Table of Contents

Front Matter; Comparison of Simulated Annealing, Interval Partitioning and Hybrid Algorithms in Constrained Global Optimization; Four-bar Mechanism Synthesis for n Desired Path Points Using Simulated Annealing; "MOSS-II" Tabu/Scatter Search for Nonlinear Multiobjective Optimization; Feature Selection for Heterogeneous Ensembles of Nearest-neighbour Classifiers Using Hybrid Tabu Search; A Parallel Ant Colony Optimization Algorithm Based on Crossover Operation; An Ant-bidding Algorithm for Multistage Flowshop Scheduling Problem: Optimization and Phase Transitions. Contains chapters which are organized into parts on simulated annealing, tabu search, ant colony algorithms, general-purpose studies of evolutionary algorithms, applications of evolutionary algorithms, and various metaheuristics. This book gathers contributions related to: theoretical developments in metaheuristics; and software implementations.