Workshop on Evolutionary Computation + Multiple Criteria Decision Making (EC + MCDM)

In many real-world problems, several conflicting objectives need to be optimized simultaneously. Therefore, it is crucial to properly structure and solve the problem with relevant tools for supporting a decision-maker. Multiple criteria decision making (MCDM) tools have been found to be useful in several such applications e.g. health care, education, environment, transportation, business, and production. In recent years, there has also been growing interest in merging EC and MCDM techniques for several applications. This workshop will showcase research that is both at the interface of EC and MCDM as well as in the more traditional MCDM domain.

The workshop on Evolutionary Computation + Multiple Criteria Decision Making (EC + MCDM) to be held in GECCO 2020 aims to promote the research on theory and applications in the field.  Topics of interest (but not limited to) include:

  • Preference elicitation and representation
  • Interactive multiobjective optimization or decision-maker in the loop
  • Visualization in EC + MCDM
  • Aggregation/trade-off operators & algorithms
  • Fuzzy logic-based decision-making techniques
  • Bayesian and other decision-making techniques
  • Interactive multiobjective optimization for (computationally) expensive problems
  • Using surrogates (or metamodels) in MCDM
  • Hybridization of EC and MCDM
  • Scalability in EC + MCDM
  • MCDM and machine learning
  • MCDM for Big data
  • MCDM in real-world applications
  • Exploring and using cognitive capabilities in MCDM
  • Use of psychological tools to aid the decision maker


We invite papers up to 8 pages relevant to the workshop and position papers of up to 2 pages showing preliminary results. We also welcome posters, demonstrations or presentations on ground-breaking theoretical and application results in the field.

For paper submission instructions and templates, please see: Paper submission instructions

Keynote talk

Prof. Michael Emmerich from Leiden University, Netherlands will be giving a keynote talk in the workshop. The title and abstract will be coming soon.

Important (STRICT) deadline dates:

Submission opening:          February 27, 2020

Submission deadline: April 3, 2020 April 17, 2020

Reviews due: April 13, 2020 April 27, 2020

Decisions due: April 17, 2020 May 1, 2020

Camera-Ready Material: April 24, 2020 May 8, 2020

Early author registration: April 24, 2020 May 11, 2020



Please feel free to contact us in case you have any questions to the session

Tinkle Chugh:

Richard Allmendinger: 

Jussi Hakanen: 

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