Memetic Computing Journal special issue on Metaheuristics for Large Scale Data Mining – Extended Deadline

Aim and Scope

Data mining and knowledge discovery are crucial techniques across many scientific disciplines. Recent developments such as the Genome Project (and its successors) or the construction of the Large Hadron Collider have provided the scientific community with vast amounts of data. Metaheuristics and other evolutionary algorithms have been successfully applied to a large variety of data mining tasks. Competitive metaheuristic approaches are able to deal with rule, tree and prototype induction, neural networks synthesis, fuzzy logic learning, and kernel machines–to mention but a few. Moreover, the inherent parallel nature of some metaheuristics (e.g. evolutionary approaches, particle swarms, ant colonies, etc) makes them perfect candidates for approaching very large-scale data mining problems.

Although a number of recent techniques have applied these methods to complex data mining domains, we are still far from having a deep and principled understanding of how to scale them to datasets of terascale, petascale or even larger scale. In order to achieve and maintain a relevant role in large scale data mining, metaheuristics need, among other features, to have the capacity of processing vast amounts of data in a reasonable time frame, to use efficiently the unprecedented computer power available nowadays due to advances in high performance computing and to produce when possible- human understandable outputs.

Several research topics impinge on the applicability of metaheuristics for data mining techniques: (1) proper scalable learning paradigms and knowledge representations, (2) better understanding of the relationship between the learning paradigms/representations and the nature of the problems to be solved, (3) efficiency enhancement techniques, and (4) visualization tools that expose as much insight as possible to the domain experts based on the learned knowledge.

We would like to invite researchers to submit contributions on the area of large-scale data mining using metaheuristics. Potentially viable research themes are:

  • Learning paradigms based on metaheuristics, evolutionary algorithms, learning classifier systems, particle swarm, ant colonies, tabu search, simulated annealing, etc
  • Hybridization with other kinds of machine learning techniques including exact and approximation algorithms
  • Knowledge representations for large-scale data mining
  • Advanced techniques for enhanced prediction (classification, regression/function approximation, clustering, etc.) when dealing with large data sets
  • Efficiency enhancement techniques
  • Parallelization techniques
  • Hardware acceleration techniques (vectorial instuctions, GPUs, etc.)
  • Theoretical models of the scalability limits of the learning paradigms/representations
  • Principled methodologies for experiment design (choosing methods, adjusting parameters, etc.)
  • Explanatory power and visualization of generated solutions
  • Data complexity analysis and measures
  • Ensemble methods
  • Online data mining and data streams
  • Examples of real-world successful applications

Instructions for authors

Papers should have approximately 20 pages (but certainly not more than 24 pages). The papers must follow the format of the Memetic Computing journal:
http://www.springer.com/engineering/journal/12293?detailsPage=contentItemPage&CIPageCounter=151543

Papers should be submitted following the Memetic Computing journal guidelines. When submitting the paper please select this special issue as the article type.

Important dates

  • Manuscript submission: May 31st, 2009
  • Notification of acceptance: July 31st, 2009
  • Submission of camera-ready version: Sep 30th, 2009

Guest editors:

Jaume Bacardit
School of Computer Science and School of Biosciences
University of Nottingham
jaume.bacardit@nottingham.ac.uk

Xavier Llorà
National Center for Supercomputing Applications
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
xllora@illinois.edu

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