“Metamodel-based optimization of hot rolling processes in the metal industry” – Full-text view-only version available

The article “Metamodel-based optimization of hot rolling processes in the metal industry” was published in The International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing. A full-text view-only version of this paper is available. All readers of this article via the shared link will also be able to use Enhanced PDF features such as annotation tools, one-click supplements, citation file exports and article metrics. Here is the link:

Forschungsprojekt “KOARCH – Kognitive Architektur für Cyber-physische Produktionssysteme und Industrie 4.0” startet 2018 @TH_Koeln

Das gemeinsam von der Hochschule Ostwestfalen-Lippe und der TH Köln beantragte Forschungsprojekt “KOARCH – Kognitive Architektur für Cyber-physische Produktionssysteme und Industrie 4.0” startet 2018.
In den letzten Jahren wurden im SPOTSeven Lab zwölf Forschungsprojekte bewilligt. Die Antragstellung war in unterschiedlichen Förderlinien erfolgreich (BMBF, EU Horizon 2020, BMWi, MIWF). Aktuell werden von Prof. Bartz-Beielstein und seinen Mitarbeiterinnen und Mitarbeiten sechs Forschungsprojekte bearbeitet. Weitere Informationen sind unter http://www.spotseven.de/projects/ zu finden.

Lfd. NummerProjektVerantwortliche Mitarbeiter/innenFördervolumen (gesamt)Laufzeit
12KOARCHAndreas Fischbachca. € 1.500.0002018-2021
11UTOPIAELorenzo Gentile, Dani Irawan€ 3.876.854,002017-2021
10OWOSFrederik Rehbach€ 323.576,802017-2020
9SynergyBeate Breiderhoff€ 1.016.890,002016-2019
8IMProvTSteffen Moritz€ 590.445,00 2015-2018
7ISAFANChristian Jung, Sebastian Krey€ 238.890,002014-2017

Free Paper: In a Nutshell – Sequential Parameter #Optimization @utopia_network #TH_Koeln #rstats

We proudly present the first result of our cooperation in the UTOPIAE network:
Lorenzo Gentile, Martin Zaefferer, and Thomas Bartz-Beielstein published a paper about sequential parameter optimization. The paper is based on the talk given by Thomas Bartz-Beielstein during the UTOPIAE Network Training School at University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, earlier this year.

The paper is entitled “In a Nutshell: Sequential Parameter Optimization”. It gives a short introduction to surrogate model based optimization, which will be applied in the UTOPIAE project. Many examples illustrate the usefulness of the SPOT approach.

The paper can be downloaded here.

The abstract reads as follows:
The performance of optimization algorithms relies crucially on their parameterizations. Finding good parameter settings is called algorithm tuning. Using a simple simulated annealing algorithm, we will demonstrate how optimization algorithms can be tuned using the sequential parameter opti- mization toolbox (SPOT). SPOT provides several tools for automated and interactive tuning. The underling concepts of the SPOT approach are explained. This includes key techniques such as exploratory fitness landscape analysis and response surface methodology. Many examples illustrate how SPOT can be used for understanding the performance of algorithms and gaining insight into algorithm’s behavior. Furthermore, we demonstrate how SPOT can be used as an optimizer and how a sophisticated ensemble approach is able to combine several meta models via stacking.

Sequential Parameter #Optimization Toolbox 2.0.2 is on CRAN #RSTATS

Version 2.0.2 of SPOT, the Sequential Parameter Optimization Toolbox, is available on CRAN:
SPOT provides a set of tools for model based optimization and tuning of algorithms. It includes surrogate models, optimizers and design of experiment approaches. The main interface is spot, which uses sequentially updated surrogate models for the purpose of efficient optimization. The main goal is to ease the burden of objective function evaluations, when a single evaluation requires a significant amount of resources.
Version 2 of the SPOT package is a complete redesign and rewrite of the original R package. Most function interfaces were redesigned to give a more streamlined usage experience. At the same time, modular and transparent code structures allow for increased extensibility. In addition, some new developments were added to the SPOT package. A Kriging model implementation, based on earlier Matlab code by Forrester et al. (Forrester, Sobester, and Keane 2008), has been extended to allow for the usage of categorical inputs. Additionally, it is now possible to use stacking for the construction of ensemble learners (Bartz-Beielstein and Zaefferer 2017). This allows for the creation of models with a far higher predictive performance, by combining the strengths of different modeling approaches.



@UTOPIAE_network Training School Opened #TH_Koeln

The “Opening Training School” started this morning at the Scottish Universities Insight Institute, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.
This training school is the first network-wide training event. Lorenzo Gentile and  Dani Irawan, who will be supervised by Prof. Bartz-Beielstein and Prof. Naujoks at TH Köln, are attending this event. More: http://utopiae.eu/2-2/utopiae-training/opening-training-school/