IEEE Symposium on Cooperative Metaheuristics (IEEE SCM)

The IEEE International Symposium on Cooperative Metaheuristics (SCM 2021) will be held within the 2021 IEEE Symposium Series on Computational Intelligence (IEEE SSCI 2021) in Orlando, Florida.

Cooperative Metaheuristics refer to the area of having multiple metaheuristic algorithms cooperating with each other to solve an optimization problem. Cooperation could be classified as implicit or explicit. In implicit decomposition, multiple instances implicitly tackle different areas of the search space using various initialization, control parameter settings, etc. In explicit decomposition, each instance operates in a dedicated subspace either by dividing the entire search space among instances or dividing the problem variables (i.e., cooperative coevolution). Many cooperative search algorithms have produced remarkably effective solutions to continuous, discrete, combinatorial, and multi-objective problems in many fields.


This symposium aims at presenting the latest developments of cooperative metaheuristics techniques, exchanging new ideas and discussing open research questions and future directions. Original contributions that provide novel theories, frameworks, and applications to this topic are very welcome. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Theoretical analysis (modeling, stability, convergence, etc.) of cooperative or competitive algorithms.
  • Comparative analysis and performance studies of different various cooperative models.
  • Control, tuning, and adaptation strategies of cooperative or competitive algorithms.
  • Parallelized/Hardware implementations (clusters, GPUs, etc.) of cooperative algorithms.
  • Novel cooperative metaheuristic techniques (framework, ensembles, surrogate-assisted, problem decomposition, information exchange, etc.).
  • Hybrid cooperative or competitive algorithms.
  • Different types of optimization problems: constrained and unconstrained, single, multi – and many-objective, continuous and discrete optimization, mixed type decision variables, dynamic optimization, and large-scale optimization.
  • Real-world applications

Symposium Chairs

Mohammed El-Abd
American University of Kuwait, Kuwait
Junfeng Chen
Hohai University, China
Shi Cheng
Shaanxi Normal University, Chin

Programme Committee

Iyad Abo Doush, American University of Kuwait
Shangce Gao, University of Toyama, Japan
José Fernando Camacho Vallejo, Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León (UANL), Mexico
Azam Asilian Bidgoli, Ontario Tech University, Canada
Yu Xue, Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology, China
Mohamed G. Omran, Gulf University of Science and Technology, Kuwait