2010 IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation Special Session on: 

Niching Methods for Multimodal Optimization

July 18 - 23, 2010, Barcelona, Spain


Evolutionary Algorithms (EAs) in their original forms are usually designed for locating a single global solution. These algorithms typically converge to a single solution because of the global selection scheme used. Nevertheless, many real-world problems are “multimodal” by nature, i.e., multiple satisfactory solutions exist. It may be desirable to locate many such satisfactory solutions so that a decision maker can choose one that is most proper in his/her problem domain. Numerous techniques have been developed in the past for locating multiple optima (global or local). These techniques are commonly referred to as “niching” methods. A niching method can be incorporated into a standard EA to promote and maintain formation of multiple stable subpopulations within a single population, with an aim to locate multiple globally optimal or suboptimal solutions. Many niching methods have been developed in the past, including crowding, fitness sharing, derating, restricted tournament selection, clearing, speciation, etc.

Most of existing niching methods, however, have difficulties which need to be overcome before they can be applied successfully to real-world multimodal problems. Some identified issues include: difficulties to pre-specify some niching parameters; difficulties in maintaining found solutions in a run; extra computational overhead; poor scalability when dimensionality is high. This special session aims to highlight the latest developments in niching methods, bring together researchers from academia and industries, and explore future research directions on this topic. We invite authors to submit original and unpublished work on niching methods. Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

Please note that we are NOT interested if the adopted task is to find a single solution of a multimodal problem.

Paper Submission:

Manuscripts should be prepared according to the standard format and page limit of regular papers specified in CEC2010 and submitted through the website http://www.wcci2010.org/. Special session papers will be treated in the same way as regular papers and included in the conference proceedings.

Important Dates:

Technical Committee:

Special Session Organizers:

Dr. Xiaodong Li

School of Computer Science and Information Technology

RMIT University

Melbourne, VIC 3001, Australia

Email: xiaodong.li@rmit.edu.au


Professor Kalyanmoy Deb

Deva Raj Chair Professor

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur

PIN 208016, India

Email: deb@iitk.ac.in


Dr. Ofer Shir

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Rabitz Group, Princeton University

Princeton, New Jersey, USA

Email: oshir@Princeton.EDU


Associate Professor P. N. Suganthan

School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Nanyang Technological University

Singapore, 639798

Email: epnsugan@ntu.edu.sg


Dr. Jian-Ping Li

School of Engineering, Design and Technology

Bradford University

Bradford, UK

Email: j.p.li@bradford.ac.uk