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Haibo He

Haibo HeShort Bio: Prof. Haibo He received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from the Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China, in 1999 and 2002, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Ohio University, Athens, OH, USA, in 2006. From 2006 to 2009, he was an Assistant Professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ, USA. He is currently the Robert Haas Endowed Chair Professor with the Department of Electrical, Computer and Biomedical Engineering, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI, USA. He has published one sole-author research book (Wiley), edited one book (Wiley–IEEE), and six conference proceedings (Springer), and authored and co-authored over 200 peer-reviewed journal and conference papers. His current research interests include adaptive dynamic programming, computational intelligence, self-adaptive systems, machine learning, and data mining.
Prof. He was a recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER Award in 2011, IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC) Best Paper Award in 2014, IEEE Computational Intelligence Society Outstanding Early Career Award in 2014, and the Providence Business News “Rising Star Innovator of the Year” Award in 2011. He severed as the General Chair of the 2014 IEEE Symposium Series on Computational Intelligence. He is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON NEURAL NETWORKS AND LEARNING SYSTEMS.


Gheorghe P˘aun

OscarAlexandriaShort Bio: Gheorghe P˘aun (born on December 6, 1950) graduated the Faculty of Mathematics, University of Bucharest, in 1974 and received his Ph.D. in mathematics (with specialization in computer science) from the same university in 1977. He held a research position at the University of Bucharest, and from 1990 to 2015, when he retired, he was at the Institute of Mathematics of the Romanian Academy, as a senior researcher. He visited numerous universities in Europe, Asia, and North America, with frequent and/or longer stays in Turku (Finland), Leiden (The Netherlands), Magdeburg (Germany, including an Alexander von Humboldt fellowship, in 1992-93), Tarragona, Madrid, and Sevilla (Spain, including a Ramon y Cajal scholarship, in 2001–2006), London-Ontario (Canada), Rome, Milano, Pisa (Italy), Tokyo (Japan), Warsaw (Poland), Vienna (Austria), Budapest (Hungary), China (Wuhan), etc.
His main research areas are formal language theory and its applications, computational linguistics, DNA computing, and membrane computing; this last research area was initiated by him, in 1998, and the respective models are now called P systems, see http://ppage.psystems.eu). He is the honorary president of IMCS, the International Membrane Computing Society, founded in 2016.
He has published a large number of research papers (collaborating with many researchers worldwide), has lectured at over 100 universities, and gave numerous invited talks at recognized international conferences. He has published eleven monographs in mathematics and computer science (some of them translated in Japanese, Chinese, Russian), has (co)edited over seventy collective volumes and special issues of journals, and also published many popular science books, books on recreational mathematics (games), and fiction books (he is a member of the Romanian Writers Association).
He was or still is a member of the editorial board of more than two dozens international journals and was/is involved in the program/steering/organizing committees for many international conferences and workshops.
In 1997 he was elected a member of the Romanian Academy and from 2006 he is a member of Academia Europaea. He also got many other honors, in Romania or abroad (professional and literary prizes, honorary citizenship titles, four doctor honoris causa titles, etc.). In 2009 he was included in the ISI Highly Cited Scientists category, see http://isihighlycited.com.


Kay Chen Tan

Kay Chen Tan

Short Bio: Dr TAN Kay Chen received the B. Eng degree with First Class Honors in Electronics and Electrical Engineering, and the  Ph.D. degree from the University of Glasgow, Scotland, in 1994 and 1997, respectively. He is actively pursuing research in computational and artificial intelligence, with applications to multi-objective optimization, scheduling, automation, data mining, and games.

Dr Tan has published over 100 journal papers, over 100 papers in conference proceedings, co-authored 5 books including Multiobjective Evolutionary Algorithms and Applications (Springer-Verlag, 2005), Modern Industrial Automation Software Design (John Wiley, 2006; Chinese Edition, 2008),  Evolutionary Robotics: From Algorithms to Implementations (World Scientific, 2006; Review), Neural Networks: Computational Models and Applications  (Springer-Verlag, 2007), and Evolutionary Multi-objective Optimization in Uncertain Environments: Issues and Algorithms (Springer-Verlag, 2009),  co-edited 4 books including Recent Advances in Simulated Evolution and Learning (World Scientific, 2004), Evolutionary Scheduling (Springer-Verlag,  2007), Multiobjective Memetic Algorithms (Springer-Verlag, 2009), and Design and Control of Intelligent Robotic Systems (Springer-Verlag, 2009).

Dr Tan has been an Invited Keynote/Plenary speaker for over 40 international conferences. He served in the international program committee for over 100 conferences and involved in the organizing committee for over 50 international conferences, including the General Co-Chair for IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation 2007 in Singapore. Dr Tan is the General Co-Chair for IEEE World Congress on Computational Intelligence 2016 in Vancouver, Canada. Dr Tan is currently an elected member of AdCom (2014-2016) and is an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer of IEEE Computational Intelligence Society (2011-2013; 2015-2017).

Dr Tan is the Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation. He was the Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Computational Intelligence Magazine (2010-2013). He currently serves as an Associate Editor / Editorial Board member of over 20 international journals, such as IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics, IEEE Transactions on Computational Intelligence and AI in Games, Evolutionary Computation (MIT Press), European Journal of Operational Research, Neural Computing and Applications, Journal of Scheduling, International Journal of Systems Science, etc.

Dr Tan is a Fellow of IEEE. He is the awardee of the 2012 IEEE Computational Intelligence Society (CIS) Outstanding Early Career Award for his contributions to evolutionary computation in multi-objective optimization. He also received the Recognition Award (2008) from the International Network for Engineering Education & Research (iNEER) for his outstanding contributions to engineering education and research. He was felicitated by the International Neural Network Society (INNS) India Regional Chapter (2014) for his outstanding contributions in the field of computational intelligence. He was also a winner of the NUS Outstanding Educator Awards (2004), the Engineering Educator Awards (2002, 2003, 2005, 2014), the Annual Teaching Excellence Awards (2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006), the Honour Roll Awards (2007), and a Fellow of the NUS Teaching Academic (2009-2012).


Ke Tang

Short Bio: Professor Ke Tang received the B.Eng. degree from Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China, in 2002, and the Ph.D. degree from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, in 2007, respectively. Since 2007, he has been with the School of Computer Science and Technology, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, China, where he is currently a Professor. He has authored/coauthored more than 100 refereed publications. His research interests include evolutionary computation, machine learning, and their real-world applications.

Dr. Tang is an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation, the IEEE Computational Intelligence Magazine, and Computational Optimization and Applications (Springer), and served as a member of the editorial boards for a few other journals. He is a member of the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society (CIS) Evolutionary Computation Technical Committee and the IEEE CIS Emergent Technologies Technical Committee. He was the recipient of the Royal Society Newton Advanced Fellowship.


Qingfu Zhang

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Short Bio: Professor Qingfu Zhang received the BSc in mathematics from Shanxi University, China in 1984, the MSc in applied mathematics and the PhD in information engineering from Xidian University, China, in 1991 and 1994, respectively. He is a Professor at the Department of Computer Science, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, a Professor on leave from the School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, University of Essex, UK, and a Changjiang Visiting Chair Professor in Xidian University, China. He holds two patents and is the author of many research publications. His main research interests include evolutionary computation, optimization, neural networks, data analysis, and their applications.He is currently leading the Metaheuristic Optimization Research (MOP) Group in City University of Hong Kong.

Prof. Zhang is an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation and the IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics. He is also an Editorial Board Member of three other international journals. MOEA/D, a multobjevitve optimization algorithm developed in his group, won the Unconstrained Multiobjective Optimization Algorithm Competition at the Congress of Evolutionary Computation 2009, and was awarded the 2010 IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation Outstanding Paper Award.


Zhi-Hui Zhan

Short Bio: Zhi-Hui Zhan received the bachelor’s and Ph.D. degrees from the Department of Computer Science, Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou, China,
in 2007 and 2013, respectively. He is currently a Professor with the School of
Computer Science and Engineering, South China University of Technology. His research interests include evolutionary computation algorithms and swarm intelligence algorithms, and their applications in real-world problems and in environments of cloud computing and big data.
Dr. Zhan received the China Computer Federation Outstanding Dissertation in 2013, the Natural Science Foundation for Distinguished Young Scientists of Guangdong Province, China, in 2014, and the Pearl River New Star in Science and Technology in 2015. He is listed as one of the Most Cited Chinese Researchers in Computer Science.