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Call For Papers - Fourth EU/ME Workshop
DESIGN AND EVALUATION OF ADVANCED HYBRID META-HEURISTICS
3,4 November 2004, Nottingham, UK
Hybrid meta-heuristic approaches have been successfully applied to a
of continuous and combinatorial optimisation problems. There is a great
on this topic, as reflected by the fact that, a considerable number of
methods reported in the literature include some form of hybridisation.
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
in a more methodical fashion as in the case of memetic algorithms.
in order to motivate more research in this area, the theme of the fourth
workshop will be on the design and evaluation of advanced hybrid
As in the previous EU/ME workshops, the 2004 workshop will bring together
researchers and practitioners from the meta-heuristics community but
those with a particular interest in hybridisation. The overall aim of the
workshop is to serve as a forum for the exchange of ideas and experiences
between the workshop participants. The fundamental issues are: How can we
effectively design advanced hybrid meta-heuristics in a methodical way? How
should we evaluate the contribution of each component in the resulting
This is the fourth in a series of free of charge workshops organised by
the European Chapter on Metaheuristics. EU/ME is a working group of
Association of European Operational Research Societies. This worskhop is
organised in co-operation with ASAP, the Automated Scheduling,
PLanning Research Group at the University of Nottingham, UK.
Workshop website http://webhost.ua.ac.be/eume/workshops/hybrid
Topics of interest include (but are not limited to) the following:
- Hybridisation of meta-heuristics with exact methods, manual (or
- 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.
Authors are invited to submit a 3-5 pages extended abstract on the theme of
the workshop. Each extended abstract will be peer-reviewed by two members
of the programme committee. Please send contributions by email to:
Nysret Musliu at [log in to unmask]
There will be two special issues devoted to the workshop's best papers only:
- Journal of the Operational Research Society (JORS)
- Journal of Mathematical Modelling and Algorithms (JMMA)
Potential contributors are therefore encouraged to submit their
abstracts to the workshop in order to get a chance to submit an extended
version of their work to the post-workshop volume. 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
Following the spirit of the EU/ME workshops, registration to the meeting is
free of charge (including tea, coffee and biscuits) for those
contributing a paper. Registration can be made at the workshop's website
Please note that, due to a limited number of places, colleagues are
invited to pre-register at the earliest opportunity. It is also possible
to register for the workshop as a non-contributor but this will be
subject to a small admin fee (check web site for further details).
Participants (contributors and non-contributors) will need to cover
their travel, accommodation and meal expenses. The workshop will take
place at the Comfort Hotel in Nottingham, UK. For those participants who
want to stay in that Hotel (which is of course very convenient), we have
negotiated a very good package of accommodation/meals for workshop
participants. A summary of this is as follows:
Full package at 220 GBP (approx. 330 EUROS) includes:
- 2 nights accommodation
- 2 Breakfast meals
- 2 Lunch meals
- Reception dinner (3rd November)
- Workshop banquet (4th November)
The 1 day accommodation rate is 110 GBP (approx. 165 EUROS) and includes
accommodation and meals.
Those attending the workshop but not staying at the hotel can get the meals
(including evening) package at 30 GBP (approx. 45 EUROS) per day.
- Deadline for pre-registration (via the EU/ME website): 01 August 2004.
- Deadline for submission of contributions: 27 August 2004.
- Notification of accepted contributions: 24 September 2004.
- Deadline for early Registration: 01 October 2004.
- Workshop dates: 3 and 4 November 2004.
- Edmund Burke (UK)
- Luca Di Caspero (Italy)
- Carlos Cotta (Spain)
- Kath Dowsland (UK)
- 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)
- Eric Soubeiga (UK)
- El-ghazali Talbi (France)
- Greet Vanden Berghe (Belgium)
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
Eric Soubeiga ([log in to unmask]), University of Nottingham, UK.
Dr E Soubeiga
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