Special Issue "Advances on Variable Neighborhood Search"

A special issue of Symmetry (ISSN 2073-8994). This special issue belongs to the section "Computer and Engineering Science and Symmetry".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 October 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Angelo Sifaleras
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Guest Editor
Department of Applied Informatics, University of Macedonia, 54636 Thessaloniki, Greece
Interests: operations research; optimization; metaheuristics
Prof. Dr. Andrei Sleptchenko
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Guest Editor
Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Khalifa University, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Interests: mathematical modeling and operations research; supply chain and logistics; queueing systems; maintenance logistics; data analytics
Prof. Dr. Adriana Felicia Gabor
Guest Editor
Department of Mathematics, Khalifa University, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Interests: discrete optimization problems; stochastic processes and their applications in operations research; applications of machine learning in optimization; operations research and management; combinatorial optimization; inventory; storage; reservoirs; transport

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The 8th International Conference on Variable Neighborhood Search (ICVNS 2021), will be held in Abu Dhabi, U.A.E., on 21–25 March 2021 (http://www.icvns2020.info), and will continue the success of the previous ICVNS conferences. It will provide a stimulating environment in which researchers from various scientific fields can share and discuss their knowledge, expertise, and ideas related to the VNS metaheuristic and its applications. A key goal of the ICVNS conferences is the interdisciplinary synergy between scientists in the areas of operations research, computer science, and artificial intelligence, in order to mutually develop new methods for various optimization problems and machine learning tasks. This call for papers is dedicated to contributions on theoretical, methodological, or applied aspects of the VNS metaheuristic. Although we strongly encourage submissions from authors who attended ICVNS 2021, this call for papers is also open and welcomes submissions from the entire community of academics and practitioners. Please note that all submitted papers must be within the general scope of the Symmetry journal.

Prof. Dr. Angelo Sifaleras
Prof. Dr. Andrei Sleptchenko
Prof. Dr. Adriana Felicia Gabor
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Symmetry is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

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  • metaheuristics
  • variable neighborhood search
  • combinatorial optimization
  • global optimization
  • machine learning

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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