IEEE CEC, Cancun, Mexico, 20-23 June 2013

Special Session on Hyper-heuristics in Search and Optimization

Search and optimization problems are everywhere and search algorithms are getting increasingly powerful. Hyper-heuristics are general search methods capable of automatically selecting, combining, generating or adapting single heuristics for solving hard computational problems. Even though the term is fairly new, the notion has been presented in previous investigations from time to time since the 1960s. The idea behind hyper-heuristics is to combine the strength and countervail the weakness of individual heuristics by exploiting the knowledge from the current configuration or solving stage, and generalize that knowledge to solve complete families of problems. Hyper-heuristics involve a set of methods with the idea of automating the design of algorithms and heuristics for solving a variety of search and optimization problems. An underlying strategic research challenge is to develop more generally applicable search methodologies, that are fast, reasonably comprehensible, trustable in terms of quality and repeatability, and with a good worst-case behavior across the range of problem instances.

The aim of the special session on hyper-heuristics is to bring together researchers from computer science, artificial intelligence and operations research, interested in the following topics:

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Paper Submission:

You should follow the IEEE CEC/WCCI 2013 Submission Web Site. Special session papers are treated the same as regular conference papers.

Special Session Organizers:

Hugo Terashima-Marín

Research and Graduate Studies

Tecnológico de Monterrey, Campus Monterrey

Eugenio Garza Sada 2501, Monterrey, N.L. 64849, México

Phone: +52(81) 8158-2045; Fax: +52(81) 8328-4189.


Gabriela Ochoa

Computing Science and Mathematics, School of Natural Sciences

University of Stirling

Stirling FK9 4LA, Scotland, UK

Phone: +44(0) 1786 46-7438.


Santiago E. Conant-Pablos

Department of Computer Science, School of Engineering and Information Technologies

Tecnológico de Monterrey, Campus Monterrey

Eugenio Garza Sada 2501, Monterrey, N.L. 64849, México

Phone: +52(81) 8328-4354; Fax: +52(81) 8328-4189.


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