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5374MIC 2011, 2nd Call for Papers

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  • Thomas Stützle
    Feb 1, 2011
      9th Metaheuristics International Conference

      MIC 2011

      25-28 July, 2011 in Udine, Italy

      More details and up-to-date information at


      Scope of the Conference

      The Metaheuristics International Conference (MIC) series was established in 1995 and this is its 9th edition. MIC is the main event focusing on the progress of the area of metaheuristics and their applications. As in previous editions, MIC 2011 will provide an opportunity to the international research community in metaheuristics to discuss recent research results, to develop new ideas and collaborations, and to meet old friends and make new ones in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.

      MIC 2011 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. MIC 2011 strives for a high-quality program that will be completed by a number of invited talks, tutorials, and special sessions.

      Relevant Research Areas

      MIC 2011 solicits contributions dealing with any aspect of metaheuristics. Typical, but not exclusive, topics of interest are:

      + Metaheuristic techniques such as tabu search, simulated annealing, iterated local search, variable neighborhood search, memory-based optimization, dynamic local search, evolutionary algorithms, memetic algorithms, ant colony optimization, variable neighborhood search, particle swarm optimization, scatter search, path relinking, etc.

      + Techniques that enhance the usability and increase the potential of metaheuristic algorithms such as reactive search mechanisms for self-tuning, offline metaheuristic algorithm configuration techniques, algorithm portfolios, parallelization of metaheuristic algorithms, etc.

      + Empirical and theoretical research in metaheuristics including large-scale experimental analyses, algorithm comparisons, new experimental methodologies, engineering methodologies for metaheuristic algorithms, search space analysis, theoretical insights into properties of metaheuristic algorithms, etc.

      + High-impact applications of metaheuristics in fields such as bioinformatics, electrical and mechanical engineering, telecommunications, sustainability, business, scheduling and timetabling. Particularly welcome are innovative applications of metaheuristic algorithms that have a potential of pushing research frontiers.

      + Contributions on the combination of metaheuristic techniques with those from other areas, such as integer programming, constraint programming, machine learning, etc.

      + Challenging applications areas such as continuous, mixed discrete-continuous, multi-objective, stochastic, or dynamic problems.

      Important Dates

      Submission deadline March 6, 2011
      Notification of acceptance May 13, 2011
      Camera ready copy May 27, 2011
      Early registration June 6, 2011
      Conference July 25-28, 2011

      Submission Details

      We will accept submissions in three different formats.

      S1) Original research contributions for publication in the conference proceedings of a maximum of 10 pages

      S2) Extended abstracts of work-in-progress and position papers on an important research aspect of a maximum of 3 pages

      S3) High-quality manuscripts that have recently, within the last six months, been submitted or accepted for journal publication

      Accepted contributions of categories S1 and S2 will be published in the MIC 2011 conference proceedings. The proceedings will be assigned the ISBN 978-88-900984-3-7. Accepted contributions of category S3 will be orally presented at the conference, but not be included into the conference proceedings (neither in the post-conference proceedings).

      The submission server is available at http://www.conftool.net/mic2011

      Post-conference Publication

      It has become a tradition of MIC conferences to publish post-conference proceedings in an edited book. Authors of accepted papers in categories S1 and S2 (see submission details) are invited to submit improved and extended versions of their conference papers for publication in the MIC 2011 post-conference volume. The post-conference volume will appear in the Operations Research / Computer Science Interfaces series of Springer Verlag (confirmation pending).

      Best Paper Award

      A best paper award will be presented at the conference. Only papers submitted in category S1 will be eligible for the best paper award.

      Invited Talks

      There will be three invited talks at MIC 2011. The invited speakers are

      - Holger H. Hoos, http://www.cs.ubc.ca/~hoos, University of British Columbia, Canada
      Programming by Optimisation: Towards a new Paradigm for Developing High-Performance Software

      - Andrea Lodi, http://www.or.deis.unibo.it/lodi.html, Alma Mater Studiorum - Universita degli Studi di Bologna, Italy
      The heuristic (dark) side of MIP solvers

      - Pascal Van Hentenryck, http://www.cs.brown.edu/~pvh, Brown University, USA
      Meta-Heuristics for Last-Mile Disaster Preparedness and Recovery

      Special Sessions

      The conference will integrate a number of special sessions. Currently confirmed are the following.

      - Dynamic Optimization, organized by Amir Nakib and Patrick Siarry
      - Hybrid Tree Search and Metaheuristic Algorithms, organized by Zeynep Kiziltan, Andrea Lodi, Michela Milano, Fabio Parisini
      - Matheuristics, organized by Karl Doerner, Vittorio Maniezzo, Celso Ribeiro, and Stefan Voss
      - Metaheuristics in Employee Scheduling, organized by Dario Landa-Silva and Nysret Musliu
      - Metaheuristics for Novel and Emerging Vehicle Routing Problems, organized by Jorge E. Mendoza, Christian Prins, Marc Sevaux
      - Metaheuristics for Real Production Planning and Scheduling, organized by Ruben Ruiz
      - Metaheuristics in Health Care Management and Services, organized by Ana Viana and Abdur Rais
      - Methodologies for Heuristic Multi-Objective Optimization, organized by Walter Gutjahr and Frank Neumann
      - Metaheuristics for Quadratic Binary Programs, organized by Fred Glover, Jin-Kao Hao, and Gary Kochenberger

      The submission to the special sessions will be through the same submission site as for the main conference. For submission details and paper categories, we refer to the main submission information.

      Conference Location

      The conference will be held in Udine, Italy. The conference site is Palazzo Antonini, the main site of the University of Udine. This is a 16th century palace in the city center of Udine.

      Further Information

      Up-to-date information will be published on the web site http://mic2011.diegm.uniud.it For information about local arrangements, registration forms, etc., please refer to the above-mentioned web site or contact the local organizers at the address below.

      Conference Address

      MIC 2011 Organization
      Luca Di Gaspero / Andrea Schaerf
      DIEGM, University of Udine
      via delle Scienze 208
      33100 Udine, Italy
      Fax: +39 0432 55 8251

      MIC 2011 Conference Committee

      Technical Program Chairs
      Andrea Schaerf
      Luca Di Gaspero
      Thomas Stuetzle

      Local organization
      Sara Ceschia
      Tommaso Urli
      Luca Di Gaspero
      Mirko Loghi
      Andrea Schaerf

      Program Committee

      Roberto Battiti, Universita' degli Studi di Trento, Italy
      Mauro Birattari, Universite' Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium
      Jacek Blazewicz, Politechnika Poznanska, Poland
      Christian Blum, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Spain
      Juergen Branke, University of Warwick, UK
      Peter Brucker, Universitaet Osnabrueck, Germany
      Edmund Burke, University of Nottingham, UK
      Marco Caserta, Universitaet Hamburg, Germany
      Marco Chiarandini, Syddansk Universitet, Denmark
      Theo Crainic, CIRRELT, Canada
      Mauro Dell'Amico, Universita' degli Studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia, Italy
      Federico Della Croce, Politecnico di Torino, Italy
      Marco Dorigo, Universite' Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium
      Karl Doerner, Universitaet Wien, Austria
      Paola Festa, Universita' degli Studi di Napoli, Italy
      Andreas Fink, Helmut-Schmidt-Universitaet Hamburg, Germany
      Luca Maria Gambardella, IDSIA, SUPSI, Switzerland
      Xavier Gandibleux, Universite' de Nantes, France
      Michel Gendreau, Universite' de Montreal, Canada
      Fred Glover, University of Colorado at Boulder & OptTek Systems, USA
      Bruce Golden, University of Maryland, USA
      Peter Greistorfer, Karl-Franzens-Universitaet Graz, Austria
      Walter Gutjahr, Universitaet Wien, Austria
      Said Hanafi, Universite' de Valenciennes, France
      Jin-Kao Hao, Universite' d'Angers, France
      Richard Hartl, Universitaet Wien, Austria
      Geir Hasle, SINTEF, Norway
      Holger Hoos, University of British Columbia, Canada
      Graham Kendall, University of Nottingham, UK
      Gary Kochenberger, University of Colorado at Denver, USA
      Manuel Laguna, University of Colorado at Boulder, USA
      Hoong Chuin Lau, Singapore Management University, Singapore
      Andrea Lodi, Universita' degli Studi di Bologna, Italy
      Arne Lokketangen, Molde University College, Norway
      Vittorio Maniezzo, Universita' degli Studi di Bologna, Italy
      Silvano Martello, Universita' degli Studi di Bologna, Italy
      Rafael Marti, Universitat de Valencia, Spain
      Barry McCollum, Queen's University Belfast, UK
      Peter Merz, Fachhochschule Hannover, Germany
      Michela Milano, Universita' degli Studi di Bologna, Italy
      Nenad Mladenovic, Brunel University, UK
      Pablo Moscato, University of Newcastle, Australia
      Nysret Musliu, Technische Universitaet Wien, Austria
      Frank Neumann, Max-Plank-Institut fuer Informatik, Germany
      Ibrahim Osman, American University of Beirut, Lebanon
      Erwin Pesch, Universitaet Siegen, Germany
      Jean-Yves Potvin, Universite' de Montreal, Canada
      Christian Prins, Universite' de Technologie de Troyes, France
      Guenther Raidl, Technische Universitaet Wien, Austria
      Helena Ramalhinho Lourenco, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain
      Cesar Rego, University of Mississippi, USA
      Mauricio Resende, AT&T Labs Research, USA
      Celso Ribeiro, Universidade Federal Fluminense, Brasil
      Franca Rinaldi, Universita' degli Studi di Udine, Italy
      Andrea Roli, Universita' degli Studi di Bologna, Italy
      Ruben Ruiz, Universidad Politecnica de Valencia, Spain
      Marc Schoenauer, INRIA Saclay Ile-de-France, France
      Paolo Serafini, Universita' degli Studi di Udine, Italy
      Marc Sevaux, Universite' de Bretagne-Sud, France
      Patrick Siarry, Universite' Paris-Est Creteil, France
      Kenneth Soerensen, Universiteit Antwerpen, Belgium
      Eric Taillard, Haute Ecole d'Ingenierie et de Gestion du Canton de Vaud, Switzerland
      El-Ghazali Talbi, LIFL, France
      Jacques Teghem, Universite' de Mons, Belgium
      Paolo Toth, Universita' degli Studi di Bologna, Italy
      Michael Trick, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
      Ana Viana, INESC Porto, Portugal
      Stefan Voss, Universitaet Hamburg, Germany
      Jean-Paul Watson, SANDIA National Laboratories, USA
      David Woodruff, University of California at Davis, USA
      Mutsunori Yagiura, Nagoya University, Japan