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There is a new teaching activity at Campus Gummersbach, which offers refugees some orientation and preperatory input for possible later studies at a German university. At the same time it is the aim to strengthen the language competence of the refugees. The learning opportunity comprises the areas of computer science, economics and mathematics and is held by the initiating professors  Stefan Bente, Stefan Eckstein and Wolfgang Konen. More in the THK news "Anschauliche Mathematik in vier Sprachen" and "Ringvorlesung für Geflüchtete am Campus GM" (sorry, in German only).

Further information for refugees: "Refugees Welcome" (TH Köln) and Facebook group Refugees@CGM.

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There is a new combinatorics e-learning framework combinatorics e-learning available at www.gm.fh-koeln.de/kombinatorik/en. This tool allows you to strenghen your combinatorics competence with a set of quiz questions. The combinatorics framework was developed by a student group under my supervision. We made a German and an English version, to facilitate the use of this e-learning framework for our foreign students. Thanks go to Lukas Syla, who made this nice feature with the flag buttons allowing a fast switch between English and German content!

Hava a look at: www.gm.fh-koeln.de/kombinatorik/en or www.gm.fh-koeln.de/kombinatorik !

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The 25th Workshop Computational Intelligence 2015, an annual conference held by Computational Intelligence (CI) Chapter of VDI-GMA (Gesellschaft für Mess- und Automatisierungstechnik) in Dortmund, has attributed the Young Author Award to Samineh Bagheri, PhD, scientific member of my research group at Campus Gummersbach. I am very happy for her and congratulate her cordially!

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Ms. Samineh Bagheri has won the 3rd price in the annual Erzquell award with her master thesis „Efficient Surrogate Assisted Optimization for Constrained Black-Box Problems“. My most cordial congratulations to her! This thesis is part of the MONREP project (Model-based Optimization for Nonlinear, REstricted Production processes) and it was conducted under my supervision. Samineh Bagheri did a great job in her thesis, she carried out complicated computer experiments and showed that certain constrained optimization problems can be solved with much less function evaluations than there are usually required in other state-of-the-art optimization algorithms like genetic or evolutionary algorithms. The main idea of her thesis is to use flexible models, which are built during the optimization run. Ms. Bagheri uses Radial Basis Function (RBF) models for that purpose.

Price Winner Erzquell

left to right: Markus Thill M.Sc., M. Bagheri, Samineh Bagheri M. Sc.,
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Konen                  (Bild: Manfred Stern / FH Köln)

 

Read more about the annual Erzquell award and the price winners (sorry, in German only) here. The Erzquell award has the additional advantage that they serve at the award ceremony one of the famous local beers 🙂 !
 

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Samineh BagheriThe DAAD price of Cologne University of Applied Sciences (CUAS) goes this year to  Campus Gummersbach. The Iranian master student Samineh Bagheri from the Master programme "Automation & IT" is awarded with this price. My cordial congratulations!


More information on this year's DAAD price are found in the official press release of CUAS (in German). Mrs. Samineh Bagheri currently writes her master thesis in the context of my research project MONREP and she works in MONREP as a student research assistant as well.

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The 24th Workshop Computational Intelligence 2014, an annual conference held by Computational Intelligence (CI) Chapter of VDI-GMA (Gesellschaft für Mess- und Automatisierungstechnik) in Dortmund, has attributed the Young Author Award to Patrick Koch, PhD, scientific member of my research group at Campus Gummersbach. I am very happy for him and congratulate him cordially!

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Connect-4 Board

From August, 26th – 29th, 2014, the International Conference "Computational Intelligence in Games" (CIG'2014) will be held in Dortmund. We are happy that we could place a presentation there.

Together with master students Markus Thill, Samineh Bagheri and PostDoc Patrick Koch, I will present some work on Connect-4, the well-known board game. In 2012 we could for the first time construct an agent which learned to play the game nearly perfectly just from self-play. So far, however, learning was rather slow (1.5 millions of training games). Now we could develop with new methods (Online Learning Rate Adaption, Eligibility Traces) a new agent with learning time greatly reduced by a factor of more than 10 (115 000 training games).

The publication is available here ThillCIG2014