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Leiden University hosts conference uniting 80 world-class scientists

A team of researchers from Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science (LIACS) recently hosted a big international conference (EMO 2023). At the conference, computer scientists discussed algorithms that are important in areas such as drug discovery, industrial production planning, and sustainable energy systems.

EMO is the main computer science conference series on algorithms that are used to solve problems with multiple conflicting objectives. Over 80 experts from 18 different countries attended the conference to discuss the latest algorithmic challenges in multi-objective optimization, such as algorithmic design, benchmarking, visualization, and real-world applications.


One of the highlights of the conference was the celebration of the 60th birthday of Professor Kalyanmoy Deb, a founding father of the field. Deb developed the most popular algorithm for solving multi-objective optimization problems in practice. Recently, Deb and his co-workers also developed the successor for this algorithm, which can solve problems with many more objectives.

Shared findings

Overall, the conference was a big success and a valuable opportunity for researchers in the field to meet each other and share their latest findings and ideas. The presented results of the conference are summarized in 42 published articles.

The International Conference on Evolutionary Multi-criterion Optimization (EMO) is a bi-annual conference on Multiobjective Optimization Algorithms. The 12th edition took place from March 20 to 24, 2023 and was organized by the team of LIACS Natural Computing and Multicriteria Optimization and Decision Analysis (MODA) research group.

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