CEC 2019 Special Session on "Evolutionary Computation in Healthcare Industry"

Organized by Handing Wang (wanghanding.patch@gmail.com), Rong Qu, Yaochu Jin

Worldwide, the healthcare industry would continue to thrive and grow, because diagnosis, treatment, disease prevention, medicine, and service affect the mortal rates and life quality of human beings. Two key issues of the modern healthcare industry are improving healthcare quality as well as reducing economic and human costs. The problems in the healthcare industry can be formulated as scheduling, planning, predicting, and optimization problems, where evolutionary computation methods can play an important role. Although evolutionary computation has been applied to scheduling and planning for trauma system and pharmaceutical manufacturing, other problems in the healthcare industry like decision making in computer-aided diagnosis and predicting for disease prevention have not properly formulated for evolutionary computation techniques, and many evolutionary computation techniques are not well-known to the healthcare community.

Scope and Topics

This special session aims to promote the research on evolutionary computation methods for their application to the healthcare industry. The topics of this special session include but are not limited to the following topics:

  • Evolutionary computation in resource allocation for hospital location planning, aeromedical retrieval system planning, etc.
  • Application of evolutionary computation for job scheduling, such as ambulance scheduling, nurse scheduling, job scheduling in medical device and pharmaceutical manufacturing, etc.
  • Multiple-criteria decision-making for computer-aided diagnosis using expert systems.
  • Web self-diagnostic system with the application of information retrieval and recommendation system.
  • Learning and optimization for vaccine selection and personalized/stratified medicine.
  • Data-driven surrogate-assisted evolutionary algorithms in pharmaceutical manufacturing processes.
  • Modeling and prediction in epidemic surveillance system for disease prevention.
  • Route planning for disability robots.

Important Dates

Paper submission: 7th January, 2019

Notification to authors: 7th March, 2019

Final submission: 31st March, 2019

Early registration: 31st March, 2019