Guest Lecture: Stock Market Trading with HeuristicLab

Fellow HEAL member and Bioinformatics research group head Stephan Winkler would like to invite everyone to an upcoming guest lecture by Prof. Dr. Bonifacio Castaño from the University of Alcalá/Madrid.
Stock Markets Trading Rules and Genetic Programming with HeuristicLab
Thursday, 24 January, 2013, 18:00
HS3, Hagenberg

The lecture will deal with stock exchange markets and some basic technical analysis strategies focused on trading rules. The main purpose will be to show how these rules can be adapted in order to be exploited in a Genetic Programming context and then implemented using HeuristicLab.

CFP: Workshop on Evolutionary Computation Software Systems (EvoSoft)

We are pleased to announce that Michael Affenzeller and Stefan Wagner will once again chair the Evolutionary Computation Software Systems (EvoSoft) Workshop at the GECCO 2013 conference. We hope that the workshop will help to identify common efforts in the development of evolutionary computation software systems and will be a great platform to discuss cooperation potentials and synergies between different research groups.
GECCO 2013 will take place in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, from July 06-10, 2013.

Submission deadline: March 28th, 2013 (hard deadline)
Notification of acceptance: April 15th, 2013
Camera-ready submission: April 25th, 2013
Workshops at GECCO 2013: July 6 - 7, 2013

Authors should send their papers to All workshop papers have to fulfill the preparation requirements of GECCO 2013 full regular papers. Additional details are available at and

Download the Call for Papers

Award for Bioinformatics Researcher

Every year the Upper Austria University of Applied Sciences (FH OÖ) honors outstanding scientists and scholars actively engaged in research. We are therefore delighted to announce that long-term HEAL member Viktoria Dorfer received the Junior Researcher Award 2012 for her contributions to the field of bioinformatics. Viktoria's research revolves around the development of novel algorithms to identify proteins in mass spectra. She is a core researcher of Stephan Winkler's young bioinformatics research group, whose successful collaboration with the Research Institute of Molecular Pathology (IMP) was recently rewarded with a prestigious FWF grant.

Researchers of the Year 2012

Research visit from Spain

David Davis has just left for Australia and we can already announce the next visitor: Pilar Caamaño Sobrino from the Universidad de la Coruña is in Austria this week to prepare a joint research proposal with our group. Her research focuses on the analysis of evolutionary algorithms via fitness landscape analysis, which ties in nicely with the work of HEAL members Erik Pitzer and Andreas Beham. We are therefore pleased to announced that Dr. Caamaño Sobrino will present some of her recent work in Hagenberg this week.
Fitness Landscape and Evolutionary Algorithm
Characterization in Real-Coded Optimization Problems

December 6th, 2012, 16:30 - 18:00
HS8, Hagenberg

Fitness landscape analysis can be used to get a better understanding why some problems are harder for certain optimization algorithms than others. The topic is therefore highly relevant to current metaheuristic research and we are looking forward to a stimulating presentation and discussion session. The event is public and interested visitors are warmly welcome.

Upcoming Guest Lectures

David Davis from the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) is currently visiting Linz to attend a conference and will use the opportunity to give two guest lectures in Hagenberg:

  • Friday 23.11.2012, 18:00, HS3: "Information and Communication Systems in Australia"
  • Wednesday 28.11.2012, 18:00, HS3: "Principles of System Analysis in Software Development

Entry is free and knowing David we can look forward to two exciting talks.


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