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Evento: 'Metaheuristics for real production planning and scheduling'

Call for Papers
Divulgação de "Call for Papers".
Data: Sunday, March 06, 2011 At 08:00
Duração: Todo dia
Contato - Info:

Metaheuristics for real production planning and scheduling
Special session at the 9th Metaheuristics International Conference (MIC)

Udine (Italy), July 25-28, 2011


Organized by:
Rubén Ruiz, Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Spain
Michele Ciavotta, Instituto Tecnológico de Informática, Spain

For many decades, there has been a widely recognized gap between planning and scheduling research and practice. While mathematical modeling and branch and bound exact techniques have proven highly effective, they are seldom applicable to big and rich planning and scheduling problems. Even nowadays, many companies still rely on simple Materials Requirements Planning (MRP) techniques for planning production and on spreadsheets at best for production scheduling. Modern effective and efficient metaheuristics are a very promising venue of research for surmounting this everlasting gap between theory and practice. Metaheuristics are powerful methods capable of solving even the most complicated planning and scheduling problems to near optimality in manageable CPU times.

This session aims at gathering the latest contributions of metaheuristics to the study of complex and real production planning and scheduling problems. Topics acceptable for the session include, but are not limited to, the following:

Metaheuristic production planning.
- Multi-product, multi-period production planning in realistic environments.
- Integrated Supply Chain Management (SCM), coalescing resources, manpower, production, services, warehousing and distribution.
- Feature rich lot sizing and planning problems.
- Supplier selection, order allocation and assignment planning problems in reality.
- Due date settings, layout and production facility location problems.

Metaheuristic production programming and scheduling.
- Production scheduling in reconfigurable systems.
- Hybrid flow- and job- shop settings with additional constraints.
- Scheduling with real earliness-tardiness objectives, due date windows and multi-objective approaches.
- Scheduling in complex and feature rich environments, including sequence dependent setup times, additional productive resources and tooling, maintenance, manpower scheduling, etc.

Submissions to the special sessions will be through the same submission site and under the same rules as for the main conference. Please, consult the general call for papers of the MIC2011 conference at
http://mic2011.diegm.uniud.it/uploads/cfp/cfp.pdf or the conference web site at
http://mic2011.diegm.uniud.it/ for more and updated details.

Important dates
Submission: March 6, 2011
Notification of acceptance: May 13, 2011
Camera-ready papers: May 27, 2011
Early registration: June 6, 2011
Conference: July 25-28, 2011

Submission Details
Submitted papers must be formatted according to MIC 2011 guidelines and submitted electronically through the MIC 2011 paper submission site. Full instructions including formatting guidelines and electronic templates are available. Submission is only electronic using the MIC 2011 paper submission software (which will be available in January 2011).

The formatting guidelines are available from:
whereas the template files are published on:

At least one author of each accepted paper is required to attend the conference to present the work. Authors will be required to agree to this requirement at the time of submission.

All papers are due electronically by March 6, 2011 (23:59 Europe/Rome). Submissions received after the deadline or that do not meet the length or formatting requirements will not be accepted for review. No email or fax submissions will be accepted. Notification of receipt of an electronically submitted paper will be emailed to the designated contact author soon after receipt. If there are problems with the electronic submission, the program chairs will contact the designated author by email.

We will accept submissions in three different formats.

S1) Original research contributions for publication in the conference proceedings of a maximum of 10 pages

S2) Extended abstracts of work in progress and position papers on an important research aspect of a maximum of 3 pages

S3) High-quality manuscripts that have recently, within the last six months, been submitted or accepted for journal publication

Accepted contributions of categories S1 and S2 will be published in the MIC 2011 conference proceedings. The proceedings will have an ISBN number. Accepted contributions of category S3 will be orally presented at the conference, but will not be included into the conference proceedings (neither in the post-conference proceedings). The submission server will be available in January 2011.

Post-conference Publication
It has become a tradition of MIC to publish post-conference proceedings in an edited book. Authors of accepted papers in categories S1 and S2 (see submission details) are invited to submit improved and extended versions of their conference papers for publications in the MIC 2011 post-conference volume. The post-conference volume will appear in the Operations Research / Computer Science Interfaces series of Springer Verlag (confirmation pending).

For more information visit http://mic2011.diegm.uniud.it/

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