GECCO Challenge 2015

Recovering missing information in heating system operating data

News

August 5, 2015
All Result Information and Data is now available on the Result Page
May 13, 2015
The competitor with the best recovered data is rewarded with an iPad, which is kindly sponsored by Bartz&Bartz.
April 30, 2015
The Resource Package, containing the required datasets, software, and the official rules and regulations is now available for download.

Overview

In times of accelerating climate change and rising energy costs, increasing energy efficiency and reducing expenses becomes a high priority goal for businesses and private households alike.
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Modern heating systems record detailed operating data and report this data to a central system. Here, the operating data can be correlated and analyzed to detect potential optimization opportunities or anomalies like unusually high energy consumption. Due to various difficulties this data might be incomplete which makes accurate forecasting even harder.

Goal of the GECCO 2015 Industrial Challenge is to develop capable procedures to recover missing information in heating system operating data. Adequate recovery of the missing data enables more accurate forecastings which allow for intelligent control of the heating systems, and therefore contributes to a positive energy balance and reduced expenses.

Highlights of the GECCO 2015 Industrial Challenge include:

  • Interesting Problem Domain: Recovering missing information in heating system operating data offers a challenging yet manageable test case for modern time series methods.
  • Real-world Data: Multiple real minutely heating system operating time series are provided for training, testing, and assessing data recovery methods.
  • Direct Link to Industry: Bartz & Bartz GmbH will evaluate the winning submissions for real-world application and will be in direct contact with the winning participants, who will keep all rights to their developed methods.

About Bartz & Bartz GmbH

Bartz & Bartz GmbH gives advice to companies based on mathematical and statistical methods to enhance products and production processes and to conserve resources. Although the mathematical techniques are almost universally, the Bartz & Bartz GmbH specializes in technical applications. This includes the optimization of injection molding processes in the automotive industry, manufacturing processes for sensor manufacturers and the prediction of failure probabilities of components in heating systems. Founded in 2014, Bartz & Bartz maintains contact with the world’s leading research groups in the field of simulation and optimization.

Downloads and Submission

  • Download the Call for Participation in PDF format.
  • Download the GECCO 2015 IC Resource Package, containing the required datasets, software, and the official rules and regulations in ZIP Format. Please see the file README.txt for further instructions.

Important Dates and Contacts

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  • Software and Data Availability: April 30, 2015
  • Challenge Submission Deadline: June 22, 2015
  • GECCO-2015 Conference: July 11-15, 2015
  • Contact: gecco at f10.fh-koeln.de

Organizing Committee and Sponsors

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  • Martina Friese
    Cologne University of Applied Sciences
  • Christopher Schlitt
    Cologne University of Applied Sciences
  • Thomas Bartz-Beielstein
    Cologne University of Applied Sciences

GECCO is sponsored by the Association for Computing Machinery Special Interest Group for Genetic and Evolutionary Computation (ACM SIGEVO). Title picture copyright by Jaap Steinvoorte (Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 Generic).