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Monika Kofler in Australia

HEAL researcher Monika Kofler is leaving for Australia where she will be staying for the next year. We would like to thank Monika for the great time that she has already been with us and the many hours that she has devoted to establish and grow our group. We wish her an enjoyable and successful time down under! Monika is determined to complete her thesis and deepen the ties with the University of Technology, Sydney.

Looking back at Eurocast 2013

Our group members had a great time at the Eurocast 2013 conference in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria. We used the opportunity to meet up with fellow researchers such as Günther Raidl and his team from the Vienna University of Technology, Richard F. Hartl from the University of Vienna, Zenon Chaczko from UTS Sydney, Carmen Paz Suárez Araujo from the Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria as well as Jan Nikodem and Ryszard Klempous from Wroclaw University of Technology. Stephan Winkler even managed to get a picture with guest speaker and legendary system theorist Rudolf E. Kalman.

Eurocast is a biannual conference which takes place every odd year. Since last year the conference has a "younger sibling" called APCast, which takes place every even year in the Asia Pacific region.

GECCO Workshop: Submission Deadline

We would like to remind everyone that the submission deadline for the upcoming Evolutionary Computation Software Systems (EvoSoft) Workshop at the GECCO 2013 conference is just 1.5 months away. Contributions can be submitted until March 28th, 2013 (hard deadline). For more information download the Call for Papers or check the Workshop Homepage.

Erik Pitzer celebrates PhD viva

We are very happy to announce that follow HEAL member Erik Pitzer has successfully defended his PhD thesis last week and will be awarded the title Doctor Technicae from the Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria. Erik has been an active and esteemed HeuristicLab developer for many years, even before he officially joined our group. We want to use this opportunity to thank him for his valuable contributions to HeuristicLab persistence, the optimization knowledge base, simulation optimization and - of course - fitness landscape analysis. Erik's thesis on "Applied Fitness Landscape Analysis" was not just an isolated research topic but led to many cross-project collaborations within our group and with other universities. The whole team congratulates whole-heartedly to this success!

HEAL attends Eurocast 2013

Many members of our university are currently in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, to attend the Fourteenth International Conference on Computer Aided Systems Theory (Eurocast 2013). The Eurocast conference is organized bi-annually by a Spanish-Austrian group of esteemed researchers around Roberto Moreno-Díaz (Las Palmas), Franz Pichler (Linz) and Alexis Quesada Arencibia (Las Palmas).

Since 2007, HEAL head Michael Affenzeller co-organizes a workshop on metaheuristic problem solving with Günther Raidl (Technical University Vienna) and Witold Jacak. The conference started today, yet we were already up for a special treat: A plenary talk by Rudolf E. Kálmán, famous father of the Kalman-Bucy Filter. We can definitely look forward to an exciting week!

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