Evolutionary Computation Digest — Monday, 27 January 2020, Volume 34: Issue 2

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Today's Topics:

 - 15 February: FOGA 2021 call for hosting
 - 05 March: Metaheuristics Summer School—Learning & Optimization from
Big Data: MESS 2020
 - 15 March: Scholarships from the Society for the Promotion of
Evolutionary Computation in Europe and its Surroundings (SPECIES)

 CFPs (with submission deadline)
 - 31 January: OR Spectrum special issue on ML for CO
 - 31 January (Abstracts): EMO stream at Conference of the
International Federation of Operational Research Societies, IFORS
 - 31 January (Abstracts): OR for Development and Developing Countries
session at IFORS (Seoul)
 - 06 February (Abstracts January 30): GECCO 2020
 - 16 February: IEEE Workshop on Parallel / Distributed Combinatorics
and Optimization (New Orleans)
 - 24 April: International Conference on Metaheuristics and Nature
Inspired Computing, META'2020 (Marrakech, Morocco)


July 8-12, 2020, Cancún, Mexico: GECCO 2020

September 7–9, 2020, Leiden, The Netherlands: PPSN 2020

Sender:  Kenneth De Jong <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: FOGA 2021 call for hosting

As announced at the GECCO-2019 business meeting, SIGEVO is soliciting
proposals for hosting FOGA-2021.  The deadline for submitting hosting
proposals is now set at February 15, 2020.  Submissions should be electronically
sent to Darrell Whitley ([log in to unmask]) and Kenneth De Jong
([log in to unmask]).  Selection will be made by the SIGEVO board and
notifications sent out by March 15, 2020.

Sender:  Mario Pavone <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: MESS 2020 ~ Learning & Optimization from Big Data ~ Catania,
27-31 July 2020

MESS 2020 - Metaheuristics Summer School
- Learning & Optimization from Big Data -
27-31 July 2020, Catania, Italy
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** APPLICATION DEADLINE: 5th March 2020 **

MESS 2020 is aimed at qualified and strongly motivated MSc and PhD
students; post-docs; young researchers, and both academic and
industrial professionals to provide an overview on the several
metaheuristics techniques, and an in-depth analysis of the
state-of-the-art. The main theme of the 2020 edition is ?Learning and
Optimization from Big Data?, therefore MESS 2020 wants to focus on (i)
Learning for Metaheuristics; (ii) Optimization in Machine Learning;
and (iii) how Optimization and Learning affect the Metaheuristics
making them relevant in handling Big Data.


+ Swagatam Das, Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata
+ Luca Maria Gambardella, IDSIA Istituto Dalle Molle for Artificial
Intelligence, Switzerland
+ Salvatore Greco, University of Catania, Italy & University of Portsmouth, UK
+ Emma Hart, Edinburgh Napier University, UK
+ Mauricio Resende, AMAZON, USA
+ Roman Slowinski, Pozna? University of Technology, Poland
+ El-Ghazali Talbi, University of Lille 1, France
+ Daniele Vigo, University of Bologna, Italy

More Lecturers will be announced soon.


All participants may submit an abstract of their recent results, or
works in progress, for presentation and having the opportunities for
debate and interact with leaders in the field. Mini-Workshop
Organizers and Scientific Committee will review the abstracts and will
recommend for the format of the presentation (oral or poster). All
abstracts will be published on the electronic hands-out book of the
summer school.

The Abstracts must be submitted by *March 5, 2020*.

*See Previous Edition - MESS 2018*

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Sender:  "Christine Zarges" <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: SPECIES Scholarships: Call for Student and Host Applications
(Deadline: 15 March 2020)

SPECIES Scholarships - Call for Student and Host Applications

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Deadline for all applications: 15 March 2020

SPECIES, the Society for the Promotion of Evolutionary Computation in Europe
and its Surroundings, is proud to announce the launch of a number of
scholarships for PhD students to spend three months at a hosting institution,
working under the supervision of an advisor.

The selected students will receive an allowance of 900 euros per month to cover
accommodation and living expenses.

The host institution may provide funds to cover up to three additional months,
and any other advantage they wish to offer (e.g., travel funds).

Applicants will be selected based on merit by a committee designated by the
SPECIES Executive Board. Students and host institutions will be matched
following preferences indicated by both sides (at most one student per host

We are inviting worldwide applications for both, PhD students and host
institutions. More information including conditions of the scholarships and
details on how to apply can be found on the SPECIES website:
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Deadline for all applications: 15 March 2020

Sender:  Vittorio Maniezzo <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: OR spectrum special issue on ML for CO: deadline approaching

Call for Papers - Special Issue: Machine Learning and Combinatorial Optimization

This special issue aims at presenting an overview of the
state-of-the-art of the field, welcoming contributions about
innovative research both on machine learning addressing CO problems or
supporting CO approaches, and on CO algorithms addressing ML issues.
Topics of interest include but are not limited to:
    Combinatorial Problem Modeling
    Solution Generation
    Search Guidance
    Uncovering Hidden Structures and Patterns in Data
    Parameter Learning and Adaptive Adjustment
    ML for Assisted Decision Support in CO Algorithms
    Real-world Application of ML-CO Models
    Hybridization of ML and CO

Details at this link

Sender:  "Manuel López-Ibáñez" <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Evolutionary Multi-objective Optimization (EMO) @ IFORS 2020
(Deadline: January 31)

- Dates: June 21-26 (Sun-Fri), 2020
- Location: Seoul, Korea

- Abstract submission closes: January 31, 2020
- Submit an abstract:

You are kindly invited to submit an abstract to the stream
“Evolutionary Multi-objective Optimization (EMO)” at the 22nd
Conference of the International Federation of Operational Research
Societies (IFORS), Seoul, Korea (

We welcome contributions within the scope of EMO including:

Applications of EMO to continuous, combinatorial or mixed-integer problems
Many-objective optimization
Hybridization with exact methods
Multi-objective Local search and other multi-objective metaheuristics,
such as Ant Colony Optimization, Particle Swarm Optimization,
Estimation of Distribution Algorithms, etc.
Preference handling and MCDM techniques in EMO  and interactive approaches
Constraint handling techniques
Parallel EMO
Performance assessment and benchmarking
Automatic algorithm selection, configuration and design
Data-driven and Bayesian optimization and other applications of
evolutionary machine learning
Real-world applications

Sender:  Youssef Masmoudi <[log in to unmask]>
Subject:  IFORS 2020 - session “OR for Development and Developing Countries”

Very soon, at January 31, we will arrive at the Deadline of Abstract
Submission of IFORS 2020.

You are invited to submit an abstract for the IFORS 2020 conference in
session “OR for Development and Developing Countries”.

To submit your paper, please visit:
and log in with your username and password.

The submission code is: cbad8a83

Deadline for abstract submission: January 31, 2020
Notification of acceptance: February 10, 2020
Deadline for early registration: February 28, 2020
Speakers Registration Deadline: March 1, 2020
Conference: June 21-26, 2020

Sender:  Gregorio Toscano <[log in to unmask]>
Subject:  Call for Papers - GECCO 2020

2020 Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO 2020)
8-12 July, 2020, Cancun, Mexico.

Important Dates

 * Full papers (traditional category)
   * Abstract deadline:                 January 30, 2020
   * Submission of full papers:         February 6, 2020
 * Poster-only papers:
   * Submission of poster-only papers:  February 6, 2020
 * Conference:                           July 8-12, 2020

Call for Papers

The Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO 2020) will
present the latest high-quality results in genetic and evolutionary
computation. Topics include genetic algorithms, genetic programming,
evolution strategies, evolutionary programming, memetic algorithms,
hyper-heuristics, real-world applications, evolutionary machine
learning, evolvable hardware, artificial life, adaptive behavior, ant
colony optimization, swarm intelligence, biological applications,
evolutionary robotics, coevolution, artificial immune systems, and more.

The full list of tracks is available at:

More information about paper submission is available at:

Sender: "Grégoire DANOY" <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: CFP - Several Special Issues - 10th IEEE Workshop on Parallel
/ Distributed  Combinatorics and Optimization (PDCO)  in conjunction
with IEEE IPDPS 2020

      Combinatorics and Optimization (PDCO 2020)


                           held in conjunction with
                         the 34th IEEE International
   Parallel and Distributed Processing Symposium (IPDPS'2020)
                            May 18-22, 2020

                        New Orleans, USA

FIXED DEADLINE (no more extensions): February 16, 2020

The IEEE Workshop on Parallel / Distributed Combinatorics and
Optimization aims at providing a forum for scientific researchers and
engineers on recent advances in the field of parallel or distributed
combinatorics for difficult optimization problems, ranging from
theoretical to applied problems. The latter include for instance 0-1
multidimensional knapsack problems and cutting stock problems, large
scale linear programming problems, nonlinear optimization problems,
global optimization and scheduling problems.

* Exact methods, heuristics, metaheuristics, hybrid methods;
* Parallel / distributed algorithms for combinatorial optimization;
* Parallel / distributed  metaheuristics;
* Nature inspired parallel / distributed computing;
* Integer programming, linear programming, nonlinear programming;
* Global optimization, polynomial optimization;
* Cooperative methods, hybrid methods;
* Parallel sparse matrix computations, graph algorithms, load balancing;
* Applications: cloud computing, planning, logistics, manufacturing,
finance, telecommunications, computational biology, combinatorial
algorithms in high performance computing.

Important Dates:
- Submission Deadline: February 16, 2020
- Author notification: March 6, 2020
- Camera ready version: March 22, 2020
- Workshop: May 18, 2020

Sender:  El-ghazali Talbi <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: CFP META'2020 @Marrakech

International Conference on Metaheuristics and Nature Inspired Computing

                          27-31 Oct 2020
                        Marrakech, Morocco


META is one of the main event focusing on the progress of the area of
metaheuristics and their applications.

META'2020 welcomes presentations that cover any aspects of metaheuristic
research such as new algorithmic developments, high-impact applications,
new research challenges, theoretical developments, implementation
issues, and in-depth experimental studies. META'2020 strives for a
high-quality program that will be completed by a number of invited
talks, tutorials, workshops and special sessions.

The scope of the META’2020 conference includes, but is not limited to:
     * Local search, tabu search, simulated annealing, VNS, ILS, …
     * Evolutionary algorithms, swarm optimization, bio-inspired
algorithms, …
     * Emergent nature inspired algorithms: quantum computing,
artificial immune systems, bee colony, DNA computing, …
     * Quantum computing
     * Parallel and distributed algorithms
     * Hybrid methods with machine learning, game theory, mathematical
programming, constraint programming, co-evolutionary, …
     * Application to: logistics and transportation, networks,
scheduling, data mining, engineering design, energy, cloud, bio-medical, …
     * Theory of metaheuristics, landscape analysis, convergence,
problem difficulty, very large neighbourhoods, …
     * Multi-objective optimization, bi-level optimization
     * Dynamic optimization, problems with uncertainty, …
     * Parameter tuning (static, dynamic, adaptive, self-adaptive)
     * Hyper-heuristics, cross-domain metaheuristics
     * Software frameworks for metaheuristics and nature inspired computing

Important dates

- Submission deadline: April 24, 2020
- Notification of acceptance: May 30, 2020


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