Call for Participation

NEO 2019 (NEO Robotics)
7th International Workshop on Numerical and Evolutionary Optimization
September 18 - 20, 2019, Saltillo, Mexico

Saltillo, Coahuila 



Easy Chair Neo 2019

See here the banner of the NEO 2019.

Scope of the NEO

The goal of the Numerical and Evolutionary Optimization (NEO) workshop series is to bring together people from all optimization fields to discuss, compare and merge their complimentary perspectives. NEO encourages the development of fast and reliable hybrid methods that maximize the strengths and minimize the weaknesses of each underlying paradigm, while also being applicable to a broader class of problems. Moreover, NEO fosters the understanding and adequate treatment of real-world problems, particularly in emerging fields that affect us, such as robotics.

Nowadays robots are available in many common activities, including medical scanning devices, prosthesis, autonomous cars and vehicles, and even as home appliances and toys. A robot can manipulate and transport objects but can also assist humans to rehabilitate different limbs and even to replace them, e.g. in surgery or as an automated wheelchair. To accomplish these tasks several techniques have been developed to define their movements and to achieve the required degree of autonomy. In that direction, optimization plays an important role to obtain reliable paths that allow robots fulfill their tasks in an efficient and safe way, or for robots to better understand and even learn from their environments.

Though all the above issues will be highly welcome for this year’s edition of NEO, which we are calling "NEO Robotics", it will have a particular focus on mobile and cooperative robots, service robots, medical and agricultural applications, design techniques, control and planning algorithms.

Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

A) Robotics:

  • Mobile robotics: wheels, drones, mobile manipulators, aquatic robots
  • Cooperative robots: manipulators, multi-vehicle systems in indoors and outdoors
  • Service robots
  • Robots for medical applications
  • Robots in agricultural applications
  • Techniques to design robots
  • Control and planning algorithms

B) Search and Optimization:

  • Single- and multi-objective optimization
  • Advances in evolutionary algorithms and genetic programming
  • Hybrid and memetic algorithms
  • Set oriented numerics
  • Stochastic optimization
  • Robust optimization

C) Real World Problems:

  • Health systems
  • Computer vision and pattern recognition
  • Energy conservation and prediction
  • Modeling and control of real-world systems
  • Smart cities
  • Machine Learning in Robotics


Invited Speakers

  • Carlos M. Fonseca, University of Coimbra, Portugal
  • Laura Cruz Reyes, Instituto Tecnologico de Ciudad Madero, Mexico
  • Hector Joaquin Fraire-Huacuja, Instituto Tecnologico de Ciudad Madero, Mexico
  • Jose Martinez-Carranza, INAOE, Mexico
  • Jonathan Peña-Ramírez, CICESE, Ensenada, BCS, Mexico



The NEO 2019 will accept extended abstracts that will be published in the book of abstracts. The latest submission date is August 10, 2019, but authors are encouraged to do so earlier. Authors will be invited to submit extensions of their work to be published at a special issue of the journal Mathematical and Computational Applications (indexed in ESCI).

See special issue information in:


Special Sessions

    Discrete Optimization
    Dr. Marcela Quiroz Castellanos

    Dynamical Systems and Optimization
    Dr. Luis Alberto Quezada Téllez & Dr. Luis Franco Pérez

    Hybrid Techniques in Optimization
    Dr. Adriana Lara & M. Sc. Lourdes Uribe

    Optimization and Learning in the Energy Sector
    Dr. Josué Enríquez Zárate

    Set Oriented Methods
    Dr. Oliver Schütze

    Dr. Chidentree Treesatayapun

    Women at NEO
    Dr. América Morales & Dr. Adriana Lara


    Direct Collocation and Geometric Methods for Robot Trajectory Optimization
    Dr. Gustavo Arechavaleta & Eng. Daniel Cardona

    Rapid Algorithm Development for Drones using Gazebo and ROS
    Dr. Jose Martinez-Carranza

    The Attainment Function Approach to Performance Evaluation in Evolutionary Multiobjective Optimization
    Dr. Carlos M. Fonseca


Important Dates

June 15: deadline for special session proposals
July 15 August 10: deadline for abstract submissions
July 20 August 15: notification of acceptance

August 20: deadline for early bird registrations
September 18 - 20: NEO 2019
September 21: optional one day tour (Vineyards of the desert)


Conference Location

 The event will be held at the Auditorio Talamás of the Universidad Autonoma de Coahuila (Campo Redondo), Saltillo.

Further Information

Details and up-to-date information can be found on the webpage of the event: