25 February 2013

EMO 2013 - The 7th International Conference on Evolutionary Multi-Criterion Optimization

Robin Purshouse and Peter Fleming from the Automatic Control and Systems Engineering department, alongside Salvatore Greco (Univ Catania) and two ex-PhD graduates from Sheffield, Carlos Fonseca (Univ Coimbra) and Jane Shaw (Unilever), are organising the 7th International Conference on Evolutionary Multi-Criterion Optimization (EMO).

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ACSE is thrilled to be hosting this bi-annual international conference series having been home to some of the earliest work in this field some 20 years ago.

EMO 2013 will take place at The Edge between 19 and 22 March and aims to build on the success of the 2011 meeting in Ouro Preto, Brazil, by bringing together the EMO and multiple criteria decision making (MCDM) communities as well as promoting a special track on real-world applications (RWA). This is to provide a new focus on the application of EMO and MCDM research to help real decision-makers, solve real problems in government, business, industry and interdisciplinary sciences.

The Conference will hear from four outstanding plenary speakers on themes critical to the success of EMO methods in supporting real-world decisions.

  • From the University of Warwick, Jürgen Branke is speaking on the incorporation of decisionmaker preferences.
  • Patrick Reed attending from the Pennsylvania State University, USA will speak on solution visualisation methods.
  • Discussing the discovery of innovative solution principles will be Kalyanmoy Deb from the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, India.
  • And Theodor Stewart from the University of Cape Town, South Africa and University of Manchester will be discussing the integration of problem exploration with decision-making processes.

During their time here, delegates will be encouraged to sample the delights of Sheffield. They will each receive their very own decision-making tool for the week – Our Favourite Places - a Sheffield travel guide for “curious folk”, besides having social events at the Shefffield Brewery Company and at Chatsworth House.

Since its inception, the EMO conference series has led on key developments in the field. The first EMO was organised in Zurich in 2001, with later conferences taking place in Faro (Portugal) in 2003, Guanajuato (Mexico) in 2005, Matsushima-Sendai (Japan) in 2007, Nantes (France) in 2009, and Ouro Preto in 2011.

Researchers at Sheffield hope that the new Real-World Applications track will inspire the application of EMO methods by practitioners, and also provoke a renewed consideration of practical decision support as a central tenet of EMO methodology.

(Proceedings of every EMO conference have been published as a volume in Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS); this history is available in volumes 1993, 2632, 3410, 4403, 5467 and 6576)

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