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Michael Kommenda received Junior Researcher Award 2018

The Upper Austria University of Applied Sciences (FH OÖ) honors outstanding young scientists and scholars actively engaged in research in an annual award ceremony. We are delighted to announce that a prize went also to our research team this year: Michael Kommenda received the Junior Researcher Award 2018 for his contributions in the field of structure identification and heuristic optimization and finishing his PhD. Congratulations!

 

Picture: (f.l.t.r.): Dr. Gerald Reisinger, FH-Prof. Priv.Doz. DI Dr. Johann Kastner, DI (FH) Dr. techn. Michael Kommenda MSc, DI Dr. Johannes Preiner, DI (FH) Dr. Christoph Heinzl, Dr. Lisa-Maria Putz BSc MA, Wirtschaft-Landesrat Markus Achleitner (c) Land OÖ/Daniel Kauder

Picture: (f.l.t.r.): Dr. Gerald Reisinger, FH-Prof. Priv.Doz. DI Dr. Johann Kastner, DI (FH) Dr. techn. Michael Kommenda MSc, DI Dr. Johannes Preiner, DI (FH) Dr. Christoph Heinzl, Dr. Lisa-Maria Putz BSc MA, Wirtschaft-Landesrat Markus Achleitner (c) Land OÖ/Daniel Kauder

Habilitation Stephan Winkler

We are very proud to announce, that our long-time colleague Stephan Winkler finished his habilitation at the Johannes Kepler University in Linz.

This is a huge success not only for him, but also for the research group HEAL and gives us new perspectives in researching and supervising theses!

Congratulations!

Big in Japan - GECCO Conference 2018

At this year's Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO) in Kyoto, our research group was again represented with a large delegation of experienced and young researchers. The GECCO Conference is one of the most important and prestigious conferences for the latest high-quality results in genetic and evolutionary computation since 1999.

We are very proud, that this year four of our contributions were accepted in one of the main tracks!

Besides the EvoSoft workshop hosted by Stefan Wagner and Michael Affenzeller several of our researchers held workshops, paper and poster presentations:

·         Gabriel Kronberger presented „Predicting Friction System Performance with Symbolic Regression and Genetic Programming with Factor Variables“ 

·         Andreas Beham presented "Algorithm Selection on Generalized Quadratic Assignment Problem Landscapes"

·         Michael Affenzeller held an invited talk about "Data-Based Modeling and Optimization in Industrial Processes" in the  "Evolutionary Computation in Practive (ECip)" track organized by Thomas Bartz-Beielstein

·         Johannes Karder presented the paper "Asynchronous Surrogate-assisted Optimization Networks" 

·         Sebastian Raggl presented "Discrete Real-world Problems in a Black-box Optimization Benchmark​"

·         Bogdan Burlacu presented a part of his PhD thesis, finished with distinction in 2017, under the title "Schema-based Diversification in Genetic Programming"

·         Bernhard Werth presented the paper entiteled "Quasi-Bistability of Walk-Based Landscape Measures in Stochastic Fitness Landscape" 

·         Lukas Kammerer discussed his poster "Confidence-Based Ensemble Modeling in Medical Data Mining"

​Also some of our former research group members and graduates like Roland Braune (University of Vienna), Stefan Forsterlechner (University of Dublin) or Ciprian Zavoianu (Johannes Kepler University Linz) are successfully represented at the GECCO Conference. 

 

Around 700 researchers participated at the conference in Kyoto - they made this year's conference the second largest GECCO ever. 

Find out more about the GECCO Conference 2018.

 

HEAL at GPTP Workshop

Gabriel Kronberger and Stephan Winkler visited the Genetic Programming in Theory and Practice (GPTP) Workshop in Ann Arbor, Michigan (http://gptp-workshop.com/). The workshop is an annual event hosted by the Center for the Study of Complex Systems, University of Michigan. 

Gabriel Kronberger presented our work on "Cluster Analysis of a Symbolic Regression Search Space". Our student, Tom Schmiedlechner, who is currently on a 3-month visit at the ALFA Group (http://alfagroup.csail.mit.edu) led by Una-May O'Reilly, presented their work together with Abdullah Al-Dujaili and Erik Hemberg on "Distributed Coevolutionary Learning in Generative Adversarial Networks"

Gabriel Kronberger, Stephan Winkler, Tom Schmiedlechner in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Dr. Michael Kommenda - Congratulations!

We would like to congratulate our colleague Michael Kommenda who successfully defended his PhD thesis! Michael is one of our longest researchers and joined HEAL in 2008. He has done his PhD-thesis "Local Optimization and Complexity Control for Symbolic Regression" at the JKU - supervised by FH-Prof. PD DI Dr. Michael Affenzeller and a.Univ.Prof Dr. Josef Küng.

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