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Subject:

Call For Participation: 4th EU/ME Workshop (Nottingham UK, 3-5 Nov 04)

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        Call For Participation - Fourth EU/ME Workshop

         DESIGN AND EVALUATION OF ADVANCED HYBRID META-HEURISTICS

                  3, 4 and 5 November 2004, Nottingham, UK
 =============================================================================

DESCRIPTION

Hybrid meta-heuristic approaches have been successfully applied to a
variety of continuous and combinatorial optimisation problems. There is
a great interest on this topic, as reflected by the fact that, a
considerable number of heuristic methods reported in the literature
include some form of hybridisation. However, despite the great number of
hybrid methods proposed by researchers and practitioners, more attention
is required on the development of frameworks for designing and
evaluating advanced hybrid meta-heuristics. Among the few examples of
such frameworks are memetic algorithms. The existence of such frameworks
is useful for the design and evaluation of advanced hybrid systems in a
more methodical fashion as in the case of memetic algorithms. Therefore,
in order to motivate more research in this area, the theme of the fourth
EU/ME workshop will be on the design and evaluation of advanced hybrid
meta-heuristics.
As in the previous EU/ME workshops, the 2004 workshop will bring
together researchers and practitioners from the meta-heuristics
community but this time those with a particular interest in
hybridisation. The overall aim of the workshop is to serve as a forum
for an exchange of ideas and experiences between the workshop
participants. The fundamental issues are: How can we effectively design
advanced hybrid meta-heuristics in a more methodical way? How should we
evaluate the contribution of each component in the resulting hybrid system?

This is the fourth in a series of free of charge workshops organised by
EU/ME, the European Chapter on Metaheuristics. EU/ME is a working group
of EURO, the Association of European Operational Research Societies.
This worskhop is being organised in co-operation with ASAP, the
Automated Scheduling, Optimisation and PLanning Research Group at the
University of Nottingham, UK.

Workshop website http://webhost.ua.ac.be/eume/workshops/hybrid

TOPICS

Topics of interest include (but are not limited to) the following:

- Hybridisation of meta-heuristics with exact methods, manual (or
interactive)
systems, etc.
- Hybrid evolutionary methods (e.g. memetic algorithms).
- A-teams of heuristics, also called A-architectures.
- Analysis of components in the hybridised system.
- Metric and methods to evaluate the performance of hybrid systems.
- Classification schemes, surveys, annotated bibliographies, etc.
- Innovative inter-disciplinary applications of hybrid meta-heuristics.



CONTRIBUTIONS
Accepted contibutions will be presented orally at the workshop.
Please check out the above web site for a detailed programme of the
workshop.


PLENARY SPEAKERS

4 Nov 2004
Natalio Krasnogor, University of Nottingham, UK
"Recent Advances in Memetic Algorithms"
http://www.cs.nott.ac.uk/~nxk/

5 Nov 2004
Ibrahim Osman, American University of Beirut, Lebanon
"Hybrid Meta-heuristics for Combinatorial Optimization Problems"
http://sb-lb.aub.edu.lb/PersonalSites/DrOsman/Default.asp


POST-WORKSHOP VOLUME

There will be two special issues devoted to the workshop's best papers:

- Journal of the Operational Research Society (JORS)
- Journal of Mathematical Modelling and Algorithms (JMMA)

The programme committee will select only high-quality papers describing
excellent scientific work for publication in the above journals. It is
expected that both journal special issues will be published in late 2005.


REGISTRATION AND PARTICIPATION

Registration can be made at the workshop's website
http://webhost.ua.ac.be/eume/workshops/hybrid
Please note that the deadline for early registration is 17 October 2004.
The workshop will take place at the Comfort Hotel in Nottingham, UK. For
those participants who wish to stay at the workshop Hotel (which is of
course very convenient), we have negotiated a very good package of
accommodation/meals for workshop participants.
Visit the workshop's web site for further details.


IMPORTANT DATES

- Deadline for early Registration: 17 October 2004.
- Workshop dates: 3, 4 and 5 November 2004.



PROGRAMME COMMITTEE

- Jason Atkin (UK)
- Edmund Burke (UK)
- Luca Di Caspero (Italy)
- Carlos Cotta (Spain)
- Kath Dowsland (UK)
- Michel Gendreau (Canada)
- Jens Gotlieb (Germany)
- Jin-Kao Hao (France)
- Graham Kendall (UK)
- Natalio Krasnogor (UK)
- Dario Landa Silva (UK)
- Peter Merz (Germany)
- Nysret Musliu (Austria)
- Ibrahim Osman (Lebanon)
- Gunther Raidl (Austria)
- Thomas Stutzle (Germany)
- Andrea Schaerf (Italy)
- Marc Sevaux (France)
- Wolfgang Slany (Austria)
- Kenneth Sorensen (Belgium)
- Eric Soubeiga (UK)
- El-ghazali Talbi (France)
- Greet Vanden Berghe (Belgium)



ORGANISING COMMITTEE
For more information please contact any member of the organising committee:

Jens Gottlieb ([log in to unmask]), SAP AG, Germany.
Dario Landa Silva ([log in to unmask]), University of Nottingham, UK.
Nysret Musliu ([log in to unmask]), Vienna University of
Technology, Austria.
Eric Soubeiga ([log in to unmask]), University of Nottingham, UK.

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