Evostar 2016

The Leading European Event on Bio-Inspired Computation.

Porto, Portugal, 30 March - 1 April 2016

Evolutionary Algorithms and Meta-heuristics in Stochastic and Dynamic Environments

Following the success of previous events and the importance of the field of evolutionary and bio-inspired computation for dynamic optimization problems, the EvoSTOC 2016 will run its 13th edition as a track of EvoApplications, the 19th European Conference on the Applications of Evolutionary and bio-inspired Computation.


Submissions will be rigorously reviewed by at least three members of the program committee. Accepted papers will be presented orally at the event and included in the EvoApplications proceedings, published by Springer Verlag in a dedicated volume of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science series. Submissions must be original and not published elsewhere. The submissions will be peer reviewed. 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 and attend the conference and present the work.


Many real-world optimisation problems are characterised by some types of uncertainty that need to be accounted for by the algorithms used to solve the problems. These uncertainties include noise (noisy optimisation), approximations (surrogate-assisted optimisation), dynamics (dynamic/online optimisation problems) as well as the requirements for robust solutions (robust optimisation). Dealing with these uncertainties has become increasingly popular in stochastic optimisation in recent years and a variety of new techniques have been proposed. The objective of EvoSTOC is to foster interest in metaheuristics and stochastic optimisation for stochastic and dynamic environments and to provide an opportunity for researchers to meet and to present and discuss the state-of-the-arts in the field. EvoSTOC accepts contributions, both empirical and theoretical in nature, for any work relating to nature-inspired, metaheuristics and stochastic techniques applied to a domain characterised by one or more types of uncertainty. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, any of the followings in the realm of nature-inspired, metaheuristics and stochastic computation:
  • noisy fitness functions
  • fitness approximations / surrogate-assisted optimisation
  • robust solutions and robust optimisation
  • dynamic optimisation problems
  • dynamic constrained optimisation problems
  • dynamic multi-objective optimisation problems
  • co-evolutionary domains
  • online optimisation
  • online learning
  • big data analysis in dynamic environments
  • dynamic and robust optimisation benchmark problems
  • real-world applications characterised by uncertainty and online real-world applications
  • the applications of nature-inspired, metaheuristics and stochastic optimisation on vulnerability and risk analysis/management
  • the applications of nature-inspired, metaheuristics and stochastic optimisation on reliability and robustness of real-world systems
  • optimisation in (video) games and related domains (e.g., dynamical systems)
  • theoretical results (e.g., runtime analysis) for stochastic problems

Additional information and submission details

Submit your manuscript, at most 16 A4 pages long, in Springer LNCS format (instructions downloadable from http://www.springer.com/ computer/lncs?SGWID=0-164-6-793341-0).
Page limit: 16 pages
The reviewing process will be double-blind; please omit information about the authors in the submitted paper. Further information on the conference and co-located events can be found in: http://www.evostar.org

Programme committee

  • Juergen Branke (University of Warwick, United Kingdom)
  • Hui Cheng (Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom)
  • Ernesto Costa (University of Coimbra, Portugal)
  • Andries P Engelbrecht (University of Pretoria, South Africa)
  • A. Sima Etaner-Uyar (Istanbul Technical University, Turkey)
  • Shayan Kavakeb (Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom)
  • Changhe Li (China University of Geosciences, China)
  • Michalis Mavrovouniotis (De Montfort University, United Kingdom)
  • Jorn Mehnen (Cranfield University, United Kingdom)
  • Ferrante Neri (De Montfort University, United Kingdom)
  • David Pelta (University of Granada, Spain)
  • Hendrik Richter (Leipzig University of Applied Sciences, Germany)
  • Anabela Simões (Institute Polytechnic of Coimbra, Portugal)
  • Renato Tinós (Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil)
  • Trung Thanh Nguyen (Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom)
  • Krzysztof Trojanowski (Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland)
  • Shengxiang Yang (De Montfort University, United Kingdom)
  • Xin Yao (University of Birmingham, United Kingdom)

Track chairs

  • Trung Thanh Nguyen
    Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom
  • Michalis Mavrovouniotis
    De Monfort University, United Kingdom

Important dates:

Submission Deadline: 1 November 2015
EXTENDED DEADLINE: 11 November 2015
(site remains open for final changes until 15 Nov)
Notification: 4 January 2016
Camera-ready: 18 January 2016
Mandatory registration per paper: 15 February
Student bursary deadline: 20 February
Early registration discount: 25 February 2016
Registration deadline: 24 March
EvoStar dates: 30 March - 1 April 2016