New Research Project: MS Amanda

Stephan Winkler and Viktoria Dorfer have started a research co-operation with the research group of Ing. Karl Mechtler from the Research Institute of Molecular Pathology (IMP) in Vienna, Austria. The research focus of "MS Amanda – Amendment of Algorithms for Mass Spectrometry Protein Identification" will be on the development of novel and improved algorithms to identify so far unknown proteins in mass spectra.

Modeling and Simulation Workshop Aftermath

After the great success of the workshop “Modeling and Simulation” at FH OÖ in January, two follow-up events have been scheduled:

  • "Process and Prodution Simulation": May 2nd, 2011, 16:00 – 20:00 at FH OÖ, Campus Steyr (Coordination: Prof.(FH) DI Dr. Herbert Jodlbauer)
  • "Simulation and Optimization": May 4th, 2011, 15:00 – 19:00 at FH OÖ, Campus Hagenberg (Coordination: Prof.(FH) PD DI Dr. Michael Affenzeller)

If you are interested in these topics and current plans regarding R&D projects, then please don’t hesitate and join us in these workshops! The attendance of the workshops is free, please sign up via e-mail to Stephan Winkler (

HeuristicLab Tutorial at the GECCO 2011 Conference

We will present our HeuristicLab optimization system at the next GECCO conference. If you are interested, come and join our tutorial. We will show how to use HeuristicLab for the purpose of doing research and teaching in the field of metaheuristic optimization and several of the frameworks most exciting features.

See you at GECCO 2011!

Consortium Meeting

The entire Heureka! project consortium meets roughly twice a year to network, exchange best practises and report on progress in the different research branches. This time, Ing. Reinhard Aschauer from CARVATECH Karosserie & Kabinenbau GmbH invited everyone to Steyrermühl, starting with a diverting tour of the Austrian Papermill Museum, which included the creation of a handmade piece of paper. After coffee and small refreshments Heureka! researchers presented recent developments:

  1. Newly minted PhD Gabriel Kronberger repeated his final thesis presentation, which focused on the generation of Genetic Programming models that are smaller and easier to interpret for human experts.
  2. Stefan Wagner presented the Optimization Knowledge Base, a project that - we hope - will greatly improve the process of testing and parameter tuning for metaheuristics.
  3. Afterwards, Erik Pitzer gave a brief introduction to fitness landscape analysis, a highly relevant topic that he persued during his scientific sabbatical.
  4. Finally, Monika Kofler presented the results of a recently completed warehouse migration project at Rosenbauer International.

Michael Affenzeller would like to thank CARVATECH for hosting the meeting and all attendees for their interest and feedback! Below are several pictures from the event.


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Modelling and Simulation Workshop

We are pleased to announce that the Upper Austria University of Applied Sciences will host a

Workshop on modelling and simulation
Date: January 10th, 2011, 4pm
Room: Hörsaal 3 (HS3), FH2

Our colleague Prof. (FH) DI Dr. Stephan Winkler will give the keynote speech and we have been able to secure a set of excellent speakers from the fields of simulation optimization, process and plant simulation as well as simulation and visualization. The workshop will conclude with informal "fireside chats" and a buffet.

For additional information go to or contact Stephan Winkler ( Attendence is free but please register until January 5th, 2011 via the workshop homepage.


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