One of our oldest research partners is Senior Lecturer Dr. Raymond Chiong of The University of Newcastle in Callaghan, NSW, Australia. We collaborate with Dr. Chiong since 2009 and jointly conduct research on the benchmarking of optimization algorithms, on logistics, and on optimization in general. Maybe the most prominent examples of our collaboration are the jointly edited book Variants of Evolutionary Algorithms for Real-World Applications (ISBN: 978-3-642-23423-1, Springer, 2012, doi:10.1007/978-3-642-23424-8) and the TSP Suite, a framework for implementing and comparing algorithms for the Traveling Salesman Problem (TSP), which we also used to analyze a wide variety of different algorithms. Our research work has led to several publications in both conferences and journals, co-organized events, and joint funded research projects. Dr. Chiong has visited us in China in 2014 and 2015.
The collaboration between our group and the Enterprise Application Development (EAD) group of Prof. Dr. Jörg Lässig at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science of the University of Applied Sciences Zittau/Görlitz (HZG, Hochschule Zittau/Görlitz) in Görlitz, Germany has a long tradition. Together, we have analyzed several classical optimization problems from logistics and scheduling, including scheduling against due dates and windows as well as the Traveling Salesman Problem (TSP). We also jointly contributed works on Evolutionary Computational in general. An important aspect of our work always the benchmarking of optimization algorithms. We work together on the TSP Suite, a framework for implementing and comparing algorithms for the TSP. Delegations from the EAD have visited us in China in 2013, 2015, and 2017, and Prof. Weise has visited the EAD in 2016 and 2017.
Our institute collaborates with researchers from The University of Adelaide, SA, Australia in various ways for several years. Senior Lecturer Dr. Markus Wagner, for instance, is co-organizing a workshop and a journal special issue on Benchmarking of Computational Intelligence Algorithms with us and has recently visited us for a research stay, during which he also gave two presentations. For several years, we have also collaborated with Prof. Dr. Zbigniew Michalewicz with whom, for instance, Prof. Weise co-edited the book Variants of Evolutionary Algorithms for Real-World Applications (ISBN: 978-3-642-23423-1, Springer, 2012, doi:10.1007/978-3-642-23424-8). Prof. Weise is also a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of Prof. Michalewicz' company Complexica, an Artificial Intelligence software company that helps large organizations sell more products and services, and reduce their labor costs and headcount through the use of automated analytics. Complexica is a leading provider of Artificial Intelligence software for optimizing sales & marketing activities, ranging from promotional planning, pricing, and product mix optimization, through to sales force automation, CRM, and multi-channel quoting and order processing.
Several of our staff members come from the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) [中国科学技术大学], so it is no wonder that we have strong research ties and collaborations to this university, e.g., to Prof. Dr. Bin LI and Associate Prof. Dr. Jinlong LI. With Assoc. Prof. Jinlong LI, we have worked on a wide variety of classical optimization problems. With Prof. Bin LI, we have worked on a set of applied numerical optimization tasks and, most recently, on the benchmarking of optimization algorithms. Prof. Bin LI also co-chairs our Workshop on Benchmarking of Computational Intelligence Algorithms and is co-guest editor of our Special Issue on Benchmarking of Computational Intelligence Algorithms in the Computational Intelligence Journal. He also hosts our supervised Master's student Ms. Qi Qi.