Special Session
Evolutionary Computation in Combinatorial Optimization

at 2014 IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation (CEC'2014), WCCI'2014


Due to the challenges of many real world applications in both research and practice, combinatorial optimization problems 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 algorithms have been applied to a range of domains in combinatorial optimization.


This special session aims to bring together state-of-the-art research on evolutionary computation in a wide range of combinatorial optimization problems. Examples of computational algorithms 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 and bin packing
  • assignment problem
  • cutting stock
  • scheduling, dynamic scheduling and rescheduling
  • educational timetabling
  • grid scheduling
  • knapsack problems
  • multi-objective scheduling
  • network routing
  • personnel scheduling
  • portfolio optimisation
  • production scheduling
  • project scheduling
  • recourse allocation
  • space allocation
  • sports timetabling
  • transport scheduling
  • and many more

    Please follow the IEEE CEC/WCCI 2014 Submission Web Site. Please select the corresponding special session name ("Evolutionary Computation in Combinatorial Optimisation") as the “main research topic” in submission. Special session papers as included as regular conference papers.

    Paper submissions: 20 January 2014
    Notification of acceptance: 15 March 2014
    Final paper submission: 15 April 2014


    All enquiries should be sent to Rong Qu (rong.qu AT, A. Sima Uyar (etaner AT or M. Toulouse (michel.toulouse AT
    A/P Dr Rong Qu
    School of Computer Science, University of Nottingham, UK
    A/P A. Sima Uyar
    Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey
    Prof. M. Toulouse
    Oklahoma State University, Oklahoma, USA