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Prof. Bassem Jarboui

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Professor Bassem Jarboui is a full Professor of Operational Research at Sfax University, Tunisia, where he also got his Ph.D. degree. Currently, he is working at Higher Colleges of Technology, Abu Dhabi, UAE. He had edited 7 books, and two special journal issues. He also organized and chaired five international conferences. He published over 130 scientific papers including books, academic journals, edited proceedings and book chapters. According to Google scholar, his current h index is 19.


Plennary Talk

VNS: from optimization to machine learning (joint work with Ellouch, S. and Mladenovic, N.)

Metaheuristics are well-known techniques for solving hard optimization problems. In addition, using metaheuristics as search strategies for the automatic generation of computer programs is becoming a growing research area. The interest in this direction has been initially promoted by the genetic programming paradigm. Afterward, other metaheuristic algorithms, especially those of population-based type, have been extended in order to produce adequate programs for a given problem.

In the first part of the presentation I will discuss possible ways of using metaheuristic optimization techniques for solving automatic programming problems. In the second part, I will talk about a relatively new technique called Variable neighborhood Programming (VNP) that was inspired by the principles of Variable Neighborhood Search metaheuristic. The VNP methodology and its variants will be illustrated on Symbolic regression, Classification and prediction problems.