Opitz Reward for Bachelor Thesis about AI and Music

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Jordan Scholzen got with his Bachelor's thesis "Künstliche Intelligenz in der Kompositionslehre - Eine Untersuchung von Long-Short-Term-Memory-Netzen zur Analyse von Kontrapunkten nach Fux" the first place in the Opitz-Innovation Reward 2020. The thesis, supervised by Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Konen, investigates how a supportive AI for music scholars studying composition can look like. Scholzen showed that...

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The CO2 costs of video streaming

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The Covid-19 crisis pushed many of us to change our working styles. As universities all over Germany changed to an online version, video streaming became a daily necessecity for students to follow the lectures and for professor to be able to evaluate the students' presentations. We hear very often that the stay-home orders amend Covid-19...

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First Fully-Online PhD-Colloquium at Leiden University

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I am very happy to announce that on Wednesday, April 8th 2020, the PhD-colloquium of Samineh Bagheri, which I had the honor to supervise at TH Köln, successfully took place. Her thesis “Self-Adjusting Surrogate-Assisted Optimization Techniques for Expensive Constrained Black Box Problems” deals with state-of-the art optimization algorithms supported by RBF surrogate models.  In normal...

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SACOBRA 1.2 Now Available on CRAN

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  We are happy to inform you that a new version of the SACOBRA package is available on CRAN. SACOBRA is a self-adjusting surrogate assisted optimization framework designed for expensive black-box constrained problems. This version of SACOBRA can handle black-box equality constraints  as described in this paper. Also the online model selection algorithm described in...

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Stifterverband Fellowship for Prof. Wolfgang Konen

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The GroupLearn proposal of Prof. Konen is one of the three proposals from TH Köln that wins a Stifterverband Fellowship in 2020.  This year only 10 of the 87 submitted Senior Fellowship proposals were selected for funding by Stifterverband. These fellowships were awarded with 50.000 Euro funding. Stifterverband NRW awards Fellowships for Innovations in Digital...

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PhD Candidate from CIOP Group Wins Best Paper Award

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Electrocardiogram with Anomalies Markus Thill, who is PhD student in our CIOP group, is working on developing new anomaly detection algorithms since 2017 under supervision of Prof. Wolfgang Konen. The field of anomaly detection, which is today often tackled with machine learning algorithms, became a hot topic in the last years. Thill's recent paper titled...

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Lorentz Center in Leiden hosts the MACODA Workshop

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The Many Criteria Optimization and Decision Analysis (MACODA) workshop, organized by a team of successful researcher and scientists in the field of multi and many obejctive optimization was held from Monday 16 September through Friday 20 September 2019 in Leiden. The motivated participants of this workshop including early stage researchers, post docs, professors and several...

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TH Köln presents at IEEE CONFERENCE ON GAMES (CoG) 2019, London, UK

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   Wolfgang Konen presented his work on General Board Game Playing at CoG'2019, the Conference on Games, which took place between 20-23 of August in London, UK. You can find the poster here and the accompanying paper here on arXiv. The General Board Game (GBG) Playing Framework is about computer agents that learn game strategies...

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GECCO 2019, Prague, Czech Republic

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This year, beautiful Prague hosted GECCO 2019, from 13th to 17th of July. GECCO -- standing for The Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference-- is an outstanding conference which brings many active scientists and PhD students together annually. We have presented a recent piece of our work in form of a poster. The work titled: "Online Whitening...

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General Board Game Playing for Education and Research in Generic AI Game Learning

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We are pleased to inform you that the recent work "General Board Game Playing for Education and Research in Generic AI Game Learning" of Prof. Wolfgang Konen has been accepted for publication and it will be presented as a Poster at IEEE CONFERENCE ON GAMES (CoG) 2019.  CoG 2019, held  in London, UK, will be hosting many peer-reviewed...

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