Monthly Archives: July 2013

New Paper: Learning Regression Ensembles with Genetic Programming

ensembleIMG_1333Kalyan Veeramachaneni, Owen Derby, Dylan Sherry, and Una-May O’Reilly examine the challenge of producing ensembles of regression models for large datasets. The authors present a regression ensemble system, which produces model ensembles by relying on a GP-based learner. Their system pairs the stochastic nature of GP with a probabilistic parameter factoring method and the variable computation speed of the cloud to produce many diverse models for fusion. They discuss multiple robust strategies for fusing predictions from these ensembles of models. The paper is entitled “Learning Regression Ensembles with GP at Scale“.

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Student Workshop at GECCO


Award ceremony in Amsterdam organized by Tea and Boris

The student workshop at GECCO 2013 in Amsterdam, which aims to encourage graduate and undergraduate students, was a great success. The workshop assists students with their research work and facilitate their inclusion in the scientific community. The workshop was organized by Tea Tusar and Boris Naujoks.

How to create meaningful and generalizable results


Thomas presenting new approaches for the analysis of computer experiments.

Thomas Bartz-Beielstein, Martin Zaefferer, and Boris Naujoks presented the tutorial “How to create meaningful and generalizable results” at GECCO 2013 in Amsterdam. With more than 40 attendees, the tutorial was a great success and inspired interesting discussions about research methodologies. Continue reading

GECCO Industrial Challenge


G. Kronberger receiving an iPad from J. Neuhalfen (GreenPocket)

Gabriel Kronberger and Michael Kommenda from the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria received an iPad that was sponsored by SPOTSeven’s industrial partner GreenPocket. GreenPocket strives to develop
innovative and reliable smart home control systems. Accordingly the goal of this
challenge is to develop accurate and efficient forecasting methods and to apply them to real-world smart home time series data. The industrial challenge was held at GECCO, the largest conference in the field of genetic and evolutionary computation, in Amsterdam. It is organized by Martina Friese, Oliver Flasch, Olaf Mersmann, and Thomas Bartz-Beielstein. More information about the industrial challenge can be found here.

Tutorial: How to create meaningful and generalizable results

tutorialsSPOTSeven team members will present the tutorial “How to create meaningful and generalizable results” at GECCO 2013 in Amsterdam (Saturday, July 6th 14:00-15:50 Room 04A05).

CI methods have gained importance in several real-world domains such as process optimization, system identification, data mining, or statistical quality control. Tools, which determine the applicability of CI methods in these application domains in an objective manner, are lacking.

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Call for Chapters: Soft Computing Applications for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency

Call for Chapters for Soft Computing Applications for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, a book edited by

  • M.S. García-Cascales, Technical University of Cartagena, Spain
  • J. Miguel Sánchez-Lozano, Technical University of Cartagena, Spain
  • Antonio David Masegosa, University of Granada, Spain
  • Carlos Cruz-Corona, University of Granada, Spain

Proposal Submission Deadline: July 30, 2013. For release in the Advances in Environmental Engineering and Green Technologies (AEEGT) Book Series Continue reading

PPSN 2014 Website is online

PPSN 2014 - CFPThe PPSN 2014 conference website is now set up. Please check

Bogdan Filipic is PPSN2014’s General Chair and Hans-Paul Schwefel is Honorary Chair. Thomas Bartz-Beielstein accepted the inivitation to serve as a Program Chair (together with Jürgen Branke, University of Warwick and Jim Smith, University of the West of England). Again, PPSN is a good opportunity to meet good colleagues.

SPOTSeven starts new research project: emission measurements in power plants and incinerators

Emission measurements in power plants and incinerators are essential to control and to optimize the combustion processes. The SPOTSeven group is happy to announce a new research project that applies modern statistical methods to improve the measurement of emitted flue gases. This project is done in cooperation with SPOTSeven’s industrial partner Enotec, a leader in the field of process and flue gas analysis.


SPOTSeven receives funding for two years from the Central Innovation Program SME (Zentrales Innovationsprogramm Mittelstand – ZIM). ZIM is a funding program for small and medium sized enterprises (SME) with business operations in Germany that want to develop new or significantly improve existing products, processes or technical services.


Gefördert durch: Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Technologie aufgrund eines Beschlusses des Deutschen Bundestages