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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!

CFP: Track on Smart Grid Planning, Optimization and Control - SPOC

Stephan Hutterer and Michael Affenzeller will chair the Track on Smart Grid Planning, Optimization and Control - SPOC, which takes place at the International Workshop on Simulation for Energy, Sustainable Development & Environment (SESDE). SPOC is meant to provide a platform for discussing recent research issues, where achievements in computer sciences enable future technologies for smart grids.
SESDE will take place in Athens, Greece, 23 - 25 September 2013.

Submission deadline: April 15th, 2013
Notification of acceptance: May 15th, 2013
Camera-ready submission: June 15th, 2013
Registration (due): August 7th, 2013

All information regarding submission of extended abstracts respectively full papers can be obtained from the submission section.

See you there!

Research Associate of the Year: Stephan Hutterer

Just a couple of weeks after Viktoria Dorfer received the Junior Researcher Award 2012 we can announce yet another HEAL laureate:

Yesterday, HEAL member Stephan Hutterer was honored as Research Associate of the Year by a jury of industry and university representatives in Wels (FH-Förderverein Wels). Stephan's research focus is on smart grids and e-mobility. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of this field he splits his time between Hagenberg and Wels, combining expertise from both automation engineering and heuristic optimization. Joint-supervisors Michael Affenzeller and Franz Auinger - and of course the entire HEAL team - congratulate Stephan to this well-deserved achievement.

Research Assistant of the Year 2012 - Wels

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