International Conference on Metaheuristics and Nature Inspired Computing (META) 2012

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Special Session: "Evolutionary Computation in Finance and Economics"

The use of heuristics has been proven to be a powerful approach in domains were analytic solutions are not a good alternative. Real-world financial and economic problems involve complexity, noisy environments, uncertainty and vagueness, hence the popularity of this approach among both researchers and practitioners. So far it has been successfully used in financial engineering, risk management, portfolio optimization, designing public policy, financial forecasting, or agent-based computational economics, among many other areas.




Instructions for authors

Submissions consist of 2 page abstracts that should be prepared according to the standard format specified in the conference website. All contributions should be submitted electronically (see the conference site for details). Please specify the special session upon submission.

Conference site:
Instructions for authors:

The authors of the best papers will be invited of submit an extended version of their contribution to the an special track on the ISI-indexed journal AI Communications



The session is open to contributions from researchers and practitioners working at the intersection of both fields. Submitted articles should describe applications of heuristics in domains including (but not limited to):

  • Agent-Based Computational Economics
  • Artificial stock markets
  • Auctions
  • Financial data mining
  • Financial engineering
  • Financial time series forecasting and analysis
  • Macroeconomics
  • Microeconomic behaviour
  • Portfolio management
  • Simulation of social processes
  • Trading strategies

Relevant techniques would include, among others:

  • Local search, tabu search, simulated annealing, VNS, ILS, …
  • Evolutionary algorithms, swarm optimization, scatter search, …
  • Emergent nature inspired algorithms: quantum computing, artificial immune systems, bee colony, DNA computing, …
  • Parallel metaheuristics
  • Hybrid methods with metaheuristics, machine learning, game theory, mathematical programming, constraint programming, co-evolutionary, …
  • Evolutionary artificial neural networks



Special Session Organizers

Dr. Pedro Isasi
Department of Computer Science
University Carlos III de Madrid
Tel: +34 91 624 9455

Dr. David Quintana
Dept. of Computer Science
University Carlos III de Madrid
Tel: +34 91 624 8456


  • Paper Submission: 15th May 2012
  • Notification of Acceptance: 15th July 2012
  • Final Paper Submission: 15th September 2012