Monthly Archives: July 2014

A.E. Eiben about “Grand Challenges for Evolutionary Robotics”

Emerging publisher Frontiers (a community-oriented open-access academic publisher and research network, which is part of the Nature Publishing Group) launched a new open access journal on Robotics and AI. The journal features a “specialty section” (journal-in-a-journal) on Evolutionary Robotics that was kicked–off with an article by A.E. Eiben on “Grand Challenges for Evolutionary Robotics“. Continue reading

6170 chapter downloads for “Experimental Methods for the Analysis of Optimization Algorithms”

Springer published a “book performance report”, i.e., how a book has been performing on the market. The performance report for the book “Experimental Methods for the Analysis of Optimization Algorithms“, which was edited by Marco Chiarandini, Luis Paquete, Mike Preuss and Thomas Bartz-Beielstein, reads as follows:

“In July 2013 SpringerLink introduced a new feature that allows customers to download complete eBooks rather than just individual chapters.  Since its online publication on November 03, 2010, there has been a total of 6170 chapter downloads for your book on SpringerLink. The table shows the download figures for the last year(s).”


From the reviews:

“This book belongs on the shelf of anyone interested in carrying out experimental research on algorithms and heuristics for optimization problems. … Don’t keep this book on the shelf: read it, and apply the techniques and tools contained herein to your own algorithmic research project. Your experiments will become more efficient and more trustworthy, and your experimental data will lead to clearer and deeper insights about performance.” (Catherine C. McGeoch, Amherst College)
“Here you will find aspects that are treated scientifically by the experts in this exciting domain offering their up-to-date know-how and even leading into philosophical domains.” (Hans-Paul Schwefel, Technische Universität Dortmund)
“[This] book … is a solid and comprehensive step forward in the right direction. [It] not
only covers adequate comparison of methodologies but also the tools aimed at helping in algorithm design and understanding, something that is being recently referred to as ‘Algorithm Engineering’. [It] is of interest to two distinct audiences. First and foremost, it is targeted at
the whole operations research and management science, artificial intelligence and computer science communities with a loud and clear cry for attention. Strong, sound and reliable tools should be employed for the comparison and assessment of algorithms and also for more structured algorithm engineering. Given the level of detail of some other chapters however, a second potential audience could be made up of those researchers interested in the core topic
of algorithm assessment. The long list of contributors to this book includes top notch and experienced researchers that, together, set the trend in the field. As a result, those interested in this specific area of analysis of optimization algorithms should not miss this book under any circumstance. … The careful, sound, detailed and comprehensive assessment of optimization algorithms is a necessity that requires attention and care. As a result, my opinion is that this book should be followed and that it should be at the top of every experimenter’s table.” (Rubén Ruiz, European Journal of Operational Research, 2011, 214(2):453-456)

Der SPIEGEL über Predictive Maintenance und intelligente Datenanalysen

“Fernwartung: Dank intelligenter Datenanalyse warnen Maschinen bereits vor Störungen, bevor diese auftreten. Ersetzen Algorithmen bald den Kundendienst?” fragt der SPIEGEL in der Ausgabe 29/2014. ” ‘Predictive Maintenance’ lautet das Schlagwort, das viele Manager in der deutschen Industrie fasziniert”, so der SPIEGEL weiter. Diese Thematik beschäftigt auch das SPOTSeven Lab. So werden diese Fragestellungen von Prof. Dr. Thomas Bartz-Beielstein gemeinsam mit Martin Zaefferer und Margarita Rebolledo im Forschungsprojekt ISAFAN untersucht. ISAFAN ist ein interdisziplinärer Forschungsschwerpunkt der FH Köln im Bereich der Faserkunststoffverbund-Strukturen und wurde gemeinsam von den Professoren Blaurock, Bongards, Herrmann, Lake und Bartz-Beielstein initiiert.

Impressions from the Industrial Challenge at GECCO 2014 in Vancouver

Some Impressions from GECCO’s 2014 Industrial Challenge

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The goal of the GECCO 2014 Industrial Challenge is to analyze the data to develop accurate forecasting methods that allow the prediction of the emergence of ammonia. For this year’s GECCO Industrial Challenge the Aggerverband kindly provides data. The competitor with the best prediction is rewarded with an iPad, which is kindly sponsored by Bartz & Bartz GmbH .

Martina Friese
Andreas Fischbach
Oliver Flasch
Olaf Mersmann
Thomas Bartz-Beielstein
Klaus Walbeck


The winners presenting their results:
1. Aranildo Lima and Fernando Nogueira (Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences and Department of Physics & Astromomy University of British Columbia).
2. Stephan Winkler (Heuristic and Evolutionary Algorithms Laboratory) and

More photos will follow.

GECCO 2014: Evolutionary Computation in Practice Program Available


ECiP 2014 Sessions. Tuesday 15th July. Room: Port Hardy

Session Time Speakers
S-1: Academic aspects 

How to establish & continue cooperation with industrial partners

10:40- 12:20  Ask the Experts 

  • 10:40-10:50 T. Bartz-Beielstein “Intro: How to start a company”
  • 10:50-11:00 S. Gustafson “Research Projects at GE Global Research”
  • 11:00-11:10 M. Affenzeller: “Establishing Applied Research Projects”
  • 11:10-11:20 E. and A. Tantar: Project “Programmable Communication Networks”
  • Discussion: Establishing cooperations
S-2: Optimisation in Industry 

Best practice
Talks & Discussions


14:00- 15:40 Case Studies

  • 14:00-14:15: E. Goodman “Red cedar technology”
  • 14:15 -14:45: C. Coello “Evolutionary Multi-Objective
  • Optimization in Real-World Applications”
    14:45-15:10: T. Bäck “Divis – Intelligent Industry Solutions”
  • 15:10-15:40: M. Affenzeller: “HeuristicLab: Simulation based optimization”
S-3: Getting a Job: 

What to do and what not to do


16:10- 17:50 Open panel discussion 

  • 16.10-16.30 R. Capone “Publish or Perish: How to write a research paper”
  • 16:30 Discussion: Job perspectives



  • M. Affenzeller (Research group HEAL)
  • T. Bäck (Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science)
  • T. Bartz-Beielstein (Bartz & Bartz GmbH)
  • R. Capone (Elsevier Science)
  • C. Coello (CINVESTAV-IPN)
  • E. Goodman (BEACON Center for the Study of Evolution in Action)
  • S. Gustafson (GE Global Research)
  • E. and A. Tantar (Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust)

Thomas Bartz-Beielstein · Cologne University of Applied Sciences ·
Dr. Anna I. Esparcia, S2 Grupo, Spain, aesparcia@S2GRUPO.ES
Jörn Mehnen · Cranfield University,

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