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Nevergrad and IOHprofiler Open Optimization Competition 2021

September 30, 2021

In order to promote research in black-box optimization, we organize a competition around Nevergrad and IOHprofiler.
The competition has two tracks, one classical, performance-oriented track, and one track focusing on general benchmarking best practices. More details are available on our webpage at http://www-ia.lip6.fr/~doerr/OpenOptimizationCompetition2021.html. Submissions to the GECCO competitions track are welcome. Winners will be announced at CEC, at GECCO, and on the web pages of Nevergrad and IOHprofiler.

  • Track 1: Performance-Oriented Track: Contributors submit an optimization algorithm as a pull request in Nevergrad as detailed below. Several subtracks (“benchmark suites”) are available, covering a broad range of black-box optimization scenarios, from discrete over mixed-integer to continuous optimization, from academic functions to real-world problems, from one-shot setting over sequential optimization to parallel settings.
  • Track 2: General Benchmarking Practices: contributions are made by pull request to Nevergrad or to IOHprofiler and by posting a short documentation (can be very short) somewhere (homepage, arXiv, pointer to a paper, etc). This track invites contributions to all aspects of benchmarking black-box optimization algorithms, e.g., suggesting new benchmark problems, performance measures or statistics, visualization of benchmark data, extending or improving the functionalities of the benchmarking environment, etc.

Venue

GitHub

Virtual event, United States