HEAL at GPTP Workshop

Gabriel Kronberger and Stephan Winkler visited the Genetic Programming in Theory and Practice (GPTP) Workshop in Ann Arbor, Michigan ( 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 ( 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.

Opening of the Josef Ressel Center for Symbolic Regression in Hagenberg

On 2 March, the Josef Ressel Center (JRC) for Symbolic Regression was officially opened in Hagenberg. The subject of the JRC are mathematical models for propulsion systems. Partners of the project are the companies AVL List and Miba and the Federal Ministry for Digital an Economic Affairs funds it.

At the Josef Ressel Center for Symbolic Regression, algorithms for the mathematical modeling of technical systems are being researched and developed. These should lead to improvements in the development and optimization of drives and their components. The JRC is funded with 1.14 million €, whereby the Ministry of Economics and the partner companies AVL List GmbH and Miba Frictec GmbH each carry half of the financing.  "Like many other manufacturers, our partners AVL List and Miba Frictec are faced with the challenge that drives and their components, driven by hybridization, electrification and the resulting greater variety of variants, are becoming increasingly complex," explains the head of JRC Gabriel Kronberger. "At the same time, stricter emission standards must be adhered to, even in real driving conditions," continued the FH Upper Austria professor. That is why models and simulations play an increasingly important role in the development, configuration and optimization of drive components. In the new JRC in Hagenberg solution methods for symbolic regression are developed, which - integrated into the software systems of the partner companies - provide real-time models for the mentioned purposes. "The JRC gives us the opportunity to explore completely new approaches to symbolic regression. For industrial applications we need deterministic and efficient solution methods with few parameters," says Kronberger.

As keynote speaker Prof. Bartz-Beielstein was invited. He discussed the topic „Künstliche Intelligenz in industriellen Anwendungen“. Between the research groups HEAL and Prof. Bartz-Beielstein has been an intensive exchange of expertise for more than ten years. He also made a news entry on his homepage about the JRC opening. 


The media also reported about the Josef Ressel Center for Symbolic Regression:

ORF OÖ – Neues Forschungszentrum in Hagenberg:

Der Standard – FH Oberösterreich bekommt drei neue Josef-Ressel-Zentren:

Die Presse – Vier neue Labors eröffnet:

OÖN – Drei neue Forschungszentren für Fachhochschule:;art15,2827727

Mein Bezirk – Neues Forschungszentrum der FH OÖ in Hagenberg:

LT1 – Neues Forschungszentrum in Hagenberg:

(Trend, No.: 20180309, p.43) 

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Open PhD Position

We are looking for outstanding students with a degree in Computer Science or a related discipline and a strong background in computational intelligence, machine learning and programming. During your work on the PhD project, you will be part of the Heuristic and Evolutionary Algorithms Laboratory (HEAL,, one of the leading research groups in the field of applied evolutionary computation research. Members of the research group HEAL have implemented and maintain the open source software HeuristicLab, and they are continuously working on several application-oriented research projects with leading industrial companies in Austria. You will be supervised by Michael Affenzeller in collaboration with a co-supervisor at the Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria. The position is fully funded (comfortably covering living expenses and health insurance) for 3 years.

Eröffnung Josef Ressel Zentrum für Symbolische Regression

Die FH OÖ Fakultät für Informatik, Kommunikation und Medien lädt zur feierlichen Eröffnung des Josef Ressel Zentrums für Symbolische Regression ein.

Im neuen JR-Zentrum unter der Leitung von FH-Prof. DI Dr. Gabriel Kronberger erforscht die FH OÖ gemeinsam mit AVL List GmbH und Miba Frictec GmbH neue Algorithmen und Methoden für empirische und semi-physikalische Modellierung. Diese Methoden finden Anwendung zum Beispiel in der Entwicklung, Optimierung und Steuerung von Antriebssträngen.

Wir freuen uns auf Ihr Kommen!

Josef Ressel Zentren

In Josef Ressel Zentren wird anwendungsorientierte Forschung auf hohem Niveau betrieben, hervorragende ForscherInnen kooperieren dazu mit innovativen Unternehmen. Für die Förderung dieser Zusammenarbeit gilt die Christian Doppler Forschungsgesellschaft international als Best Practice Beispiel. Josef Ressel Zentren werden vom Bundesministerium für Digitalisierung und Wirtschaftsstandort und den beteiligten Unternehmen gemeinsam finanziert.


13:30 Uhr - Sektempfang

14:00 Uhr - Begrüßung (Dr. Gerald Reisinger, Geschäftsführer der FH OÖ)

14:10 Uhr Eröffnungsreden (Mag. Dr. Michael Strugl, MBA, Landeshauptmann-Stellvertreter, Wirtschafts-, Wissenschafts- und Forschungsreferent; Univ.-Prof. Dr. Reinhart Kögerler, Präsident der Christian Doppler Forschungsgesellschaft)

14:30 Uhr - Vorstellung des JRZ für Symbolische Regression (FH-Prof. DI Dr. Gabriel Kronberger, FH OÖ, Leiter des Josef Ressel Zentrums für Symbolische Regression - SymReg)

15:00 Uhr - Pause

15:15 Uhr - Fachvortrag „Künstliche Intelligenz in industriellen Anwendungen“ (Prof. Dr. Thomas Bartz-Beielstein, Sprecher des Forschungsschwerpunkts „Computational Intelligence plus“ an der TH Köln)

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