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Today and yesterday I attended the meeting "Research and Teaching in China" organized by the DAAD, the [Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst], i.e., the German Academic Exchange Service [德国学术交流中心] in the German Embassy in Beijing. This meeting was well-attended by probably over 50 German researchers who live, work, study, and teach in China. The event was organized as two half-day meetings, which stroke a perfect balance between presentations and opportunities for personal discussions. It allowed us to exchange thoughts, experiences, and impressions and to discuss topics such as research funding and career planning in China. The meeting also showed that there is a very thriving and growing community of German researchers in China, many of which live here for a long time and are well-integrated into the society. These scientists contribute research in many diverse areas such as architecture, chemistry, biology, city planning, computer science, operations research, mathematics, medicine, archeology, as well as law studies and history. It was a really nice meeting and I hope that many such meetings will follow. (The second meeting was held in June 2019 in Shanghai.)

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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, pages 2395–2402. Palo Alto, CA, USA: AAAI Press. ISBN: 978-1-57735-809-1
doi:10.1609/aaai.v33i01.33012395 / pdf@IAO / pdf@AAAI / slides / poster

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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