Prof. Dr. Franz Rothlauf

Research Interest

  • Evolutionary Optimisation (Genetic Algorithms)
  • Representations for Genetic and Evolutionary algorithms
  • Tree and Binary representations
  • Network Planning (Topology and Routing)
  • Airline Scheduling
  • Planning of Telecommunication- and IT-Networks

Teaching

Undergraduate Classes

  • Introduction into Information Systems: Contents: Foundations of information systems, software engineering, databases, integrated application systems, e-commerce.
  • Introduction into C++: Contents: Basic programming skills, structured programming.

Graduate Classes

  • Artificial Intelligence: Contents: Informed and non-informed search, heuristics, problem representation, genetic algorithms and evolution strategies, fuzzy logic, neural networks, propositional and first order logic, agents and multi-agent systems.
  • Software Engineering: Contents: Methods in different steps of the software engineering process (planning, definition, and concept), relational data bases, object oriented methods.
  • Networks and Data Communication: Contents: Computer architectures, networks, network technologies, access methods, telecommunication networks (ISDN, ATM, xDSL, Frame Relay), Internet; 30 students.
  • Techniques for Decision Support Systems: Contents: Logic, fuzzy systems, neural networks, genetic and evolutionary algorithms, decision support systems, group decision support systems.
  • Distributed Information and Communication Systems: Contents: Computer architectures, data and telecommunication networks, Internet and web technologies, work flow systems, groupware.
  • Information Systems Contents: Foundations of information systems, software systems for production, administration, and distribution, integrated software systems, inter-organizational integration.
  • Introduction into Computer Systems: Contents: Hardware, software, communication networks, Internet, operating systems, database design, system development, integrated application systems.
  • Various seminars concerning telecommunication networks, evolutionary algorithms and multi-agent systems (in English).

Education

  • 11/2001: Dr. rer. pol. (summa cum laude): University of Bayreuth, Germany.<br>Title of PhD thesis: Towards a Theory of Representations for Genetic and Evolutionary Algorithms: Development of Basic Concepts and their Application to Binary and Tree Representations.<br>Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Armin Heinzl (University of Bayreuth) and Prof. Dr. David E. Goldberg (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign).
  • 3/1997: Diploma in Electrical Engineering: University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany.<br> Title of master's thesis: Impulse reduction for the maximum likelihood sequence estimation and multi carrier transmission (in German). <br>Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Johannes Huber. Major in Telecommunications and Control Engineering. Additional Classes attended in mathematics, law and business administration. Certificate of English as foreign language.
  • 7/1991: Abitur: Clavius Gymnasium Bamberg, Germany.<br> Main subjects: Mathematics and Physics

Academic Experience

  • since 10/2002: Assistant Professor (Habilitant), University of Mannheim, Germany.
  • 12/2001 - 9/2002: Assistant Professor (Habilitant), University of Bayreuth, Germany.
  • 6/1997 - 11/2001: Teaching and Research Assistant, University of Bayreuth, Germany.
  • 10/1998 - 6/2002: Lecturer at the Verwaltungs- und Wirtschafts\-akademie Nuremberg, Germany.
  • 5/2000 - Present: Regularly Visiting Researcher, Illinois Genetic Algorithms Laboratory, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA.
  • 1/2000 - 5/2000: Graduate Researcher, Illinois Genetic Algorithms Laboratory, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA.
  • 11/1994 - 8/1996: Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Applied Mathematics II, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany.

Academic Activities

Organizer

  • <a href="http://evonet.dcs.napier.ac.uk/eurogp2004/evocomnet/" target="_blank">1st European Workshop on Evolutionary Computation in Communications, Networks, and Connected Systems (EvoComnet 2004)</a> (together with George Smith, University of East Anglia, UK), Coimbra, Portugal, 5-7 April 2004.
  • <a href="http://www.bwl.uni-mannheim.de/Adoro/" target="_blank">Workshop on Analysis and Design of Representations and Operators<br>(ADoRO'2003) at GECCO 2003 (together with Dirk Thierens, University of<br>Utrecht), Chicago, USA, 2003.</a>
  • <a href="http://www.bwl.uni-mannheim.de/Adoro/geccoworkshop2002/" target="_blank">Workshop on Representations for Genetic and Evolutionary Algorithms at GECCO 2002</a>, New York, USA, 2002.
  • <a href="http://www.bwl.uni-mannheim.de/Adoro/geccoworkshop2001/" target="_blank">Workshop on Representations and Operators for Network Problems at GECCO 2001</a>, San Francisco, USA, 2001.

Tutorial Speaker

  • Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO 2004), Seattle, USA, 2004.
  • 2003 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man \&amp; Cybernetics,<br>Washington, USA, 2003.
  • Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO 2003), Chicago, USA,2003.
  • Parallel Problem Solving From Nature VII, Granada, Spain, 2002

Member of Program Committee

  • Genetic and Evolutionary Conference (GECCO 2004), Seattle, USA, 2004.
  • Doctoral Consortium im Vorfeld der Tagung Wirtschaftsinformatik 2003, Tautewalde, 2003.
  • Logistics Management conference (LM 03), 2003.
  • International Network Optimization Conference, Evry/Parix, 2003.
  • Genetic and Evolutionary Conference (GECCO 2003), Chicago, USA, 2003.
  • Workshop on Evolutionary Computation in Combinatorial Optimization (EvoCOP2003), 2003.
  • Foundations of Genetic Algorithms VII, Malaga, Spain, 2002.
  • Genetic and Evolutionary Conference (GECCO 2002), New York, USA, 2002.
  • Workshop on Evolutionary Computation in Combinatorial Optimization (EvoCOP2002), Kinsale, Ireland, 2002.
  • Genetic and Evolutionary Conference (GECCO 2001), San Francisco, USA, 2002.
  • Workshop on Evolutionary Computation in Combinatorial Optimization (EvoCOP2001), Como, Italy, 2001.

Others

  • Invited Participant at Dagstuhl Seminar 04081 "Theory of Evolutionary Algorithms", Schloss Dagstuhl, Germany, February 2004.
  • Invited Participant at Dagstuhl Seminar 02031 "Theory of Evolutionary Algorithms", Schloss Dagstuhl, Germany, January 2002.
  • Member of Council of Authors, International Society for Genetic and Evolutionary Computation (ISGEC).
  • Member, IEEE (1998-Present), ISGEC (1999-present), Gesellschaft für Informatik (1998-Present) and Verband der Hochschullehrer für Betriebswirtschaft e.V. (2002-2003).