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The Metaheuristics International Conference (MIC) is a forum for the exchange of new algorithmic developments, high-impact and novel applications, new research challenges, theoretical developments, implementation issues, and in-depth experimental studies in metaheuristics.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Techniques such as tabu search, simulated annealing, iterated local search, variable neighborhood search, memory-based optimization, evolutionary algorithms, memetic algorithms, ant colony optimization, particle swarm optimization, scatter search, path relinking, etc.

  • Techniques that enhance the usability and increase the potential of metaheuristic algorithms such as paralleli-zation of algorithms, reactive search mechanisms for self-tuning, offline metaheuristic algorithm configuration techniques, algorithm portfolios, etc.

  • Empirical and theoretical research in metaheuristics including large-scale experimental analyses, algorithm comparisons, new experimental methodologies, engineering methodologies for stochastic local search algo-rithms, search space analysis, theoretical insights into properties of metaheuristic algorithms.

  • High-impact applications of metaheuristics in fields such as bioinformatics, data mining, planning and scheduling, telecommunications.logistics and supply chains, etc. Particularly welcome are innovative applications of metaheuristics that have a potential of widening research frontiers.

  • Contributions on the interface of metaheuristics with other disciplines, such as agent-based models, integer programming, constraint programming, machine learning, etc.

  • Challenging problems such as multi-objective, stochastic, or dynamic problems.

MIC2013 will feature refereed and invited presentations and panels on emerging issues that bring academic and industry participants together in dialogue. We plan to organize special sessions on Big Data decision analytics and distributed problem solving. Because of conference's proximity to the vibrant international business and high-tech setting of Singapore, we expect to have participation from practitioners.


Invited are original full papers of up to 10 pages as well as extended abstracts of work-in-progress and position notes of up to 3 pages. All submitted papers must follow the submitted guidelines below. Accepted papers will be published in the proceedings that will be available at the conference. In addition, a post-conference special issue of an appropriate journal (to be announced later) is planned to be published. Participants will be invited to submit extended versions of their work for consideration.

Key Dates and Deadlines

  • Electronic paper submission deadline:               February 28, 2013 March 21, 2013
  • Notification of acceptance:                                April 30, 2013 May 15, 2013
  • Camera-ready papers:                                      May 30, 2013
  • Workshops, tutorials proposals:                        March 2, 2013
  • Workshops notification:                                    March 16, 2013
  • Workshop and tutorial date:                              August 5, 2013
  • Main conference:                                             August 6-8, 2013

Submission Guidelines

Authors are invited to submit papers to both the general and the special sessions. During submission authors will be required to specify which track they are submitting their paper to. Submitted papers (both regular and special sessions) must be formatted according to MIC 2013 guidelines and submitted electronically through the MIC 2013 paper submission site. Full instructions including formatting guidelines and electronic templates (both LaTeX and Microsoft Word) are available on the MIC 2013 website. Submission is only electronic, in PDF format, using the ConfTool system.

At least one author of each accepted paper is required to attend the conference to present the work. Authors will be required to agree to this requirement at the time of submission.

All papers are due electronically by the deadline reported above. Submissions that do not meet the length or formatting requirements will not be accepted for review. No email or fax submissions will be accepted. Notification of receipt of an electronically submitted paper will be emailed to the designated contact author soon after receipt. If there are problems with the electronic submission, the program chairs will contact the designated author by email.




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