Important dates

June 2

July 7

July 11




July 18

October 08

final papers


Call for Contributions




Metaheuristics have received considerable interest in the fields of applied artificial intelligence and optimization. Plenty of hard problems in a huge variety of areas, including bioinformatics, logistics, engineering, business, etc., have been tackled successfully with metaheuristic approaches. For many problems the resulting algorithms are considered to be the state-of-the-art methods.

In recent years it has become evident that a skilled combination of a metaheuristic with other techniques for optimization, a so called hybrid metaheuristic, can provide a more efficient behavior and a higher flexibility especially when dealing with real-world and large-scale problems.

The HM 2008 workshop aims at papers that give good examples for carefully designed and well-analyzed hybrid metaheuristics. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

novel combinations of components from different metaheuristics,

hybridization of metaheuristics and AI/OR techniques,

low-level hybridization,

high-level hybridization, portfolio techniques, expert systems,

co-operative search,

automated parameter tuning,

empirical and statistical comparison,

theoretical aspects of hybridization,


software libraries.


Paper Submission


Researchers are invited to submit papers of not more than 15 pages. Authors are strongly encouraged to typeset their papers with LaTeX and to submit them in PDF format (see Information for LNCS Authors at

Submission will be done electronically, using the on-line submission system available here.

Every paper will be reviewed by at least two members of the program committee. Researchers are explicitly encouraged to address statistical validity of their results, if they compare different approaches. Source code and problem instances, if relevant, should be made available on the Internet.

The submitted papers must be original works. Simultaneous submission to other conferences with published proceedings is not permitted.




All accepted papers will be published in the Lecture Note in Computer Science (LNCS) series of Springer.


Important Dates


Deadline for paper submission

June 2

Notification of acceptance

July 7 July 11

Camera ready copy due

July 18


October 8-9




Further Remarks


HM 2008 shall be a non-profit workshop. The workshop fee will be kept as low as possible.


Call for contributions


Last modified on Jan 19, 2008.