On Friday, 2021-06-18, 14:00-15:00, our institute hosted the invited talk "High-dimensional Statistics and Large-Scale Inference with Graphical Nonlinear Knockoffs" by Prof. Dr. Gaorong LI [李高荣] from the School of Statistics of Beijing Normal University [北京师范大学统计学院]. We warmly thank Prof. LI for introducing his research field and his significant contributions to us. We very much looked forward to his inspiring talk and also particularly enjoyed the discussion that followed. After this presentation, we also hosted another two interesting talks on the same day.

On Wednesday, 2021-04-21, Prof. Min LI [李敏] of Nanjing University [南京大学] gave her invited talk "Convergence Analysis of the Generalized Splitting Methods for a Class of Nonconvex Optimization Problems" at our institute to a highly interested audience. We all very much looked forward to learn more about the interesting topic and an the talk was very well received and led to a nice discussion. Later on the same day, there were similarly interesting talks by Prof. Weili XUE [薛巍立] and Assoc. Prof. Vincent Chau of Southeast University on two other highly important operations research topics.

On Wednesday, 2021-04-21, Prof. Weili XUE [薛巍立] of Southeast University [东南大学] gave his invited talk "Operations Management under Consumer Choice Models with Multiple Purchases." The talk showed that the profit of a company can significantly be improved if they consider that customers may purchase more than one item of a given product and that the amount and product they purchase depends on the pricing and utility. Such considerations are important both in online sales as well as for brick-and-mortar stores. We are deeply thankful for this very nice and insightful talk and for the inspiring discussion thereafter. On the same day, we also hosted invited talks by Prof. Min LI [李敏] (Nanjing University) and Assoc. Prof. Vincent Chau (Southeast University).

On Wednesday, 2021-04-21, Associate Professor Dr. Vincent Chau of Southeast University [东南大学] gave his invited talk "Weighted Throughput Maximization with Calibrations." Scheduling is always an interesting and challenging field, where many important algorithms and novelties have emerged. Dr. Chao introduced algorithms with strong worst-case guarantees for the problem of scheduling both calibration and jobs to machines. This research applies to many scenarios, as many advanced production machinery needs to be calibrated regularly to ensure a high manufacturing quality. The talk was very well received by the audience and, for the third time today, a very nice discussion ensued. (Before this talk on the same day, we hosted two more invited talks by Prof. Min LI [李敏] of Nanjing University and by Prof. Weili XUE [薛巍立] of Southeast University).

2021 Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO'21)

Lille, France, July 10/11, 2021
https://sites.google.com/view/benchmarking-network/home/activities/gecco-2021-workshop
http://lopez-ibanez.eu/reproducibility-gecco/
http://iao.hfuu.edu.cn/benchmarking21

A platform to come together and to discuss recent progress and challenges in the area of benchmarking optimization heuristics.

This workshop continued our workshop series that we started in 2020 (BENCHMARK@GECCO with >75 participants and BENCHMARK@PPSN with >90 participants). The core theme is on benchmarking evolutionary computation methods and related sampling-based optimization heuristics, but each year, we will change the focus. For 2021, we aimed to have

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