Emergent Technologies Task Force on

Collaborative Learning and Optimization



Maoguo Gong

Collaborative Innovation Center for Computational Intelligence (OMEGA), Xidian University, Xi'an, China

Vice Chairs

Kai Qin

School of Computer Science and Software Engineering, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia

Ke Tang

School of Computer Science and Technology, University of Science and Technology of China, China



Learning and optimization are two essential tasks that computational intelligence aims to address. Numerous techniques have been developed for these two purposes separately. In fact, learning and optimization are closely related. On the one hand, learning can be formulated as a model-centric or data-centric optimization problem, and accordingly solved by optimization techniques. On the other hand, optimization can be regarded as an adaptive learning process, and thus tackled by learning methodologies. Moreover, learning techniques play a crucial role in competence analysis of optimizers, and meanwhile optimization techniques provide an effective way to analyze learners’ domains of competence.

Recent years have seen remarkable attempts at collaborative learning and optimization. For instance, learning classifier systems, evolutionary neural networks, evolutionary ensemble learning, evolutionary kernel machines, evolutionary clustering,  evolutionary data generation and extraction for learning, supervised classifiers’ domain of competence analysis using evolutionary multi-objective optimization, theoretical analysis of optimization techniques using learning theory, optimization by building and using probabilistic models, self-adaptive and tuning-free optimization, ensemble optimization, statistical analysis of evolutionary computation, automatic heuristic design, etc. These research efforts have led to a great deal of cutting-edge techniques in the corresponding research fields.

Nowadays, the emergence of more and more complex problems in real-world applications insistently calls for in-depth investigations of synergy between learning and optimization. Moreover, feasibility of implementing collaborative learning and optimization techniques on massive parallel systems must be seriously taken into account to ensure that large-scale problems can be solved in a reasonable time.


The primary goal of this task force is to promote research on collaborative learning and optimization. Moreover, this task force shall provide a forum for academic and industrial researchers from both learning and optimization communities to collaboratively explore promising directions of synergy between techniques from these two areas.


The scope of this task force covers, but is not limited to:

Last update in 11/26/2018