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Optimization Methods and Software

For a Special Issue on

Derivative-free and Blackbox Optimization

Manuscript deadline
15 December 2024

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Special Issue Editor(s)

Ana Luísa Custódio, Department of Mathematics and NOVA Math, NOVA School of Science and Technology, Portugal
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Sébastien Le Digabel, GERAD and Département de Mathématiques et de Génie Industriel, Polytechnique Montréal, Canada
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Giampaolo Liuzzi, Dipartimento di Ingegneria Informatica, Automatica e Gestionale "A. Ruberti","Sapienza" Università di Roma, Italy
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Margherita Porcelli, Dipartimento di Ingegneria Industriale, Università degli Studi di Firenze, Italy
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Francesco Rinaldi, Dipartimento di Matematica "Tullio Levi-Civita", Università di Padova, Italy
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Derivative-free and Blackbox Optimization

In the last decades, the increase in computational power led to the development of even more sophisticated and complex models that need to be optimized. Frequently, function evaluation is the result of a time-consuming simulation, often nonsmooth or subject to numerical noise, preventing the use of derivative-based methods. Thus, Derivative-free and Simulation Based Optimization have emerged as important domains in nonlinear optimization, attracting researchers and practitioners to the development and analysis of efficient and robust algorithms, able to tackle these challenging problems.

The present special issue appears on occasion of the 2nd Derivative-free Optimization Symposium, that will be held from 24-28 June 2024 at University of Padova, Italy, and intends to contribute for the advancement of the knowledge in this scientific domain.  With a first edition held in 2022, at University of British Columbia, Canada, this series of meetings of single-track presentations intends to gather the Derivative-free Optimization community, promoting collaborations and the integration of new members.

Main topics include, but are not restricted to:

  • Derivative-free Optimization
  • Simulation-based Optimization
  • Blackbox Optimization
  • Software development
  • Worst-case complexity analysis
  • Multiobjective Derivative-free Optimization
  • Global Derivative-free Optimization
  • Large-scale Derivative-free Optimization
  • Applications

Submission Instructions

Submissions to the special issue should be full-length papers, that will be subject to the usual reviewing process of Optimization Methods and Software, guaranteeing that the manuscripts accepted meet the journal standards. For contributing, select "DFOS24” when submitting your paper to ScholarOne. The expected publication date is December 2025.

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