Special issue on Optimisation Solutions in Systems

Fernando Rubio


*A Special Issue of the Journal of Systems and Information Technology on
Optimisation Solutions in Systems*

*Aims and Scope*

Optimisation is a major necessity in Science and Engineering. No matter if
we want to reduce the amount of needed resources to perform a task or
maximize the output of some process, so often the difficulty of making the
right decisions can be rephrased as some kind of optimisation problems.
Unfortunately, for many optimisation problems finding the optimal solution
is not feasible in general due to the hardness of the problem —moreover,
for some of them we cannot even guarantee any constant ratio between the
quality of the optimal solution and the quality of any solution found in
reasonable time. Despite these disheartening theoretical limits,
optimisation problems appear whenever there is a sophisticated system, so
we do have to face them by some means —necessarily non-exhaustive methods.
Some of these methods are specific to the problem under consideration,
whereas others are adaptations of general optimization heuristics
(metaheuristics) to the studied problem. Typically, the latter search for
solutions similar to the most promising observed ones, or their
combinations, for example by making some simple entities interact with each
other according to simple rules and collaboratively construct new
solutions. Within this category we can find evolutionary computation
methods and swarm optimization methods, which are sometimes inspired by
some natural process. Regardless of the method selected to tackle a hard
optimization problem, the difficulty of the problem and the performance of
the best known heuristics for the problem may have a high impact on the
application field the problem belongs to, since the difficulty of a
scientific or engineering process can be, to some extent, due to the
computational difficulty of the underlying optimization problem it
implicitly poses. The goal of this special issue is to introduce new
research, or comprehensive compilations of existing ones, on optimisation
techniques for engineering systems, and their applications.

*We solicit contributions related, but not limited to the following topics:*

· New optimisation algorithms and metaheuristics, enhancement of
existing ones

· Problem-specific and generic optimisation methods

· Comparison of optimisation algorithms and metaheuristics

· Nature inspired metaheuristics, evolutionary computation, swarm

· Classification and generalization of metaheuristics,
hybridisation of methods

· Optimisation problems on real data, case studies

· Benchmark usage and generation

· Optimisation hardness, complexity of problems and optimisation

· Impact of the optimisation difficulty on Social Sciences, Natural
Sciences and Engineering

· Comprehensive compilations of the state of art on any aspect of

We encourage submissions from both academics and practitioners.

*Submission Procedure*

Full papers should be submitted to:

<http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jsit> (all manuscripts should follow the
submission guidelines available at http://emeraldgrouppublishing.

You must first create an author account in the system if you do not have
one. Once registered, you will see the Author Centre button when you sign
in to your account. Click on the ‘click here to submit a new manuscript’
link, which will take you through to the Manuscript Submission page. Follow
the instructions to complete all fields and browse to upload your
manuscript. At the ‘please select the issue you are submitting to’ dropdown
list (under Details & Comments) please choose *“Special Issue on
Optimisation Solutions in Systems”*.

*Important dates:*

· Please submit papers on or before October 1st 2017. All
submissions will be peer-reviewed following the review process of the
Journal of Systems and Information Technology. (Prospective authors are
encouraged to indicate their interests any time before the submission
deadline. Please, contact fernando@...)

· Notification of results: December 15th 2017.

· Final submission: January 31st 2018.
· The special issue will be published in June 2018

Special Issue Guest Editors:

Dr. Pablo Rabanal, Facultad de Informática, Universidad Complutense de
Madrid, Spain

Dr. Ismael Rodríguez, Facultad de Informática, Universidad Complutense de
Madrid, Spain

Dr. Fernando Rubio, Facultad de Informática, Universidad Complutense de
Madrid, Spain