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    44HeuristicLab is a framework for heuristic and evolutionary algorithms, developed and successively applied by members of the Heuristic and Evolutionary Algorithms Laboratory since 2002.
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    6 Among other aspects, a sophisticated graphical user interface distinguishes HeuristicLab from existing heuristic optimization frameworks, which usually require comprehensive programming skills to adjust and extend the algorithms for a particular problem. In HeuristicLab algorithms are represented as operator graphs and changing or rearranging operators can be done by drag-and-drop without actually writing code. The framework thereby shifts algorithm development capability from the software engineer to the user and practitioner. It is of course still possible to extend the framework on code level and algorithm developers benefit from HeuristicLab’s light-weight plug-in mechanism that allows them to integrate custom algorithms, solution representations or optimization problems with ease. This concept leads to a significant level of code reuse across metaheuristic variants and encourages users to successively gain more knowledge about algorithm development.
     6Among other aspects, a sophisticated graphical user interface distinguishes HeuristicLab from existing heuristic optimization frameworks, which usually require comprehensive programming skills to adjust and extend the algorithms for a particular problem. In HeuristicLab algorithms are represented as operator graphs and changing or rearranging operators can be done by drag-and-drop without actually writing code. The framework thereby shifts algorithm development capability from the software engineer to the user and practitioner. It is of course still possible to extend the framework on code level and algorithm developers benefit from HeuristicLab’s light-weight plug-in mechanism that allows them to integrate custom algorithms, solution representations or optimization problems with ease. This concept leads to a significant level of code reuse across metaheuristic variants and encourages users to successively gain more knowledge about algorithm development.
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     8Attached to this page you can also find a [attachment:"HeuristicLab Flyer.pdf" flyer] in which the facts and features of HeuristicLab are briefly described.
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    1012== In the news  ==
    11 [[Image(wiki:Pictures:innovation_banner.jpg, left, margin-right=30)]] In May 2009 we submitted HeuristicLab for the '''Microsoft Innovation Award 2009'''. Both an expert jury and a public audience perceived HeuristicLab as one of the of the three most innovative software projects from 64 submissions. We are of course very happy about such a recognition and the award itself, which was presented by Austria's Federal Minister for Science and Research Dr. Johannes Hahn.
     13[[Image(wiki:Pictures:innovation_banner.jpg, left, margin-right=30, height=80)]] In May 2009 we submitted HeuristicLab for the '''Microsoft Innovation Award 2009'''. Both an expert jury and a public audience perceived HeuristicLab as one of the of the three most innovative software projects from 64 submissions. We are of course very happy about such a recognition and the award itself, which was presented by Austria's Federal Minister for Science and Research Dr. Johannes Hahn.
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    1315During the event we were able to show HeuristicLab to interested people and talk about its possibilities and applications. We also have a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BqZdjDJ5ZM4&feature=player_embedded| YouTube video]] where research group head Michael Affenzeller talks about HeuristicLab (german) for the Innovation Award Audience.