Monthly Archives: January 2017

@TH_Koeln: UTOPIAE PhD scholarship at JSI in Ljubljana

UTOPIAE will be the first training network that addresses the challenge of finding the ideal compromise between enhancing reliability and safety and educing resource utilisation. UTOPIAE will build upon the existing theoretical and practical developments in the areas of Uncertainty Quantification (UQ) and Optimisation and will incorporate elements of past and current EU and non-EU projects with the inclusion of Stanford University.

TH Koeln will offer two PhD scholarships, which focus on optimization. Further scholarships are offered by our partner institutes, e.g., Jožef Stefan Institute in Slovenia. Some of them can be accessed via EURAXESS, so if you are interested, it might be worth registering here: https://euraxess.ec.europa.eu 

Here you can find more about this scholarship offer at Jožef Stefan Institute in Slovenia, Ljubljana: https://euraxess.ec.europa.eu/jobs/157205
The candidate will work on the efficient computational methods for worst-case and multi-level optimisation under the UTOPIAE project.

New Report: Climate change, impacts and vulnerability in Europe 2016

The European Environment Agency Report No 1/2017 is an indicator-based assessment of past and projected climate change and its impacts on ecosystems and society. It also looks at society’s vulnerability to these impacts and at the development of adaptation policies and the underlying knowledge base. The report (64Mb) can be downloaded here:
http://www.eea.europa.eu/publications/climate-change-impacts-and-vulnerability-2016/at_download/file

Interaktive Reportage: Unser Trinkwasser (WDR)

Unter http://reportage.wdr.de/unser-trinkwasser#5046 ist eine interaktive Reportage des Westdeutschen Rundfunks zu sehen, in der auch Prof. Lothar Scheuer zu Wort kommt. Professor Scheuer (Vorstand Aggerverband) arbeitet in mehreren Projekten mit dem SPOTSeven Team zusammen, z.B. in dem Forschungsvorhaben IMProvT (Intelligente Messverfahren zur Prozessoptimierung von Trinkwasserbereitstellung und Verteilung).

Model-based Methods for Continuous and Discrete Global Optimization

The article “Model-based Methods for Continuous and Discrete Global Optimization” by Thomas Bartz-Beielstein and Martin Zaefferer  will be published in Applied Soft Computing Journal. It will be available soon.

The first part of this article presents a survey of model-based methods, focusing on continuous optimization. It introduces a taxonomy, which is useful as a guideline for selecting adequate model-based optimization tools. The second part provides details for the case of discrete optimization problems. Here, six strategies for dealing with discrete data structures are introduced. A new approach for combining surrogate information via stacking is proposed in the third part.

New Paper: An Adaptive Memetic Algorithm for the Architecture Optimisation Problem

ArcheOpterix is a generic platform for modelling, evaluating and optimising embedded systems. The main modules of ArcheOpterix are shown in the figure, which was taken from: http://users.monash.edu.au/~aldeidaa/ArcheOpterix.html

Nasser R. Sabar‘s  (Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane) and Aldeida Aleti‘s (Faculty of Information Technology, Monash University, Melbourne) paper “An Adaptive Memetic Algorithm for the Architecture Optimisation Problem” [1] describes the combination of  a local search and a genetic algorithm to generate memetic algorithms. Continue reading

Praxishandbuch: Risikomanagement von neuen Schadstoffen und Krankheitserregern im Wasserkreislauf (RiSKWa)

Die Fördermaßnahme RiSKWa liefert neue Erkenntnisse und Fortschritte in den Bereichen „Risikoerkennung“, „Risikomanagement“ und „Risikokommunikation“ im Wasserkreislauf. Die Quintessenz für die wasserwirtschaftliche Praxis bietet das vorliegende Handbuch, das sich an  Akteure in der Wasser- und Abwasserwirtschaft, an Kommunen und Behörden richtet. Das Handbuch kann unter http://www.bmbf.riskwa.de/_media/RISKWA_Praxishandbuch.pdf als PDF heruntergeladen werden.