Matheuristics are optimization algorithms made by the interoperation of metaheuristics and mathematical programming (MP) techniques. An essential feature is the exploitation in some part of the algorithms of features derived from the mathematical model of the problems of interest, thus the definition "model-based metaheuristics" appearing in the title of some events of the conference series dedicated to matheuristics matheuristics web page.
The topic has attracted the interest of a community of researchers, and this led to the publication of dedicated volumes and journal special issues besides to dedicated tracks and sessions on wider scope conferences.
A word of caution is needed before delving into the subject, because obviously the use of MP for solving optimization problems, albeit in a heuristic way, is much older and much more widespread than matheuristics. However, this is not the case for metaheuristics. Even the very idea of designing MP methods specifically for heuristic solution has innovative traits, when opposed to exact methods which turn into heuristics when enough computational resources are not available.
Some approaches using MP combined with metaheuristics have begun to appear regularly in the matheuristics literature. This combination can go two-ways, both in MP used to improve or design metaheuristics and in metaheuristics used for improving known MP techniques, even though the first of these two directions is by far more studied.
- Hybridizing Metaheuristics and Mathematical Programming. Series: Annals of Information Systems , Vol. 10 Maniezzo, Vittorio; Stützle, Thomas; Voß, Stefan (Eds.), Springer, 2009. 
- Special Issue on Mathematical Contributions to Metaheuristics. Guest Editors: Vittorio Maniezzo, Stefan Voß, and Pierre Hansen, Journal of Heuristics, Volume 15, Number 3 / June, 2009 
- Marco A. Boschetti, V. Maniezzo, M. Roffilli and Antonio Bolufé Röhler. Matheuristics: Optimization, Simulation and Control. Proc. of HM 2009, LNCS 5818, pp. 171–177, 2009. Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2009 
- Matheuristics 2006 1st International Workshop on Mathematical Contributions to Metaheuristics.
- Matheuristics 2008 2nd International Workshop on Model-Based Metaheuristics
- Matheuristics 2010 3rd International Workshop on Model-Based Metaheuristics
- Matheuristics 2012 4th International Workshop on Model-Based Metaheuristics
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