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ICVNS’16 – 4th International Conference on Variable Neighborhood Search

October 3, 2016 - October 5, 2016

ICVNS’16 – 4th International Conference on Variable Neighborhood Search

October 3-5, 2016 – Malaga (Spain).



Scope and Objectives:


The 4th International Conference dedicated to Variable Neighborhood Search (ICVNS) will be held in Malaga (Spain) October 3-5, 2016.

VNS is a metaheuristic based on systematic changes of the neighborhood structure within the search, for solving optimization problems and related tasks. The fourth edition of this conference consolidates its position as the most outstanding conference dedicated to VNS. The main goal of the ICVNS 2016 is again, to provide a stimulating environment where researchers coming from different scientific fields can share and discuss their knowledge, expertise and ideas related to the VNS methodology and its applications.

The aim of the 4th ICVNS is to allow specialists and practitioners on Variable Neighborhood Search to effectively screen papers and participate in lively debates. Additionally, it is a great oportunity to disseminate recent results and to introduce the methodology to new researchers.


Conference Themes:


Theory and Methodology:

– Theoretical or empirical analysis of VNS

– New variants of deterministic and stochastic VNS

– Continuous global VNS

– Convergent VNS methods

– Metaheuristics and VNS

– Formulation space VNS

– Multi-objective VNS

– Parallel VNS

– VNS hybrids



– Mixed integer programming

– Graphs, communication networks

– Clustering, data mining, location

– Inventory, routing, supply chains

– Packing and covering

– Discovery sciences

– Other real world problems



Conference Proceedings and Book of Abstracts:


All papers accepted for presentation will be published in the proceedings of the conference. Conference chairs and Program Committee chairs are currently working in order to confirm special issues of Electronic Notes in Discrete Mathematics for the best papers submitted to the conference.

Participants are also allowed to send just an abstract of their presentation. All the abstracts from accepted papers/talks will be published in the book of abstracts.



Special Issues:


Conference chairs and Program Committee chairs are currently working in order to confirm special issues of prestigious journals, directly connected to papers presented at this conference.

Previous editions of this conference already had special issues directly related to the conference from some of the following journals:

– Computers & Operations Research

– Journal of Heuristics

– European Journal of Operational Research

– Journal of Global Optimization

– Iternational Transaction in Operational Research

– IMA Journal of Applied Mathematics

– Yugoslav Journal of Operations Research



Participation fee:


Participation fee covers

Conference participation in all sessions

– Proceedings and supporting materials

– Refreshments

– Lunches

– Gala dinner

– Excursion


Participation fee amount:

300 EUR (250 EUR for Students), for payments made by September 5, 2016.

400 EUR (350 EUR for Students), for payments made after this date, with the notice that for the authors who wish their papers are published in the Proceedings the deadline for payment is September 11, 2016.



Submission system is Open:


The submission system is open now!

Please, find the instructions for your submission in the following link:






Malaga is a beautiful city situated in the South of Spain. Placed by the sea it is high tourist destination surrounded by beautiful beaches. Its heritage makes this city attractive from a cultural perspective.

Get in: No visa is required for European Union, USA, Canadian, some other European citizens and some South America countries.

By plane: Malaga has an international airport placed next to the city. It is also possible to flight to Madrid and then reach Malaga by train or by bus.

By train: There is a fast train connecting Madrid-Malaga in about 2,5 hours. The train runs about 10 times per day in both directions. Train fares, timetables and tickets can be check and bought in advance at RENFE.

By bus: It is also possible to reach Malaga by bus from Madrid. Buses are much cheaper but the ride might take up to 6 hours.



Important Dates:


May 01, 2016 Paper and/or Abstract submission July 01, 2016 Acceptance

notice September 05, 2016 Early registration ends September 05, 2016

Submission of papers for the proceedings ends September 12, 2016

Preliminary program schedule notice October 03, 2016 – October 05,

2016 Conference Date



Organizers and Sponsors:



Group for Research in Algorithms For Optimization (GRAFO).


Universidad Rey Juan Carlos (URJC)

The Association of European Operational Research Societies (EURO)

EU/ME: EURO Working Group on Metaheuristics



Conference Chairs


Pierre Hansen, GERAD and HEC Montreal, Canada (Honorary Chair).

Nenad Mladenovic, Valenciennes University, France and JUPIM, Serbia (General chair).

Abraham Duarte, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Spain (Conference chair).

Eduardo G. Pardo, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Spain (Conference chair).


October 3, 2016
October 5, 2016
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