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Rolf Fagerberg holds a one-day course for Hesehus 8/11 2019
Hesehus is an award-winning Odense-based IT company, specializing in e-commerce, so when CTO Martin Ehmsen expressed interest in a course on algorithms and efficiency for selected employees, the idea development was initiated by Professors Kim Skak Larsen and Rolf Fagerberg - both from IMADA's algorithms group.

"In the IT-world, the topics of algorithms and efficiency represent core competences with lasting value and relevance", says Rolf Fagerberg. It's topics he also teaches at the university, and he continues: "A course like this is a good and meaningful form of interaction between universities and companies", which was confirmed by the evaluation from the participants.

Hesehus has more than 120 employees and has repeatedly been honored in connection with the e-Commerce Prize, Børsen Gazelle, and with Great Place to Work.

Best Paper Award at ESA 2019. 10/9 2019
The paper Fragile Complexity of Comparison-Based Algorithms by David Hammer, Rolf Fagerberg, and a group of international co-authors has received the Best Paper award at the 27th Annual European Symposium on Algorithms (ESA 2019), which is the premier European conference in algorithms. The paper studies the question of minimizing the number of comparisons that each individual element is subjected to in comparison-based algorithms, as opposed to the standard approach of minimizing the total number of comparisons. This question is motivated by settings where comparisons have some form of detrimental impact on the elements. Examples include comparisons between consumables such as beers, wine, apples, etc. (where each comparison consumes a part of the elements compared), sports matches (where the probability of injuries for a participant may grow with the number of matches taken part in), or ranking of documents (where bias or loss of confidentiality for a document may grow with the number of comparisons taken part in).
Daniel Merkle visits Harvard. 19/8 2019
From February 1 through July 31, 2019, Daniel Merkle had a 6 month sabbatical as a visiting professor at the Harvard Medical School in the Fontana Lab at the Department of Systems Biology. The Harvard Medical School is ranked first among research-oriented medical schools in the 2020 rankings of the well-known "U.S. News and World Report". The two groups started joining forces and, among other things, in order to model chemistry are bringing their rule-based systems Kappa and MØD together.
Participating in Highlights of Algorithms. 16/6 2019
The algorithms group was represented by Joan Boyar, Lene Favrholdt, Kim S. Larsen, and Rolf Fagerberg at HAlg - Highlights of Algorithms - that was held in Copenhagen this year. It is a relatively new meeting; only held for the fourth time this year. We were excited about the - for Computer Science - unusual format with 6 hour-long survey talks, a large number of invited talks, and a huge number of 4 minute talks that were combined with poster presentations. Among the many good talks, the online algorithms group (Joan, Lene, and Kim) was particularly fascinated with the survey talk on Learning in Algorithms, given by Sergei Vassilvitskii, where he discussed the combination of online algorithms and the use of machine learning in a setting similar to our recent work on advice complexity.
Faith Ellen visits. 1/6 2019
From May 25 through June 9, 2019, Professor Faith Ellen from the University of Toronto visited the group to work with Joan Boyar and Kim S. Larsen on competitive analysis in distributed algorithms. During her visit, she gave a wonderful survey talk on The Complexity of Consensus and Set Agreement.
Joan talks at TalentCampDK. 12/5 2019
TalentCampDK runs talent arrangements for selected elementary and high school students. Joan Boyar was invited to give the final address on Cryptology.
High School Camps. 1/4 2019
With Rolf Fagerberg as one of the organizers, the department welcomed 26 high schools students for IMADA's Computer Science Camp on March 2. This time it revolved around Deep Learning, in addition to career perspectives and glimpses of everyday-life for a Computer Scientist. On the photo, Caroline (an MS student of Kim S. Larsen) explains neural networks. Some students stayed overnight and participated in the Math Camp the following day. Lene Favrholdt taught on an extended version of this at the IT Camp for female high school students on March 30-31, where 25 girls were introduced to Python programming, user-driven app design, algorithms, big data, and AI.
Ian Munro visits. 2/11 2018
Invited by Joan Boyar and Kim S. Larsen, Professor Ian Munro from the University of Waterloo, Canada, visited the group. Munro is a highly esteemed computer scientist, famous for his work on data structures in particular. During his stay, he gave the talk Fast Stable Sorting, Adapting to Existing Runs on the newest developments on the sorting problem.
Joan Boyar gives distinguished lecture in Manitoba. 18/10 2018
In front of an audience of mathematicians and computer scientist in the Robert Schultz Lecture Theatre at the University of Manitoba, Joan Boyar gave a Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences Distinguished Lecture with the title Multiplicative Complexity of Cryptographic Functions.

Two days earlier, she gave a colloquium talk in the Department of Computer Science on Complexity Classes for Online Algorithms via Advice Complexity.

Jørgen Bang-Jensen gives a 30 minute video presentation for high school students. 6/9 2018
Jørgen Bang-Jensen participates in a film project comprising ten 30 minute videos, where expert mathematicians present their research topics in a way that can be understood by final-year high school students. The aim of the videos and the accompanying material is to encourage more young people to study mathematically-oriented topics.
Socializing in Storms Pakhus 4/9 2018
The Algorithms Group also likes meeting under less formal circumstances - here we are enjoying street food at Storms Pakhus.
Thomas Bellitto starts as postdoc. 1/9 2018
Thomas Bellitto is hired as a postdoc in the Graph Theory Group from September 1, 2018 through February 29, 2020. Thomas obtained his Ph.D. degree from LaBRI, Université de Bordeaux in August 2018. Thomas will work with the group on problems related to packing, covering, and partitioning in (di)graphs.
Organizing GT2018. 1/9 2018
Jørgen Bang-Jensen and Bjarne Toft organized the graph theory conference GT2018 at the picturesque location of Hotel Storebælt in Nyborg. There were 43 participants who came from as far away as South Africa, New Zealand, and Japan, enjoying the 32 presentations.
Speaking and chairing at WAOA in Helsinki. 24/8 2018
Joan Boyar and Kim S. Larsen attended WAOA - Workshop on Approximation and Online Algorithms at Aalto University School of Business. The workshop was a satellite workshop of ALGO. Joan gave a talk on joint work with Kim, Allan Borodin (University of Toronto), and Denis Pankratov (Concordia University) with the title Advice Complexity of Priority Algorithms. Kim contributed as session chair at the conference.
Collaboration with Energinet. 14/8 2018
Anders Yeo, Marco Chiarandini, and student Steffan Leth Jensen visited Energinet in Fredericia where they gave the presentation Towards resilient networks: Detecting maximum imbalance after k links breakdown in the European electrical grid. This was the culmination of an individual study activity by Steffan, where he worked with Energinet on one of their practical problems.

This project will develop further into a master's project involving collaboration with Energinet.

Attending and speaking at MOLI in Prague. 9/7 2018
Joan Boyar, Lene Favrholdt, and Kim S. Larsen attended MOLI - Modern Online Algorithms in the picturesque old Charles University in Prague. The workshop was a satellite workshop of ICALP. Joan gave a talk on joint work with Kim and Faith Ellen (University of Toronto) with the title The Scheduler is Very Powerful in Competitive Analysis of Distributed List Accessing and Lene gave the talk Upper and Lower Bound Techniques for Advice Complexity based on joint work with Joan and Kim, as well as former students Christian Kudahl and Jesper W. Mikkelsen. Several talks at the workshop cited results by our online algorithms group.
New book from Jørgen Bang-Jensen and Gregory Gutin. 30/6 2018
Jørgen Bang-Jensen and Gregory Gutin publish their third book on Classes of Directed Graphs (Springer, London). The book is an edited volume which, in addition to the four chapters authored by Bang-Jensen and Gutin, contains contributions from leading experts around the world.
Attending and chairing at SWAT in Malmö. 20/6 2018
Joan Boyar, Rolf Fagerberg, and Kim S. Larsen participated in SWAT - the Scandinavian Symposium and Workshops on Algorithm Theory in Malmö, June 18-20. Though this biannual conference is traditionally held in Scandinavia, it always presents a strong, international program. The conference is held in even-numbered years, whereas its sister conference, WADS is held in North America in odd-numbered year.

Joan and Kim were session chairs at the conference and Joan was on the program committee.

Groups members attend and talk at ARCO in Malmö. 6/4 2018
Joan Boyar, Rolf Fagerberg, Lene Favrholdt, David Hammer, and Daniel Merkle attended ARCO - the Algorithmic Research Cooperation around Oresund. Daniel talked about Graph Canonicalization Algorithms and their Application in Cheminformatics and David about Multi-way search trees of low height.