EWG EU/ME, EURO working group on Metaheuristics

EWG EU/ME, EURO working group on Metaheuristics
NameEWG EU/ME, EURO working group on Metaheuristics
AnnouncementSee the EU/ME website on http://www.metaheuristics.eu
NewsletterThe newsletter has been replaced by a news feed on the web site and a discussion forum in LinkedIn http://www.linkedin.com/groups?home=&gid=3770481&trk=anet_ug_hm
Online newsletterhttp://www.metaheuristics.eu/
BoardDr. Andreas Fink
Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences
Holstenhofweg 85
22043 Hamburg
[email protected]

Dr. Nenad Mladenovic
Brunel University
School of Mathematics
West London, Uxbridge
Middlesex, UB8 3PH
United Kingdom
[email protected]

Dr Abraham Duarte
Universidad Rey Juan Carlos.
E.T.S. Ingeniería Informática.
Dept. Ciencias de la Computación.
C/ Tulipán s/n.
28933 Mótoles, Madrid - Spain
[email protected]

Former members
Christelle Wynants (BE), Marino Widmer (CH), Jorge Pinho de Sousa (PT), Toshihide Ibaraki (JP), Richard Hartl (AT), Michel Gendreau (CA), Cesar Rego (US), Georg Kliewer (DE)

Founder member
Marc Sevaux (FR), former coordinator 2000-2006.
Coordinator Andreas Reinholz
[email protected]
German Aerospace Center (DLR)
Institute of Air Transport and Airport Research
Linder Hoehe
51147 Cologne
Coordinator Marc Sevaux
[email protected]
Université de Bretagne Sud
UMR 6285 - Lab-STICC - CNRS
Centre de Recherche - BP 92116
2 rue de Saint Maudé
56321 Lorient
Phone: +33 297 874 564
Url: http://people.univ-ubs.fr/marc.sevaux/
Coordinator Kenneth Sörensen
[email protected]
University of Antwerp
Faculty of Applied Economics
Prinsstraat 13
2000 Antwerpen
Phone: +32 265 40 48
Purpose and historyOn March 4-18, 2000, EURO organised a EURO Winter Institute on "Metaheuristics in Combinatorial Optimisation" in Lac Noir, Switzerland. Both for the participants and the organisers (Alain Hertz and Marino Widmer), it was a great success. During the Winter Institute, seventeen young researchers worked together and shared experiences for fifteen days. This resulted in a group of seventeen motivated young researchers, eager to continue their joint work in their future careers. The organisers, Alain Hertz and Marino Widmer, and also Manuel Laguna, encouraged the participants to create a EURO working group, to stimulate ongoing co-operation in this field of research.

The topic of the Winter Institute was "Metaheuristics in Combinatorial Optimization". It was decided to create a new group working in the field of metaheuristics to allow us to include people that use and develop metaheuristics for other than combinatorial optimization problems.

In Europe and around the world, there exists already a large community working on that subject. The MIC (Metaheuristics International Conference) conference that takes place every two years, is a great success each time. EMO (International Conference on Evolutionary Multi-Criterion Optimization), EuroGP 2001 (4th European Conference on Genetic Programming Congress on Evolutionary Computation), GECCO 2001 (Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference) and CEC 2001 (Congress on Evolutionary Computation) are other recent conferences in that field. Many workshops and streams in conferences or workshops are dedicated to metaheuristics. Also, mailing lists are growing and the modern-heuristics mailing list is one of the most important today. Moreover, the Journal of Heuristics provides an outlet for the work done by researchers in the field of metaheuristics.

Marc Sevaux, Kenneth Sörensen and Christelle Wynants decided to found a working group on metaheuristics to provide a forum for researchers, to intensify the joint European research and to maintain complete and updated information about events, papers, surveys, new algorithms, free positions, etc. One of the first acts of this new working group was to create a comprehensive web site of metaheuristics-related topics.

In January 2001, the EU/ME working group was officially endorsed by EURO and given the status of EURO working group. Since then, the group has continued to increase its member base.
MembersIn December 2016, the number of EU/MEmbers is more than 1860, coming from over 85 different countries all around the world. Thanks to the people who advertise our group and use our different services (mailing list, newsletter, discussion forum, etc.) this number is still growing.
Past activitiesEU/ME organizes a yearly EU/MEeting, a successful series of workshops. More information on each workshop can be found on the EU/ME website: http://metaheuristics.eu

EU/MEeting 2001 with UK Local Search Group (London, UK)

EU/MEeting 2002 on Multi-Objective Metaheuristics (Paris, France)

EU/MEeting 2003 on Real-Life Applications of Metaheuristics (Antwerp, Belgium)

EU/MEeting 2004 on Design and Evaluation of Advanced Hybrid Meta-Heuristics (Nottingham, UK)

EU/MEeting 2005 on Metaheuristics and Large Scale Optimization (Vilnius Lithuania)

EU/MEeting 2006 on Combination of Metaheuristics and LS with Constraint Programming techniques (Nantes, France)

EU/MEeting 2006 on Adaptive, Self-adaptive and Multi-level Metaheuristics (Málaga, Spain)

EU/MEeting 2007 on Applications of Metaheuristics in the Service Industry (Stuttgart, Germany) Proceedings from this meeting can be found here.

EU/MEeting 2008 on Metaheuristics in Logistics and Routing, in Troyes, France.

EU/MEeting 2009 "Discussing the future" in Porto, Portugal.

EU/MEeting 2010 on the 10th anniversary of the metaheuristic community, in Lorient, France.

EU/MEeting 2011 "Client-centered Logistics and International Aid", Vienna, Austria.

EU/MEeting 2012 "Metaheuristics for global challenges", Copenhagen, Denmark.

EU/MEeting 2013 "Metaheuristics for all", Hamburg, Germany.

EU/MEeting 2014 "Metaheuristics and Engineering", Istanbul, Turkey.

EU/MEeting 2015 "Metaheuristics Applications", Madrid, Spain.

EU/MEeting 2016 "Design and Analysis of Metaheuristics", Antwerp, Belgium.
Future activitiesAgain 2016 was an active year with the organization of the EU/MEeting (17th EU/MEeting in Antwerp, March 17-18, 2016). With the support of the VNS section inside EU/ME initiated in 2014, the 4th International Conference on Variable Neighborhood Search has been organized in Málaga (Spain - 3-5 October 2016). The conference TRISTAN (ninth Triennial Symposium on Transportation Analysis, Aruba Island, June 12-17, 2016) has also been supported. The EURO PhD School in April 2016 has been a new challenge for EU/ME and concluded with a lot of success (visit the EPS web pages on EURO web site). 2015 has seen also the decision of revamping the website with a new team of young researchers, but this action has been reported and should be visible from 2017.
PublicationsMOMH special issue

X. Gandibleux, M. Sevaux, K. Sörensen, and V. T'Kindt, editors. Meta-heuristics for multi-objective optimisation, volume 535 of LNEMS. Springer, 2004. ISBN 3-540-20637-X, 230 pages.

EJOR special issue

M. Sevaux, K. Sörensen, W. Dullaert and J. Springael, editors. Applications of Metaheuristics, special issue of the European Journal of Operational Research. Available online since 28 November 2005 here.
BudgetWe always try to keep the meetings free of charge for participants and EURO supports is used to cover local costs such as coffee breaks and lunches, but this is more and more difficult.

Since 2011, EU/ME has decided, in addition to the traditional support to EU/MEetings, to sponsor different events. In 2016, the TRISTAN conference (for which EU/ME is a regular partner now will be sponsored). EPS, even if it is supported by EURO directly will take part of the EU/ME budget for 2016.
Year established2001

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