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The 22nd European Conference on Evolutionary Computation in Combinatorial Optimisation is a multidisciplinary conference that brings together researchers working on applications and theory of evolutionary computation methods and other metaheuristics for solving difficult combinatorial optimisation problems appearing in various industrial, economic, and scientific domains.

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, stringology, graphs, satisfiability, energy optimisation, cutting, packing, planning and search-based software engineering.

The EvoCOP 2022 conference will be held together with EuroGP (the 25th European Conference on Genetic Programming), EvoMUSART (the 11th European conference on evolutionary and biologically inspired music, sound, art and design) and EvoApplications (the 25th European Conference on the Applications of Evolutionary Computation), in a joint event collectively known as EvoStar (Evo*).

Accepted papers will be published by Springer Nature in the Lecture Notes in Computer Science series.

Download the CFP in PDF from here.

NEW: The EvoCOP proceedings can be found following this link.

Conference Chairs

  • Sébastien Verel
    Université du Littoral Côte d’Opale, France
  • Leslie Pérez-Cáceres
    Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, Chile

Areas of Interest and Contributions

EvoCOP welcomes submissions in all experimental and theoretical aspects of evolutionary computation and other metaheuristics to combinatorial optimisation problems, including (but not limited to) the following areas:

  • Applications of metaheuristics to combinatorial optimization problems
  • Theoretical developments
  • Neighbourhoods and efficient algorithms for searching them
  • Variation operators for stochastic search methods
  • Constraint-handling techniques
  • Parallelisation and grid computing
  • Search space and landscape analyses
  • Comparisons between different (also exact) methods
  • Automatic algorithm configuration and design

Prominent examples of metaheuristics include (but are not limited to):

  • Evolutionary algorithms
  • Estimation of distribution algorithms
  • Swarm intelligence methods such as ant colony and particle swarm optimisation
  • Artificial immune systems
  • Local search methods such as simulated annealing, tabu search, variable neighbourhood search, iterated local search, scatter search and path relinking
  • Hybrid methods such as memetic algorithms
  • Matheuristics (hybrids of exact and heuristic methods)
  • Hyper-heuristics and autonomous search
  • Surrogate-model-based methods

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.

Submission Details

Paper submissions must be original and not published elsewhere. The submissions will be peer reviewed by members of the program committee. 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://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=evo2022

The authors of accepted papers will have to improve their paper on the 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 (notifications will be sent on 26 January, 2022 and the camera-ready deadline will be on 9 February, 2022). At least one author of each accepted work has to register for the conference not later than 7 March 2022, attend the conference and present the work.

Programme Committee

Maria João Alves, Faculty of Economics of University of Coimbra / INESC Coimbra, Portugal
Khulood Alyahya, University of Birmingham, UK
Christian Blum, Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), Spain
Alexander Brownlee, University of Stirling, UK
Maxim Buzdalov, ITMO University, Russia
Marco Chiarandini, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark
Francisco Chicano, University of Málaga, Spain
Carlos Coello Coello, CINVESTAV-IPN, Mexico
Nguyen Dang, St Andrews University, UK
Bilel Derbel, CRIStAL (University of Lille), France
Marcos Diez García, University of Exeter, Exeter, UK
Karl Doerner, University of Vienna, Austria
Benjamin Doerr, Ecole Polytechnique, France
Carola Doerr, Sorbonne University, CNRS, France
Talbi El-Ghazali, University of Lille, France
Jonathan Fieldsend, University of Exeter, UK
Carlos M. Fonseca, University of Coimbra, Portugal
Carlos García-Martínez, Computing and Numerical Analysis Dept. Univ. of Córdoba, Spain
Adrien Goeffon, LERIA – Universite d’Angers, France
Andreia Guerreiro, University of Coimbra, Portugal
Jin-Kao Hao, University of Angers, France
Mario Inostroza-Ponta, Universidad de Santiago de Chile, Chile
Ekhine Irurozki, Telecom Paris, France
Thomas Jansen, Aberystwyth University, UK
Andrzej Jaszkiewicz, Poznan University of Technology, Poland
Marie-Eleonore Kessaci, Université de Lille, Laboratoire CRIStAL, France
Ahmed Kheiri, Lancaster University, UK
Frederic Lardeux, LERIA – University of Angers, France
Rhydian Lewis, Cardiff University, UK
Arnaud Liefooghe, University of Lille, CNRS, Inria, France
Manuel López-Ibáñez, The University of Manchester, UK
Gabriel Luque, University of Málaga, Spain
Basseur Matthieu, Université du Littoral Côte d’Opale, France
Krzysztof Michalak, Wroclaw University of Economics, Poland
Elizabeth Montero, Universidad Andres Bello, Chile
Christine Mumford, Cardiff University, UK
Nysret Musliu, TU Wien, Austria
Gabriela Ochoa, University of Stirling, UK
Pietro S Oliveto, University Of Sheffield, UK
Luis Paquete, University of Coimbra, Portugal
Mario Pavone, University of Catania, Italy
Paola Pellegrini, IFSTTAR, France
Francisco Pereira, Instituto Superior de Engenharia de Coimbra, Portugal
Pedro Pinacho, Universidad de Concepción, Chile
Daniel Porumbel, CEDRIC, CNAM (Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers), France
Jakob Puchinger, CentraleSupélec, IRT-SystemX, France
Günther Raidl, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
María Cristina Riff, Universidad Tecnica Federico Santa Maria, Chile
Eduardo Rodriguez-Tello, Cinvestav-Tamaulipas, Mexico
Andrea Roli, University of Bologna, Italy
Hana Rudová, Masaryk University, Czech Republic
Valentino Santucci, University for Foreigners of Perugia, Italy
Frédéric Saubion, LERIA – University of Angers, France
Marcella Scoczynski Ribeiro Martins, Federal University of Technology, Parana, Brasil
Patrick Siarry, Universit de Paris 12, France
Jim Smith, University of the West of England, UK
Thomas Stützle, Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Belgium
Sara Tari, Université du Littoral Côte d’Opale, France
Renato Tinós, University of Sao Paulo, Brasil
Nadarajen Veerapen, University of Lille, France
Markus Wagner, The University of Adelaide, Australia
Carsten Witt, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark
Takeshi Yamada, NTT Communication Science Laboratories, Japan
Christine Zarges, Aberystwyth University, UK
Fangfang Zhang, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand