Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
We would like to acknowledge the generous supports to ICOTA 8 provided by Fudan University, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, and The National Natural Science Foundation of China. We are grateful to Professor Panos Pardalos, the Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Global Optimization, who kindly approved this special issue and provided us valuable guidance in the editorial process. All the papers in this special issue have been peer-reviewed to a regular standard of the journal and we would like to take this opportunity to thank all the referees for their voluntary work. Finally, we thank the authors of this issue for their contributions.
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