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Research visit from Michigan

This December Dr. Brian Goldman, a Researcher of BEACON, an NSF Center for the Study of Evolution in Action which is headquartered at the MSU (Michigan State University), joined the HeuristicLab Team for a few days.

BEACON’s research focus which is headed by Prof. Eric Goodman, may be the most important research initiative for evolutionary algorithms at the moment and we are happy to have expanded our international cooperation network with this group.

 

Brian integrated his P3 algorithm (which won the best paper award in Track: Genetic Algorithms at GECCO 2014) into HeuristicLab. The Parameter-less Population Pyramid (P3) is an evolutionary technique that requires no parameters and is built on the idea that it is often easier to determine how good a solution is than to find the best possible solution.

To learn more about Brian’s visit in Hagenberg, read his work blog:

http://beacon-center.org/blog/2015/03/09/beacon-researchers-at-work-evolutionary-optimization-and-the-open-source-community/

 

New Team Member: Sebastian Raggl

The HeuristicLab Team is expanding further and proud to announce another new team member, Sebastian Raggl.

Sebastian completed his master studies at the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria last year. Now he is supporting the team in developing optimization models and algorithms for complex problems in the domains of production and logistics.

Call for papers: EvoSoft Workshop at GECCO 2015

Once again, the EvoSoft workshop at this years GECCO is being hosted by Stefan Wagner and Michael Affenzeller. Everyone is invited to submit a contribution addressing a number of different aspects such as:

  • development and application of generic and reusable EC software systems
  • architectural and design patterns for EC software systems
  • software modeling of EC algorithms and problems
  • open-source EC software systems
  • expandability, interoperability, and standardization
  • comparability and traceability of research results
  • graphical user interfaces and visualization
  • comprehensive statistical and graphical results analysis
  • parallelism and performance
  • usability and automation
  • comparison and evaluation of EC software systems
 

The deadline for the submission is April 3rd, 2015. Further important dates and submission guidelines can be found in the attached call for papers.

Dr. Stefan Vonolfen

We would like to congratulate our colleague Stefan Vonolfen as he successfully defended his PhD thesis in September! Stephan joined us a couple of years ago and was doing Heuristic Optimization Methods and Operational Research. We wish him the best for his future.

New Team Member Judith Fechter

The HeuristicLab Team is proud to announce a new team member, Judith Fechter.

Judith studied technical mathematics at Vienna University of Technology and one year abroad at University of Edinburgh, Scotland. Her focus was business mathematics, especially operations research.

Now she is supporting the team in mathematical modelling of problems in production and logistics and developing algorithms therefor.

 

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