Evostar 2018

The Leading European Event on Bio-Inspired Computation. Parma, Italy. 4-6 April 2018.

Call for papers:


The 18th European Conference on Evolutionary Computation in Combinatorial Optimisation

Part of Evo* 2018 (http://www.evostar.org) including: EuroGP, EvoCOP, EvoMUSART and EvoApplications

The 18th European Conference on Evolutionary Computation in Combinatorial Optimisation is a multidisciplinary conference that brings together researchers working on metaheuristics for solving difficult combinatorial optimisation problems appearing in various industrial, economic, and scientific domains. Prominent examples of metaheuristics include: evolutionary algorithms, simulated annealing, tabu search, scatter search and path relinking, memetic algorithms, ant colony and bee colony optimisation, particle swarm optimisation, variable neighbourhood search, iterated local search, greedy randomized adaptive search procedures, estimation of distribution algorithms, and hyperheuristics. Successfully solved problems include scheduling, timetabling, network design, transportation and distribution problems, vehicle routing, travelling salesman, graph problems, satisfiability, energy optimisation problems, packing problems, and planning problems.

The EvoCOP 2018 conference will be held in the city of Parma, Italy. It will be held in conjunction with EuroGP (the 19th European Conference on Genetic Programming), EvoMUSART (5th European conference on evolutionary and biologically inspired music, sound, art and design) and EvoApplications (specialist events on a range of evolutionary computation topics and applications), in a joint event collectively known as Evo*.

Areas of Interest and Contributions

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Applications of metaheuristics to combinatorial optimisation problems
  • Novel application domains for metaheuristic optimisation methods
  • Representation techniques
  • Neighbourhoods and efficient algorithms for searching them
  • Variation operators for stochastic search methods
  • Constraint-handling techniques
  • Hybrid methods and hybridization techniques
  • Parallelization
  • Theoretical developments
  • Search space and landscape analyses
  • Comparisons between different (also exact) techniques
  • Metaheuristics and machine learning
  • Ant colony optimisation
  • Artificial immune systems
  • Genetic programming and Genetic algorithms
  • (Meta-)heuristics
  • Scatter search
  • Particle swarm optimisation
  • Tabu search, iterated local search and variable neighbourhood search
  • Memetic algorithms
  • Hyper-heuristics and autonomous search
  • Estimation of distribution algorithms
  • String processing
  • Scheduling and timetabling
  • Network design
  • Vehicle routing
  • Graph problems
  • Satisfiability
  • Packing and cutting problems
  • Energy optimisation problems
  • Practical solving of NP-hard problems
  • Mixed integer programming
  • Multi-objective optimisation
  • Grid computing
  • Combinatorial optimisation
  • Nature and Bio-inspired methods
  • Quantum computing and quantum annealing
  • Optimisation in Cloud computing
  • Search-based software engineering

EvoCOP Programme Chairs

  • Manuel López-Ibáñez, University of Manchester, UK, manuel.lopez-ibanez (at) manchester.ac.uk
  • Arnaud Liefooghe, University of Lille, France, arnaud.liefooghe (at) univ-lille1.fr

Publication Details

All accepted 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 and 9026 for the previous proceedings).

Submission Details

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: 16 pages

Submission link: https://myreview.saclay.inria.fr/evocop18/

Important dates:

Submission Deadline: 1 November 2017
Notification: 3 January 2018
Camera-ready: 15 January 2018
Mandatory registration per paper: 1 February 2017
Student bursary deadline: TBA
Early registration discount: TBA
Registration deadline: TBA
EvoStar dates: 4-6 April 2018