Optimization Algorithms and Their Applications

A special issue of Information (ISSN 2078-2489). This special issue belongs to the section "Information Applications".

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Interests: optimization algorithms; combinatorial optimization; scheduling; timetabling; operations research; machine learning

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Dear Colleagues,

MDPI’s Information journal is introducing a new Special Issue entitled “Optimization Algorithms and Their Applications”. Original papers related to optimization algorithms and their applications will be considered for publication. This Special Issue aims to bring together researchers in the optimization algorithms and combinatorial optimization research communities to present innovative research results or novel applications. In this Special Issue, we solicit papers on various aspects of optimization algorithms from various fields such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, computer science, graphs, and novel applications of optimization on scheduling, timetabling, transportation and logistics, robotic path planning, and others to promote research activities in these fields.

Optimization problems are ubiquitous, manifesting themselves in various settings, affecting organizations (e.g., hospitals, schools, and universities), companies (e.g., transport companies, call centers, and service industries), and society at large (e.g., resource capacity planning). In this Special Issue, we welcome you to present your findings regarding the latest advances in complex optimization problems. Papers may present optimization algorithms, feature applications, novel approaches, innovative techniques, and theoretical findings on difficult optimization problems. Since such problems are computationally hard, high-performance computing approaches are welcomed and endorsed.

We welcome you to submit your most recent work in the fields of optimization algorithms, scheduling, timetabling, and their applications to this Special Issue, "Optimization Algorithms and Their Applications", in Information. Researchers from both industry and academia are warmly invited to submit either theoretical or practical research.

Dr. Christos Gogos
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  • operations research
  • scheduling
  • timetabling
  • artificial intelligence
  • heuristics
  • metaheuristics
  • machine learning
  • graph algorithms
  • linear programming
  • mixed integer programming
  • constraint programming
  • educational timetabling
  • healthcare timetabling
  • employee rostering
  • social network analysis
  • urban planning and traffic management
  • path planning in autonomous systems
  • portfolio optimization
  • service industries optimization
  • parallel and distributed approaches to scheduling and timetabling

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A New Algorithm Framework for the Influence Maximization Problem Using Graph Clustering
by Agostinho Agra and Jose Maria Samuco
Information 2024, 15(2), 112; https://doi.org/10.3390/info15020112 - 14 Feb 2024
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Given a social network modelled by a graph, the goal of the influence maximization problem is to find k vertices that maximize the number of active vertices through a process of diffusion. For this diffusion, the linear threshold model is considered. A new [...] Read more.
Given a social network modelled by a graph, the goal of the influence maximization problem is to find k vertices that maximize the number of active vertices through a process of diffusion. For this diffusion, the linear threshold model is considered. A new algorithm, called ClusterGreedy, is proposed to solve the influence maximization problem. The ClusterGreedy algorithm creates a partition of the original set of nodes into small subsets (the clusters), applies the SimpleGreedy algorithm to the subgraphs induced by each subset of nodes, and obtains the seed set from a combination of the seed set of each cluster by solving an integer linear program. This algorithm is further improved by exploring the submodularity property of the diffusion function. Experimental results show that the ClusterGreedy algorithm provides, on average, higher influence spread and lower running times than the SimpleGreedy algorithm on Watts–Strogatz random graphs. Full article
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