Evostar 2019

The Leading European Event on Bio-Inspired Computation. Leipzig, Germany. 24-26 April 2019.

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The 19th European Conference on Evolutionary Computation in Combinatorial Optimisation

Part of Evo* 2019 (http://www.evostar.org) including: EuroGP, EvoCOP, EvoMUSART and EvoApplications

The 19th European Conference on Evolutionary Computation in Combinatorial Optimisation is a multidisciplinary conference that brings together researchers working on evolutionary computation methods and other metaheuristics for solving difficult combinatorial optimisation problems appearing in various industrial, economic, and scientific domains. Prominent examples of metaheuristics include: evolutionary algorithms, estimation of distribution algorithms, swarm intelligence methods such as ant colony and particle swarm optimisation, local search methods such as simulated annealing, tabu search, variable neighbourhood search, iterated local search, scatter search and path relinking, and their hybridisation, such as memetic algorithms. Automatic algorithm configuration and design, meta-optimisation, model-based methods, and hyperheuristics are also topics of interest. Successfully solved problems include, but are not limited to, multi-objective, uncertain, dynamic and stochastic problems in the context of scheduling, timetabling, network design, transportation and distribution, vehicle routing, graph problems, satisfiability, energy optimisation, cutting, packing, and planning problems.

The EvoCOP 2019 conference will be held in the city of Leipzig, Germany, together with EuroGP (the 22nd European Conference on Genetic Programming), EvoMUSART (the 8th European conference on evolutionary and biologically inspired music, sound, art and design) and EvoApplications (the 22nd European Conference on the Applications of Evolutionary Computation), in a joint event collectively known as EvoStar (Evo*).

Areas of Interest and Contributions

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Applications of metaheuristics to combinatorial optimisation problems
  • Representation techniques
  • Practical solution of NP-hard problems
  • Neighbourhoods and efficient algorithms for searching them
  • Variation operators for stochastic search methods
  • Theoretical developments
  • Constraint-handling techniques
  • Parallelisation and grid computing
  • Search space and landscape analyses
  • Comparisons between different (also exact) methods
  • Heuristics
  • Genetic programming and Genetic algorithms
  • Tabu search, iterated local search and variable neighbourhood search
  • Ant colony optimisation
  • Artificial immune systems
  • Scatter search
  • Particle swarm optimisation
  • Memetic algorithms
  • Hybrid methods and hybridisation techniques
  • Matheuristics (hybrids of exact and heuristic methods)
  • Hyper-heuristics and autonomous search
  • Automatic algorithm configuration and design
  • Metaheuristics and machine learning
  • Surrogate-model-based methods
  • Estimation of distribution algorithms
  • String processing
  • Scheduling and timetabling
  • Network design
  • Vehicle routing
  • Graph problems
  • Satisfiability
  • Packing and cutting problems
  • Energy optimisation problems
  • Multi-objective optimisation
  • Search-based software engineering
Notice that, by tradition, continuous/numerical optimisation is *not* part of the topics of interest of EvoCOP. Interested authors might consider submitting to other EvoStar conferences such as EvoApplications.

EvoCOP Programme Chairs

  • Arnaud Liefooghe, University of Lille, France, arnaud.liefooghe (at) univ-lille1.fr
  • Luís Paquete, University of Coimbra, Portugal, paquete(at)dei.uc.pt

Programme Committee

  • Hernán Aguirre, Shinshu University, Japan
  • Enrique Alba, University of Málaga, Spain
  • Richard Allmendinger, University of Manchester, UK
  • Thomas Bartz-Beielstein, Cologne University of Applied Sciences, Germany
  • Matthieu Basseur, University of Angers, France
  • Benjamin Biesinger, Austrian Institute of Technology, Austria
  • Christian Blum, Artificial Intelligence Research Institute
  • (IIIA-CSIC), Bellaterra, Spain
  • Sandy Brownlee, University of Stirling, UK
  • Pedro Castillo, University of Granada, Spain
  • Marco Chiarandini, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark
  • Francisco Chicano, University of Málaga, Spain
  • Carlos Coello Coello, CINVESTAV-IPN, Mexico
  • Carlos Cotta, University of Málaga, Spain
  • Bilel Derbel, University of Lille, France
  • Karl Doerner, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria
  • Carola Doerr, CNRS and Sorbonne University Paris, France
  • Benjamin Doerr, LIX-Ecole Polytechnique, France
  • Paola Festa, Universitá di Napoli Federico II, Italy
  • Carlos M. Fonseca, University of Coimbra, Portugal
  • Bernd Freisleben, University of Marburg, Germany
  • Carlos Garcia-Martinez, University of Córdoba, Spain
  • Adrien Goeffon, University of Angers, France
  • Jens Gottlieb, SAP SE, Germany
  • Andreia Guerreiro, University of Coimbra, Portugal
  • Walter Gutjahr, University of Vienna, Austria
  • Jin-Kao Hao, University of Angers, France
  • Emma Hart, Edinburgh Napier University, UK
  • Geir Hasle, SINTEF Digital, Norway
  • Bin Hu, Austrian Institute of Technology, Austria
  • Thomas Jansen, Aberystwyth University, UK
  • Andrzej Jaszkiewicz, Poznan University of Technology, Poland
  • Ahmed Kheiri, Lancaster University, UK
  • Mario Koeppen, Kyushu Institute of Technology, Japan
  • Timo Kötzing, Hasso Plattner Institute, Germany
  • Frederic Lardeux, University of Angers, France
  • Per Kristian Lehre, University of Birmingham, UK
  • Rhyd Lewis, Cardiff University, UK
  • Arnaud Liefooghe, University of Lille, France
  • Manuel López-Ibáñez, University of Manchester, UK
  • Jose Antonio Lozano, University of the Basque Country, Spain
  • Gabriel Luque, University of Málaga, Spain
  • Juan Julian Merelo, University of Granada, Spain
  • Krzysztof Michalak, University of Economics, Wroclaw, Poland
  • Martin Middendorf, University of Leipzig, Germany
  • Christine L. Mumford, Cardiff University, UK
  • Nysret Musliu, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
  • Gabriela Ochoa, University of Stirling, UK
  • Pietro Oliveto, University of Sheffield, UK
  • Beatrice Ombuki-Berman, Brock University, Canada
  • Luís Paquete, University of Coimbra, Portugal
  • Mario Pavone, University of Catania, Italy
  • Paola Pellegrini, French institute of science and technology for transport, France
  • Francisco J. Pereira, University of Coimbra, Portugal
  • Daniel Porumbel, CNAM, France
  • Jakob Puchinger, SystemX-Centrale Supélec, France
  • Günther Raidl, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
  • Maria Cristina Riff, Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María, Chile
  • Marcus Ritt, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
  • Eduardo Rodriguez-Tello, CINVESTAV - Tamaulipas, Mexico
  • Andrea Roli, Università di Bologna, Italy
  • Peter Ross, Edinburgh Napier University, UK
  • Frederic Saubion, University of Angers, France
  • Patrick Siarry, University of Paris 12, France
  • Kevin Sim, Edinburgh Napier University, UK
  • Jim Smith, University of the West of England, UK
  • Giovanni Squillero, Politecnico di Torino, Italy
  • Thomas Stuetzle, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium
  • Andrew Sutton, University of Minnesota Duluth, USA
  • El-ghazali Talbi, University of Lille, France
  • Sara Tari, University of Angers, France
  • Renato Tinós, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Nadarajen Veerapen, University of Lille, France
  • Sebastien Verel, Université du Littoral Cote d'Opale, France
  • Darrell Whitley, Colorado State University, USA
  • Carsten Witt, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark
  • Bing Xue, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
  • Takeshi Yamada, NTT Communication Science Laboratories, Japan
  • Christine Zarges, Aberystwyth University, UK

Publication Details

EvoCOP 2019 will accept three types of submissions:

Regular papers

Regular 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, 9026, 9595, 10197 and 10782 for the previous proceedings).

The best regular paper presented at EvoCOP 2019 will be distinguished with a *Best Paper Award*. Authors of the best regular papers will be invited for fast track publication in the *Evolutionary Computation Journal*. The invited submissions must significantly extend the conference paper and will undergo peer review.

Reproducibility studies

Reproducibility studies are concise and rigorous experimental studies that replicate published experiments, and that substantially shift the confidence in the main results of the original study. We strongly encourage the authors to discuss the reasons for the new findings, such as, e.g., input data not considered in the original work or different implementation details. A reproducibility study should follow the usual reproducibility standards, that is, it should provide complete details about the implementation, compiler options, input data description, algorithmic parameters, operating system and hardware specification. Moreover, the code should be available in a public repository immediately after the submission to EvoCOP and should remain available after publication in the proceedings. Statistical analysis, if applicable, should provide details about the statistical assumptions and statistical testing procedures. Although it is expected that textual similarity between the reproducibility study and the original work may arise, the usual plagiarism standards will be taken into account. Reproducibility studies will take the form of short papers presented orally at the conference and published in the Springer LNCS proceedings.

Late breaking abstracts

Late-breaking abstracts (LBAs) summarise ongoing research, recent studies and applications of evolutionary computation and other meta-heuristics to real-world or academic combinatorial optimisation problems. LBAs will be presented as short talks during the conference.

Submission Details

Paper 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 (Regular papers): 16 pages
  • Page limit (Reproducibility studies): 8 pages
  • Page limit (LBAs): 1-2 pages

Important dates:

Submission Deadline: 1 November 2018
Notification: 14 January 2019
Camera-ready: 11 February
Mandatory registration per paper: TBA
Early registration discount: TBA
Registration deadline: TBA
EvoStar dates: 24-26 April 2019