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The Barcelona Open Data Challenge

Helena is a member of the jury the Barcelona Open Data Challenge organized by the Open Data BCN. The Barcelona Dades Obertes Challenge is a test project from the Ajuntament de Barcelona, thought to promote the use of the open data available in the Open Data BCN portal 7G5A4357Bthrough a contest. It aims for the 3rd and 4th courses of ESO from the public centres in the city of Barcelona through the teachers and sums up to the learning based in projects. The contest includes teacher’s formation and a final public act with the presentation of each project. This test project aims to situate Barcelona as a leader in the introduction of the knowledge of open data in the educational scope.

See the video Repte Barcelona Dades Obertes.

BARG ands BGSMath Events


In collaboration with the Barcelona Graduate School of mathematics (BGSMath) and the Business Analytics research Group (BARG), Helena, together with other colleagues, is participating in three different events:


Presentation at Workshop WORLO III

DSC03099 (Large)Helena participated in the workshop WORLO III – WORKSHOP ON REAL LIFE OPTIMIZATION, 25-26 of January, Valencia, Spain. Helena presented a her work on “Iterated Local Search and Extensions”. In this talk, she presented the last advances of ILS to solve stochastic bilevel optimization problems!

Invited Speaker at Metaheuristics Summer School 2018

Helena Ramalhinho is one of the invited speakers at the MESS 2018 – Metaheuristics Summer School – from Design to Implementation – MESS 2018 – to be hold at 21-25 July 2018, Taormina, Italy


MESS 2018 is aimed at qualified and strongly motivated MSc and PhD students; post-docs; young researchers, and both academic and industrial professionals to provide an overview on the several metaheuristics techniques, and an in-depth analysis of the state-of-the-art. As first edition, MESS 2018 wants to analyze all metaheuristics from its designing to its implementation. In particular, in MESS 2018 will be analyzed modern heuristic methods for search and optimization problems, as well as the classical exact optimization methods, seen also in the metaheuristics context.

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MIC / MAEB 2017

Last July, the Universitat Pompeu Fabra host the 12th edition of the Metaheuristics International MIC GROUPConference (MIC 2017)  and the XII Metaheurísticas, Algoritmos Evolutivos y Bioinspirados (MAEB 2017) ( 4th to 7th July 2017).

The MIC conference series was established in 1995 and this is its 12th edition. MIC is the main event focusing on the progress of the area of Metaheuristics and their applications. As in previous editions, MIC 2017 provided an opportunity to the international research community in Metaheuristics to discuss recent research results, to develop new ideas and collaborations, and to meet old and make new friends in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.

IMG_0820MAEB 2017 is the annually Spanish more relevant congress in Metaheuristics and Bio-inspired Algorithms.

Helena Ramalhinho, together with Angel Juan, Abraham Duarte, Ana Viana and Belén Mélian were the chairs of the conferences. More than 300 researchers from all over the world assist to the conference.