Soft Computing Journal

A Fusion of Foundations, Methodologies and Applications, Journal no. 500, Springer Berlin Heidelberg

Call for Papers:

Special Issue on 'Emerging Trends in Soft Computing - Memetic Algorithms'


Important Dates:


Manuscript submission: July 01, 2007


Notification of Acceptance: December 01, 2007



One of the recent growing areas in Evolutionary Algorithm (EAs) research is Memetic Algorithms (MAs). MAs are population-based meta-heuristic search methods inspired by Darwinian principles of natural evolution and Dawkins notion of a meme defined as a unit of cultural evolution that is capable of local refinements. Recent studies on MAs have revealed their successes on a wide variety of real world problems. Particularly, they not only converge to high quality solutions, but also search more efficiently than their conventional counterparts. In diverse contexts, MAs are also commonly known as hybrid EAs, Baldwinian EAs, Lamarkian EAs, cultural algorithms and genetic local search.


The aim of this special issue is to reflect the most recent advances in the field, and increase the awareness of the computing community at large on this effective technology. In particular, we endeavor to demonstrate the current state-of-the-art in the theory and practice of MAs. Topics of interests include (but are not limited to):


§   Novel competitive, collaborative and cooperative frameworks of MAs,

§ Analytical and/or theoretical studies that enhance our understanding on the behaviors of MAs,

§ Using multiple memes or local searchers or exact methods,

§ Adaptive MAs (e.g.,  meta-Lamarckian and meta-Baldwinian),

§ Multi-objective MAs,

§ Asymptotic global convergence analyses and/or complexity analyses of MAs,

§ MAs for discrete, continuous and dynamic optimization problems,

§ Surrogate-assisted MAs or MAs using approximation methods,

§ MA methodologies for computationally expensive optimization problems,

§ Knowledge incorporation in MAs,

§ Real-world applications of MAs.



All electronic submissions must be sent to Dr. Yew-Soon Ong at Manuscripts should conform to the standard format of the Soft Computing journal as indicated in the Information for Authors. All submissions will be peer reviewed subject to the standards of the journal. Manuscripts based on previously published conference papers, e.g., CEC and GECCO, must be extended substantially. Electronic submissions in postscript or PDF are strongly preferred.

All enquiries on this special issue should be sent to Dr. Yew-Soon Ong at Prospective authors are also invited to send an email to Dr. Ong indicating their interest in submitting a paper and the specific topics addressed.

Guest Editors:

Dr. Yew-Soon Ong
School of Computer Engineering, Nanyang Technological University
Blk N4, 2b-39, Nanyang Avenue, Singapore 639798

Dr. Meng-Hiot Lim
School of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore


Dr. Ferrante Neri
University of Jyväskylä, Finland



Dr. Hisao Ishibuchi
Osaka Prefecture University, Japan