The 5th International Conference dedicated to Variable Neighborhood Search (IC on VNS) will be held in Ouro Preto (Brazil), October 2017.
VNS is a metaheuristic based on systematic changes in the neighborhood structure within a search, for solving optimization problems and related tasks. The main goal of the IC on VNS is to provide a stimulating environment in which researchers coming from various scientific fields can share and discuss their knowledge, expertise and ideas related to the VNS Metaheuristic and its applications.
The aim of the 5th International Conference on VNS is to allow specialists and practitioners on Variable Neighborhood Search to effectively screen papers and participate in lively debates.
Mathematical Institute SANU and JUPIM, Serbia
Artificial Intelligence Research Institute (IIIA) - Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), Spain
Dr. Christian Blum currently holds the permanent post of a Senior Research Scientist at the Artificial Intelligence Research Institute (IIIA) of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) in Bellaterra, Spain. Before that, from 2012 to 2016 he was an Ikerbasque Research Professor at the University of the Basque Country in San Sebastian, Spain. Dr. Blum obtained the PhD in Applied Sciences from the Free University of Brussels in 2004 and a Diploma (equivalent to a Masters Degree) in Mathematics from the University of Kaiserslautern, Germany, in 1998. His main research interests are in swarm intelligence techniques for optimization and control, and in the hybridization of metaheuristics with other techniques for optimization. During the last 15 years Christian has (co-)authored more than 140 publications in international journals, books, and peer-reviewed conference proceedings. In total, his work has currently received about 9700 citations, and his current H-index is 33 (Google Scholar). Apart from acting as area editor for the journal Computers & Operations Research (responsible for metaheuristics), he currently is also associate editor for journals such as Theoretical Computer Science, Natural Computing and Computer Science Reviews. Moreover, he is on the editorial board of several additional journals.
Dr. Blum is frequently invited to give keynote talks, tutorials and seminars. He has given invited keynote talks, for exemple, at conferences such as Matheuristics 2016 (Sixth International Workshop on Model-based Metaheuristics), BeneLearn 2016 (Beligan-Dutch Conference on Machine Learning), OPTIMA 2015 (Chilenean Congress on Operations Research), and INISTA 2015 (International Symposium on Innovations in Intelligent Systems and Applications), just to name the most recent ones. Moreover, he has given invited tutorials at conferences such as META 2014 (International Conference on Metaheuristics and Nature-Inspired Computing), ICARIS 2012 (International Conference on Artificial Immune Systems), and GECCO 2011 (Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference). Moreover, Dr. Blum has been very active in the co-organization of scientific events. He is, for example, a co-founder of the interational workshop series on Hybrid Metaheuristics. Finally, during his carrer, Christian has won several research and supervision awards. The most prestigous award he received is the IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation (IEEE TEC) Outstanding Paper Award. Concerning student supervisions, he has received an award as director of the thesis that won the first prize at the "Certamen Arquímedes" (a Spanish national competition).
|Paper and/or Abstract submission|
|Early registration ends|
|Submission of papers for the Proceedings ends|
|September 04, 2017||Preliminary program schedule notice|
|October 02, 2017 - October 4, 2017||Conference date|
|Category||Before August 15, 2017||After August 15, 2017|
|Members of ALIO*||200 EUR|
Special issues of International Transactions in Operational Research (ITOR, Impact factor: 1.255, ISSN 1475-3995) and Yugoslav Journal of Operations Research (YUJOR, CiteScore: 0.43, SJR: 0.344, SNIP: 0.410, ISSN 0354-0243) will be dedicated to significantly extended and improved versions of the papers presented at the VNS 2017 conference. However, submission will also be open for papers which were not initially presented at the conference.
Ouro Preto is located about 100/km from the capital of Minas Gerais state, Belo Horizonte, in a region which is a cultural center with various well-known poets, musicians, and Brazilian visual artists. Due to its architecture, composed by the biggest group of Baroque works in Brazil, Ouro Preto was the first Brazilian town entitled as World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO in 1980.
Born from explorer Antônio Dias’s discovery of “ouro preto” (black gold) in the Tripuí riverbed in the 17 th century, the history of the city could be conflated with Brazil’s. Ouro Preto enjoyed its gilded age during the Ciclo do Ouro , when it was the stage for the Inconfidência Mineira, a separatist movement led by Tiradentes and motivated by the Portuguese crown’s high taxation of gold.
The decline of Ouro Preto’s mines, at the end of the 18 th Century, led much of the population to abandon the city. This migration, on the other hand, led to the preservation of its historical center, the largest example of Baroque architecture in the world. Especially noteworthy are the works of Aleijadinho and Master Ataíde.
Rich in history, culture, education, and entertainment, the town has an intense cultural agenda, organized in partnership with UFOP and some of the most important artistic and cultural events of the country.
Inspiration for poets and artists, for mysterious legends and stories that have persisted generation after generation among its inhabitants, Ouro Preto is an icon survived in Tomás Antônio Gonzaga’s poetry, in Guignard’s canvases and in the imagination of all who have the chance to visit.
School of Mines
Tiradentes Square, 20
Ouro Preto / MG