Working Group 3: Benchmarks

 Vice Leader Borys Wrobel 
Working Group 3 is tasked with the development of practice-driven theory-affine benchmarks. Bringing together the perspectives which respectively dominate the efforts of WG1 and WG2 its task is to develop useful benchmark for nature-inspired search and optimisation heuristics with a strong focus on discrete search spaces and discrete optimisation problems making sure that the developed benchmarks are relevant from a practical perspective and accessible from a theoretical perspective. It will pursue the same goals for discrete nature-inspired search and optimisation heuristics as the COmparing Continuous Optimisers (COCO) initiative for continuous optimisers. It will establish a workshop and the main international conferences in the field such as Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference - GECCO and International Conference on Parallel Problem Solving from Nature – PPSN. The focus will be on competitions based on these workshops. This will serve as a test bed for the results of WG1, a source of inspiration for WG2 and an important and highly visible focus point for anyone interest in the application of nature-inspired search and optimisation heuristics. The benchmarks that are developed will be made publicly available as part of the COST Action's Internet website and WG3 is responsible for providing and maintaining this. 

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