The 24th 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 2024 conference will be held together with EuroGP (the 27th European Conference on Genetic Programming), EvoMUSART (the 13th European conference on evolutionary and biologically inspired music, sound, art and design) and EvoApplications (the 27th 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. Previous proceedings can be found in the EvoCOP Conference Proceedings in SpringerLink.

Download the CFP in PDF here.

NEW: The proceedings of EvoCOP 2024 is available in the following link.

Conference Chairs

  • Thomas Stützle
    Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium
  • Markus Wagner
    Monash University, Australia

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

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Programme Committee

Nadarajen Veerapen, University of Lille
Valentino Santucci,   University for Foreigners of Perugia
Carlos Coello Coello  , CINVESTAV-IPN
Giovanni Squillero, Politecnico di Torino
Daniel Porumbel, CEDRIC, CNAM (Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers)
Nguyen Dang, St Andrews University
Marie-Eleonore Kessaci, Université de Lille, Laboratoire CRIStAL
Frédéric Saubion, LERIA – University of Angers
Andrzej Jaszkiewicz,  Poznan University of Technology
Paola Pellegrini, IFSTTAR
Maxim Buzdalov, ITMO University
Eduardo Arturo Rodriguez Tello, Cinvestav Tamaulipas
Carlos García-Martínez, Computing and Numerical Analysis Dept. Univ. of Córdoba
Mario Inostroza-Pont,  Universidad de Santiago de Chile
Ekhine Irurozki,  Telecom Paris
Carsten Witt, Technical University of Denmark
Frederic Lardeux,  University of Angers
Francisco Pereira, Instituto Superior de Engenharia de Coimbra
Jonathan Fieldsend, University of Exeter
Kevin Sim, Edinburgh Napier University
Maria João Alves,  INESC Coimbra
Bernd Freisleben,  University of Marburg
Jose A. Lozano, The University of the Basque Country
Pietro S Oliveto,  University Of Sheffield
Carlos Cotta, Universidad de Málaga
Günther Raidl,  Vienna University of Technology
Alexander Brownlee, University of Stirling
Dirk Sudholt, University of Passau
Christian Blum, Spanish National Research Council (CSIC)
Marcus Ritt, Instituto de Informatica, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul
Geir Hasle, SINTEF Digital
Luis Paquete, University of Coimbra
Sara Tari, Université du Littoral Côte d’Opale
Gabriela Ochoa, University of Stirling
Jin-Kao Hao, University of Angers, France
Beatrice Ombuki-Berman,  University of Angers, France
Talbi El-Ghazali, University of Lille
Renato Tinós, USP    ordinary PC member
Carola Doerr, Sorbonne University, CNRS, France
Arnaud Liefooghe,  Univ Lille, CNRS, Inria, Centrale Lille, UMR 9189 CRIStAL
Nysret Musliu, TU Wien
Johannes Lengler, ETH Zurich
Arina Buzdalova,  ITMO University
Gabriel Luque, University of Málaga
Francisco Chicano, University of Málaga
Josu Ceberio,  University of the Basque Country
Adrien Goeffon,  Universite d’Angers
Rhydian Lewis, Cardiff University
Krzysztof Michalak, Wroclaw University of Economics
Mario Pavone, University of Catania
Andrea Roli, University of Bologna
Christine Zarges,  Aberystwyth University
Thomas Jansen, Aberystwyth University
Manuel López-Ibáñez , The University of Manchester
Matthieu Basseur,  LISIC, Université du Littoral Côte d’Opale
Marco Chiarandini, University of Southern Denmark
Bilel Derbel, CRIStAL (Univ. Lille)
María Cristina  Riff,  Universidad Tecnica Federico Santa Maria
Sébastien Verel, Université du Littoral Côte d’Opale
Ahmed Kheiri, Lancaster University
Fangfang Zhang,  Victoria University of Wellington
Thomas Bartz-Beielstein,
Carlos M. Fonseca, University of Coimbra
Karl Doerner, University of Vienna
Abraham Punnen, Simon Fraser University