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5th International Conference on Variable Neighborhood Search - Ouro Preto/Brazil

Outubro 2, 2017
5th International Conference on Variable Neighborhood Search - Ouro Preto/Brazil


Scope and Objectives

The 5th International Conference dedicated to Variable Neighborhood Search (IC on VNS) will be held in Ouro Preto (Brazil) October 2-4, 2017. VNS is a metaheuristic based on systematic changes in the neighborhood structure within a search, for solving optimization problems and related tasks. The main goal of the IC on VNS is to provide a stimulating environment in which researchers coming from various scientific fields can share and discuss their knowledge, expertise and ideas related to the VNS Metaheuristic and its applications. The aim of the 5th IC on VNS is to allow specialists and practitioners on Variable Neighborhood Search to effectively screen papers and participate in lively debates.

Conference Proceedings and Special Issue of ITOR

  • All papers accepted for presentation will be published in a special issue of Electronic Notes in Discrete Mathematics (ENDM) journal. ENDN is indexed by SCOPUS with the following indexes: SNIP: 0.389; SJR: 0.320; SiteScore: 0.350.
  • Participants are also allowed to send just an abstract of their presentation. All the abstracts from accepted papers/talks will be published in the book of abstracts.
  • Special issues of International International Transactions in Operational Research (ITOR, Impact factor 1.26 ISSN 1475-3995) and Yugoslav Journal of Operations Research (YUJOR, Impact factor 0.53 ISSN 0354-0243) will be dedicated to significantly extended and improved versions of the papers presented at the VNS 2017 conference.

Conference Themes

Theory and Methodology
  • Theoretical or empirical analysis of VNS
  • New variants of deterministic and stochastic VNS
  • Continuous global VNS
  • Convergent VNS methods
  • Metheuristics and VNS
  • Formulation space VNS
  • Multi-objective VNS
  • Parallel VNS
  • VNS hybrids
  • Mixed integer programming
  • Graphs, communication networks
  • Clustering, data mining, location
  • Inventory, routing, supply chains
  • Packing and covering
  • Discovery sciences
  • Other real world problems

Important Dates

OCTOBER 04, 2017:
MAY 01, 2017: Paper and/or Abstract submission
JULY 03, 2017: Acceptance notice
AUGUST 01, 2017: Early registration ends
AUGUST 01, 2017: Submission of papers for the Proceedings ends
SEPTEMBER 04, 2017: Preliminary program schedule notice
OCTOBER 02-04 - 2017: Conference

Ouro Preto

    Ouro Preto is located about 100/km from the capital of Minas Gerais state, Belo Horizonte, in a region which is a cultural center with various well-known poets, musicians, and Brazilian visual artists. Due to its architecture, composed by the biggest group of Baroque works in Brazil, Ouro Preto was the first Brazilian town entitled as World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO in 1980.
    Born from explorer Antônio Dias’s discovery of “ouro preto” (black gold) in the Tripuí riverbed in the 17 th century, the history of the city could be conflated with Brazil’s. Ouro Preto enjoyed its gilded age during the Ciclo do Ouro , when it was the stage for the Inconfidência Mineira, a separatist movement led by Tiradentes and motivated by the Portuguese crown’s high taxation of gold.
    The decline of Ouro Preto’s mines, at the end of the 18 th Century, led much of the population to abandon the city. This migration, on the other hand, led to the preservation of its historical center, the largest example of Baroque architecture in the world. Especially noteworthy are the works of Aleijadinho and Master Ataíde.
    Rich in history, culture, education, and entertainment, the town has an intense cultural agenda, organized in partnership with UFOP and some of the most important artistic and cultural events of the country.
    Inspiration for poets and artists, for mysterious legends and stories that have persisted generation after generation among its inhabitants, Ouro Preto is an icon survived in Tomás Antônio Gonzaga’s poetry, in Guignard’s canvases and in the imagination of all who have the chance to visit.