Sunday, 16 November 2014

Call for Papers IJCNN 2015 Special Session "Learning and optimization in multi-criteria, dynamic and uncertain environments"

Special Session for IEEE IJCNN 2015.


Applications in the field of engineering often aim to simultaneously satisfy multiple criteria using a number of constraints or preferences. Many real-world environments also inherently have different objectives that can be aligned as well as conflicting, resulting in complex Pareto fronts. Moreover, in many cases the state of these systems changes over time, resulting in a dynamic environment for the learner. To efficiently explore these complex Parteo fronts, new exploration/exploitation techniques are needed.

Inspiration for such techniques can be found in multi-objective optimization. The task of an optimization algorithm in a multi-criteria environment is either to learn a strategy that optimizes all criteria at the same time or to find a good compromise solution. Thus, learning in the multi-criteria framework can be considerable harder than in the standard single objective framework.


The main goal of this special session is to help of unify and streamline research on learning in dynamic and uncertain multi-criteria environments. We want to bring together researchers from machine learning, optimization and artificial intelligence, interested multi-criteria decision making and/or multi-objective optimization in dynamic and uncertain environments. We also encourage submissions related to multi-criteria decision making and/or multi-objective optimization in other areas such as operation research, games and real-world applications.


Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
  • Multi-objective reinforcement learning
  • Multi-objective optimization algorithms (meta-heuristics, evolutionary algorithms, etc.) for dynamic and uncertain environments
  • Theoretical results on the learnability in multi-objective dynamic and uncertain environments
  • Novel algorithmic frameworks for multi-objective environments
  • Multi-criteria aspects of robotics
  • Multi-objective self-adapting systems
  • Multi-objective automatic configuration systems
  • Multi-objective games
  • Multi-criteria decision making in dynamic and uncertain environments
  • Real-world applications in engineering, business, computer science, biological sciences, scientific computation, etc. in Dynamic and Uncertain Environments
  • Multi-criteria dynamic/reactive scheduling and planning


Authors are invited to submit their papers through the main IJCNN 2015 conference submission system at:

Please make sure to select the Special Session under "S. SPECIAL SESSION TOPICS" in the "Main Research topic" drop-down list. Templates and detailed instructions for authors can be found at

All papers submitted to the special session will be subject to the same peer-review procedure as regular papers. Accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings.


Madalina M. Drugan, Peter Vrancx, Ann Nowe
Artificial Intelligence Lab,
Vrije Universiteit Brussels, Belgium
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