Special Issue of IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation on Differential Evolution (DE)


Important Dates


·   October  31, 2009, Submission deadline

·   March 1, 2010, Notification of the first-round review

·   June 1, 2010, Revised submission due

·   September 15, 2010, Final notice of acceptance/reject

·   October 15, 2010, Final manuscript



Guest Editors


Dr. Swagatam Das,

Department of Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering, Jadavpur University,

Calcutta – 700 032, India

Phone: 91-9831219774.

E-mail: swagatam@etce.jdvu.ac.in



Dr. P. N. Suganthan,

School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering,

Nanyang Technological University,

Singapore, 639798

Phone: 65-67905404  

E-mail: epnsugan@ntu.edu.sg



Dr. Carlos A. Coello Coello               

Depto. De Computación


Av. IPN No. 2508                            

Col. San Pedro Zacatenco, México, D.F. 07300

Tel. +52 55 5747 3800 x 6564    

E-mail: ccoello@cs.cinvestav.mx



Aim and Scope

Differential Evolution (DE) is arguably one of the most powerful stochastic real-parameter optimization algorithms in current use. DE operates through the same computational steps as employed by a standard Evolutionary Algorithm (EA). However, unlike traditional EAs, DE perturbs the current-generation vectors with the scaled differences of two randomly selected population vectors. This way no separate probability distribution has to be used, which makes the scheme completely self-organizing. DE is a very simple algorithm, whose implementation requires only a few lines of code in most of the existing programming languages. Additionally, it takes very few control parameters, which makes it easy to use. Nonetheless, DE exhibits remarkable performance in optimizing a wide variety of multi-dimensional and multi-modal objective functions in terms of final accuracy, convergence speed, and robustness. The last decade has witnessed a rapidly growing research interest in DE as demonstrated by the significant increase of the number of research publications on DE in the form of books, monographs, and archival quality journal articles. Although during the last ten years, research on and with DE has reached an impressive state, there are still many open problems and new application areas are continually emerging for the algorithm. This special issue aims at bringing researchers from academia and industry together to report and review the latest progresses in this field, to explore future directions of research and to publicize DE to a wider audience

Topics Covered

Authors are invited to submit their original and unpublished work in the areas including (but not limited to) the following:


·   Theoretical analysis of the search mechanism, complexity of DE

·   Adaptation and tuning of the control parameters of DE.

·   Development of new vector perturbation techniques for DE and studying the mixing of the perturbation techniques.

·   Balancing explorative and exploitative tendencies in DE and memetic DE.

·   DE for finding multiple global optima.

·   DE for noisy and dynamic objective functions.

·   DE for multi-objective optimization.

·   Constraints handling with DE.

·   DE for very high-dimensional optimization.

·   DE-variants for handling mixed-integer, discrete, and binary optimization problems.

·   Hybridization of DE with other search methods.

·   Applications of DE to diverse domains including: Design Centering, Training of Artificial Neural Networks, Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, Image Processing, Clustering and Classification, Signal Processing, and Optimal Control.


Manuscripts should be prepared according to the instructions of the “Information for Authors” section of the journal available at (http://ieee-cis.org/pubs/tec/authors/) and submission should be done through the IEEE TEC journal website: http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/tevc-ieee and clearly indicate “Special Issue on Differential Evolutionin the comments to the editor-in-chief. Submission of a manuscript implies that it is the authors’ original unpublished work and is not being submitted for possible publication elsewhere. The review Process will be handled by the guest editors of this special issue and the Editor-in-Chief, Prof. Garrison W. Greenwood.