Special Session on Evolutionary Computation in Intelligent Network Systems


Aim and Scope:

The impact of optimization in network environments on the modern economy and society has been growing steadily over the last few decades. The worldwide division of labor, the connection of distributed centers, and the increased mobility of individuals and devices lead to an increased demand for efficient solutions to solve optimization problems in network systems. Along with the development of more powerful computer systems, design and optimization techniques like computational intelligence approaches have been developed that allow us to use computer systems for the systematic design, optimization, and improvement of different network systems.

The aim of this special session is to promote research on the applications of computational intelligence, including evolutionary computation, nature-inspired computational models, metaheuristic techniques, and other intelligent methods, to the solution of problems in network systems. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

·       Communication network systems

·       Transportation and logistics network systems

·       Information network systems:

·       Financial and economic network systems

·       General network problems


This special session is organized by IEEE CIS ISATC Task Force on Intelligent Network Systems (TF-INS).

Rung-Tzuo Liaw             
Assistant Professor, Fu Jen Catholic University, Taiwan, Email: rtliaw@csie.fju.edu.tw

Dr. Liaw obtained his bachelor degree of science from National Taiwan University in 2009 and the PhD degree from National Chung Cheng University in Taiwan in 2017. He is an honor member of Phi Tau Phi scholastic honor society since 2014. Dr. Liaw has published several journal and international conference papers. He won the first runner-up prize of IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation 2017 Competition on Multitask Optimization. He is currently an assistant professor at Fu Jen Catholic University. His research interests include evolutionary computation, multitask optimization, evolutionary learning and data mining, and surrogate-based optimization.


Chuan-Kang Ting          
Professor, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan, Email: ckting@pme.nthu.edu.tw

Chuan-Kang Ting (S’01–M’06­–SM’13) received the B.S. degree from National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan, in 1994, the M.S. degree from National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan, in 1996, and the Ph.D. degree from the University of Paderborn, Germany, in 2005. He is currently a Professor at Department of Power Mechanical Engineering, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan. His research interests are in evolutionary computation, computational intelligence, metaheuristic algorithms, and their applications in transportation and logistics networks, bioinformatics, music and games. He is an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Emerging Topics in Computational Intelligence, and an Editorial Board Member of Soft Computing and Memetic Computing journals. He chaired the AI Forum 2012 and co-chaired the 2013 IEEE Symposium on Computational Intelligence for Creativity and Affective Computing.


Franz Rothlauf
Professor, University of Mainz, Germany, Email: rothlauf@uni-mainz.de

I received a Diploma in Electrical Engineering from the University of Erlangen, Germany, a Ph.D. in Information Systems from the University of Bayreuth, Germany, and a Habilitation from the University of Mannheim, Germany, in 1997, 2001, and 2007, respectively. Since 2007, I am professor of Information Systems at the University of Mainz. I published more than 100 technical papers in the context of artificial intelligence, planning and optimization, evolutionary computation, neural networks, e-business, and software engineering, co-edited several conference proceedings and edited books. I am author of the books "Representations for Genetic and Evolutionary Algorithms" and "Design of Modern Heuristics". At the University Mainz, I serve as Academic Director of the Executive MBA program (since 2013) and Chief Information Officer (since 2016). My main research interests are the application and analysis of metaheuristics and neural networks. I am a member of the Editorial Board of Evolutionary Computation Journal (ECJ), ACM Transactions on Evolutionary Learning and Optimization (TELO), and Business & Information Systems Engineering (BISE). Since 2007, I am member of the Executive Committee of ACM SIGEVO. I served as treasurer of ACM SIGEVO between 2011 and 2019. Since 2019, I serve as chair for ACM SIGEVO. I have been organizer of a number of workshops and tracks on heuristic optimization, chair of EvoWorkshops in 2005 and 2006, co-organizer of the European workshop serieses on "Evolutionary Computation in Communications, Networks, and Connected Systems" and "Evolutionary Computation in Transportation and Logistics", and co-chair of the program committee of the GA track at GECCO 2006. I was conference chair of GECCO 2009 in Montreal.