Special Sessions

Call for Special Session Proposals:

UKCI-2018 will retain its traditional format of a single track with special sessions on selected topics. Please email proposals for special sessions by the specified deadline.

Accepted Special Sessions:

* Optimisation and Heuristics

In recent years, there has been a growing interest in a number of heuristic techniques, including genetic algorithms, simulated annealing, tabu search and hyper-heuristic methods for a variety of hard computational optimisation problems. The aim of this special session is to bring together researchers and practitioners to discuss high quality research on heuristic methods for optimisation problems, which can include (but are not limited to) routing, cutting, packing, placement, graph theoretical, timetabling and scheduling problems. General purpose approaches used for automated generation of heuristics for solving single and multi-objective problems are also of particular interest.

Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

  • Metaheuristics for optimisation problem.
  • Hyperheuristics for optimisation problem.
  • Solution representation techniques.
  • Performance comparisons between different heuristic and/or exact methods.
  • Hybrid techniques.

Organiser: Dr Ahmed Kheiri , Lancaster University

* Artificial Intelligence as a force for good: how do we ensure that AI serves humanity?

This special session will deal with regulatory aspects of AI, specifically ethical and legal issues. The ethics of AI is being recognized as a critical issue across the globe, with governments setting policy goals and allocating significant amounts of funding in this area. This session will deal with pertinent ethical and legal issues to aid in the appropriate design of AI systems that will act as a force for good. This requires that ethical issues are considered from the early stages of design.

In this session, three international experts on ethics and AI will present their views on the way forward; this will be followed by a panel discussion with questions and comments from attendees.

Organisers:  Prof. Martin McGinnity, Dr John Rumbold and Prof. Barbara Pierscionek, Nottingham Trent University