Evostar 2018

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

Call for papers:


Evolutionary and Bio-Inspired Computational Techniques within Real-World Industrial and Commercial Environments.

Selected EvoApplications papers will be invited to submit to a special issue of the Genetic Programming and Evolvable Machines (2016 Impact Factor: 1.514)

Evolutionary and Bio-Inspired Computation has established itself as a powerful technique for design, search and optimisation with applications in areas such as routing, scheduling, timetabling and planning. There are a number of challenges in moving from academic research to use within industrial environments, these challenges are not only technical, but may also encompass issues such as user interaction and adoption within organisations. EvoIndustry seeks contributions from researchers, developers and industrialists who have utilised Evolutionary Computation within an industrial context. Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):
  • Case studies on the adoption of Evolutionary Computation within organisations, examining hard and soft issues
  • Hybrid methods and novel heuristics developed to solve specific problems
  • The handling of real-world soft constraints
  • The construction of user interfaces to allow non-experts to use evolutionary based techniques
  • Organisation, resource and workforce scheduling
  • Scheduling and planning in industrial environments including production planning, transportation and distribution


Accepted papers will appear in the proceedings of EvoApplications, published in a volume of the Springer Lecture Notes in Computer Science, which will be available at the Conference. Submissions must be original and not published elsewhere. The submissions will be peer reviewed by at least three 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 and attend the conference and present the work.

This year EvoApplications is accepting two kinds of submission: full papers and short papers. Full papers require novel and complete research work and have a limit of 16 pages. Short papers should present complete research or interesting preliminary results and have a limit of 8 pages. Both types of submission will undergo the same double blind review process and all accepted papers will be included in the LNCS proceedings. All authors of accepted papers will be given the opportunity to further disseminate their work in poster sessions.


  • Submissions must be original and not published elsewhere. They will be peer reviewed by members of the program committee. The reviewing process will be double-blind, so please omit information about the authors in the submitted paper.
  • Submit your manuscript in Springer LNCS format.
  • Please provide up to five keywords in your Abstract
  • Page limit: 8 pages (short papers) or 16 pages (full papers).
Submission link: https://myreview.saclay.inria.fr/evoapps18/

Presentation details

There are two types of presentation:
  • Long talk (20 minutes + 5 min questions). Authors can optionally bring a poster to present at the poster session.
  • Short talk (10 minutes, no questions). Authors MUST also bring a poster to present at the poster session.
Short papers are only eligible for short talks. Authors of long papers will be notified in advance of the type of presentation (short/long).


  • Kevin Sim
  • Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland
  • Neil Urquhart
  • Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland

Programme Committee

  • Nelishia Pillay , University of KwaZulu-Natal
  • Shengxiang Yang , De Monfort University, UK
  • Sanja Petrovic , University of Nottingham, UK
  • Ender Ozcan , University of Nottingham, UK
  • Sanem Sariel , Istanbul Technical University, Turkey
  • Emma Hart , Edinburgh Napier University, UK
  • Graham Kendall , University of Nottingham, UK
  • Jason Atkin , University of Nottingham, UK
  • Nysret Musliu , Vienna University of Technology, Austria
  • Bahriye Basturk Akay , Erciyes University, Turkey
  • María Arsuaga-Ríos , CERN
  • Nadarajen Veerapen , University of Stirling, UK
  • Ben Paechter , Edinburgh Napier University, UK
  • Michael Guckert , Technische Hochschule Mittelhessen
  • Thomas Farrenkopf , Technische Hochschule Mittelhessen
  • Simon Wells , Edinburgh Napier University, UK
  • Simon Powers , Edinburgh Napier University, UK
  • Aniko Ekart , Aston University, UK
  • Kevin Sim , Edinburgh Napier University, UK

Important dates:

Submission Deadline: 1 November 2017
Notification: 3 January 2018
Camera-ready: 15 January 2018
Mandatory registration per paper: 9 February 2018
Early registration discount: 28 February
Registration deadline: 28 March
EvoStar dates: 4-6 April 2018