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Today, I had the honor to attend the World Manufacturing Convention 2018 [世界制造业大会], taking place from April 24 to 26, 2018, here in Hefei [合肥], Anhui [安徽], China. The event follows the motto Shaping the Future of Manufacturing and is under the co-chairmanship of Christian Wulff, the former President of Germany, Jean-Pierre Raffarin, the former Prime Minister of the French Republic, Ban Ki-moon, the former Secretary-General of the United Nations, who all also give keynote speeches, as well as the Party Secretary and the Governor of the Province Anhui, amongst others. The convention is organized by by the Anhui Provincial Government, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the Global Alliance of SMEs (GASME), and the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries [中国人民对外友好协会]. The conference is attented by representatives from 70 countries and from several Fortune 500 companies, such as Volkswagen, HP, General Motors and Microsoft. The goal is to discuss topics revolving around smart manufacturing, such as artificial intelligence, operations research, the Internet of Things (IOT), and robotics, but also smart homes and consumer goods.

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Today, I had the honor and pleasure to chair the International Workshop on Benchmarking of Computational Intelligence Algorithms (BOCIA) at the Tenth International Conference on Advanced Computational Intelligence (ICACI 2018), which took place from March 29 to 31, 2018 in Xiamen [厦门], Fujian [福建省], China. Our program was packed with seven very interesting presentations on the field, each of which discussing another aspect or application where algorithm performance was mined using modern statistics. Even after working on this field for several years, the ideas proposed today were still novel to me and I found the presentations quite inspiring. Indeed, each presentation led to an exciting discussion, so the workshop could indeed become a platform for the exchange of thoughts.

I want to wholeheartedly thank all of our authors for their research contributions and insightful presentations and the audience for their valuable comments and discussions. It should be mentioned that our workshop was the very last session at ICACI, yet was attended very well. This also speaks for the great organization of ICACI, whose chairs managed to attract several top-level keynote and tutorial presenters and an audience who deeply cares about research on Computational Intelligence. Of course, I would also like to thank my co-chairs and the our program committee, without whom organizing our workshop would have been impossible.

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The Black-Box Discrete Optimization Benchmarking Workshop (BB-DOB@GECCO), a part of the Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO 2018) has been extended to April 3, 2018. This means that there is one more week to submit your original research on benchmarking of discrete optimizers. The deadlines for acceptance notification and for the submission of the final versions of the accepted papers have not been changed. The GECCO conference takes place on July 15-19, 2018, in Kyoto, Japan (http://gecco-2018.sigevo.org/).

The Black-Box-Optimization Benchmarking (BBOB) methodology introduced by the long-standing and successful BBOB-GECCO workshops series has become a well-established standard for benchmarking continuous optimization algorithms. The aim of this workshop is to develop a similar standard methodology for the benchmarking of black-box optimization algorithms for discrete and combinatorial domains. The goal of this first edition of the BB-DOB workshop series is to define a suitable set of benchmark functions for discrete and combinatorial optimization problems.

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The conference program of the Tenth International Conference on Advanced Computational Intelligence (ICACI 2018), where our International Workshop on Benchmarking of Computational Intelligence Algorithms (BOCIA) takes place, has been released (pdf). The paper presentation of our workshop will take place on March 31st, 2018 from 09:45 to 11:30 in room Guang-Yi [广益厅]. Each talk will have a total of 15 minutes, 12 of which are for presentation and 3 for questions and answers. All authors should bring their presentation either in PPT, PPTX or PDF format on a USB stick and hand them to the session chair before the session starts. This will ensure that all presentations can take place in a timely manner without too many delays caused by switching and plugging in laptops. We are looking forward to meet you in Xiamen [厦门], Fujian [福建省], China!

  1. Yiqin Zhang, Fenlin Liu, Hongyan Jia, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and Chunfang Yang. "Optimization of Rich Model based on Fisher Criterion for Image Steganalysis" in Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference on Advanced Computational Intelligence (ICACI 2018), March 29-31, 2018, Xiamen, Fujian, China, IEEE, ISBN: 978-1-5386-4362-4, pages 809—814
  2. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. "A Research on Metric Learning in Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition" in Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference on Advanced Computational Intelligence (ICACI 2018), March 29-31, 2018, Xiamen, Fujian, China, IEEE, ISBN: 978-1-5386-4362-4, pages 815—820
  3. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. "An Improved Estimation of Distribution Algorithm for Cloud Computing Resource Scheduling" in Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference on Advanced Computational Intelligence (ICACI 2018), March 29-31, 2018, Xiamen, Fujian, China, IEEE, ISBN: 978-1-5386-4362-4, pages 821—826
  4. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Jinlong Li. "Tuning the Hyper-parameters of CMA-ES with Tree-structured Parzen Estimators" in Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference on Advanced Computational Intelligence (ICACI 2018), March 29-31, 2018, Xiamen, Fujian, China, IEEE, ISBN: 978-1-5386-4362-4, pages 827—832
  5. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. "A Hybrid Multi-swarm Particle Swarm Optimization with One-Dimensional Chaotic Search Strategy" in Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference on Advanced Computational Intelligence (ICACI 2018), March 29-31, 2018, Xiamen, Fujian, China, IEEE, ISBN: 978-1-5386-4362-4, pages 833—838
  6. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. "A Density-based Discretization Method With Inconsistency Evaluation" in Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference on Advanced Computational Intelligence (ICACI 2018), March 29-31, 2018, Xiamen, Fujian, China, IEEE, ISBN: 978-1-5386-4362-4, pages 839—844
  7. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. "Optimization Algorithm Behavior Modeling: A Study on the Traveling Salesman Problem" in Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference on Advanced Computational Intelligence (ICACI 2018), March 29-31, 2018, Xiamen, Fujian, China, IEEE, ISBN: 978-1-5386-4362-4, pages 845—850. pdf / slides

Here you can find a short workshop report.

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The Consulate General of Germany in Shanghai supports German companies and researchers from the provinces Anhui, Jiangsu, and Zhejiang by organizing a German Science Circle which meets in Shanghai. These meetings are always very interesting and good opportunities for exchanging thoughts. Today, I attended such a meeting with the focus on the collaboration of Max Planck Institutes [MPG] with Chinese groups and researchers. Two top-level researchers, Professor Dr. Klaus Müllen, Director of the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research in Mainz and Professor Dr. Markus Antonietti, Director of the Max Planck Institute for Colloids and Interfaces in Potsdam-Golm, gave their thoughts in impulse talks about "Joint Innovation and Technology". Here I want to summarize what I learned at this meeting and add a few thoughts.

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