Friday, 25 October 2013

Call for papers: WCCI 2014 Special Session "Evolutionary Computation in Dynamic and Uncertain Environments (ECiDUE)"

Aims and Scope

Many real-world optimization problems are subject to dynamism and uncertainties that are often impossible to avoid in practice. For instance, the fitness function is uncertain or noisy as a result of simulation/ measurement errors or approximation errors (in the case where surrogates are used in place of the computationally expensive high fidelity fitness function). In addition, the design variables or environmental conditions can be perturbed or they change over time.

The tools to solve these dynamic and uncertain optimization problems (DOP) should be flexible, able to tolerate uncertainties, fast to allow reaction to changes and adaptive. Moreover, the objective of such tools is no longer to simply locate the global optimum solution, but to continuously track the optimum in dynamic environments, or to find a robust solution that operates properly in the presence of uncertainties.

The last decade has witnessed increasing research efforts on handling dynamic and uncertain optimization problems using evolutionary algorithms and other metaheuristics, and a variety of methods have been reported across a broad range of application backgrounds.

This special session aims at bringing together researchers from both academia and industry to review the latest advances and explore future directions in this field. Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Benchmark problems and performance measures
  • Dynamic single - and multi-objective optimization
  • Adaptation, learning, and anticipation
  • Models of uncertainty and their management
  • Handling noisy fitness functions
  • Using fitness approximations
  • Searching for robust optimal solutions
  • Algorithm comparison and benchmarking
  • Hybrid approaches
  • Theoretical analysis
  • Real-world applications



The deadline for submission to this special session is 20 December 2013.


Information for Authors:

1) Information on the format and templates for papers can be found here:
2) Papers should be submitted via the  CEC 2014 paper submission site:
3) Select SS21.EC21 in the main research topic dropdown list.
4) Fill out the input fields, upload the PDF file of your paper and finalize your submission by the deadline of December 20, 2013.



Dr. Michalis Mavrovouniotis: De Montfort University, United Kingdom

Dr. Changhe Li: China University of Geosciences, Wuhan, China.

Prof. Shengxiang Yang: De Montfort University, United Kingdom

Prof. Xin Yao: University of Birmingham, United Kingdom

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