BioBoost Project Successfully Completed

We are happy to announce that the BioBoost project which has been completed in July 2015 is now also formally finished. BioBoost is focussed on boosting bioenergy through biomass-based energy intermediates using a de-centralized infrastructure for conversion of biological residues to bio-oils. HEAL developed a simulation and optimization software for optimizing plant locations, capacities and logistics.

The resulting software tool is now available as an add-on for HeuristicLab.

A short summary on the project has been published on the EU commission websites: "Biomass for for energy: from field to fuel" and on the Horizon2020 websites

The main goals and challenges as well as results are explained in a 10-minute long documentary video on BioBoost.


A European R&D project funded under contract 282873 within the Seventh Framework Programme by the European Commission.

Offene Stelle in der Forschungsgruppe HEAL

Wir möchten unsere deutschsprachigen Besucher auf eine aktuelle Stellenausschreibung für eine Position als wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter in unserer Forschungsgruppe aufmerksam machen. Eine Anzeige mit weiteren Details wurde auf geschalten.

HEAL Strategy Meeting

In the beginning of October this year we had a very fruitful two-day meeting to discuss HEAL strategy and related organizational topics. All members of HEAL joined in and we had a great workshop! As you can see in the group photo below, we are already a sizeable group...

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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.

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:



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