Prof. Dr. Franz Rothlauf

  • Franz received a Diploma in Electrical Engineering from the University of Erlangen, Germany, a Ph.D. in Information Systems from the University of Bayreuth, Germany, and a Habilitation from the University of Mannheim, Germany, in 1997, 2001, and 2007, respectively.

    Since 2007, he is full professor of Business Administration and Information Systems at the University of Mainz. He has published more than 200 technical papers in the context of planning and optimization, evolutionary computation, machine learning, e-business, and software engineering, co-edited several conference proceedings and edited books, and is author of the books "Representations for Genetic and Evolutionary Algorithms" and "Design of Modern Heuristics". At the University Mainz, he is Academic Director of the Gutenberg School of Business (since 2013) and Chief Information Officer (since 2016).

    His main research interests are the application of metaheuristics and machine learning approaches in planning and optimization systems. Currently, he is a member of the Editorial Board of Evolutionary Computation Journal (ECJ) and ACM Transactions on Evolutionary Learning and Optimization (TELO). Since 2007, he is member of the Executive Committee of ACM SIGEVO. He was treasurer of ACM SIGEVO between 2011 and 2019. Since 2019, he serves as chair for ACM SIGEVO. He was chair of GECCO 2009. Franz Rothlauf is Senior Member of IEEE and ACM. 


Special Expertise

  • Basic Research

    • Machine Learning (ML): Artificial Neural Network (ANN), Unsupervised Learning, Generative Models, Evolutionary Algorithms (EA), Genetic Programming (GP)