Two "newly minted" PhDs

We are very happy to announce that two long-term HEAL affiliates from the Institute for Production and Logistics Management at the Johannes Kepler University Linz have successfully defended their PhD theses. The orals were scheduled back to back on Tuesday with many friends and colleagues in the audience. Their individual research areas were:

  • Roland Braune: Job Shop Scheduling with Total Weighted Tardiness Objective: Enhancements to Local Search and Bottleneck-based Methods.
  • Michael Bögl: Suchraumstrukturanalysen und selbstlernende nachbarschaftsbasierte Suchverfahren am zeitfensterbeschränkten Problem des Handlungsreisenden

In both cases Prof. Zäpfel served as primary PhD supervisor and Michael Affenzeller agreed to be secondary supervisor. Roland and Michael will receive the title Doctor Technicae from the Johannes Kepler University Linz. The whole team congratulates to this success and wishes them all the best for their future careers!

Best Paper Award at EMSS 2011

We are proud to announce that HEAL members have received the Best Paper Award of the 23rd European Modeling & Simulation Symposium (EMSS 2011) for their paper On the Use of Estimated Tumor Marker Classifications in Tumor Diagnosis Prediction!
In this paper recent research results in the area of medical data mining and modeling have been summarized. The paper was written by HEAL members Stephan Winkler, Michael Affenzeller, Gabriel Kronberger, Michael Kommenda, and Stefan Wagner in close collaboration with Prim. Dr. Herbert Stekel from the General Hospital Linz (AKH Linz) and Prof. Dr. Witold Jacak from the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria; it was presented by Stephan Winkler at the EMSS Workshop on Modeling and Simulation in Healthcare.
Download: EMSS2011_BestPaperAward.pdf

Haematology and Oncology Congress in Basel

Michael Affenzeller and Stephan Winkler will represent the Josef Ressel-Centre Heureka! and the bioinformatics research group at the Joint Conference of the German, Austrian, and Swiss Societies for Haematology and Oncology in Basel from Sept. 30th to Oct. 4th, 2011.
We are very pleased by the opportunity to present recent research results in the area of medical data mining and modeling at a conference for medical professionals. The two posters were prepared in close collaboration with Prim. Dr. Herbert Stekel, MD, from the General Hospital Linz (AKH Linz), and Prof. Dr. Witold Jacak from the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria:

  • Cancer Prediction Models Based on Blood Data with and without Tumor Marker Information
  • Data Based Identification of Estimation Models for Tumor Markers

TMG/WKO Event: Applied Research in Christian Doppler Laboratories and Josef Ressel Centres

The Austrian Federal Economic Chamber (WKO), the Province of Upper Austria (Land OÖ) and the OÖ. Technologie- und Marketinggesellschaft m.b.H. (TMG) cordially invite anyone interested to an information event about applied research in Christian Doppler Laboratories and Josef Ressel Centres. In particular, the event will showcase how small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) can participate in these research projects. The Province of Upper Austria wishes to strengthen the 'innovation capacity' of SMEs and we can definitely recommend the event for entrepreneurs who want the support of established university und non-university institutes in R&D.

Christian Doppler Labors und Josef Ressel Zentren in der Praxis
Wednesday, 28. September 2011 / 16:00 - 19:00
WKO Oberösterreich, Hessenplatz 3, 4020 Linz, Austria

Research group head Michael Affenzeller will present our own Josef Ressel Centre Heureka! for heuristic and evolutionary algorithms, showing what we are working on with Heureka! partners voestalpine, Rosenbauer, carvatech and AKH Linz in the areas of warehouse logistics optimization, facility layout planning, medical diagnosis or steel production process modeling. Moreover, Rosenbauer logistics center manager Werner Achleitner will be present for Q&A, so you can get the perspective of one of our partners as well.

For more information we would like to refer you to the detailed program (in German). The event is free, but we kindly ask you to send a registration email to

Financial Analysis with HeuristicLab

Gabriel Kronberger is blogging about financial analysis over at the HeuristicLab Blog. He modeled the European interest rate swap yield with genetic programming and performed variable impact analysis, getting interesting results about the influences of the US mortgage market and Euro-zone employment on the interest rate. For details, head over to the blog.


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