EVOLVE International Conference

EVOLVE 2015 June 18-24
Iasi, Romania

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Invited Speakers

The following keynote speakers will give talks during the conference (see below for detailed biographies):

Carlos Coello Coello   CINVESTAV-IPN, Mexico
Kalyanmoy Deb   Michigan State University, USA
Kenneth De Jong   George Mason University, USA
Pierre Del Moral   University of New South Wales, Australia
Sorin Istrail   Brown University, USA
Dan Simovici   University of Massachusetts Boston, USA


Carlos Coello Coello




Biography: Carlos Artemio Coello Coello received a BSc in Civil Engineering from the Universidad Autonoma de Chiapas in Mexico in 1991 (graduating Summa Cum Laude). Then, he was awarded a scholarship from the Mexican government to pursue graduate studies in Computer Science at Tulane University (in the USA). He received a MSc and a PhD in Computer Science in 1993 and 1996, respectively. His PhD thesis was one of the first in the field now called "evolutionary multiobjective optimization". He currently has over 320 publications which report over 6,000 citations (his h-index is 40). Dr. Coello has been a Senior Research Fellow in the Plymouth Engineering Design Centre (in England) and a Visiting Professor at DePauw University (in the USA). He is currently full professor with distinction (Investigador Cinvestav 3F) and Chair of the Computer Science Department at CINVESTAV-IPN in Mexico City, Mexico. He has delivered invited talks, keynote speeches and tutorials at international conferences held in Spain, USA, Canada, Switzerland, UK, Chile, Colombia, Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, India, Italy, China and Mexico. Dr. Coello has served as a technical reviewer for over 60 international journals and for more than 100 international conferences and actually serves as associate editor of the journals "IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation", "Evolutionary Computation", "Journal of Heuristics", "Soft Computing", "Pattern Analysis and Applications", "Memetic Computing" and "Computational Optimization and Applications", and as a member of the editorial boards of the journals "Engineering Optimization", and the "International Journal of Computational Intelligence Research". He is member of the Mexican Academy of Science, the Association for Computing Machinery, and of Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society. He is also a member of the National System of Researchers (Level 3). As of January, 2011, he is also an IEEE Fellow for his "contributions to multi-objective optimization and constraint-handling techniques". He has received the "2007 National Research Award" from the Mexican Academy of Science in the area of exact sciences, the "Medal to the Scientific Merit" from Mexico City's congress and the "Ciudad Capital: Heberto Castillo 2011 Award" in Basic Science. His current research interests are: evolutionary multiobjective optimization and constraint-handling techniques for evolutionary algorithms.


Kalyanmoy Deb
Michigan State University, USA

Kalyanmoy Deb

BiographyKalyanmoy Deb is Koenig Endowed Chair Professor at Electrical and Computer Engineering in Michigan State University, USA. Prof. Deb's research interests are in evolutionary optimization and their application in optimization, modeling, and machine learning, particularly in evolutionary multi-criterion optimization (EMO). He was awarded `Infosys Prize', `TWAS Prize' in Engineering Sciences, `CajAstur Mamdani Prize', `Distinguished Alumni Award' from IIT Kharagpur, 'Edgeworth-Pareto' award, and Bhatnagar Prize in Engineering Sciences for his pioneering studies in EMO. He is fellow of IEEE, ASME, and three science academies in India. He has published 370+ research papers with Google Scholar citation of 60,000+ with h-index 83. He is in the editorial board on 18 major international journals. More information about his research contribution can be found from http://www.egr.msu.edu/~kdeb.

Kenneth De Jong

George Mason University, USA

K de jong

BiographyDr. Kenneth De Jong received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1975 and is currently a professor in the Computer Science Department and the Associate Director of the Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. He is the recipient of an IEEE Pioneer award in the field of Evolutionary Computation and a lifetime achievement award from the Evolutionary Programming Society.Dr. De Jong's research interests include evolutionary computation, adaptive systems and machine learning.  He is an active member of the Evolutionary Computation research community with a variety of papers, Ph.D. students, and presentations in this area.He is also responsible for many of the workshops and conferences on Evolutionary Algorithms. He is the founding editor-in-chief of the journal Evolutionary Computation (MIT Press), and a member of the board of ACM SIGEVO.  Currently, Dr. De Jong is conducting research involving the development of a new evolutionary algorithm theory, including its use as heuristics for NP-hard problems and the application of evolutionary algorithms to problems of learning task programs in robotics, navigation, and game playing.


Pierre Del Moral
University of New South Wales, Australia


BiographySince 2014, Pierre Del Moral is a Professor at the School of Mathematics and Statistics of the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.

Since 2007, he is also a Research Director (first class since 2011) at INRIA, in detachment since 2014 at UNSW.

In 2011-2014, he also joined the Applied Mathematical Center of the Polytechnique School in Paris as a Professor "chargé de cours". After a masters degree in pure mathematics in 1989 in the University Paul Sabatier in Toulouse in the field of Cohomology, Dynamical Systems, Hyperbolic Geometry and Algebraic Geometry, he joined the LAAS Automation and Control Institute of the C.N.R.S. (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique). He obtained a PhD in 1994 in signal processing with one of the first study on stochastic particle methods in nonlinear filtering and optimal control problems. From 1992 to 1995, he also served as a lecturer in mathematics at the "Ecole Nationale Superieure de l'Aeronautique et de l'Espace", and as a research engineer in the company Steria-Digilog, working on particle filters in tracking problems arising in radar and sonar signal processing problems.

In 1995, he joined the C.N.R.S. as a junior research fellow in mathematics and physics at the Probability and Statistical department of the University Paul Sabatier in Toulouse, and he received in 2002 the higher degree of research (H.D.R.) in Mathematics. In 2004, he joined the Lab. J. A. Dieudonné of the University of Nice and Sophia-Antipolis as a full Professor of Mathematics in the field of Probability and stochastic processes. He has also been a visiting professor in the russian academy of sciences as well as in several international universities, including Beijing, Cambridge, Edmonton, Erlangen, La Havana, Helsinki, Melbourne, Montreal, Moscow, St Petersbourg, Sydney, Tokyo, Oxford, Princeton, Purdue, and Wuhan University.

He is a former associate editor of the journals "Applied Mathematics and Optimization", "Stochastic Analysis and Applications", "Revista de Matematica : Teoria y Aplicaciones". From 2006 to 2009 he was an associate editor of the journal "Stochastic Processes and their Applications", and from 2006 to 2012 he was one of the chief editors of "ESAIM Proceedings", and a guest editor of M2AN for a 2010 special Volume on Probabilistic Methods.

Pr. Del Moral is one of the principal designers of the modern and the recently developing theory on stochastic particle methods in nonlinear filtering, numerical physics, engineering and information theory. He has published over 100 papers in pure and applied probability journals, and he is the author of the books "Mean field simulation for Monte Carlo integration", Chapman and Hall/CRC Press, monographs on Stats and Applied Probability (2013), and "Feynman-Kac formulae. Genealogical and interacting particle approximations", Springer New York, Series: Probability and Applications (2004). His current research interests are : bayesian inference and nonlinear filtering, multiple targets tracking problems, rare event analysis, calibration and uncertainty propagations in numerical codes, particle absorption models, Monte Carlo methods, stochastic algorithms, branching processes and interacting particle systems.

Sorin Istrail
Brown University, USA


BiographySorin Istrail is the Julie Nguyen Brown Professor of Computational and Mathematical Sciences and Professor of Computer Science, and former Director of the Center for Computational Molecular Biology at Brown University. Before joining Brown, he was the Senior Director and then Head of Informatics Research at Celera Genomics, where his group played a central role in the construction of the Sequence of the Human Genome; they co-authored the 2001 Science paper “The Sequence of the Human Genome,” which, with over 12,000 citations to date, is one of the most cited scientific paper. His group at Celera Genomics also built a powerful suite of genome-wide algorithms that was used for the comparison of all human genome assemblies to date. In 2002 his Celera group in collaboration with the company ClearForrest won the ACM KDD Cup – the top international data mining/machine learning competition – the challenge then was the automatic annotation of a section of the Drosophila genome. In 2003 he joined the ranks of Applied Biosystems Science Fellows, one of just six Science Fellows in a company of 800 scientists. Before Celera, Professor Istrail founded and led the Computational Biology Project at Sandia National Laboratories (1992-2000). In 2000, he obtained the negative solution (computational intractability) of a 50 years old unresolved problem in statistical mechanics, the Three-Dimensional Ising Model Problem. This work was included in the Top 100 Most Important Discoveries of the U.S. Department of Energy’s first 25 years, and as the 7th top achievement of DOE in Advanced Scientific Computing. Professor Istrail's research focuses on computational molecular biology, human genetics and genome-wide associations studies, medical bioinformatics of autism, multiple sclerosis, HIV, preterm labor and viral immunology, algorithms and computational complexity, and statistical physics. He is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Computational Biology, and together with Pavel Pevzner and Mike Waterman, he is co-founder with of the RECOMB Conference series, and co-Editor of the MIT Press Computational Molecular Biology series and of co-Editor of the Springer-Verlag Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics series. He is Professor Honoris Causa of the “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University, Iasi, Romania.He has Erdos number 2 and postcard-Erdos number 1. He has 9 links to Euler and 11 links to Leibniz (in the PhD advisor genealogy).


Dan Simovici
University of Massachusetts Boston, USA


BiographyDr. Dan Simovici is a professor and graduate program director in the department of Computer Science at the University of Massachusetts Boston and is also affiliated with the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. His research interests are in data mining (information-theoretical techniques, ultrametric spaces in data mining, graph mining) and its applications in biology and medicine. He is the managing editor of the Journal for Multiple-Valued Logic and Soft Computing. He served as a visiting professor in Canada, Japan and France, and is a honorary professor of "Al. I. Cuza" University.

Dr. Simovici has published more than 160 research papers and several books. His most recent works are the second edition of "Mathematical Tools for Data Mining" (Springer, 2014) and "Linear Algebra Tools for Data Mining" (World Scientific, 2012).




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