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Yaochu JinProfessor at University of Surrey

Prof Jin is a Distinguished Chair and Professor in Computational Intelligence, Head of the Nature Inspired Computing and Engineering (NICE) group, Co-Coordinator of the Centre for Mathematical and Computational Biology (CMCB), Department of Computer Science, University of Surrey. I was a Finland Distinguished Professor (2015-17) with the Industrial Optimization Group, Department of Mathematical Information, University of Jyvaskyla, Finland, and a Changjiang Distinguished Visiting Professor (2015-17), State Key Laboratory of Synthetical Automation of Process Industry, Northeastern University, China.

Yaochu JinProfessor at University of Surrey

Prof Jin is a Distinguished Chair and Professor in Computational Intelligence, Head of the Nature Inspired Computing and Engineering (NICE) group, Co-Coordinator of the Centre for Mathematical and Computational Biology (CMCB), Department of Computer Science, University of Surrey. I was a Finland Distinguished Professor (2015-17) with the Industrial Optimization Group, Department of Mathematical Information, University of Jyvaskyla, Finland, and a Changjiang Distinguished Visiting Professor (2015-17), State Key Laboratory of Synthetical Automation of Process Industry, Northeastern University, China.

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Trevor MartinProfessor at University of Bristol

Prof Martin is a Professor of Artificial Intelligence at the University of Bristol. Since 2001, he has been funded by BT as a Senior Research Fellow, researching soft computing in intelligent information management including areas such as extraction and integration of semi-structured information, soft concept hierarchies, the semantic web and user modelling. He is a member of the editorial board of Fuzzy Sets and Systems, and has served on many conference programme and organising committees. He is a co-organiser of the Uncertain Reasoning for the Semantic Web (URSW) series of workshops, and was active in a W3C group investigating the same topic as well as chairing the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society’s Semantic Web Task Force. He has published over 200 papers in refereed conferences, journals and books, and is a Chartered Engineer and member of the BCS and IEEE, as well as serving on the UK EPSRC College.

Trevor MartinProfessor at University of Bristol

Prof Martin is a Professor of Artificial Intelligence at the University of Bristol. Since 2001, he has been funded by BT as a Senior Research Fellow, researching soft computing in intelligent information management including areas such as extraction and integration of semi-structured information, soft concept hierarchies, the semantic web and user modelling. He is a member of the editorial board of Fuzzy Sets and Systems, and has served on many conference programme and organising committees. He is a co-organiser of the Uncertain Reasoning for the Semantic Web (URSW) series of workshops, and was active in a W3C group investigating the same topic as well as chairing the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society’s Semantic Web Task Force. He has published over 200 papers in refereed conferences, journals and books, and is a Chartered Engineer and member of the BCS and IEEE, as well as serving on the UK EPSRC College.

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Ahmad LotfiProfessor at Nottingham Trent University

Prof Lotfi is a Professor of Computational Intelligence at School of Science and Technology, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, United Kingdom. He has made a significant contribution to the application of intelligent control and robotic systems using soft computing techniques. He has a comprehensive background in the Supervision and Teaching of undergraduate and research students and the development of research programs in theory and application of control systems. Also, strong communications and decision-making skills with a make-it-happen ability to organise, manage and motivate multi-disciplinary teams at the technical and academic levels to meet targeted objectives. His research interests include but not limited to; Computational Intelligence, Ambient Computing (Smart Home and Smart Environment), Robotics, Wireless Sensor Network, Intelligent Modeling and Control, Data Mining, Learning Fuzzy Systems, Condition Monitoring and Intelligent Data Analysis.

Ahmad LotfiProfessor at Nottingham Trent University

Prof Lotfi is a Professor of Computational Intelligence at School of Science and Technology, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, United Kingdom. He has made a significant contribution to the application of intelligent control and robotic systems using soft computing techniques. He has a comprehensive background in the Supervision and Teaching of undergraduate and research students and the development of research programs in theory and application of control systems. Also, strong communications and decision-making skills with a make-it-happen ability to organise, manage and motivate multi-disciplinary teams at the technical and academic levels to meet targeted objectives. His research interests include but not limited to; Computational Intelligence, Ambient Computing (Smart Home and Smart Environment), Robotics, Wireless Sensor Network, Intelligent Modeling and Control, Data Mining, Learning Fuzzy Systems, Condition Monitoring and Intelligent Data Analysis.

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Alexandra CristeaProfessor at Durham University

Alexandra I. Cristea is Professor, Head of the Innovative Computing research group at the Computer Science Department, Durham University. Her research includes user modelling and personalisation, web science, learning analytics, semantic web, social web, authoring, with over 250 papers on these subjects (over 3700 citations on Google Scholar, h-index 31). Especially, her work on frameworks for adaptive systems has influenced many researchers and is highly cited (with the top paper with over 180 citations and growing). She is within the top 50 researchers in the world in the area of educational computer-based research according to Microsoft Research. Prof. Cristea has been highly active and has an influential role in international research projects. She is experienced in running research projects and has led various projects - Newton funded workshop on Higher Education for All ('14-'18), Santander funded Education for disadvantaged pupils ('14-18'), Warwick-funded project APLIC ('11-;12), EU Minerva projects ALS (06-09) and EU Minerva ADAPT (’02-’05); as well as participated as university PI in several EU FP7 projects - BLOGFOREVER (’11-’13), GRAPPLE (’08- ’11), PROLEARN (’07) and as co-PI in the Warwick-funded Engaging Young People with Assistance Technologies (’13-’15) also featured by the BBC. She has been organizer of workshops, co-organizer, panelist and program committee member of various conferences in her research field (including, for example, UMAP, ED-MEDIA, Hypertext, Adaptive Hypermedia, ICCE, ICAI). She is a member of the editorial board of the IEEE Transactions on Learning Technologies, executive peer reviewer of the IEEE LTTF Education Technology and Society Journal and she was co-editor of the Advanced Technologies and Learning Journal. She acted as UNESCO expert for adaptive web-based education at a high-level (Ministry of Education and Educational institutes) meeting of East European countries, educational invited expert for the Romanian prime minister, as well as EU expert for H2020, FP7, FP6, eContentPlus. She is a BCS fellow, a HEA fellow, IEEE Senior Member and IEEE CS member, EATEL (European Association of Technology Enhanced Learning) founding member, ACM member.

Alexandra CristeaProfessor at Durham University

Alexandra I. Cristea is Professor, Head of the Innovative Computing research group at the Computer Science Department, Durham University. Her research includes user modelling and personalisation, web science, learning analytics, semantic web, social web, authoring, with over 250 papers on these subjects (over 3700 citations on Google Scholar, h-index 31). Especially, her work on frameworks for adaptive systems has influenced many researchers and is highly cited (with the top paper with over 180 citations and growing). She is within the top 50 researchers in the world in the area of educational computer-based research according to Microsoft Research. Prof. Cristea has been highly active and has an influential role in international research projects. She is experienced in running research projects and has led various projects - Newton funded workshop on Higher Education for All ('14-'18), Santander funded Education for disadvantaged pupils ('14-18'), Warwick-funded project APLIC ('11-;12), EU Minerva projects ALS (06-09) and EU Minerva ADAPT (’02-’05); as well as participated as university PI in several EU FP7 projects - BLOGFOREVER (’11-’13), GRAPPLE (’08- ’11), PROLEARN (’07) and as co-PI in the Warwick-funded Engaging Young People with Assistance Technologies (’13-’15) also featured by the BBC. She has been organizer of workshops, co-organizer, panelist and program committee member of various conferences in her research field (including, for example, UMAP, ED-MEDIA, Hypertext, Adaptive Hypermedia, ICCE, ICAI). She is a member of the editorial board of the IEEE Transactions on Learning Technologies, executive peer reviewer of the IEEE LTTF Education Technology and Society Journal and she was co-editor of the Advanced Technologies and Learning Journal. She acted as UNESCO expert for adaptive web-based education at a high-level (Ministry of Education and Educational institutes) meeting of East European countries, educational invited expert for the Romanian prime minister, as well as EU expert for H2020, FP7, FP6, eContentPlus. She is a BCS fellow, a HEA fellow, IEEE Senior Member and IEEE CS member, EATEL (European Association of Technology Enhanced Learning) founding member, ACM member.

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Gabriela OchoaProfessor at University of Stirling

Prof Ochoa is a Professor in Computing Science at the University of Stirling, Scotland. She received BSc and MSc degrees in Computer Science from University Simon Bolivar, Venezuela and a PhD from University of Sussex, UK. She worked in industry for 5 years before joining academia, and has held faculty and research positions at the University Simon Bolivar, Venezuela and the University of Nottingham, UK. Her research interests lie in the foundations and application of evolutionary algorithms and heuristic search methods, with emphasis on autonomous (self-*) search, hyper-heuristics, fitness landscape analysis, and applications to combinatorial optimisation, healthcare, and software engineering. She has published over 100 scholarly papers and serves various program committees. She is associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation, and the Evolutionary Computation Journal (MIT Press); and member of the Editorial Board for Genetic Programming and Evolvable Machines. She proposed the he first Cross-domain Heuristic Search Challenge (CHeSC 2011), has served as organiser and/or program chair for EvoCOP 2014, EvoCOP 2015, FOGA 2015, PPSN 2016, and served as the Editor-in-Chief for GECCO 2017.

Gabriela OchoaProfessor at University of Stirling

Prof Ochoa is a Professor in Computing Science at the University of Stirling, Scotland. She received BSc and MSc degrees in Computer Science from University Simon Bolivar, Venezuela and a PhD from University of Sussex, UK. She worked in industry for 5 years before joining academia, and has held faculty and research positions at the University Simon Bolivar, Venezuela and the University of Nottingham, UK. Her research interests lie in the foundations and application of evolutionary algorithms and heuristic search methods, with emphasis on autonomous (self-*) search, hyper-heuristics, fitness landscape analysis, and applications to combinatorial optimisation, healthcare, and software engineering. She has published over 100 scholarly papers and serves various program committees. She is associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation, and the Evolutionary Computation Journal (MIT Press); and member of the Editorial Board for Genetic Programming and Evolvable Machines. She proposed the he first Cross-domain Heuristic Search Challenge (CHeSC 2011), has served as organiser and/or program chair for EvoCOP 2014, EvoCOP 2015, FOGA 2015, PPSN 2016, and served as the Editor-in-Chief for GECCO 2017.

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Important Dates

Full Paper Submission Due: May 26, 2019
Acceptance Notification: June 30, 2019
Early Bird Registration Due: July 7, 2019
Final Paper Submission Due: July 14, 2019
Conference: September 4-5, 2019