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Markus Wagner

Senior Lecturer
ARC DECRA Fellow 2016-2018

Optimisation and Logistics
School of Computer Science
The University of Adelaide, Australia

Office: Ingkarni Wardli Building, room 4.45
If you want to drop by, feel free to check with me via email first (additional contact details).

Offer: Summer Research/MCI/Honours/Masters/PhD Projects
Do you want to learn more about optimisation? You are eager to understand and to solve problems, either on the whiteboard or through hands-on research? I regularly offer Summer Research Scholarships and Honours and Masters projects (internal list). If you have your own ideas or if you like something from here, then take the initiative and contact me.

Scholarship Opportunities
International/domestic, Joint Postgraduate Scholarships Program with the China Scholarship Council, and a general note on competitive scholarships

Scientific Advisory Board Member of Complexica Pty Ltd
Complexica is a leading provider of Artificial Intelligence software for optimising sales & marketing activities, ranging from promotional planning, pricing, and product mix optimisation, through to sales force automation, CRM, and multi-channel quoting and order processing. If you want to learn more, please do not hesitate to contact me.

- edX MOOC Computational Thinking and Big Data: course website, MicroMasters website (over 12000 enrolments!), news, edX in the news
- Reddit on free Computational Intelligence Courses: https://www.reddit.com/r/CompIntellCourses/
- Black-Box Discrete Optimization Benchmarking (BB-DOB) Workshops GECCO 2018, PPSN 2018
- Genetic Improvement of Software Workshop GI@GECCO
- PPSN 2018 Workshop Investigating Optimization Problems from Machine Learning and Data Analysis
- Adelaide Autumn School on Software Engineering 17/18 May 2018

- [1 November 2019] AAAI 2019 (CORE A*, 16% acceptance rate): 1 full paper accepted!
- [11 September 2018] MOBIQUITOUS 2018 (CORE A, 39% acceptance rate): 1 full paper accepted!
- [18 July 2018] Computer Science ranked 43 in the Shanghai Ranking
- [26 June 2018] New technical report: An Improved Generic Bet-and-Run Strategy for Speeding Up Stochastic Local Search
- [15 May 2018] PPSN 2018 (CORE A, 39% acceptance rate): 3 full papers accepted!!!
- [16 April 2018] New technical report Per-Corpus Configuration of Topic Modelling for GitHub and Stack Overflow Collections
- [24 March 2018] GECCO 2018 (CORE A, 38% acceptance rate): 6 full papers accepted!!!!!! Tracks: 2x ECOM, 1x EMO, 2x GA, 1x RWA
- [2 March 2018] Data-Driven Search-Based Software Engineering vision paper on arXiv, accepted at Mining Software Repositories (CORE A, 33% acc rate), repository
- [15 February 2018] New technical reports
- [1 February 2018] Data-Driven Search-Based Software Engineering (vision paper on arXiv)
- [8 December] Information Sciences paper accepted
- [26 October] Hefei University, China: seminar, slides on Android energy consumption, slides on wave energy, News Post at Hefei University (with photo)
- [25 October] Anhui University, China: Symposium on Evolutionary Computation, slides on Approximation-Guided Evolution and on the Travelling Thief Problem, News Post at Hefei University (with photos)
- [7 October] Special Issue Benchmarking of Computational Intelligence Algorithms at Computational Intelligence Journal (Wiley) accepted
- [20 September] Tunnelling and Underground Space Technology paper accepted
- [18 September] PRIF RCP granted ($14.6million total budget), Unlocking Complex Resources through Lean Processing
- [1 September] CSIRO ON Tribe Forum 2017 approved, flights and accommodation paid
- [23 August] YSEP participation in Oct/Nov 2017 approved, Australia-China Young Scientists Exchange Program (two weeks fully funded networking program in Beijing, Hefei, and Shanghai, News Post at Hefei University, post by CSTEC, post by CISTC
- [16 July] SEAL 2017 paper accepted, Exact Approaches for the Travelling Thief Problem
- [5 July] Journal Genetic Programming and Evolvable Machines paper accepted, A Hyperheuristic Approach based on Low-Level Heuristics for the Travelling Thief Problem
- [15 June] Many-Objective Optimisation Competition results: our AGE/AGEII achieved 3rd place (7 competitors)
- [14 April] GI@GECCO 2017 paper accepted, Deep Parameter Optimisation on Android Smartphones for Energy Minimisation - A Tale of Woe and a Proof-of-Concept
- [20 March] GECCO 2017 paper accepted, Theoretical results on bet-and-run as an initialisation strategy
- [20 March] GECCO 2017 paper accepted, HSEDA: A Heuristic Selection Approach Based on Estimation of Distribution Algorithm for the Travelling Thief Problem
- [20 March] GECCO 2017 poster accepted, A Case Study of Multi-objectiveness in Multi-component Problems
- [7 March] CEC 2017 paper accepted, Improving local search in a minimum vertex cover solver for classes of networks
- [7 March] CEC 2017 paper accepted, A Modified Indicator-based Evolutionary Algorithm (mIBEA)
- [6 March] Journal of Heuristics paper accepted, A case study of algorithm selection for the traveling thief problem
- [17 February] IWWWFB 2017 paper accepted, Study of fully submerged point absorber wave energy converter - modelling, simulation and scaled experiment
- [12 February] LION 2017 paper accepted, Learning a Reactive Restart Strategy to Improve Stochastic Search (2x strong accept)

Selected older news from 2016
- [4 December] Competition proposal accepted, "Optimisation of Problems with Multiple Interdependent Components" at GECCO 2017
- [4 December] Workshop proposal accepted, "Evolutionary Methods for Smart Grid Applications" at GECCO 2017
- [5 September] Promotion to Senior Lecturer, effective 1 January 2017
- [2 September] Faculty ECMS Interdisciplinary Research Grant for ‚ÄúNonlinear modelling of fully submerged wave energy converters for high fidelity yet computationally efficient numerival analysis and prototype design‚ÄĚ with Dr. Boyin Ding, Dr. Javad Farrokhi Derakhshandeh, Dr. Markus Wagner, Dr. Luke Bennetts, Prof. Benjamin Cazzolato, A/Prof. Maziar Arjomandi, Prof. Frank Neumann, and Prof. Gus Nathan ($18,025)
- [24 August] Successful NII Shonan Meeting proposal, topic "Data-Driven Search-Based Software Engineering 2017", organisers: Markus Wagner, Leandro Minku, Ahmed E. Hassan, John Clark
- [19 August] ECMS Professional Development Grant for supporting a research stay at the University College London and attending an invitation-only Dagstuhl Seminar ($4,700)
- [13 August] Invited Lecturer at the 5th International Optimisation Summer School in Kioloa, Australia in January 2017 PPTX, PDF
- [25 July] Priority Partner Grant for enhancing the relationship with the University of Nottingham ($5,000)
- [20 July] Best Presentation Award for "Optimising Energy Consumption Heuristically on Android Mobile Phones" at Genetic Improvement @ GECCO 2016
- [07 July] MaxSAT 2016 Competition Results: my solver SC2016 achieved 1x First Place, 3x Second Place, 4x Third Place (17 competitors)

Current service to the community
- General Chair Australasian Conference on Artificial Life and Computational Intelligence (ACALCI 2018)
- Co-Chair International Workshop on Benchmarking of Computational Intelligence Algorithms (BOCIA)
- Competitions Chair GECCO 2018
- Program Chair Australasian Conference on Artificial Life and Computational Intelligence (ACALCI 2017)
- Workshop Chair GECCO 2017
- Chair IEEE CIS University Curricula 2017
- Associate Editor of Frontiers in Applied Mathematics and Statistics

- since 01/2017: Senior Lecturer at the School of Computer Science, University of Adelaide, Australia
- 01/2016 - 12/2018: ARC DECRA Fellow "Dynamic adaptive software configuration"
- since 08/2015: Scientific Advisor at Complexica
- 03/2013 - 12/2016: Lecturer at the School of Computer Science, University of Adelaide, Australia
- 2013: PhD in Computer Science from the University of Adelaide, Australia (awarded the 1st University Doctoral Research Medal for Computer Science)
- 02/2011 - 05/2013: PhD student at the School of Computer Science, University of Adelaide, Australia
- 04/2010 - 01/2011: PhD student at the Max Planck Institute for Informatics, Department 1: Algorithms and Complexity, Saarbrücken
- 2009: Diplom in Computer Science (focus: Theoretical Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence) from the University of Koblenz-Landau, Germany
- 08/2006 - 05/2007: exchange student at the Institute for Artificial Intelligence, University of Georgia, USA

- CIS University Curricula Subcommittee intends to build up a collection of links to good quality courses on "everything CI" (10/2017)
- Unlocking Complex Resources through Lean Processing (09/2017)
- Adelaide Team Wins CSIRO On-Prime Performance Bonus (06/2017)
- Interdisciplinary Wave Energy Research with Coursework Students (05/2017)
- Dagstuhl Seminar 16412 Automated Algorithm Selection and Configuration, October 2016 (report)
- NII Shonan Computational Intelligence for Software Engineering, October 2014
- 2013-2014 International Postgraduate Research Prospectus
- Dagstuhl Seminar 13272 Computer Science in High Performance Sport - Applications and Implications for Professional Coaching, June 2013 (report)
- 1 Jahr Future SOC Lab (video about cooperation with the Hasso-Plattner-Institut) watch from 1:50min on... (online at HPI)