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OR58 Stream - Metaheuristics

Stream Organiser

Juergen Branke
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Email: juergen.branke@wbs.ac.uk

Ender Ozcan
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Email: ender.ozcan@nottingham.ac.uk

Andrew Parkes
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Email: andrew.parkes@nottingham.ac.uk

 

Stream Definition

Whenever the optimisation problems are too complex to be solved with an exact algorithm, metaheuristics have proven to be a robust, versatile and suitable alternative. They have established themselves as an invaluable tool for real-world problems and are used across a wide variety of sectors and industries.
This stream welcomes papers in all areas of metaheuristics, from theory to application, and including all flavours of metaheuristics such as evolutionary algorithms, ant colony optimization, particle swarm optimization, or iterated local search.
We particularly welcome papers that provide generalisable scientific insights, and papers that demonstrate some of the strengths of metaheuristics such as multi-objective optimisation, open-ended optimisation or optimisation under uncertainty, as well as papers on hyperheuristics or the combination of metaheuristics with exact methods.

Bio

Ender Ozcan

Ender Özcan is a lecturer in Operational Research and Computer Science with the Automated Scheduling, Optimisation and Planning (ASAP) research group in the School of Computer Science at the University of Nottingham. His research interests and activities lie at the interface of Operational Research and Computer Science (Artificial Intelligence) with a focus on intelligent decision support systems combining data science techniques and heuristics/hyper-heuristics/metaheuristics applied to real world problems. Currently, Dr Özcan is the Deputy Director of the EPSRC's National Taught Course Centre in Operational Research (NATCOR).  He is Steering Committee member and Executive Officer of the International Conference Series on the Practice and Theory of Automated Timetabling (PATAT).  Dr Özcan is also Associate Editor of the Journal of Scheduling and International Journal of Applied Metaheuristic Computing.

Juergen Branke

Juergen Branke is Professor of Operational Research and Systems at Warwick Business School. He has been an active researcher in the field of metaheuristics for over 20 years, and has published over 150 papers in international peer-reviewed journals and conferences.  Prof Branke is Area Editor for the Journal of Heuristics and Associate Editor for the Evolutionary Computation Journal.

Andrew Parkes

Dr. Andrew Parkes obtained a Ph.D. in theoretical physics in 1984 from King's College of the University of London. He then held research positions at University of Southampton, CERN (the particle physics accelerator and research laboratory at Geneva, Switzerland), the University of California at Davis, USA, and the ETH in Zurich, Switzerland. He was a faculty member of the Computational Intelligence Research Laboratory at the University of Oregon. In 2005 he joined the Automated Scheduling, Optimisation and Planning Research Group (ASAP) within the School of Computer Science of the University of Nottingham where he researched the management and planning of teaching space facilities within educational institutions.  Since 2007 he has been a Lecturer in Operational Research and Computer Science at the University of Nottingham. He was also on the organising committee for the 2007 International Timetabling competition. He is a co-inventor on two patents and has many refereed international publications.

 

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