3rd Workshop on Landscape-Aware Heuristic Search

15 July 2018, Kyoto, Japan

Held in conjunction with the Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO 2018)


Fitness landscape analysis and visualisation can provide significant insights into problem instances and algorithm behaviour. The aim of the workshop is to encourage and promote the use of landscape analysis to improve the understanding, the design and, eventually, the performance of search algorithms. Examples include landscape analysis as a tool to inform the design of algorithms, landscape metrics for online adaptation of search strategies, mining landscape information to predict instance hardness and algorithm runtime.
The workshop will focus on, but not be limited to, topics such as:

  • Evolvability and searchability characterisation
  • Exploiting problem structure
  • Exploratory landscape analysis
  • Fitness landscape analysis
  • Fitness landscape visualisation
  • Fitness landscape theory
  • Grey-box optimisation
  • Informed search strategies
  • Local optima networks
  • Multi-objective fitness landscapes
  • Performance and failure prediction

Previous editions of the workshop:


Time and Location

  • Workshop date: 15 July 2018
  • Time: 14:50 — 16:30
  • Location: Kyoto Terrsa, Conference Room B (3F)


14:50 – 16:30

  • Progressive Gradient Walk for Neural Network Fitness Landscape Analysis
    Anna Sergeevna Bosman, Andries Engelbrecht, Marde Helbig
  • Computationally Efficient Local Optima Network Construction
    Jonathan E. Fieldsend
  • Filter versus Wrapper Feature Selection based on Problem Landscape Features
    Werner Mostert, Katherine Malan, Andries Engelbrecht
  • Discussion
    Suggested topic: Challenges and Future Directions for Landscape-Aware Heuristics Search


Nadarajen Veerapen, Arnaud Liefooghe, Sébastien Verel and Gabriela Ochoa

Computing Science and Mathematics,
School of Natural Sciences,
University of Stirling,
Stirling, FK9 4LA, Scotland.

Université de Lille,
59655 Villeneuve d'Ascq Cedex,

Inria Lille-Nord Europe,
59650 Villeneuve d'Ascq,

Université du Littoral Côte d'Opale,
62228 Calais,