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Call for Abstracts/Participation for the METAHEURISTICS stream of the 60th
Conference of the UK Operational Research Society (OR60)


Lancaster University, Bailrigg, Lancaster


September 11-13, 2018


Submission Deadline: 31 May 2018




This stream welcomes abstracts and presentations on metaheuristics, from
theory to practice, and including all flavours of approaches. 


We invite abstracts and presentations, either theory or practice-oriented
(preferably on real world applications) that discuss any of (but not limited
to) the issues of:

- Metaheuristics including evolutionary or population based methods (such
as, tabu search, simulated annealing, iterated local search, genetic
algorithms, memetic algorithms, ant colony optimization, particle swarm

- Systems to build systems, particularly (meta/hyper-)heuristics or any
other related (adaptive, self-tuning, reactive, self-improving, etc.)

- Interplay between data science (machine learning, statistics, etc.) and

- Developing the analytical /theoretical understanding of


We are particularly interested in:

- Methods that are based on or improved/integrated with data science
techniques and/or allow a more general use of meta-heuristics and heuristics
e.g. hyper-heuristics or adaptive search control systems.

- Analyses that lead to some insight into the behaviour of one or more
metaheuristics. For example, but not limited to, landscape analysis,
stochastic analysis methods or modeling.


If you would like to give a talk in this stream, please submit a title and
abstract of no more than 300 words via


by selecting 'Metaheuristics' as the stream. 


(For those who are not familiar with the OR conferences, the usual procedure
is to submit a title and an abstract, and then if accepted, to give a talk
of 20-25 minutes. A full paper or extended abstract is not required.)


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.


Best wishes,

Stream Organisers

Ender Ozcan and Andrew Parkes 

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