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Learning and Intelligent OptimizatioN
LION 4, Jan 18-22, 2010, Venice, Italy

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Scope of the conference

The large 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 past experience about the algorithm behavior 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, which continues the successful series of LION 1 , LION 2 , and LION 3 , 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.

NEW: If you participated il LION4, click here for photos of the event

Sponsors, proceedings and special issue

Technical Co-Sponsorship: IEEE Computational Intelligence Society, Microsoft Research, Associazione Italiana per l'Intelligenza Artificiale
[IEEE Computational Intelligence Society logo] [Microsoft Research logo] [AIIA logo]

Additional sponsorships:
University of Venice logo EnginSogt logo University of Trento logo

Proceedings:

Special issue AMAI (Annals of Mathematics and Artificial Intelligence) about "Learning and Intelligent Optimization" - Editors R. Battiti and C. Blum (deadline *** July 30, 2010 *** -- submission is by invitation only, pls. check with the editors before submitting)
AMAI special issue

Venue

The conference takes place in the heart of Venice, at the Ca' Dolfin historic building of Universita' Ca' Foscari, Venezia.
Ca' Dolfin Ca' Dolfin Aula Magna

Organization

Conference General Chair: Roberto Battiti, Universita' di Trento (Italy)
Local Organization Chair: Marcello Pelillo, University of Ca' Foscari, Venezia (Italy)

Technical Program Committee Chair: Christian Blum, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (Spain)

Technical Program Committee:
Ethem Alpaydin, Bogazici University (Turkey)
Roberto Battiti, University of Trento (Italy)
Mauro Birattari, Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium)
Immanuel Bomze, University of Vienna (Austria)
Juergen Branke, University of Karlsruhe (Germany)
Mauro Brunato, Universtity of Trento (Italy)
Carlos Cotta, Universidad de Málaga (Spain)
Luca di Gaspero, University of Udine (Italy)
Karl Doerner, University of Vienna (Austria)
Marco Dorigo, Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium)
Andries Engelbrecht, University of Pretoria (South Africa)
Antonio J. Fernandez, Universidad de Málaga (Spain)
Valerio Freschi, University of Urbino (Italy)
Michel Gendreau, Université de Montréal (Canada)
Martin Charles Golumbic, CRI Haifa (Israel)
Marc González, Barcelona Supercomputing Center (Spain)
Walter Gutjahr, University of Vienna (Austria)
Youssef Hamadi, Microsoft Research, Cambridge (UK)
Jin-Kao Hao, University of Angers (France)
Richard Hartl, University of Vienna (Austria)
Geir Hasle, SINTEF Applied Mathematics (Norway)
Pascal van Hentenryck, Brown University (USA)
Francisco Herrera, Universidad de Granada (Spain)
Tomio Hirata, Nagoya University (Japan)
Holger Hoos, University of British Columbia (Canada)
Márk Jelasity, University of Szeged (Hungary)
Narendra Jussien, Ecole des Mines de Nantes (France)
Zeynep Kiziltan, University of Bologna (Italy)
Michail G. Lagoudakis, Technical University of Crete (Greece)
Manuel López Ibáñez, Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium)
Vittorio Maniezzo, Università di Bologna (Italy)
Francesco Masulli, Università degli Studi di Genova (Italy)
Lyle A. McGeoch, Amherst College (USA)
Bernd Meyer, Monash University (Australia)
Nenad Mladenovic, School of Mathematics, Brunel University, West London (UK)
Zbigniew Michalewicz, University of Adelaide (Australia)
Daniel Molina, Universidad de Granada (Spain)
Pablo Moscato, The University of Newcastle (Australia)
Frank Neumann, Max-Planck-Institute for Informatics (Germany)
Gabriela Ochoa, University of Nottingham (UK)
Djamila Ouelhadj, University of Nottingham (UK)
Gisele Pappa, Federal University of Minas Gerais (Brazil)
Panos Pardalos, University of Florida (USA)
Marcello Pelillo, Università "Ca' Foscari" di Venezia (Italy)
Vincenzo Piuri, Università di Milano (Italy)
Guenther Raidl, Technische Universität Wien (Austria)
Franz Rendl, Institut für Mathematik, Universität Klagenfurt (Austria)
Celso Ribeiro, Universidade Federal Fluminense (Brazil)
Andrea Roli, University of Bologna (Italy)
Ruben Ruiz, Polytechnic University of Valencia (Spain)
Wheeler Ruml, University of New Hampshire (USA)
Ilya Safro, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne (USA)
Horst Samulowitz, Microsoft Research, Cambridge (UK)
Frederic Saubion, University of Angers (France)
Andrea Schaerf, University of Udine (Italy)
Marc Schoenauer, INRIA (France)
Meinolf Sellmann, Brown University (USA)
Yaroslav D. Sergeyev, Università della Calabria (Italy)
Patrick Siarry, Université Paris XII Val De Marne, Paris, (France)
Kate Smith-Miles, Monash University (Australia)
Christine Solnon, Centre national de la recherche scientifique (France)
Thomas Stuetzle, Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium)
Stefan Voss, Institute of Information Systems, University of Hamburg (Germany)
Toby Walsh, University of New South Wales (Australia)
David Woodruff, University of California, Davis (USA)
Yifeng Zeng, Aalborg University (Denmark)

Local Organization Marcello Pelillo (chair), Samuel Rota Bulò, Aaron Gennara, Michele Dallachiesa, Paolo Campigotto, Carlo Nicolini, Umut Avci, Stefano Teso
Steering Committee: Roberto Battiti, Holger Hoos, Mauro Brunato
Scientific liaison with Springer Verlag Thomas Stuetzle.
Web Chair: Franco Mascia, University of Trento (Italy)
Support to the local organization by: Reactive Search srl

Invited talks and tutorials

Invited talks will be delivered by:

Xin Yao, The University of Birmingham, UK
David Wolfe Corne, Heriot-Watt University, UK

The following researchers will present advanced tutorials at LION4:

Holger Hoos, University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver, BC (Canada)
Raffaele Giancarlo, Dipartimento di Matematica ed Applicazioni, University of Palermo, Italy
Ilya Safro, Mathematics and Computer Science Division Argonne National Laboratory, USA
Roberto Battiti , University of Trento, Italy
See here for the complete tutorials and invited talks details


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