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Today, the program of the Black Box Discrete Optimization Benchmarking (BB-DOB) Workshop 2019 has been released. This third installment of the BB-DOB Workshop series (after BB-DOB@GECCO 2018 and BB-DOB@PPSN 2018) takes place at the Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO'19) in Prague, Czech Republic, whose program can be found here. The long term aim of our workshop series is to produce, for the domain of discrete optimization: a well-motivated benchmark function testbed, an experimental set-up and methods for the generation of data output for post-processing and approaches for the proper presentation of the results in graphs and tables. The aims of this GECCO 2019 BB-DOB workshop are to finalize the benchmarking testbed for discrete optimization and to promote a discussion of which performance measures should be used. Our workshop has six accepted submissions and one exciting panel discussion. It will span over two sessions and take place on sunday, July 14, 08:30-12:30 in room Club A. The schedule will leave room for discussions and socializing. We are looking forward to welcome you in July. Don't miss out on the paper presentations and the panel discussion!

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On June 3rd and 4th, 2019, I attended the second meeting "Research and Teaching in China" co-organized by the DAAD, the [Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst], i.e., the German Academic Exchange Service [德国学术交流中心], and the German Consulate General in Shanghai. Similar to the first meeting in Beijing, there was a great attendance of about 60 German researchers who live, work, study, and teach in China. I had the chance to meet and talk with researchers from such diverse fields as material science, social science, law, water science, spatial planning, mathematics, theoretical computer science, city planning, project management, chemistry, agriculture, and bio-informatics. This second meeting again shows how strongly the science communities of China and Germany are connected and how much exchange is taking place for the benefit of both of our countries, from the level of young researchers up to the very top-level of senior and world-leading experts. I want to wholehearted thank both the team of the German Consulate General and the DAAD, who did a marvelous job in organizing this meeting. On one hand, there were there many highly interesting talks, discussing topics such as cross-cultural project management as well as research funding opportunities in China. On the other hand, us attendees also had plenty of opportunities for socializing and personal discussions. After a very nice opening ceremony in the residency of the German Consulate General on June 3rd, the talks on June 4th took place in the beautiful meeting room in the 40th floor of the Kunlun Jingan Hotel, granting a perfect view on Shanghai. In summary, I am very thankful for the opportunity to attend this meeting and I hope that many such meetings will follow.

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We are happy to announce that two of our team members, Dr. Zhize Wu and Dr. Zijun Wu, were awarded Youth Projects from the Provincial Natural Science Foundation of Anhui [安徽省自然科学基金]. The projects from this competitive sources will allow them to conduct research on the runtime theory of heuristics and on action fusion for large-scale videos during the next two years, respectively.

  • Youth Project of the Provincial Natural Science Foundation of Anhui [安徽省自然科学基金]. Stochastic and Approximation Runtime Theory of Heuristics [启发式算法的随机与近似运行时间分析], 2019 to 2021, Principal Investigator: Dr. Zijun Wu
  • Youth Project of the Provincial Natural Science Foundation of Anhui [安徽省自然科学基金]. Human Action Fusion Recognition Research for Large-scale Multimodal Video [面向大规模多模态视频的人体行为融合识别研究], 2019 to 2021, Principal Investigator: Dr. Zhize Wu

Additionally to his grant from the Provincial Natural Science Foundation of Anhui, Dr. Zijun Wu also received a grant for researching Traffic Control from the Perspective of Behavoiral Guidance from Science Foundation of the Anhui Education Department.

Great Work. Congratulations!

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Today, we had the honor to host excellent talks by two outstanding researchers. Prof. Dr. Dachuan Xu [徐大川] from the School of Mathematics and Physics [北京工业大学数理学院] of the Beijing University of Technology (BJUT) [北京工业大学] presented his work on "Streaming Submodular Maximization under Noise." Prof. Dr. Xiaoyan Zhang [张晓岩] from the School of Mathematical Sciences [南京师范大学数学科学学院] of the Nanjing Normal University (NNU) [南京市仙林大学] gave a talk on his results on the "Max-3-Cut with Limited Unbalance and Application via Complex Semidefinite Programming." These two talks were a highlight for our team and colloquium and were followed by inspiring discussions. We want to thank again both speakers for their visit and their presentations.

Portrait of Dr. Zhen LIU.

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The Institute of Applied Optimization welcomes our new senior member Prof. Dr. Rolf H. Möhring [默里·罗尔夫]. Prof. Möhring is an outstanding and highly experienced researcher from the field of combinatorial optimization and graph algorithms who also holds positions as professor emeritus at the Fachgebiet Kombinatorische Optimierung und Graphenalgorithmen (COGA) of the Institut für Mathematik at the Technische Universität Berlin (TUB) in Berlin, Germany and as member of the Board of Directors of the Beijing Institute for Scientific and Engineering Computing (BISEC) [北京科学与工程计算研究院] of the Beijing University of Technology (BJUT) [北京工业大学] in Beijing [北京], China. He received his Diplom (equivalent to MSc), Dr. rer. nat., and Habilitation in Mathematics at the RWTH Aachen in 1973, 1975, and 1982, respectively. Before his current positions, he was assistant and associate professor at the University of Hildesheim and then at the University of Bonn, respectively.

Professor Möhring has received the Harris German-Dartmouth Distinguished Visiting Professorship of the Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, USA, the Wissenschaftspreis der Gesellschaft für Operations Research (GOR, 2005), the Gold Medal of the Association of European Operational Research Societies (EURO, 2010), and the Honorary Professor title of the Beijing University of Technology (BJUT) in 2014.

As member of the Editorial Board, he contributes to several journals, namely Discrete Applied Mathematics, the Journal of Scheduling, Management Science, Mathematical Methods of Operations Research (MMOR), Operations Research, ORDER – A Journal on Ordered Sets and its Applications, and the SIAM Journal on Discrete Mathematics. He organized and co-organized events such as the International Conference on Operations Research (OR'94) and the International Congress of Mathematicians (ICM'98), as well as of several workshops and Dagstuhl Seminars. He also was the President of the Gesellschaft für Mathematik, Ökonomie und Operations Research (GMÖOR, 1994–1996), the Chair of the Executive Committee (1992–1995) and the President (2004–2007) of the Mathematical Programming Society (now Mathematical Optimization Society, MOS), and a member of the DFG Research Center Matheon "Mathematics for Key Technologies," where he was in charge of the Application Area "Logistics, Traffic, and Telecommunication Networks".

Prof. Möhring's research interests include graph and network algorithms, combinatorial optimization, scheduling, operations research, and their industrial applications.

After two very inspiring and productive visits in June and November 2018, we are very happy that Prof. Möhring has joined our team. We are looking forward to learn from his great expertise and to learn from his guidance.

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