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Watch the EU/MEeting 2010 Live Online

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The EU/MEeting 2010 will be held in Lorient on 3 and 4 June 2010. If you cannot make it to Lorient, you can still watch the whole meeting live online. Point your browser to this link.

Alternatively, you can direct your media player to  mms://

See you in Cyberspace!

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 May 2011 12:12

Publishing short articles on the EU/ME website - a guide for authors

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To publish an article on the EU/ME website, follow the following steps:

Last Updated on Thursday, 04 February 2010 11:48

Our favorite metaheuristics metaphor - results of the poll

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The results of our first poll are clear, but surprising! Click on "Read More" to find out what our favorite metaphor is for the development of powerful optimization techniques.


Last Updated on Thursday, 04 February 2010 11:49

Writing metaheuristics articles

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The EU/ME website is looking for contributors who are interested in writing short articles on a regular basis (a minimum of one every six months, but a higher frequency is certainly possible).

 Possible topics include:

  • a short description of a recent paper
  • a successful or unsuccessful real-life implementation of a metaheuristic
  • a discussion of an interesting website
  • a tutorial on a specific method or metaheuristic operator
  • a discussion of an interesting piece of software
  • a book or paper review
  • an opinion
  • an introduction to your lab
  • a short report on a meeting that you organized
  • etc.
If you are interested in becoming a regular contributor, send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Last Updated on Thursday, 04 February 2010 11:53

EU/MEeting 2009. Debating the future – new areas of application and innovative approaches

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EU/MEeting 2009

Debating the future – new areas of application and innovative approaches

The 10th EU/MEeting workshop was held in Porto, Portugal, at the Polytechnic School of Engineering of Porto (ISEP), on the 29th and 30th of April, 2009.

Under the theme “Debating the future – new areas of application and innovative approaches”, the 10th edition of EU/ME workshops had a very interesting set of invited talks that covered several areas of application and/or approaches.

A presentation on Stochastic Local Search was given by Thomas Stützle, from the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Belgium. Areas of application of metaheuristics were covered by Marc Sevaux (Université de Bretagne-Sud, France), Bernard Fortz (ULB, Belgium), Mikael Rӧnnqvist (Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration, Norway) and Celso Ribeiro (Universidade Federal Fluminense, Brazil). Marc Sevaux drove our attention to optimisation in Circuit Design, referring to the challenges and innumerable research opportunities that the area offers. Another technological area was explored by Bernard Fortz in his presentation on traffic engineering in IP networks. The topic of planning harvesting resources on forestry industry was covered by Mikael Rӧnnqvist, while Celso Ribeiro addressed optimisation problems in Sports.

The quality and diversity of standard communications did also strongly contribute for the success of EU/MEeting 2009. A wide set of applications (cutting and packing, Telecommunications, network design, etc) and algorithms, both for single and multiple objective problems, were covered.

The meeting closed with a “Round table” on this year's workshop theme, moderated by José Fernando Oliveira (University of Porto, Portugal). This session was undoubtedly a privileged opportunity for sharing experiences and research ideas.

Last, but definitely not the least, the extraordinary commitment of my colleagues of the Organising Committee – António Miguel Gomes (FEUP/INESC Porto), Celso Ribeiro (Universidade Federal Fluminense, Brasil), João Pedro Pedroso (FCUP/INESC Porto), Jorge Pinho de Sousa (FEUP/INESC Porto) and Maria Teresa Costa (ISEP), as well as of our secretary Lídia Vilas Boas – on all organisational issues, was also a key factor for the success of the workshop.

There was a closing session but EU/MEeting 2009 is not over yet! A special issue on the workshop will be published by ITOR – International Transactions on Operational Research. Given the quality of the talks we attended, I have no doubt that this will be a very special “special issue”.



Best wishes,


(EU/MEeting 2009 Organising Committee Chair)

Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 May 2009 11:16

Metaheuristics - a definition

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A metaheuristic is a heuristic method for solving a very general class of computational problems by combining user-given black-box procedures — usually heuristics themselves — in the hope of obtaining a more efficient or more robust procedure. The name combines the Greek prefix "meta" ("beyond", here in the sense of "higher level") and "heuristic" (from ευρισκειν, heuriskein, "to find").

Metaheuristics are generally applied to problems for which there is no satisfactory problem-specific algorithm or heuristic; or when it is not practical to implement such a method. Most commonly used metaheuristics are targeted to combinatorial optimization problems, but of course can handle any problem that can be recast in that form, such as solving boolean equations.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 April 2009 09:50

About EU/ME

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EU/ME is the largest working group on metaheuristics worldwide, uniting over 1400 members from over 80 countries. This working group is a platform for information and communication among researchers and practitioners in metaheuristics. 
EU/ME is supported by EURO, the European Association of National Operational Research Societies. Membership is free and open to everyone around the world interested in this exciting field of research. Although primarly aimed at researchers, EU/ME actively encourages people from industry and the service sector to join.
EU/ME organizes a yearly EU/MEeting, a workshop on a specific topic related to metaheuristics. 
Last Updated on Friday, 27 May 2011 07:35

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