Category Archives: Conferences

Photos from the #GECCO2017 Industrial Challenge: Monitoring of #Water Quality

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Here are some photos from this year’s GECCO Industrial Challenge, which was held in Berlin.
All Result Information and Data is now available on the Result Page. The industrial partner is Thüringer Fernwasserversorgung (TFW), which provides the dataset. The challenge was organized by the following members of the SPOTSeven Lab:

  • Sowmya Chandrasekaran, TH Köln
  • Martina Friese, TH Köln
  • Jörg Stork, TH Köln
  • Margarita Rebolledo, TH Köln
  • Thomas Bartz-Beielstein, TH Köln

A description of the Challenge reads as follows: Continue reading

Successful Presentations @useR!2017 Brussels

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Last week the useR! 2017 conference took place in Brussels, Belgium. The annual useR! conference is the main meeting of the international R user and developer community. Over 1000 participants came to listen to a broad spectrum of talks ranging from technical and R-related computing issues to general statistical topics of current interest .

Here you find some impressions from the conference: Pictures

The SPOTSeven team gave two presentations:

Here you can find the slides:

The talks enjoyed great participation and resulted in lots of interesting discussions afterwards.

BIOMA 2018: Interesting sessions in Paris


The following sessions will be held at BIOMA 2018 in Paris:

1. “Applications of bioinspired optimization methods to civil engineering problems”, by Prof Y. Cengiz Toklu (Okan University, Turkey)

2. “Parallel computing and surrogate models in multiobjective optimization”,by Prof Bogdan Filipic (Jozef Stefan Institute, Slovenia), Thomas Bartz-Beielstein (TH Koln, Germany)

3. “Control parameters adaptation”, by Dr. Gregor Papa (IJS, Slovenia), Dr. Janez Brest (University of Maribor, Slovenia)

4. “Optimization under uncertainty”, by Prof. Massimiliano Vasile (University of Strathclyde,Glasgow, UK)

More information about the conference can be found here:

Evolutionary Computation in Practice @GECCO2017: Program On-line

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In the Evolutionary Computation in Practice (ECiP) track, well-known speakers with outstanding reputation in academia and industry present background and insider information on how to establish reliable cooperation with industrial partners. They actually run companies or are involved in cooperations between academia and industry.
The sessions will be on Monday in Topas 1.


  • Session 1 (S-1): Bridging the gap between academia and industry (Chair: E. Goodman):
    How to establish & continue cooperation with industrial partners.
  • Session 2 (S-2): “Real” real-world optimization (Chair: T. Bartz-Beielstein):
    Best practice. Talks & Discussions.
  • Session 3 (S-3): Ask the experts / Getting a job (Chair: J.Mehnen and A. Fischbach):
    What to do and what not to do.