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MESS 2020 – Metaheuristics Summer School

July 27, 2020 - July 31, 2020

– Learning & Optimization from Big Data –
27-31 July 2020, Catania, Italy

[email protected]


** APPLICATION DEADLINE: 5th March 2020 **


MESS 2020 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 the 2020 edition is Learning and Optimization from Big Data, therefore MESS 2020 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.

All participants will have plenty of opportunities for debate and work with leaders in the field, benefiting from direct interaction and discussions in a stimulating environment. They will also have the possibility to present their recently results and/or their working in progress through oral or poster presentations, and interact with their scientific peers, in a friendly and constructive environment.

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.


+ Swagatam Das, Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata
+ Luca Maria Gambardella, IDSIA Istituto Dalle Molle for Artificial Intelligence, Switzerland
+ Salvatore Greco, University of Catania, Italy & University of Portsmouth, UK
+ Emma Hart, Edinburgh Napier University, UK
+ Mauricio Resende, AMAZON, USA
+ Roman Slowinski, Pozna? University of Technology, Poland
+ El-Ghazali Talbi, University of Lille 1, France
+ Daniele Vigo, University of Bologna, Italy

More Lecturers will be announced soon.


+ Pascal Bouvry, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg
+ Salvatore Greco, University of Catania, Italy
+ Ender Ozcan, University of Nottingham, UK
+ Mario Pavone, University of Catania, Italy
+ El-Ghazali Talbi, University of Lille 1, France
+ Daniele Vigo, University of Bologna, Italy


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 prize. Students whose algorithm will rank in the first five top of the competition ranking, will be invited to submit a report/manuscript of their work to be published in the special MESS 2020 Volume of the AIRO Springer Series.


+ Raffaele Cerulli, University of Salerno, Italy
+ Andrea Schaerf, University of Udine, Italy


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*.


+ Vincenzo Cutello, University of Catania, Italy
+ Paola Festa, University of Naples ?Federico II?, Italy
+ Isaac Triguero, University of Nottingham, UK

*See Previous Edition – MESS 2018*



https://www.ANTs-lab.it/mess2020/   —   [email protected]
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July 27, 2020
July 31, 2020
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