Keynote Speakers of ISMSI2018 



Prof. Qingfu Zhang

City University of Hong Kong 

Biography: Qingfu Zhang is a Professor at the Department of Computer Science, City University of Hong Kong. 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. Professor Zhang is an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation and the IEEE Transactions Cybernetics. He was awarded the 2010 IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation Outstanding Paper Award. He is on the list of the Thomson Reuters 2016 highly cited researchers in computer science. He is an IEEE fellow.

Title of Speech: Recent Progress on MOEA/D  

Abstract: Multiobjective Optimization Evolutionary Algorithms (MOEA/D) have been a widely used and studied evolutionary multiobjective optimization (EMO)) algorithmic framework over the last few years. MOEA/D borrows ideas from traditional optimization. It decomposes a multiobjective problem into a number of subtasks, and then solves them in a collaborative manner. MOEA/D provides a very natural bridge between multiobjective evolutionary algorithms and traditional decomposition methods. In this talk, I will explain the basic ideas behind MOEA/D and some recent developments. I will also outline some possible research issues in multiobjective evolutionary computation.


Prof. Andries Engelbrecht

University of Pretoria, South Africa 

Biography: Andries Engelbrecht received the Masters and PhD degrees in Computer Science from the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, in 1994 and 1999 respectively. He is a Professor in Computer Science at the University of Pretoria, and serves as Head of the department. He also holds the position of South African Research Chair in Artificial Intelligence. His research interests include swarm intelligence, evolutionary computation, artificial neural networks, artificial immune systems, and the application of these Computational Intelligence paradigms to data mining, games, bioinformatics, finance, and difficult optimization problems. He is author of two books, Computational Intelligence: An Introduction and Fundamentals of Computational Swarm Intelligence, and has published over 230 articles in Computational Intelligence. He holds an A-rating from the South African National Research Foundation.
Prof Engelbrecht is very active in the international community, annually serving as reviewer for over 20 journals and 10 conferences. He is an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation, IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems, and the Swarm Intelligence Journal. He served on the international program committee and organizing committee of a number of conferences, organized special sessions, presented tutorials, and took part in panel discussions. He was the founding chair of the South African chapter of the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society. He is a member of the Evolutionary Computation Technical Committee and the Neural Networks Technical Committee, and serves as member of a number of task forces.


Dr. Shi Cheng

Shaanxi Normal University, China 

Biography: Shi Cheng received the Bachelor's degree in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering from Xiamen University, Xiamen, the Master's degree in Software Engineering from Beihang University (BUAA), Beijing, China, the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering and Electronics from Liverpool University, Liverpool, United Kingdom, the Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, Suzhou, China in 2005, 2008, and 2013, respectively.
He is currently a faculty with School of Computer Science, Shaanxi Normal University, Xi’an, China. He is a PhD co-supervisor of Tun Hussein Onn University of Malaysia. His current research interests include swarm intelligence, multiobjective optimization, and data mining techniques and their applications. He has published over 70 papers in international journals and conference proceedings. He is the Managing Editor of International Journal of Swarm Intelligence Research (IJSIR), and guest editor of Memetic Computing Journal and International Journal of Bio-Inspired Computation.

Title of Speech: Brain Storm Optimization Algorithms 

Abstract: For swarm intelligence algorithms, each individual in the swarm represents a solution in the search space, and it also can be seen as a data sample from the search space. Based on the analyses of these data, more effective algorithms and search strategies could be proposed. Brain storm optimization (BSO) algorithm is a new and promising swarm intelligence algorithm, which simulates the human brainstorming process. Through the convergent operation and divergent operation, individuals in BSO are grouped and diverged in the search space/objective space. In this talk, the development history, and the state-of-the-art of the BSO algorithm are reviewed. Every individual in the BSO algorithm is not only a solution to the problem to be optimized, but also a data point to reveal the landscape of the problem. Based on the survey of brain storm optimization algorithms, more analyses could be conducted to understand the function of BSO algorithm and more variants of BSO algorithms could be proposed to solve different problems.