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Engineering Stochastic Local Search Algorithms, SLS 2011, deadline extension

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  • Thomas Stützle
    Engineering Stochastic Local Search Algorithms ... Designing, Implementing and Analyzing Effective Heuristics SLS 2011 15-17 September 2011, Brussels, Belgium
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 2, 2011
      Engineering Stochastic Local Search Algorithms
      Designing, Implementing and Analyzing Effective Heuristics

      SLS 2011

      15-17 September 2011, Brussels, Belgium

      EXTENDED DEADLINE: June 22, 2011

      More details and up-to-date information at

      The Workshop

      This is the third edition of the SLS Algorithms Engineering
      workshop. As in previous editions, the main goal of SLS 2011 is to
      provide a forum for the discussion of methodological issues that arise
      in the design, implementation, tuning and experimental
      evaluation of effective heuristic algorithms. SLS 2011 welcomes high
      quality contributions that focus on such issues and that cover any
      type of stochastic local search methods.

      The 2011 edition of SLS will include invited talks by leading experts
      in the field on topics of special relevance to engineering SLS
      algorithms. In addition to these invited talks, high quality
      contributions will be presented orally and in poster sessions; a
      doctoral symposium will also be organized in conjunction with the main
      workshop. Pending final confirmation from Springer, the workshop
      post-proceedings will be published in the Lecture Notes in Computer
      Science (LNCS) series.

      Relevant Research Areas

      In recent years, it has become evident that the development of
      effective SLS algorithms is a highly complex engineering process that
      typically combines aspects of algorithm design and implementation with
      empirical analysis and problem-specific background knowledge. This
      development process needs to be assisted by a sound methodology that
      adresses the issues arising in the phases of algorithm design,
      implementation, tuning and experimental evaluation. In addition, more
      research is required to understand which SLS techniques are best
      suited for particular problem types and to better understand the
      relationship between algorithm components, parameter settings, problem
      characteristics and performance.

      Hence, the aim of this workshop is to stress the importance of an
      integration of relevant aspects of SLS research into a more coherent
      engineering methodology and to bring together researchers that work in
      various fields, including computing science, operations research,
      metaheuristics, algorithmics, statistics and application areas.

      SLS 2011 solicits contributions dealing with any aspect of engineering
      stochastic local search algorithms. Typical, but not exclusive, topics
      of interest are:

      + Methodological developments for the implementation of SLS
      algorithms (engineering procedures, integration of tools in the
      SLS engineering process, ...)

      + Tools for the assistance in the development process of SLS
      algorithms (software libraries, automatic and semi-automatic
      tuning procedures, learning techniques, ...).

      + Case studies in the principled development of well designed
      SLS algorithms for practically relevant problems.

      + New algorithmic developments (usage of AI/OR techniques, large
      scale neighbourhood searches, new SLS methods, data structures,
      distributed algorithms, ...)

      + Aspects that become relevant when moving from "classical"
      NP-hard problems to those including multiple objectives,
      stochastic information or dynamically changing data.

      + In-depth experimental studies of SLS algorithms (behavior of SLS
      algorithms, comparison of SLS algorithms, ...), problem
      characteristics (search space analysis, ...) and their
      impact on algorithm performance.

      + Theoretical analysis of SLS behaviour and their impact
      on algorithm design (analysis of operators, dynamic behaviour
      of SLS algorithms, ...)

      Invited speakers

      Confirmed invited speakers so far are:

      - Yves Deville, http://www.info.ucl.ac.be/~yde/
      - Guenther Raidl, https://www.ads.tuwien.ac.at/raidl/
      - Ruben Ruiz, http://soa.iti.es/rruiz
      - Andrea Schaerf, http://www.diegm.uniud.it/schaerf/
      - Marc Schoenauer, http://www.lri.fr/~marc/

      Submission Details

      Contributions are requested in two main forms.

      C1) Original research contributions for publication in the
      post-conference proceedings of at most 15 pages in LNCS format.

      C2) High-quality manuscripts on topics directly relevant to the
      workshop that have been published or accepted for journal
      publication within the last two years. High-quality conference publications can also be considered, in consultation with the program chairs. Contributions in this category are for oral or poster presentation only.

      All submissions will appear in informal proceedings, to be distributed
      at the conference.

      Accepted papers of category C1 will be published in the post-workshop
      proceedings. Some papers may be accepted for the post-proceedings
      conditional to appropriate improvements of the originally submitted

      The post-workshop proceedings will be published in Springer's Lecture
      Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) series (confirmation pending).

      Submissions to the doctoral symposium will be handled separately and will be published in the IRIDIA technical report series.

      Further Information

      Up-to-date information will be published on the web site
      iridia.ulb.ac.be/sls2011. For information about local arrangements,
      registration etc., please refer to this web site or contact the local
      organizers at the address below.

      Workshop Address

      SLS 2011
      IRIDIA, CP 194/6 Tel +32-2-6502729
      Université Libre de Bruxelles Fax +32-2-6502715
      Av. F. D. Roosevelt 50 iridia.ulb.ac.be/sls2011
      1050 Bruxelles, Belgium email: sls@...

      Workshop Location

      Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium.

      Important Dates

      Submission deadline (extended) 22 June 2011
      Notification of acceptance 15 July 2011
      Workshop 15-17 September 2011
      Post-workshop proceedings 31 October 2011

      SLS 2011 Workshop Committee

      General Chairs

      Thomas Stuetzle, IRIDIA, CoDE, ULB, Brussels, Belgium
      Mauro Birattari, IRIDIA, CoDE, ULB, Brussels, Belgium
      Holger H. Hoos, CS Department, UBC, Vancouver, Canada

      Organization Chair

      Franco Mascia
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