The 14th International Conference on Intelligent Data Engineering and Automated Learning (IDEAL'2013)

Special Session on Soft-Computing Algorithms in Renewable Energy Problems

Call for Papers


In the current context of world economic crisis, Renewable Energies are of crucial importance towards a cleaner and more sustainable future. Several factors have recently pushed Renewable Energies, such as recent proofs of the direct connection between global warming and CO2 emissions from fossil fuels, the intended reduction of greenhouse gasses thanks to the Kyoto protocol or the growing of the risk perception after the nuclear accident in Japan in December 2011, among others.

Nevertheless, the establishment and maximum exploitation of Renewable Energy still need a lot of work and research effort. Many of the problems that arise in Renewable Energy are so difficult, that traditional mathematical methods do not obtain good results. The design of new renewable energy facilities (wind farms, solar plants, smart and micro-grids with renewable generation, or stand-alone systems, etc.), the correct estimation of the renewable energy resource (wind, radiation, reservoir levels) or the optimization of technologies to obtain more productive systems (wind turbine design, solar panels design), are just some examples of these hard problems related to renewable energy.

In these problems, the use of Soft-Computing approaches has been massive in the last few years, as powerful computational methods that obtain good results, with moderate computational effort. This Special Session is focused on Soft-Computing approaches in Renewable Energy problems, in a broad sense. We consider all Renewable Energy technologies where Soft-Computing approaches can be used to improve the final systems. Real problems and case studies are particularly welcome.

A pdf version of this call for papers can be found here.

Topics of Interest

The call-for-papers of the session is focused on topics related with Renewable Energy and Soft-Computing Approaches. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Wind energy related problems
    • Problems in wind farms
    • Wind speed prediction
    • Wind farm layout optimization
    • Wind turbines optimization
  • Solar energy related problems
    • Radiation prediction
    • Solar panels design
  • Hydropower related problems
  • SmartGrid and MicroGrid systems with renewable generation
  • Stand Alone Systems with renewable generation
  • Soft-Computing Techniques in Renewable Energy Applications
    • Evolutionary Computation and Bio-inspired approaches (Genetic Algorithms, PSO, Ant Colony Optimization, etc.)
    • Neural Computation Algorithms (Neural networks, Reservoir Computing, etc.)
    • Kernel methods (Support Vector Machines, Gaussian Processes, etc.)
    • Fuzzy Logic.


Please follow the IDEAL 2013 instruction for authors and submit your paper via the IDEAL 2013 online submission system. Please specify that your paper is for the Special Session on Soft-Computing Algorithms in Renewable Energy Problems.

Accepted papers will be included in IDEAL 2013 Proceedings, which will be published by Springer Verlag in the prestigious LNCS Series, indexed in EI and DBLP.

Important Dates

Paper Submission Deadline10June2013 (extended)
Notification of Acceptance:12July2013 notifications have been sent
Camera-Ready Copy and Files:26July2013
Early/Paper Author Registration Ends:26July2013
Conference Presentation:20-23October2013
The next IDEAL Conference (IDEAL 2014) will be held in Salamanca, a beautiful city in western Spain, in 2014 (


  • Dr. Sancho Salcedo Sanz
    Associate Professor
    Universidad de Alcalá, Madrid, Spain.
  • Dr. Jose Antonio Portilla-Figueras
    Associate Professor
    Universidad de Alcalá, Madrid, Spain.