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Call for papers

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

Short call for papers: LION 4 ready to print (cfp-lion4.pdf), (cfp-lion4.txt).

The LION conference aims at exploring the boundaries 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 all these areas to present and discuss new ideas, new methods, general trends, challenges and opportunities in applications as well as in research aiming at algorithmic advances. The conference program will consist of plenary presentations, introductory and advanced tutorials, technical presentations, and it will give ample time for discussions.

Important Dates

Submission deadlineOctober 16, 2009
Notification of acceptanceNovember 27, 2009
Conference January 18-22, 2010
Camera ready for post-proceedings    February 19, 2010

Relevant Research Areas

LION 4 solicits contributions dealing with all aspects of learning and intelligent optimization. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Metaheuristics such as tabu search, iterated local search, evolutionary algorithms, memetic algorithms, ant colony optimization, and particle swarm optimization
  • Hybridizations of metaheuristics with other techniques for optimization
  • Supervised, unsupervised and reinforcement learning applied to heuristic search
  • Reactive search optimization
  • Self-adaptive algorithms
  • Hyperheuristics
  • Algorithm portfolios and off-line tuning methods
  • Multiscale and multilevel 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
  • Software engineering of learning and intelligent optimization methods.
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

LION 4 accepts the following three submission types:
  • Long paper: original novel and unpublished work (max. 15 pages in Springer LNCS format);
  • Short paper: an extended abstract of novel work (max. 4 pages in Springer LNCS format);
  • Work for oral presentation only (in any Latex format, no page restriction). For example work already published elsewhere, which is relevant and which may solicit fruitful discussion at the conference.
Each submission will be evaluated according to its relevance to the meeting, novelty, technical quality, and presentation. Accepted long papers will appear in the LNCS post-conference proceedings (max 15 pages). Accepted short papers papers will appear in the LNCS post-conference proceedings (max 4 pages). The post-conference proceedings will be published as a volume of Springer's Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) series.

Best Paper Award

A best paper award will be presented at the conference.