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Learning and Intelligent OptimizatioN
LION 2007

12-18 February 2007, Andalo (Trento), Italy

Scope of the conference

The current explosion in the number and variety of heuristic algorithms for hard optimization problems raises numerous interesting and challenging issues. Practitioners are confronted with the burden of selecting the most appropriate method, in many cases through an expensive algorithm configuration and parameter tuning process, and subject to a steep learning curve. Scientists seek theoretical insights and demand a sound experimental methodology for evaluating algorithms and assessing strengths and weaknesses. A necessary prerequisite for this effort is a clear separation between the algorithm and the experimenter, who, in too many cases, is "in the loop" as a crucial intelligent learning component. Both issues are related to designing and engineering ways of "learning" about the performance of different techniques, and ways of using memory about algorithm behavior in the past to improve performance in the future. Intelligent learning schemes for mining the knowledge obtained from different runs or during a single run can improve the algorithm development and design process and simplify the applications of high-performance optimization methods. Combinations of algorithms can further improve the robustness and performance of the individual components provided that sufficient knowledge of the relationship between problem instance characteristics and algorithm performance is obtained.

This meeting is aimed at exploring the boundaries and uncharted territories between machine learning, artificial intelligence, mathematical programming and algorithms for hard optimization problems. The main purpose of the event is to bring together experts from these areas to discuss new ideas and methods, challenges and opportunities in various application areas, general trends and specific developments. To that end, a substantial part of the program will consist of invited presentations, discussion sessions and advanced tutorials.


The conference takes place at Hotel Adler, Andalo (Trento)


Steering Committee Chair: Roberto Battiti, University of Trento (Italy)
Conference Chair and Local Chair: Mauro Brunato, University of Trento (Italy)
Technical Program Committee Chair: Holger Hoos, University of British Columbia - Vancouver (Canada)

Technical Program Committee:

Christian Blum, Universitat Politécnica de Catalunya (Spain)
Immanuel Bomze, University of Vienna (Austria)
Jehoshua (Shuki) Bruck, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA (USA)
Valentin Cristea, Politehnica University of Bucharest (Romania)
Cem Ersoy, Bogazici University, Istanbul (Turkey)
Michel Gendreau, Université de Montréal (Canada)
Richard E Korf, UCLA (USA)
Vittorio Maniezzo, Università di Bologna (Italy)
Andrea Massa, Università di Trento (Italy)
Zbigniew Michalewicz, School of Computer Science, University of Adelaide (Australia)
Pablo Moscato, The University of Newcastle (Australia)
Raimund Moser, Università di Bozen/Bolzano (Italy)
Marcello Pelillo, Università "Ca' Foscari" di Venezia (Italy)
Franz Rendl, Institut für Mathematik, Universität Klagenfurt (Austria)
Vwani Roychowdhury, UCLA (USA)
Andrea Schaerf, University of Udine (Italy)
Marc Schoenauer, INRIA, France
Yaroslav D. Sergeyev, Università della Calabria (Italy)
Ali Shokoufandeh, Department of Computer Science, Drexel University (USA)
Patrick Siarry, Université Paris XII Val De Marne, Paris, (France)
Marc A. Smith, Microsoft Research, Seattle (USA)
Thomas Stuetzle, Universite Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium)
Éric Taillard, University of Applied Sciences of Western Switzerland (Switzerland)
Stefan Voss, Institute of Information Systems, University of Hamburg (Germany)
Jean-Paul Watson, Sandia National Laboratories (USA)
David Woodruff, University of California, Davis (USA)
Xin Yao, School of Computer Science, University of Birmingham (UK)

Local Organization:
Marco Biazzini, Roberto Cascella, Elisa Cilia, Paolo Campigotto, Ambedkar Dukkipati, Anurag Garg, Srinivas Pasupuleti, University of Trento

Support to the Organization:
[Aziendadigitale logo] Stefano Poletti

Sponsorship chairs:
Giulia Boato and Davide Franceschini, University of Trento

Chair of satellite workshop: learning and optimization for autonomic systems: Antonio Manzalini - Telecom Italia Lab, Torino (CASCADAS Coordinator)

Web Chair: Franco Mascia

Special thanks to: Maurizio Cont (poster graphics), Thomas Martini, Tomas Franchini and Parco Naturale Adamello Brenta (poster photos)


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