Welcome to ICHSA 2017!

The 3rd International Conference on the Harmony Search Algorithm (ICHSA 2017) will be held in Bilbao (Bizkaia, Basque Country, Spain), a beautiful venue internationally recognized for business, trading and its devotion to first-level R&D, as buttressed by more than two hundred technology-based companies and R&D centers established in the region. ICHSA 2017 targets information exchange and cross-fertilization among academia, research centers and industry. The 2017 edition of this international event will span beyond the development, design and applications of naive, variants, and hybrid methods of the Harmony Search Algorithm: prospective authors are encouraged to present their latest achievements around Computational Intelligence, with particular emphasis on innovative bio-inspired optimization methods (Evolutionary Computation, Swarm Intelligence) and their applicability to exploratory data analysis, predictive modelling and optimization.


Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Analytical convergence studies of meta-heuristics
  2. Theoretical foundations of meta-heuristics
  3. Improved variants of the HS algorithm
  4. Hybridizations of HS and other avant-garde meta-heuristic solvers (e.g. FA, CS, BA)
  5. Parallel and distributed computing implementations of bio-inspired optimization schemes over Big Data architectures
  6. Examples of the application of meta-heuristics to data mining (including Deep Learning models)
  7. Applications of bio-inspired optimization algorithms to different sectors

Paper acceptance and publication will be judged based on their technical relevance and alignment to the main themes of the event, clarity of presentation, originality and accuracy of results and proposed solutions.

All accepted papers will be included in the Symposium Proceedings, which will be published by Springer as part of Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing (** Indexing: The books of this series are submitted to ISI Proceedings, EI-Compendex, DBLP, SCOPUS, Google Scholar and Springerlink **).


Extended versions of the best papers accepted and presented at ICHSA 2017 may be considered for publication in Special Issues indexed in relevant databases. The following special issues have been tentatively accepted by their corresponding editors-in-chief:

Important dates

Extended abstract submission:

30 September 2016


10 October 2016

Registration and full paper submission:

18 November 2016

25 November 2016 (strict!)

Conference dates:

22-24 February 2017




[07/02/2017] Social program published

[26/01/2017] Technical program updated

[23/12/2016] Technical program available

[26/10/2016] Registration form available

[17/10/2016] Preliminary registration info published

[14/10/2016] List of accepted papers published in the website

[10/10/2016] Instructions for camera-ready submission posted in the website

[10/10/2016] Letters of acceptance/rejection sent to authors

[07/10/2016] New deadline for notification of acceptance: 10 October 2016

[25/08/2016] Submission deadline extended to 30 September 2016 (strict)

[18/08/2016] Updated Springer instructions for authors

[28/07/2016] Updated accomodation information

[18/07/2016] New special issues tentatively accepted for extended versions of selected papers: Swarm and Evolutionary Computation and MDPI Algorithms

[15/07/2016] New accepted tutorial: "Spider Monkey Optimization"

[31/05/2016] Prof. Swagatam Das confirmed as an invited speaker

[11/05/2016] New accepted tutorial: "Applications of Meta-heuristic Algorithms to Microgrids"

[11/05/2016] New accepted tutorial: "On the Study of Grouping Problems"

[06/05/2016] New accepted tutorial: "Evolutionary Graph-based Clustering"

[05/05/2016] Prof. Xin-She Yang confirmed as an invited speaker

[04/05/2016] Prof. Zong Woo Geem confirmed as an invited speaker

[31/03/2016] Conference dates and other deadlines confirmed

[04/03/2016] Website up and running


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