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MESS 2020+1 ~ Learning & Optimization from Big Data ~ 15-18 June 2021

June 15, 2021 - June 18, 2021


MESS 2020+1 – Metaheuristics Summer School
– Learning & Optimization from Big Data –
15-18 June 2021, Catania, Italy (virtual and onsite mode)


[email protected]

https://www.facebook.com/groups/MetaheuristicsSchool/ ———————————————————————–

** APPLICATION DEADLINE: 5th March 2021 **||

MESS 2020+1 is aimed at qualified and strongly motivated MSc and PhD students; post-docs; young researchers, and both academic and industrial professionals to provide an overview on the several metaheuristics techniques, and an in-depth analysis of the state-of-the-art. The main theme of this edition is “Learning and Optimization from Big Data”, therefore MESS 2020+1 wants to focus on (i) Learning for Metaheuristics; (ii) Optimization in Machine Learning; and (iii) how Optimization and Learning affect the Metaheuristics making them relevant in handling Big Data.

Participants will be delivered a certificate of attendance indicating the number of hours of lectures (36-40 hours of lectures). In according to the academic system all PhD and master students attending to the summer school will may get 8 ECTS points.


+ Paolo Arena, Unviersity of Catania, Italy
Lecture#1: TBA
Lecture#2: TBA

+ Angelo Cangelosi, University of Manchester & Alan Turing Institute, UK
Lecture#1: Cognitive and Developmental Robotics, part 1
Lecture#2: Cognitive and Developmental Robotics, part 2

+ Swagatam Das, Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata
Lecture#1: Deep Generative Adversarial Networks and Their Application to Class-imbalanced Learning
Lecture#2: Non-convex Constrained Optimization – Some Advanced Approaches

+ Luca Maria Gambardella, IDSIA Istituto Dalle Molle for Artificial Intelligence, Switzerland
Lecture#1: TBA
Lecture#2: TBA

+ Salvatore Greco, University of Catania, Italy & University of Portsmouth, UK
Lecture#1: Preference Learning in Multicriteria Decision Support
Lecture#2: Evolutionary Multiobjective Optimization Guided by Preference Learning

+ Giuseppe F. Italiano, Luiss University, Italy
Lecture#1: TBA
Lecture#2: TBA

+ Rafael Martì, University of Valencia, Spain
Lecture#1: Optimization in Graph Drawing
Lecture#2: Models and Heuristics in Discrete Diversity Maximization

+ Gabriela Ochoa, University of Stirling, UK
Lecture#1: Fitness Landscape Analysis
Lecture#2: Complex Networks in Search and Optimisation

+ Mauricio Resende, AMAZON, USA
Lecture#1: GRASP with Path-Relinking for Real-World Optimization Problems
Lecture#2: Biased Random-Key Genetic Algorithms with Applications

+ El-Ghazali Talbi, University of Lille 1, France
Lecture#1: Machine learning for metaheuristics
Lecture#2: Automated design of deep neural networks

+ Daniele Vigo, University of Bologna, Italy
Lecture#1: Fast and scalable heuristics for vehicle routing problems
Lecture#2: Integrating machine learning into vehicle routing heuristics


All participants to the school will be involved in the “Metaheuristics Competition”, where each of them will must develop a metaheuristic solution on the given problem. The top three of the competition ranking will receive the MESS 2020+1 prize. Students whose algorithm will rank in the top ten of the competition ranking will be invited to submit a manuscript of their work to be published in the special volume MESS 2020+1 of the AIRO Springer Series.


All participants may submit an abstract of their recent results, or works in progress, for presentation and having the opportunities for debate and interact with leaders in the field. Mini-Workshop Organizers and Scientific Committee will review the abstracts and will recommend for the format of the presentation (oral or poster). All abstracts will be published on the electronic hands-out book of the summer school.

The Abstracts must be submitted by *March 5, 2020*.

*See Previous Edition – MESS 2018*

[email protected] Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/MetaheuristicsSchool/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/MESS_school


June 15, 2021
June 18, 2021


Catania, Sicily, Italy