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Thomas Bäck
Leiden University

Brief Bio
Thomas Bäck is professor of Computer Science at the Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science, Leiden University, Netherlands, since 2002. He received his PhD in Computer Science from Dortmund University, Germany, in 1994, and was leader of the Center for Applied Systems Analysis at the Informatik Centrum Dortmund until 2000. Thomas received the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society (CIS) Evolutionary Computation Pioneer Award for his contributions in synthesizing evolutionary computation (2015), was elected as a fellow of the International Society of Genetic and Evolutionary Computation (ISGEC) for fundamental contributions to the field (2003), and received the best dissertation award from the "Gesellschaft für Informatik" in 1995. Thomas has more than 300 publications, as well as two books on evolutionary algorithms: Evolutionary Algorithms in Theory and Practice (1996), Contemporary Evolution Strategies (2013). He is co-editor of the Handbook of Evolutionary Computation and the Handbook of Natural Computing. Thomas is also Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Natural Computing Series (Springer) and the journal Theoretical Computer Science C (Elsevier), and editorial board member of various journals. Thomas’ research interests are in foundations and applications of evolutionary computation, efficient global optimization, and multiple objective optimization. Much of his recent research also addresses optimization methods in machine learning, e.g., for hyperparameter optimization, as well as supervised and unsupervised machine learning for smart industry applications. ... More >>

Niki van Stein
Natural Computing, Leiden University

Brief Bio
Niki van Stein is a researcher in the Natural Computing Group of LIACS and manager of the applied data science lab. She received her PhD in Computer Science from Leiden University in 2018. Niki her research interests are in explainable AI, automated design of algorithms, global (Bayesian) optimization and neural architecture search.Niki van Stein is a researcher in the Natural Computing Group of LIACS and manager of the applied data science lab. She received her PhD in Computer Science from Leiden University in 2018. Niki her research interests are in explainable AI, automated design of algorithms, global (Bayesian) optimization and neural architecture search.


Andranik S. Akopov, Business Informatics, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Russian Federation
Mohammed Al-Betar, Information Technology, Ajman University, United Arab Emirates
Sabri Arik, Computer Engineering, Istanbul University-Cerrahpasa, Turkey
Saeid Kazemzadeh Azad, Atilim University, Turkey
Dalila B. M. M. Fontes, Management Group, Faculdade de Economia and LIAAD-INESC TEC, Universidade do Porto, Portugal
Jerzy Balicki, Warsaw University of Technology, Poland
Adrian Bekasiewicz, Gdansk University Technology, Poland
Janos Botzheim, Eötvös Loránd University Faculty of Informatics, Hungary
Alexander Brownlee, Computing Science and Mathematics, University of Stirling, United Kingdom
Stefano Cagnoni, Dipartimento Di Ingegneria Dell'informazione, Università degli Studi Di Parma, Italy
Fabio Caraffini, Computer Science, Swansea University, United Kingdom
Enrique J. Carmona, Artificial Intelligence, Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia, Spain
Pedro Angel Castillo Valdivieso, University of Granada, Spain
Paolo Cazzaniga, University of Bergamo, Italy
Francisco Chicano, University of Málaga, Spain
Vincent A. Cicirello, Computer Science, Stockton University, United States
J. Manuel Colmenar, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Spain
Andy M. Connor, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand
Vincenzo Conti, Faculty of Enigineering and Architecture, Kore University of Enna, Italy
Donato D'Ambrosio, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, University of Calabria, Italy
Marc Ebner, Institut für Mathematik und Informatik, Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-Universität Greifswald, Germany
Andres Faina, IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Wei Fang, Jiangnan University, China
Paola Festa, Compl. MSA - Via Cintia, University of Napoli, Italy
Steffen Finck, Research Center Business Informatics, Vorarlberg University Applied Sciences, Austria
Gianluigi Folino, ICAR-CNR, Italy
José Fonseca, UNINOVA, Portugal
Francesco Fontanella, DIEI, Università di Cassino e del Lazio Meridionale, Italy
Mario Garza-Fabre, Tamaulipas Campus, Cinvestav, Mexico
Adrien Goeffon, University of Angers, France
David Greiner, Institute of Intelligent Systems and Numerical Applications in Engineering (SIANI), Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC), Spain
Abdurrahman Hacioglu, Istanbul Gelisim University, Turkey
Pauline C. Haddow, Department of Computer Science, The Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
Oussama H. Hamid, University of Nottingham, Jubilee Campus, Wollaton Road, Nottingham, NG8 1BB, University of Nottingham, United Kingdom
Gareth Howells, Engineering and Digital Arts, University of Kent, United Kingdom
Dariusz J. Jakóbczak, Electronics and Computer Science, Technical University of Koszalin, Poland
Cezary Z. Janikow, Math and Computer Science, University Missouri Saint Louis, United States
Nicolas Jozefowiez, LCOMS, University of Lorraine, France
Iwona Karcz-Duleba, Wroclaw University of Science and Technology, Poland
Ahmed Kheiri, Management Science, Lancaster University, United Kingdom
Chih-Chin Lai, National University Kaohsiung, Taiwan, Republic of China
Nuno Leite, Área Departamental de Engenharia de Electrónica e Telecomunicações e de Computadores, Instituto Superior de Engenharia de Lisboa, Portugal
Wen-Yang Lin, Dept. of Computer Science and Information Engineering, National University of Kaohsiung, Taiwan, Republic of China
Penousal Machado, Informatics Engineering, University of Coimbra, Portugal
Luca Manzoni, University of Trieste, Italy
Romeo Marian, University of South Australia, Australia
Robert Marmelstein, East Stroudsburg University, United States
Philip K. McKinley, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Michigan State University, United States
Miguel A. Melgarejo, Universidad Distrital Francisco José de Caldas, Colombia
Carmelo Militello, National Research Council (CNR), Italy
Mustafa Misir, Computer Engineering, Istinye University, Turkey
Soumya D. Mohanty, Physics and Astronomy, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, United States
Pawel B. Myszkowski, Wroclaw University of Science and Technology, Poland
Nasimul Noman, School of Electrical Engineering and Computing, University of Newcastle, Australia
Luis Nunes, Ciências e Tecnologias da Informação, Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (ISCTE-IUL) and Instituto de Telecomunicações (IT), Portugal
Diarmuid P. O'Donoghue, Computer Science, Maynooth University, Ireland
Victor Parada, Informatics Engineering, University Of Santiago Of Chile, Chile
David A. Pelta, Computer Science and AI, University of Granada, Spain
Clara Pizzuti, Institute for High Performance Computing and Networking, National Research Council (CNR), Italy
Marcus Randall, Bond University, Australia
Eduardo Rodriguez-Tello, Unidad Tamaulipas, Cinvestav, Mexico
Conor Ryan, Computer Science And Information Systems, University of Limerick, Ireland
Nasser R. Sabar, La Trobe University, Australia
Frédéric Saubion, Computer Science, University of Angers, France
Patrick Siarry, University Paris 12 (LiSSi), France
Moshe Sipper, Ben-Gurion University, Israel
Andrzej Skowron, Institute of Mathematics UW, Poland
Stephen Swift, Brunel University London, United Kingdom
Saeed Tavakoli, Electrical Engineering, University Of Sistan And Baluchestan, Iran, Islamic Republic of
Rafael Villanueva, Instituto Universitario de Matemática Multidisciplinar, Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Spain
Yifei Wang, School of Biological Sciences, Georgia Institute of Technology, United States
Hui Wang, Nanchang Institute of Technology, China
Jei-Zheng Wu, Department of Business Administration, Soochow University, Taiwan, Republic of China
Takeshi Yamada, Department of Informatics, Kindai University, Japan
Amelia Zafra, Computer Science and Numerical Analysis, University Córdoba, Spain

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