Monthly Archives: October 2013

Exciting Research Projects in Japan: Graduate School of Kobe Institute of Computing


Dr. Sandor Markon, Professor of Information Technology, Kobe Institute of Computing is presenting exciting research projects:

  • Multi-Modal Interaction with Floating Images
  • Medical Visualization with Floating Images
  • Linear Motors for Multi-Car Elevators
  • Finger Position Detection for Floating Image Interaction
  • Energy Control and Optimization for Multi-Car Elevators

Since 2000, I have been working with Dr. Markon on several projects related to elevator simulation and optimization. We have started a new project to develop algorithms for efficiently controlling the operation of multi-car elevators, in order to minimize the peak energy consumption and energy-related costs. We will use simulation-based modeling and experimentation, combined with optimization using the SPOT toolkit.

Impressions from the CFD Workshop

Here are some photos that illustrate the inspiring atmosphere during the first CFD Workshop at Cologne University of Applied Sciences, Faculty of Computer Science and Engineering Science in Gummersbach. The workshop was organized by SPOTSeven in cooperation with Steinmüller Engineering GmbH and TU Clausthal – Institute for Energy Process Engineering and Fuel Technology.


CFD Workshop am Campus Gummersbach der FH Köln

Der erste Computational Fluid Dynamics Workshop, der von der SPOTSeven Forschungsgruppe in Zusammenarbeit mit der Steinmüller Engineering GmbH und der TU Clausthal organisiert wurde, fand heute in Gummersbach statt. Das Programm beinhaltete die folgenden Vorträge: Continue reading

Parallel Problem Solving from Nature (PPSN 2014): First Call

PPSN 2014** 13th International Conference on Parallel Problem Solving from Nature (PPSN 2014) **
September 13-17, 2014, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Organized by the Jozef Stefan Institute

You are invited to plan your participation in the International Conference on Parallel Problem Solving from Nature (PPSN 2014). This biennial conference will bring together researchers and practitioners in the field of Natural Computing. Continue reading

The State of Cheating and a Crazy Idea

Anand Lal Shimpi and Brian Klug report in their interesting article “They’re (Almost) All Dirty: The State of Cheating in Android Benchmarks” that “With the exception of Apple and Motorola, literally every single OEM we’ve worked with ships (or has shipped) at least one device that runs this silly CPU optimization.”

Related to Algorithm Tuning and Benchmarking in Simulation and Optimization, the following crazy idea comes to my mind: Can we develop optimization algorithms that learn (the results) from benchmark test suites but do not optimize at all?


Audience during the presentation “How to create meaningful and generalizable results” (Thomas Bartz-BeielsteinMartin ZaeffererBoris Naujoks) at GECCO’13 in Amsterdam

Ansturm auf die Ingenieurwissenschaften


Studentinnen und Studenten während der Vorlesung Mathematik 1

Auch im Wintersemester 2013/14 bleibt der Ansturm auf die ingenieurwissenschaftlichen Studiengänge der FH Köln ungebrochen. In der Informatik sind ebenfalls mehr Studienanfänger zu vermelden. Am Campus Gummersbach sind zum ersten Mal mehr als 4.000 Studentinnen und Studenten eingeschrieben. Hörsäle wurden zusammengelegt und zusätzliche Räume angemietet, um dem Ansturm gerecht zu werden.


Prof. Dr. Thomas Bartz-Beielstein stellt das Tutoren- und Mitarbeiterteam der Vorlesung Mathematik 1 vor