Monthly Archives: May 2015

BIOMA 2016 Keynote Title: “A Survey of Model-based Methods for Optimization”

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The title of Prof. Bartz-Beielstein’s keynote talk is published on the BIOMA Webpage: “A Survey of Model-based Methods for Optimization.”

BIOMA important dates:

1 February 2016: Paper submission deadline
15 March 2016: Notification of acceptance
1 April 2016: Registration deadline, Final paper deadline
18-20 May 2016: Conference

Coming Soon: Uncertainty Management in Simulation-Optimization of Complex Systems

The book “Uncertainty Management in Simulation-Optimization of Complex Systems – Algorithms and Applications”, Editors:  Gabriella Dellino and Carlo Meloni is announced on Springer’s Web page. Due date: July 14th, 2015.
It includes the publication “Uncertainty Management Using Sequential Parameter Optimization” (Thomas Bartz-Beielstein, Christian Jung, Martin Zaefferer).

Summary of the European Expert Seminar “Combining Practice-Orientated and Theoretical Learning in Higher Education”

A summary of the European Expert Seminar “Combining Practice-Orientated and Theoretical Learning in Higher Education” is available online.
On 20 April 2015 37 participants from 13 different EU Member States (representatives from ministries, permanent representations and stakeholder organisations) as well as EU institutions (European Commission, European Parliament) came together in Brussels to discuss different models of “dual learning” (= combining practice orientated and theoretical learning) in higher education.

CUAS: Practice and theory combined in a flexible way
The example from Cologne University of Applied Science (presented by Prof. Bartz-Beielstein) was mentioned as follows:
“Jochen Goeser from the University of Applied Sciences Aachen and Prof. Dr. Bartz-Beielstein from the University of Applied Sciences Cologne both in Germany presented concrete examples of how theory and practice can be combined. In the example of Aachen students are following a classic “dual study programme”. The programme alternates between study phases at university and practical training in companies, especially foreseen for semester breaks and when students are working on their BA thesis. The workload for these students is particularly high. They are, however, compensated, for example by a salary paid by employers and excellent job prospects after graduation. The example from Cologne showed how practice and theory can be combined in a more flexible way, such as through project work with industry, internships and close cooperation with companies in all study phases.”

Please click here to read the summary of the European expert seminar.

Springer Handbook of Computational Intelligence

They finally arrived this week: Two editor/author copies of the “Springer Handbook of Computational Intelligence“.
The handbook is described by Springer as follows:
“The Springer Handbook for Computational Intelligence is the first book covering the basics, the state-of-the-art and important applications of the dynamic and rapidly expanding discipline of computational intelligence…Content is organized in seven parts:  foundations; fuzzy logic; rough sets; evolutionary computation; neural networks; swarm intelligence and hybrid computational intelligence systems. Each Part is supervised by its own Part Editor(s) so that high-quality content as well as completeness are assured.
Together with Joern Mehnen (Cranfield University) Prof. Bartz-Beielstein served as Part Editor for “Real-World Applications”.


Zwei erfolgreiche Promotionen

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In den letzten Wochen gab es zwei erfolgreiche Promotionen im Umfeld des SPOTSeven Labs.
Olaf Mersmann, der mehrere Jahre Mitglied des SPOTSeven Teams war und die Arbeitsgruppe Ende 2014 verließ, erhielt seinen Doktortitel im April von der TU Dortmund (Fakultät Statistik).
Oliver Flasch, der von Anfang an äußerst erfolgreich beim Aufbau des SPOTSeven Labs mitgearbeitet hat und der die ersten Forschungsprojekte eingeworben und geleitet hat (in den letzten Jahren wurden so mehr weit als eine Mio. € Drittmittel eingeworben), schloss sein Promotionsvorhaben in der letztem Woche ebenfalls an der TU Dortmund an der Fakultät Informatik ab.
Olaf und Oliver arbeiten auch nach ihren erfolgreichen Promotionen weiterhin mit dem SPOTSeven Lab zusammen.
Herzliche Glückwünsche!

Free paper: What Works Best When? A Framework for Systematic Heuristic Evaluation

Ian Dunning, Swapi Gupta, and John Silverholz (Operations Research Center, Massachusetts Institute of Technology) present a systematic review of Max-Cut and Quadratic Unconstrained Binary Optimization (QUBO) heuristics papers. They found only 4% publish source code, only 10% compare heuristics with identical hardware and termination criteria, and most experiments are performed with an artificial, homogeneous set of problem instances.
They state:
Why do we see these limitations in empirical testing? Though best practices for empirical testing have long been published in both the industrial engineering/OR literature (Barr et al. 1995, Rardin and Uzsoy 2001, Silberholz and Golden 2010) and the computer science literature (Johnson 2002, Eiben and Jelasity 2002, Bartz-Beielstein 2006, McGeoch 2012), technical barriers exist to carrying out these best practices.Continue reading