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On December 10, 2018, Prof. Dr. Thomas Weise received the "Second Hefei Economic and Technological Development Area Friendship Award" [第二届合肥经济技术开发区友谊奖] from the Administration Committee of the Hefei Economic and Technological Development Area [合肥经济技术开发区管理委员会]. The award was granted to eight international experts as a token of appreciation for their support and friendly cooperation for the social and economic development of the Hefei Economic and Technological Development Area (HEDTA) [经济技术开发区] in which our university is located. This award shows that the work of our team is recognized by our local government. It also shows how international and growing in importance the HEDTA is, as recipients from six different countries and three sectors (industry, research, and education) were honored.

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Today, our partners from the Enterprise Application Development (EAD) group have presented our collaboration at the Project Funding Conference of the Saxon Parliament [Landtagsmittel-Projektekonferenz] at the University of Applied Sciences Zittau/Görlitz (HZG, Hochschule Zittau/Görlitz) with a cool poster. The EAD group is led by Prof. Dr. Jörg Lässig at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science of the HZG in Görlitz, Germany. We have a long and successful collaboration which has led to many research results. Just one year ago, Prof. Lässig and Mr. Ullrich from the EAD have visited us after Prof. Weise visited them in July. We used this visit to work on our joint topic, namely the Rigorous Performance Analysis of Algorithms. Additionally, Prof. Lässig gave a very cool short lecture on Understanding Quantum Computing. Their short stay here further directly led to two publications at the GECCO'2018 conference and to the joint organization of the International Workshop on Benchmarking of Computational Intelligence Algorithms (BOCIA) workshop this year. The poster presented at the conference also strongly refers to our joint research on Automating Scientific Research in Optimization.

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Our Institute warmly welcomes our distinguished guest Prof. Dr. Rolf H. Möhring from the Fachgebiet Kombinatorische Optimierung und Graphenalgorithmen (COGA) of the Institut für Mathematik at the Technische Universität Berlin (TUB) in Berlin, Germany. Prof. Möhring will stay with us for a short research visit from November 5 to 7, 2018. During his stay, he conducts joint research with our  team. This is his second visit this year, after his trip to our group trip in June, where he gave a very interesting research talk.

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Today, our paper "An Improved Generic Bet-and-Run Strategy with Performance Prediction for Stochastic Local Search," co-authored by Thomas Weise, Zijun Wu, and Markus Wagner, has been accepted at the Thirty-Third AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI-19) to be held in January 27 to February 1, 2019 in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA.

Thomas Weise, Zijun Wu, and Markus Wagner. An Improved Generic Bet-and-Run Strategy with Performance Prediction for Stochastic Local Search. Proceedings of the Thirty-Third AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI 2019), January 27 – February 1, 2019, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. Palo Alto, CA, USA: AAAI Press. accepted for publication

Portrait of Dr. Zhen LIU.

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The Institute of Applied Optimization welcomes Xinlu Li [李新路], who today has officially joined our team as researcher. He also currently is finishing his PhD in Computer Science under the supervision of Dr. Fred Mtenzi and Dr. Brian Keegan at the Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin, formerly named Dublin Institute of Technology, DIT) in Dublin, Ireland. He received his M.Sc. from Anhui University [安徽大学], Hefei, Anhui, China in 2009. His research is focused on energy efficient routing protocol design for large-scale Wireless Sensor Networks based on Swarm Intelligence Algorithms.

We are very happy to have Mr. Li in our team and look forward to working together on many interesting applications of optimization methods.

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