Innovator of the Sequential Parameter Optimization Technology
Since 2006, when he became a professor for Applied Mathematics at CUAS, Thomas has built a research team of international status and visibility. He is head of the research center CIOP (Computational Intelligence, Optimization & Data Mining) at CUAS, and initiator of the SpotSeven team. His expertise lies in optimization, simulation, and statistical analysis of complex real-world problems. He is one of the leaders in the field of statistical analysis of optimization algorithms and the inventor and the driving force behind the sequential parameter optimization technology (SPOT). A short curriculum vitae can be downloaded here.
Thomas has more than 100 publications on computational intelligence, optimization, simulation, and experimental research. His books on experimental research are considered as milestones in this emerging field. You can download his list of publications. Thomas serves as program chair for all major conferences in computational intelligence as well as a reviewer for several scientific institutions, e.g., Dutch National Science Foundation, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, Academy of Finland, and Federal Ministry of Education and Research Germany. In addition, Thomas serves as a reviewer for leading journals in the field of Computational Intelligence, Optimization, and Simulation.
Thomas studied Mathematics and Computer Science at the TU Dortmund University, and Mathematics and Educational Science at the Institute Waldorf Education Witten-Annen. He enjoys jogging and relaxing with his family at the seaside when is not busy at work.
A short CV can be found here.
Dr. Boris Naujoks is one of the leading scientists on multi-criteria decision making in Germany. He received his PhD from the CI research group in Dortmund, where he focused on industrial applications of evolutionary algorithms at an early stage. Before joining the SpotSeven team in 2010, he was with Nutech Solution GmbH and log!n GmbH. There he managed different projects in applying evolutionary multi objective optimisation techniques in different real-world applications from airfoil design in aerospace industry to vehicle routing problems in logistics.
In 2014, Dr. Naujoks became a professor for Applied Mathematics at Cologne University of Applied Science.
Contact: boris.naujoks [at] fh-koeln.de
Dr. Oliver Flasch is a PostDoc at CUAS. He received his PhD from TU Dortmund University. His research interests include scalable methods for the automatic discovery of mathematical models from data (symbolic regression via genetic programming). Oliver studied Computer Science and Biology at TU Dortmund University and Ruhr-Universität Bochum. Before joining CUAS, he devised an innovative graphical stream processing language at DIP GmbH. He is the CEO of the young startup sourcewerk, which provides flexible and scalable computing infrastructure for high performance and high throughput applications, including demanding simulation workloads. When not at work, he enjoys playing the piano in his office.
Contact: oliver.flasch [at] fh-koeln.de
Dipl.-Inform. Martina Friese is a PhD student at CUAS. She is doing her PhD thesis in cooperation with Leiden University. Her research interests include real-world problems and modern optimization techniques such as sequential parameter optimization. Before Martina joined the team in 2009, she studied computer science at TU Dortmund University and worked as a software engineer at adesso AG.
Contact: martina.friese [at] fh-koeln.de
Dipl.-Inform. Andreas Fischabch is a PhD student at CUAS. He is doing his PhD thesis in cooperation with TU Dortmund University. His research interests include design of experiments and modern optimization techniques such as sequential parameter optimization. Before Andreas joined the team in 2012, he studied computer science at TU Dortmund University and worked as a software engineer at REMONDIS Assets & Services GmbH & Co. KG.
Contact: andreas.fischbach [at] fh-koeln.de
Dipl.-Ing. Christian Jung is a PhD student at CUAS. He is doing his PhD studies in cooperation with TU Dortmund University. His research interests include process optimization and modeling of complex real-world problems. Christian studied Electrical Engineering and works at SMS Siemag AG. He joined the SpotSeven team in 2011.
Contact: christian [at] christianjung.info
M.Sc. Dipl.-Inform. (FH) Beate Breiderhoff is a member of the Institute of Computer Science CUAS. She is experienced in giving lectures in Applied Mathematics and computer programming and has a strong background in high level computer languages and computer algebra systems. In 2006 she received the M.Sc. degree from CUAS. Her research interests include optimization and numerical computation. Beate¿s work is motivated by the interaction between mathematicians, computational scientists, and engineers. She joined the SpotSeven team in 2011 is currently developing optimization techniques for an environmental-technology and power-generating company.
Contact: breider [at] gm.fh-koeln.de
M. Eng. Martin Zaefferer is a PhD student at CUAS. He is doing his PhD thesis in cooperation with TU Dortmund University. Martin works in the SpotSeven team since 2009. From 2010 until 2012 he was a master student of Engineering in Automation & IT. He studied electrical engineering with a focus on automation at CUAS and graduated in 2010 (diploma). His research interests include computational intelligence, applications of knowledge discovery and sequential parameter optimization. Martin is an experienced programmer with a strong background in R and Matlab.
Contact: martin.zaefferer [at] fh-koeln.de
M. Eng. Jörg Stork
M. Eng. Jörg Stork is a research associate at the CUAS and works in the SpotSeven Team since 2009.
He earned his bachelor´s degree in electrical engineering with focus on automation at the CUAS, continued his studies in the master program Automation & IT and graduated in 2013. He is doing his PhD thesis in cooperation with Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.
His interests include genetic programming, parameter optimization and modern methods for time-series analysis and classification.
Jörg is an experienced programmer with a strong background in C and R.
Contact: joergstork85 [at] googlemail.com
B. Sc. Quoc Cuong Pham
B. Sc. Quoc Cuong Pham is a research associate at the CUAS and works in the SpotSeven Team since 2013.
He earned his bachelor´s degree in mechanical engineering with focus on construction at CUAS.
Pham is experienced in CFD modeling.
Contact: be_bap2000 [at] yahoo.de
M. Eng. Margarita Alejandra Rebolledo Coy
M. Eng. Margarita Alejandra Rebolledo Coy is a research associate at the CUAS and works in the SpotSeven Team since 2014.
She earned her Bsc. in electrical engineering at Pontificia Bolivariana University in Bucaramanga, Columbia and her
master’s degree in Automation & IT and graduated in 2013.
Margarita is experienced in data modeling and data analysis.
Contact: tarigarma2 [at] hotmail.com
M. Sc. Steffen Moritz
M. Sc. Steffen Moritz received his master in Business Information Systems at Technische Hochschule Mittelhessen. He works in the SpotSeven Team since 2013 and is doing his PhD thesis in cooperation with TU Dortmund University.
Steffen is experienced in data mining and data analysis.
Contact: steffen.moritz10 [at] gmail.com
Contact: dimitri.gusew [at] fh-koeln.de
Dr. Katya Vladislavleva joined the SPOTSeven team from 2011-2013. She is an expert in data-driven modeling (predictive analytics) for research and development. SpotSeven is very well connected to various groups and companies developing and practicing modern state-of-the art computational intelligence methods, and is driven to involve their expertise whenever necessary to make a project a success. A partnership with Evolved Analytics is one of such examples. Dr. Ekaterina (Katya) Vladislavleva, a chief data scientist and partner at Evolved Analytics, is an affiliated member at SpotSeven. Katya’s addition to the group’s capability is Evolved Analytics’ technology for the advanced function discovery and non-linear feature selection for process analytics and system design. Examples of projects where this technology was enabling successful solutions are the development of new modeling standards for melt-tension predictions of low-density polyethylenes, development and deployment of empirical models for rheological properties of polymers, non-linear feature selection for improved flavor design, customer segmentation based on quantitative product surveys, new standards in predicting mean opinion scores for video quality estimation.
Contact: katya [at] evolved-analytics.com
M.Sc. Olaf Mersmann is a PhD student at TU Dortmund University. He studied Physics, Computer Science and Data Sciences at the TU Ilmenau, Phillips University of Marbug and the TU Dortmund. Before joining the SpotSeven Team in 2010 Olaf worked as an independent statistical consultant, was the CEO of the m3 Beratungsgesellschaft mbH. The research focuses on bridging the gap between classical statistics and black-box optimization. He is the recipient of a three year scholarship from the “Forschungsschule für Energieeffiziente Produktion und Logistik.”
Contact: olafm [at] p-value.net