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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.

ECML-PKDD 2012

HEAL member Gabriel Kronberger is currently in Bristol, UK, attending the European Conference on Machine Learning and Principles and Practice of Knowledge Discovery in Databases (ECML-PKDD2012). He will give a "Spotlight Demo" on symbolic regression with HeuristicLab. For those who cannot attend the demo or who would like some follow-up information, we can recommend the Additional Material page in the HeuristicLab development wiki, which provides complementary material such as slides, video tutorials, test data and pre-configured HeuristicLab experiments and results for our publications and tutorials.

New Vehicle Routing Plugin in HeuristicLab 3.3.7

As previously noted, the HeuristicLab 3.3.7 release features a new implementation of the vehicle routing problem (VRP) plugin, which now includes dynamic and stochastic VRP variants. Our routing expert Stefan Vonolfen writes about the changes on the HeuristicLab Blog. Comments and questions are of course always welcome, either directly via mail or in our google group!

MAS conference opening talk

Michael Affenzeller, in his role as general chair of the 11th International Conference on Modeling and Applied Simulation (MAS 2012), is giving an opening talk tomorrow morning at the conference venue in Vienna, Austria. The MAS conference is, as in previous years, part of the I3M, the International Multidisciplinary Modeling & Simulation Multiconference.

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