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Call for papers

Learning and Intelligent OptimizatioN Conference - LION 3.
January 14-18, 2009 - Trento, Italy.

Short call for papers: LION 3 ready to print (.pdf)

Building on the success of the previous editions we are organizing a new event for January 2009. The LION conference 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.

The conference program will consist of plenary presentations, introductory and advanced tutorials, technical presentations, and it will give ample time for discussions.

Authors of all accepted original presentations will be invited to submit their work to a conference post-proceedings volume, which will be published in Springer Verlag's LNCS series.

Relevant Research Areas

LION 3 solicits contributions dealing with all aspects of learning and intelligent optimization. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Stochastic local search methods and meta-heuristics
  • Hybridizations of constraint and mathematical programming with meta-heuristics
  • Supervised, unsupervised and reinforcement learning applied to heuristic search
  • Reactive search (online self-tuning methods)
  • Algorithm portfolios and off-line tuning methods
  • Algorithms for dynamic, stochastic and multi-objective problems
  • Interface(s) between discrete and continuous optimization
  • Experimental analysis and modeling of algorithms
  • Theoretical foundations
  • Parallelization of optimization algorithms
  • Memory-based optimization
  • Prohibition-based methods (tabu search)
  • Memetic algorithms
  • Evolutionary algorithms
  • Dynamic local search
  • Iterated local search
  • Variable neighborhood search
  • Swarm intelligence methods (ant colony optimization, particle swarm optimization etc.)
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.

Submission Details

We will accept submissions in the following formats:
  • Original novel and unpublished work for publication in the post-conference proceedings (max. 15 pages in Springer LNCS format);
  • An extended abstract of work-in-progress or a position statement (max. 4 pages);
  • 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 (only for oral presentation).
Each submission will be evaluated according to its relevance to the meeting, novelty, technical quality, and presentation.

Extended abstracts of work-in-progress and position statements will not appear in the post-conference proceedings volume. However, a limited set of work-in-progress abstracts will be invited for the submission of a complete paper after the conference, to undergo an additional review process as for the complete papers above. All submissions will appear in informal proceedings, to be distributed at the conference.

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

Best Paper Award

A best paper award will be presented at the conference.

Important Dates

(Strict) submission deadline15 October, 2008
Notification of acceptance22 November, 2008
Conference14-18 January, 2009
Camera ready for post-proceedings    15 February, 2009

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