Workshop on Landscape-Aware Heuristic Search

15 or 16 July 2017, Berlin, Germany

Held in conjunction with the Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO 2017)


Fitness landscape analysis and visualisation can provide significant insights into problem instances and algorithm behaviour. The aim of the workshop is to encourage and promote the use of landscape analysis to improve the understanding, the design and, eventually, the performance of search algorithms. Examples include landscape analysis as a tool to inform the design of algorithms, landscape metrics for online adaptation of search strategies, mining landscape information to predict instance hardness and algorithm runtime.
The workshop will focus on, but not be limited to, topics such as:

  • Evolvability and searchability characterisation
  • Exploiting problem structure
  • Exploratory landscape analysis
  • Fitness landscape analysis
  • Fitness landscape visualisation
  • Fitness landscape theory
  • Grey-box optimisation
  • Informed search strategies
  • Local optima networks
  • Multi-objective fitness landscapes
  • Performance and failure prediction

The first edition of this workshop was hosted at PPSN 2016 (list of talks).

Important Information

Submission Instructions

  • We invite submissions of the following types of papers:
    • research papers (up to 8 pages)
    • software libraries/packages (up to 2 pages)
    • position papers (up to 2 pages)
  • Submissions of early and in-progress work are encouraged.
  • Papers should be in ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) format, see GECCO 2017 for details, and submitted as PDF files. Submissions for this workshop are not anonymised.
  • Accepted submissions will be presented during the workshop and will appear in the GECCO Companion proceedings.
  • Papers should be submitted through the workshop's Easychair page.

Important Dates

  • Submission deadline: 29 March 2017 (no extension)
  • Acceptance notification: 10 April 2017
  • Workshop date (TBC): 15 or 16 July 2017


Nadarajen Veerapen, Fabio Daolio, Arnaud Liefooghe, Sébastien Verel and Gabriela Ochoa

Computing Science and Mathematics,
School of Natural Sciences,
University of Stirling,
Stirling, FK9 4LA, Scotland.

Université Lille 1,
59655 Villeneuve d’Ascq Cedex,

Inria Lille-Nord Europe,
59650 Villeneuve d’Ascq,

Université du Littoral Côte d’Opale,
62228 Calais,