Our team warmly congratulates Dr. Xinlu Li [李新路博士] for his promotion to Associate Professor [副教授]. After many hard years of work for our university, this is a well-deserved recognition. Furthermore, this year Xinlu published an excellent article, building on his track record of good research, and took on the supervision of two graduate students. He also contributes significantly to the teaching of our school. Congratulations, Xinlu!

On December 16, 2020, the Hefei City Government [合肥市人民政府] organized the Award Ceremony for the Third Batch of the Hefei Friendship Award for Foreign Experts together with the Forum on Suggestions of Foreign Experts to improve our city [第三届外国专家“合肥友谊奖”颁奖仪式暨外国专家建言献策座谈会]. The symposium was chaired by Mr. Aihua YU [虞爱华 (安徽省委常委、合肥市委书记)], member of the Standing Committee of the Anhui Provincial Committee and Secretary of Hefei Municipal Party committee, and Mrs. Yun LING [凌云(安徽省合肥市委副书记、市政府市长)], the deputy secretary of Hefei Municipal Party committee and the Mayor of Hefei Municipal Government. The meeting was further guided by Mr. Wensong WANG [王文松(安徽省合肥市委常委、常务副市长)], member of the Standing Committee of the CPC Hefei Municipal Committee and Executive Vice Mayor of Hefei City; Mr. Ping LUO [罗平(安徽省合肥市人民政府党组成员、秘书长)], member of the Party Group and Secretary General of the Hefei Municipal People's Government; and Weiming WANG [市政府副秘书长汪维明], the Deputy Secretary General of the Hefei Municipal Government.

In this third batch of Hefei Friendship Awards, ten international experts from seven countries, namely Germany, Russia, Japan, the United States, Australia, and Costa Rica, and South Korea, were awarded. One of the awardees who had the great honor to receive the Hefei Friendship Award for Foreign Experts [外国专家“友谊奖”] was Prof. Dr. Thomas Weise (who had already received the Friendship Award of our district, the Hefei Economic and Technological Development Area, in 2018).

Our team co-organizes the Special Session on Benchmarking of Computational Intelligence Algorithms (BOCIA), as part of the 2021 IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation (CEC 2021). We are cordially inviting the submission of original and unpublished research papers. Here you can download the BOCIA Special Session Call for Papers (CfP) in PDF format and here as plain text file. The IEEE CEC 2021 online submission system is now open, and it is possible to submit papers to our special session by selecting "SS-18. Benchmarking of Computational Intelligence Algorithms (BOCIA)" as Main Research Topic.

A screenshot of the CEC submission system.

Portrait of Dr. Rongwang Yin.

The Institute of Applied Optimization welcomes Dr. Rongwang Yin [殷荣网博士], who today has joined our team as researcher. Before joining our institute, he finished his PhD research at the School of Engineering Science (SES) [工程科学学院] of the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) [中国科学技术大学] in Hefei [合肥], Anhui [安徽], China [中国]. Dr. Yin is an expert in applying optimization and AI technologies to problems in the petroleum industry, such as identifying multistage fracturing horizontal well parameters and physical reservoir properties, but has also contributed work to renewable energies and wireless network communication.

We are very happy that Dr. Yin joined our team. We are looking forward to working together on his exciting research topics.

Today, December 2nd, 2020, marks the 40th Anniversary of our Hefei University [合肥学院]. In 1980, our uni was founded under the name Hefei United University [合肥联合大学] was founded by the Secretary of the Hefei Municipal Party Committee Rui ZHENG [合肥市委书记郑锐] and the Vice President of USTC, Mr. Chengzong YANG [中国科大副校长杨承宗]. In 2002, Hefei United University merged with the Hefei Institute of Education [合肥教育学院] and Hefei Normal School [合肥师范学校] to Hefei University [合肥学院] with the approval of the Ministry of Education [育部批]. Since its establishment, our university has implemented the concepts of locality, application-orientation, and internationalization [“地方性、应用型、国际化”]. The Chinese-German collaboration always played a large role in the development of our university, which spearheaded the adaptation of German concepts for application-oriented education such as the dual system of cooperative education [双元制合作教育] to Chinese needs. With the support of both the Chinese and the German government and inspired by the meeting of the German Chancelor Dr. Angela Merkel and the Chinese Premier Keqiang LI [李克强 (国务院总理)] in our university, the Demonstration Base for Sino-German Educational Cooperation [中德教育合作示范基地] was launched here in 2015. Today, our university has more than 17'000 students and 1000 teachers. All of us are thankful for the foundation laid by 40 years of hard work by the teachers, students, administration staff, and service workers of our university. We will try our best to keep improving our Hefei University for a long and successful future. Happy Birthday, Hefei University!

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