sessions.

Relevant Research Areas

MIC 2011 solicits contributions dealing with any aspect of metaheuristics.
Typical, but not exclusive, topics of interest are:

+ Metaheuristic techniques such as tabu search, simulated annealing,
iterated local search, variable neighborhood search, memory-based
optimization, dynamic local search, evolutionary algorithms, memetic
algorithms, ant colony optimization, variable neighborhood search,
particle swarm optimization, scatter search, path relinking, etc.

+ Techniques that enhance the usability and increase the potential of
metaheuristic algorithms such as reactive search mechanisms for
self-tuning, offline metaheuristic algorithm configuration techniques,
algorithm portfolios, parallelization of metaheuristic algorithms, etc.

+ Empirical and theoretical research in metaheuristic including
large-scale experimental analyses, algorithm comparisons, new experimental
methodologies, engineering methodologies for stochastic local search
algorithms, search space analysis, theoretical insights into properties of
metaheuristic algorithms, etc.

+ High-impact applications of metaheuristics in fields such as
bioinformatics, electrical and mechanical engineering, telecommunications,
sustainability, business, scheduling and timetabling. Particularly welcome
are innovative applications of metaheuristic algorithms that have a
potential of pushing research frontiers.

+ Contributions on the combination of metaheuristic techniques with
those from other areas, such as integer programming, constraint
programming, machine learning, etc.

+ Challenging applications areas such as continuos, mixed
discrete-continuous, multi-objective, stochastic, or dynamic problems.

Important Dates

Submission deadline March 6, 2010
Notification of acceptance May 13, 2010
Camera ready copy May 27, 2010
Early registration June 6, 2010
Conference July 25-28, 2010

Submission Details

We will accept submissions in three different formats.

S1) Original research contributions for publication in the conference
proceedings of a maximum of 10 pages

S2) Extended abstracts of work-in-progress and position papers on a
important research aspect of a maximum of 3 pages

S3) High-quality manuscripts that have recently, within the last six
months, been submitted or accepted for journal publication

Accepted contributions of categories S1 and S2 will be published in the
MIC 2011 conference proceedings. The proceedings will have an ISBN number.
Accepted contributions of category S3 will be orally presented at the
conference, but not be included into the conference proceedings (neither
in the post-conference proceedings). The submission server will be
available in January 2011.

Post-conference Publication

It has become a tradition of MIC conferences to publish post-conference
proceedings in an edited book. Authors of accepted papers in categories S1
and S2 (see submission details) are invited to submit improved and
extended versions of their conference papers for publications in the MIC
2011 post-conference volume. The post-conference volume will appear in the
Operations Research / Computer Science Interfaces series of Springer
Verlag (confirmation pending).

Best Paper Award

A best paper award will be presented at the conference. Only papers
submitted in category S1 will be eligible for the best paper award.

Special Sessions

The conference will integrate a number of special sessions. Currently
confirmed are the following.

- Dynamic Optimization, organized by Amir Nakib and Patrick Siarry
- Matheuristics, organized by Karl Doerner, Vittorio Maniezzo, Celso Ribeiro, and Stefan Voss
- Metaheuristics for real production planning and scheduling, organized by Ruben Ruiz
- Metaheuristics in Health Care Management and Services, organized by Ana Viana and Abdur Rais
- Methodologies for Heuristic Multi-Objective Optimization organized by Walter Gutjahr and Frank Neumann
- Quadratic Binary Programs, organized by Fred Glover, Jin-Kao Hao, and Gary Kochenberger

The submission to the special sessions will be through the same submission
site as for the main conference. For submission details and paper
categories, we refer to the main submission information.

Conference Location

The conference will be held in Udine, Italy. The conference site is
Palazzo Antonini, the main site of the University of Udine. This is a 16th
century palace in the city center of Udine.

Further Information

Up-to-date information will be published on the web site For information about local arrangements,
registration forms, etc., please refer to the above-mentioned web site or
contact the local organizers at the address below.

Conference Address

MIC 2011 Organization
Luca Di Gaspero / Andrea Schaerf
DIEGM, University of Udine
via delle Scienze 208
33100 Udine, Italy
Fax: +39 0432 55 8251

MIC 2011 Conference Committee

Technical Program Chairs
Andrea Schaerf
Luca Di Gaspero
Thomas Stuetzle

Local organization
Sara Ceschia
Raffaele Cipriano
Luca Di Gaspero
Mirko Loghi
Andrea Schaerf
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