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Natural Computing in Scheduling and Timetabling Workshop - Call for Papers

Natural Computing in Scheduling and Timetabling Workshop
17th/18th September, 2016 - Edinburgh, Scotland
Held in conjunction with the 14th International Conference on Parallel Problem Solving from Nature (PPSN 2016)
URL: http://ahmedkheiri.bitballoon.com/ppsn2016workshop/
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Scope of the Workshop
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In recent years, there has been a growing number of natural computing techniques, including genetic algorithms, neural networks, cellular automata and (hyper/meta)-heuristic methods for a variety of different scheduling problems. The aim of this workshop is to bring together researchers and practitioners to share their experiences and report on emerging approaches in solving real-world scheduling problems. A particular interest will be on approaches that give a deeper insight into scheduling problem classes, and that enable the exploitation of structural information during the automated search for a solution to a given problem. General purpose approaches used for automated generation of heuristics for solving single and multi-objective scheduling problems and issues related to development of such approaches are also of particular interest. Data science techniques improving heuristic optimisation is a growing area of research. Such novel applications or reflections on particular line of work in scheduling are also of interest.

Topics may include (but not limited to):
- Airport scheduling
- Personnel rostering
- Surgery scheduling
- Production scheduling
- Flow shop scheduling
- Vehicle routing
- Sports scheduling
- Project scheduling
- Real-time scheduling
- Educational timetabling
- Multi-objective scheduling problems
- (Hyper/Meta)-heuristics for scheduling problems

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Submissions
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We invite prospective participants to submit extended abstracts addressing a relevant topic.
All submissions will be reviewed for relevance and quality and accepted papers will be published on the workshop webpage.
Papers should be formatted in the Springer LNCS style (i.e. the same style as for regular PPSN papers), and should not exceed 2000 words or 4 pages, including figures and references. Papers should be submitted in PDF format to the workshop organisers.

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Important Dates
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Paper submission deadline: 15th May, 2016
Notification of acceptance: 1st June, 2016
Revised manuscripts: 10th June, 2016
Workshop: 17th/18th September, 2016

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Organising Committee
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Ahmed Kheiri, Cardiff University, UK
Rhyd Lewis, Cardiff University, UK
Ender Ozcan, University of Nottingham, UK