Special Session
Evolutionary Computation in Scheduling and Combinatorial Optimization

2013 IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation
June 20-23 Cancun, Mexico

Due to the challenges of many real world applications in both research and practice, scheduling and combinatorial optimization represent important research areas. They have received a significant amount of attention in a wide range of disciplines including operational research, artificial intelligence, computer science, engineering, manufacturing, and management, and so on. Different constraints, objectives as well as problem characteristics have to be considered while developing efficient and intelligent computational methods for these complex and large-scale problems. Evolutionary computation has shown to be one of the most effective intelligent algorithms for solving scheduling and combinatorial optimization problems.


This special session aims to bring together state-of-the-art research on evolutionary computation in a wide range of combinatorial optimization and scheduling problems. Examples of evolutionary methods include ant colony systems, artificial immune systems, cultural algorithms, evolutionary strategies, genetic algorithms, genetic programming, evolutionary based hyper-heuristics, memetic algorithms, path relinking, particle swarm optimization and scatter search, etc. Topics of applications include but not limited to:
  • 2D/3D strip packing
  • assignment problem
  • cutting stock
  • dynamic scheduling and rescheduling
  • educational timetabling
  • grid scheduling
  • knapsack problems
  • multi-objective scheduling
  • network routing
  • personnel scheduling
  • production scheduling
  • project scheduling
  • scheduling for the web
  • space allocation
  • sports timetabling
  • transport scheduling
  • and many more

    Papers should be submitted following the instructions at the 2013 IEEE CEC web site. Please select the main research topic as the Special Session on "Evolutionary Computation in Scheduling and Combinatorial Optimization". All peer-reviewed and accepted papers will be included and published in the conference proceedings.

    Paper submissions: March 15, 2013 (extended)
    Notification of acceptance: April 8, 2013
    Final paper submission: April 26, 2013


    All enquiries should be sent to Rong Qu (rong.qu AT, Dario Landa-Silva (Dario.Landasilva AT or Kay Chen Tan (eletankc AT
    Dr Rong Qu
    School of Computer Science, University of Nottingham, UK
    A/P Dario Landa-Silva
    School of Computer Science, University of Nottingham, UK
    A/P Kay Chen Tan
    National University of Singapore, Singapore