Gabriel Kronberger received Researcher Award 2017

The Upper Austria University of Applied Sciences (FH OÖ) honors outstanding scientists and scholars actively engaged in research in an annual award ceremony. We are delighted to announce that a prize went also to our research team this year: Gabriel Kronberger received the Researcher Award 2017 for his contributions to the field of Business Intelligence and Data Engineering. Congratulations!

Looking for a doctoral candidate: Joint JKU/UAS International PhD Program in Informatics

We are looking for a doctoral candidate for the Joint JKU/UAS International PhD Program in Informatics - this is a funded PhD Position. 

"Self-organizing and Self-adaptive Distributed Evolutionary Algorithms"

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.
HEAL is part of the Department for Software Engineering of the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria located in Hagenberg, Austria. The campus in Hagenberg is located 20 minutes north of Linz, the capital of Upper Austria, and is easily reachable by car or public transport. Linz is well known for its successful production industry, cultural diversity, and music.
Please send your comprehensive application including CV, motivation letter, university certificates research interests and references until March 16th 2018 to

We are looking forward to your application!

ÖGOR-award for Jan Zenisek's master thesis

Jan Zenisek was awarded by the Österreichischen Gesellschaft für Operations Research for his outstanding master thesis!

The Austrian Society of Operations Research (in german: Österreichische Gesellschaft für Operations Research, abbreviated ÖGOR) is a non-profit scientific organization which supports application and and promotes development of operation research methods in Austria, focusing upon efficient knowledge transfer between high-profile scientific research and decision makers in all areas.

The award for the best master thesis is bestowed on the basis of opinions of international experts.

Jan joined our research group a year ago and finished his Master's degree in Software Engineering on the University of Applied Sciences in Hagenberg with distinction. The Master Thesis is titled "Simulation-Based Optimization Strategies for Real-World Vehicle Routing Problems" and he is now carrying on his research on the EFRE IWB 2020 project "Smart Factory Lab". 

Congratulations to Jan for this great honor of his master thesis!



Michael Affenzeller & Stefan Wagner at IWMMA conference 2017 in Krasnoyarsk

Michael Affenzeller and Stefan Wagner were invited to hold a keynote and a HeuristicLab-tutorial at the IWMMA conference in Krasnoyarsk, Russia - The Sixth International Workshop on Mathematical Models and their Applications​. 

The Sixth International Workshop on Mathematical Models and their Applications (IWMMA 2017) will provide an international forum for the presentation of original results in mathematical modeling for software- and hardware applications in various fields. It will stimulate lively discussions among researchers as well as industrialists.

Michael Affenzeller's keynote titled "Real-World Systems Modeling and Optimization with Hybrid Evolutionary Algorithms" - The focus of the talk was on systems modeling, optimization, algorithm design and analysis with respect to real world problems using different flavors of evolutionary algorithms. A special focus was on the analysis of algorithm dynamics in order to analyze the reasons of premature convergence which provides deeper insights about the algorithms internal behavior and gives inspiration for the design of new hybrid algorithms.

Stefan Wagner's tutorial titled "Algorithm and Experiment Design with HeuristicLab. An Open Source Optimization Environment for Research and Education" - This tutorial demonstrated how to apply and analyze metaheuristic optimization algorithms using the HeuristicLab open source optimization environment. It was shown how to parameterize and execute evolutionary algorithms to solve various optimization problems (e.g., traveling salesman, vehicle routing, quadratic assignment, symbolic regression).

Thanks to Eugene Semenkin and his team for the invitation and the interesting feedback to the keynote and the tutorial!

New research group members

The HeuristicLab Team is expanding further and we want to welcome our new team members, Daniel Dorfmeister, Lukas Kammerer and Roland Hanghofer. 

Daniel and Lukas completed their master studies at the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria this year. Both graduated in Software Engineering from the double degree program at the University of Calabria and the FH OÖ Campus Hagenberg . 

Daniel is working on the project DigiMont, Lukas on the contract research for EREMA. 

Roland is still in the bachelor degree course and works as a trainee for the research group. 

Daniel Dorfmeister
Roland Hanghofer


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