Thursday, 17 October 2013

Call for papers: Special session for WCCI 2014 "Evolutionary Bilevel Optimization"

Organizers:
Name: Dr. Ankur Sinha
Prof. Kalyanmoy Deb
Affiliation: Aalto University School of Business, Helsinki, Finland
Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, USA

Aim and Scope:
Bilevel optimization problems are special kind of optimization problems that require every feasible upper-level solution to satisfy the optimality conditions of a lower-level optimization problem. These problems are commonly found in many practical problem solving tasks, which include optimal control, process optimization, game-playing strategy development, transportation problems, coordination of multi-divisional firms, and others. Bilevel programming is also useful for optimal parameter setting in evolutionary algorithms and machine learning approaches. Due to the computation expense and other difficulties involved in handling such problems, they are often handled using approximate solution procedures. There is a need for theoretical as well as methodological advancements to handle such problems efficiently.

IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation (CEC) being one of the leading conferences in evolutionary computation will give an opportunity to researchers and practitioners to discuss and exchange ideas for handling bilevel problems, which have yet not been widely explored by the evolutionary computation community. The special session on Bilevel Optimization will bring together researchers working on the following topics:

  • Evolutionary algorithms for bilevel optimization problems
  • Evolutionary algorithms for multi-objective bilevel optimization problems
  • Approximate procedures to handle bilevel optimization problems
  • Hybrid approaches to handle bilevel optimization problems
  • Theoretical results on bilevel optimization problems
  • Hierarchical decision making
  • Bilevel Application Problems

Keywords
Bilevel Optimization, Bilevel Multi-objective Optimization, Evolutionary Algorithms, Multi-Criteria Decision Making, Theory on Bilevel Programming, Hierarchical Decision Making, Bilevel Applications, Hybrid Algorithms

Important Dates
Submission Deadline: December 20, 2013
Notification of Acceptance/Rejection: March 15, 2014
Final Paper Submission: April 15, 2014

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