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How to initiate students in the art of metaheuristics???

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Dear metaheuristic colleagues,

It took me a while to find out how to get master and PhD students started to develop metaheuristics. Then, I found a very good book to give them: Metaheuristics - From Design to Implementation written by El-Ghazali Talbi (published by Wiley in 2009).

In my opinion, this book presents a very good introduction to the art of metaheuristics and how to design them. The master and PhD students I gave the book, all agree (as they should Smile ). Obviously some chapters might not be useful for all students, but to get the general idea and start developing metaheuristics it really works well

Maybe some of you have other hints to share with your metaheuristic colleagues? Other books, articles, presentations, tutorials, etc.? Feel free to add those to this topic.

Kind regards,

Pieter Vansteenwegen


Second Visit from the Analytics Genie

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The second visit of the Analytics Genie was fully as unexpected as the first.  The sudden appearance of mist billowing out of nowhere in the corner of my study and the image of an imposing figure in a turban materializing within it is not the sort of thing one easily gets used to.

The genie stepped forward, touching his hand to his forehead in greeting – a little less theatrical than the sweeping bow he had executed on his first visit – and addressed me in a tone as if he had only left my presence moments before.  "Have you made progress in choosing your second wish?"

Read more on the Optimal Decision Analytics Blog

Read the first visit of the Analytics Genie

Last Updated on Monday, 11 April 2011 12:01

VeRoLog: A new EURO Working Group

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The purpose of the EURO Working Group on Vehicle Routing and Logistics Optimization is to constitute an aggregation and reference point for the rich and active research community to advance the development and application of Operations Research methods, techniques and tools to the field of Vehicle Routing and Logistics. The Groups meetings will encourage the exchange of information among practitioners, users, and researchers in the area of Vehicle Routing and Logistics, stimulating the work on new and important problems with sound scientific methods. Moreover its members and specific meetings/workshops will actively promote the interest on Vehicle Routing and Logistics in the most important scientific journals by proposing and editing special and contributed issues. Finally, the group will also facilitate the networking activities that are crucial for the proposition of successful international research and industrial projects.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 March 2011 15:37

EU/ME discussion forum is now on Linkedin

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The EU/ME web site had a discussion forum in the past, but before the change to this new web site, we had been hacked too many times to be able to maintain the discussion forum open. In the past months, we had decided to create a EU/ME group on LinkeIn. Many members positively answered to this request, joining the LinkedIn group immediately. The format on LinkedIn seems to be very appropriate to any kind of discussions, so please do not hesitate to share any metaheuristics information on it. Longer type of information can still be put as an article here or sent to the EU/MEmbers with the mailing list.

Last Updated on Monday, 23 May 2011 13:38

CFP TAAI 2011 Conference on Technologies and Applications of Artificial Intelligence

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The 2011 Conference on Technologies and Applications of Artificial Intelligence (TAAI 2011) is the 16th annual conference sponsored by the Taiwanese Association for AI and one of the most important annual academic meetings on Artificial Intelligence in Taiwan. Last year, TAAI has attracted more than 200 people with a great success. This year, TAAI will be in conjunction with the third Asia Conference on Machine Learning (ACML 2011) to be co-located in Taoyuan, Taiwan and will feature more than five invited speakers/tutorials and computer game tournament as well.


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