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!

Portrait of Dr. Zhen LIU.

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.

We happily bid our welcome to Mr. Raphaël Cosson, who just started his Master's research project "Algorithm Selection for Discrete Black-Box Optimization Problems" under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Carola Doerr and co-supervision of Prof. Dr. Thomas Weise. Mr. Cosson will conduct his research at the Laboratoire d'informatique de Paris 6 (LIP6) of the Sorbonne University in Paris, France during Summer 2019. His work is at the intersection of algorithm configuration, algorithm benchmarking, and the theory of optimization. As basis for his research, he will use and extend the Iterative Optimization Heuristics Profiler (IOHprofiler), an awesome tool for benchmarking and evaluating optimization algorithms, in conjunction with the tunable benchmark model developed at our group. We are looking forward to an interesting and productive collaboration.

  • Carola Doerr, Hao Wang, Furong Ye, Sander van Rijn, and Thomas Bäck. IOHprofiler: A Benchmarking and Profiling Tool for Iterative Optimization Heuristics. October 2018. arXiv e-prints:1810.05281.
    pdf / IOHprofiler / sources
  • Thomas Weise and Zijun Wu. Difficult Features of Combinatorial Optimization Problems and the Tunable W-Model Benchmark Problem for Simulating them. In Companion Material Proceedings of the Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO 2018), July 15-19 2018, Kyoto, Japan, pages 1769-1776, ISBN: 978-1-4503-5764-7. ACM.
    doi:10.1145/3205651.3208240 / pdf / slides / source codes
Portrait of Dr. Zhen LIU.

The Institute of Applied Optimization welcomes Dr. Yan Chen [陈岩], who today has officially joined our team as researcher. Before joining our institute, he finished his PhD research at the Spatial Information Management and Modelling Department of the School of Spatial Planning of the TU Dortmund (Technische Universität Dortmund) in Germany. Dr. Chen is an expert in Geographic Information System (GIS), Remote Sensing, and Sponge City/Smart City applications as well as groundwater systems and hydrological simulations.

We are very happy that Dr. Chen joined our team. We are looking forward to working together on many interesting applications of GIS and computational intelligence.

Portrait of Dr. Zhen LIU.

Our team congratulates Xinlu Li [李新路], who, from today (2019-02-13) on, is Dr. Xinlu Li [李新路博士]! Earlier this year, Xinlu successfully defended his PhD thesis  "Energy-Efficient Swarm Intelligence based Routing Protocol for Wireless Sensor Networks" at the Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin) in Dublin, Ireland in front of Professor Liam Murphy from the University College Dublin (UCD) and Dr. Paul Doyle (TU Dublin). His work was co-supervised by Dr. Fred Mtenzi and Dr. Brian Keegan. Today his academic award has been approved by the Academic Council of TU Dublin. Congratulations, Dr. Li!

In the framework of his thesis, Dr. Li conducted research on Swarm Intelligence (SI) based routing for Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs). SI is a meta-heuristic methodology used to solve numerical optimization problems by simulating swarm behaviors found in nature. These techniques demonstrate the desirable properties of interpretability, scalability, effectiveness, and robustness. There is a similarity between bio-inspired systems and routing in networks, especially in WSNs. Dr. Li designed a SI-based routing protocol capable of being deployed on large-scale WSNs to ensure efficient energy usage and prolonging the network lifetime.

Xinlu Li after his PhD defense.
Dr. Xinlu Li after his PhD defense. Left to right: Dr. Brian Keegan (supervisor), Dr. Xinlu Li, and the external examiners Prof. Liam Murphy (UDC) and Dr. Paul Doyle (TU Dublin).

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