In memoriam John H. Holland 1929-2015

We're sorry to hear that the inventor of the genetic algorithm, John H. Holland, has passed away at 86. He was a pioneer in the study of complex adaptive systems and an inspirational source for many researchers including our research group. The importance of his work cannot be emphasized enough and it will certainly continue to influence generations of researchers that are yet to come.

Open PhD Position

The research group HEAL with its head Prof. Michael Affenzeller invites outstanding students to apply for an upcoming PhD position in a highly challenging research area within the Joint JKU/UAS International PhD Program in Informatics. You should have a degree in computer science or a related discipline. This position is within an international program, so austrian students are not eligible to apply. The position is not open for Post-Docs. For general information about the PhD programm visit Detailed information can be found in the attached PDF.

Self-organizing and Self-adaptive Distributed Evolutionary Algorithms

Evolutionary  algorithms  are  usually  applied  to  real-world  modeling  and  optimization  problems  by
using  historical  data,  models  and  constraints.  However,  in  practice  we  often  face  interrelated  and interdependent scenarios under changing environments.
The  main  aim  of  this  thesis  project  is  to  research  open-ended  evolution  and  emergent  behavior,
incremental learning as well as online adaptation or exchange of the involved optimization algorithms.
You  will  be supervised  by  Michael  Affenzeller  in  collaboration  with  a  co-supervisor  at  the  Johannes  Kepler University  Linz,  Austria.  The  position  is  fully  funded  (comfortably  covering  living  expenses  and health insurance) for 3 years.  Please  send  your  application  including  CV,  motivation  letter,  and  references  to until October 11, 2015.
Please also submit a project proposal covering your motivation and research interests, and additional
material strengthening your application.

Please see the attached PDF for more details.

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:


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.


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