1st International Workshop on Metaheuristics in Bioinformatics and Biomedicine (MetaBio2)

Madrid, Spain, December 3 - 6, 2018

IEEE International Conference on Bioinformatics and Biomedicine

Metaheuristic methods (e.g. evolutionary algorithms, swarm intelligence and local search) have been used to discover near-optimal solutions to many problems in bioinformatics and biomedicine for many years. Their ability to search large spaces of potential solutions and generalisability to new problems has seen them generate high quality solutions to problems in sequence alignment, protein folding prediction, gene selection & classification, genome-wide association studies and many others. This workshop will solicit the latest developments of new metaheuristic methods and applications in the bioinformatics and biomedical domains.


  • Issues relating to the application of metaheuristics to problems in bioinformatics and biomedicine, including but not limited to:
    • Novel/modified algorithms including evolutionary algorithms, swarm approaches, memetic algorithms, local search, heuristic methods
    • Novel representations
    • Novel objective function formulations
    • Hybrid approaches
    • Combined metaheuristic & machine learning approaches
  • Applied to problems including, but not limited to the following:
    • sequence alignment
    • protein folding prediction
    • gene selection, classification, annotation
    • genome-wide association studies
    • gene regulatory network construction
    • ‘omics analysis
    • biomedical data analysis
    • treatment optimisation

Programme Chairs

Professor Ed Keedwell (University of Exeter) & Professor Lhassane Idoumghar (Universite de Haute Alsace)

Programme Committee

  • Dr Ozgur Akman (University of Exeter, UK)
  • Dr Mathieu Brévilliers (Universite de Haute Alsace, France)
  • Professor Jonathan Fieldsend (University of Exeter, UK)
  • Dr Germain Forestier (Universite de Haute Alsace, France)
  • Dr Amir Hajjam (Université de Technologie Belfort-Montbéliard, France)
  • Professor Lhassane Idoumghar (University de Haute Alsace, France)
  • Professor Laetitia Jourdan (Universite de Lille, France)
  • Professor Ed Keedwell (University of Exeter, UK)
  • Dr Julien Lepagnot (Universite de Haute Alsace, France)
  • Professor Ajit Narayanan (Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand)
  • Professor Amin Rahati (University of Sistan and Baluchestan, Iran)
  • Dr Jonathan Weber (Universite de Haute Alsace, France)

Important Dates

  • Electronic submission of full papers: Nov. 1, 2018
  • Notification of paper acceptance: Nov 20, 2018
  • Camera-ready of accepted papers: Nov 25, 2018
  • Poster submission: Nov 5, 2018
  • Conference: December 3-6, 2018

Paper Submission

Please submit a full-length paper (up to 8 page IEEE 2-column format) through the online submission system (you can download the format instruction here (http://www.ieee.org/conferences_events/conferences/publishing/templates.html).

Electronic submissions (in PDF or Postscript format) are required. Selected participants will be asked to submit their revised papers in a format to be specified at the time of acceptance.

Online Submission