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Learning and Intelligent OptimizatioN Conference - LION (II) 2007.
December 8-13, 2007 - Trento, Italy.

Short call for papers: LION (II) 2007 ready to print (.pdf) , (.doc)

Building on the success of the first LION meeting in February, 2007, the LION II conference aims at bringing together experts actively engaged in research at the intersection of machine learning, artificial intelligence, mathematical programming, and algorithm analysis to discuss novel approaches to understanding and solving challenging optimization problems. The conference program will consist of plenary presentations, introductory and advanced tutorials, technical presentations, and discussion sessions. Authors of all accepted original presentations will be invited to submit their work to a conference post-proceedings volume. Additionally, a special journal issue dedicated to intelligent optimization will follow publication of the post- proceedings volume. The publication outlets for both the post-proceedings volume and journal special issue are currently under negotiation.

Please see the conference web site for full and up-to-date information.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Stochastic local search methods and meta-heuristics
  • Reactive search (online self-tuning methods)
  • Supervised, unsupervised and reinforcement learning applied to heuristic search
  • Hybridizations of constraint and mathematical programming with meta-heuristics
  • Memory-based optimization
  • Model-based meta-heuristics
  • Prohibition-based methods (tabu search)
  • Memetic algorithms and evolutionary / local search hybrids
  • Penalty-based methods and dynamic local search
  • Variable neighborhood search
  • Evolutionary algorithms and swarm intelligence methods
  • Adaptation of discrete optimization methods to continuous optimization problems
  • Algorithm portfolios and racing algorithms
  • Experimental analysis and modeling of algorithms
High-quality scientific contributions to these topics are solicited, in addition to advanced case studies from interesting, high-impact application areas. We also welcome proposals for advanced tutorial presentations. We will accept submissions in the following formats:
  • Original novel and unpublished work (max. 15 pages), for publication in Springer LNCS if accepted.
  • An extended abstract of work-in-progress or a position statement (max. 4 pages). A limited set of work-in-progress abtracts shall be invited for the submission of a complete paper after the conference, to undergo an additional review process as for the complete papers above.
  • Manuscripts that have recently been accepted for publication or appeared within the last 6 months in a peer-reviewed journal or which are currently under review (max. 15 pages), only for oral presentation.
  • Tutorial proposals (max. 1 page to be submitted directly to prof. David Woodruff)
Each submission will be evaluated according to its relevance to the meeting, novelty, technical quality, and presentation.

Statements of interests, position statements, and extended abstracts will not appear in the conference post-proceedings volume. All submissions will appear in informal proceedings, to be distributed at the conference.

Submissions will be handled according to the following schedule:

September 15, 2007: (Hard) Deadline for submissions.
November 10, 2007: Notification of acceptance.
January 31: Deadline for post-proceedings submissions.

Latest news: Best paper awards

[Eurotech logo] Eurotech Group S.p.A. generously sponsors three best paper awards. Winners will be selected by the Technical Program Committee of the conference in the review process. First prize 1000 Euro (approx. 1364 USD), runner-up 500 Euro (approx. 682 USD). Best student paper award 500 Euro. If no student paper qualifies, or if a student paper wins the first prize, this prize will become a second runner-up prize.

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