Prof. Kalyanmoy Deb

Koenig Endowed Chair Professor, Michigan State University, East Lansing, USA

Biography: Kalyanmoy Deb is Koenig Endowed Chair Professor at Department of 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. He was awarded IEEE EC Pioneer Award, Infosys Prize, TWAS Prize in Engineering Sciences, CajAstur Mamdani Prize, Distinguished Alumni Award from IIT Kharagpur, Edgeworth-Pareto award, Bhatnagar Prize in Engineering Sciences, and Bessel Research award from Germany. He is fellow of IEEE, ASME, and three Indian science and engineering academies. He has published over 480 research papers with Google Scholar citation of 113,000 with h-index 107. He is in the editorial board on 18 major international journals. More information can be found from my COIN laboratory website http://www.coin-laboratory.com.

Title of Speech: Customized Metaheuristics for Intelligent System Design

Abstract: Population-based metaheuristics have been proposed and applied to various practical problems for the past three decades. In most occasions, they have been found to be advantageous over their point-based counterparts in solving complex and hard-to-solve problems. In this keynote talk, we highlight the importance of customizing a vanilla metaheuristic methodology for solving a practical problem class routinely, reliably, and in a computationally fast manner. A few case studies on intelligent system design will be presented highlighting the importance of customization in the design of metaheuristics.


Professor Pierre BORNE

Centre de Recherche en Informatique Signal et Automatique de Lille, CRIStAL, Ecole Centrale de Lille, France

Biography: Pierre BORNE received the Master degree of Physics in 1967 and the Master of Electrical Engineering, the Master of Mechanics and the Master of Applied Mathematics in 1968. The same year he obtained the Diploma of "Ingenieur IDN" (French "Grande Ecole"). He obtained the PhD in Automatic Control of the University of Lille in 1970 and the DSc in physics of the same University in 1976. Dr BORNE is author or co-author of about 200 Publications and book chapters and of about 300 communications in international conferences. He is author of 18 books in Automatic Control, co-author of an english-french, french-english « Systems and Control » dictionary and co-editor of the "Concise Encyclopedia of Modelling and Simulation" published with Pergamon Press. He is Editor of two book series in French and co-editor of a book series in English. He has been invited speaker for 40 plenary lectures or tutorials in International Conferences. He has been supervisor of 76 PhD Thesis and member of the committee for about 300 doctoral thesis . He has participated to the editorial board of 20 International Journals including the IEEE, SMC Transactions, and of the Concise Subject Encyclopedia . Dr BORNE has organized 15 international conferences and symposia, among them the 12th and the 17 th IMACS World Congresses in 1988 and 2005, the IEEE/SMC Conferences of 1993 (Le Touquet - France) and of 2002 (Hammamet - Tunisia) , the CESA IMACS/IEEE-SMC multiconferences of 1996 (Lille - France) , of 1998 (Hammamet - Tunisia) , of 2003 (Lille-France ) and of 2006 (Beijing, China) and the 12th IFAC LSS symposium (Lille France, 2010) He was chairman or co-chairman of the IPCs of 34 international conferences (IEEE, IMACS, IFAC) and member of the IPCs of more than 200 international conferences. He was the editor of many volumes and CDROMs of proceedings of conferences. Dr BORNE has participated to the creation and development of two groups of research and two doctoral formations (in Casablanca, Morocco and in Tunis, Tunisia). twenty of his previous PhD students are now full Professors (in France, Morocco, Tunisia, and Poland). In the IEEE/SMC Society Dr BORNE has been AdCom member (1991-1993 ; 1996-1998), Vice President for membership (1992-1993) and Vice President for conferences and meetings (1994-1995, 1998-1999). He has been associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Systems Man and Cybernetics (1992-2001). Founder of the SMC Technical committee « Mathematical Modelling » he has been president of this committee from 1993 to 1997 and has been president of the « System area » SMC committee from 1997 to 2000. He has been President of the SMC Society in 2000 and 2001, President of the SMC-nomination committee in 2002 and 2003 and President of the SMC-Awards and Fellows committee in 2004 and 2005. He is member of the Advisory Board of the "IEEE Systems Journal" . Dr. Borne received in 1994, 1998 and 2002 Outstanding Awards from the IEEE/SMC Society and has been nominated IEEE Fellow the first of January 1996. He received the Norbert Wiener Award from IEEE/SMC in 1998, the Third Millennium Medal of IEEE in 2000 and the IEEE/SMC Joseph G. Wohl Outstanding Career Award in 2003. He has been vice president of the "IEEE France Section" (2002-2010) and is president of this section since 2011. He has been appointed in 2007 representative of the Division 10 of IEEE for the Region 8 Chapter Coordination sub-committee (2007-2008) He has been member of the IEEE Fellows Committee (2008- 2010) Dr BORNE has been IMACS Vice President (1988-1994). He has been co-chairman of the IMACS Technical Committee on "Robotics and Control Systems" from 1988 to 2005 and in August 1997 he has been nominated Honorary Member of the IMACS Board of Directors. He is since 2008 vice-president of the IFAC technical committee on Large Scale Systems. Dr BORNE is Professor "de Classe Exceptionnelle" at the "Ecole Centrale de Lille" where he has been Head of Research from 1982 to 2005 and Head of the Automatic Control Department from 1982 to 2009. His activities concern automatic control and robust control including implementation of soft computing techniques and applications to large scale and manufacturing systems. He was the principal investigator of many contracts of research with industry and army (for more than three millions € ) Dr BORNE is "Commandeur dans l'Ordre des Palmes Acad?miques" since 2007. He obtained in 1994 the french " Kulman Prize". Since 1996, he is Fellow of the Russian Academy of Non-Linear Sciences and Permanent Guest Professor of the Tianjin University (China). In July 1997, he has been nominated at the "Tunisian National Order of Merit in Education" by the Republic of Tunisia. In June 1999 he has been nominated « Professor Honoris Causa » of the National Institute of Electronics and Mathematics of Moscow (Russia) and Doctor Honoris Causa of the same Institute in October 1999. In 2006 he has been nominated Doctor Honoris Causa of the University of Waterloo (Canada) and in 2007 Doctor Honoris Causa of the Polytechnic University of Bucharest (Romania). He is "Honorary Member of the Senate" of the AGORA University of Romania since May 2008 He has been Vice President of the SEE (French Society of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) from 2000 to 2006 in charge of the technical committees. He his the director of publication of the SEE electronic Journal e-STA and chair the publication committee of the REE Dr BORNE has been Member of the CNU (French National Council of Universities, in charge of nominations and promotions of French Professors and Associate Professors) 1976-1979, 1992-1999, 2004-2007 He has been Director of the French Group of Research (GDR) of the CNRS in Automatic Control from 2002 to 2005 and of a "plan pluriformations" from 2006 to 2009. Dr BORNE has been member of the Multidisciplinary Assessment Committee of the "Canada Foundation for Innovation" in 2004 and 2009. He has been referee for the nominations of 24 professors in USA and Singapore. He is listed in the "Who is Who in the World" since 1999.

Title of Speech: A Brief Survey on Various Metaheuristic


Professor Juergen Branke

Warwick Business School, The University of Warwick Coventry, UK

Biography: Juergen Branke received his Ph.D. degree from University of Karlsruhe, Germany, in 2000. He is a Professor of Operational Research and Systems with the Warwick Business School, University of Warwick, U.K. He has been an active researcher in the area of evolutionary optimization since 1994 and has published more than 170 papers in international peer-reviewed journals and conferences. His research interests include multiobjective optimization, handling of uncertainty in optimization, dynamically changing optimization problems, simulation-based optimisation and the design of complex systems. He is area editor of the Journal of Heuristics and the Journal on Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis, as well as associate editor of IEEE Transactions in Evolutionary Computation and the Evolutionary Computation Journal. .

Title of Speech: Design of Complex Systems via Simulation Optimization

Abstract: Simulation has become an invaluable tool to analyze complex systems, and is used across disciplines including engineering, manufacturing and social sciences. However, optimization based on simulation models is challenging, because the simulation model is usually a black box, because running a simulation to evaluate a solution is computationally expensive, and also because many simulation models are stochastic, turning the optimization problem into a stochastic problem. The seminar will explain two algorithms that are frequently used for simulation optimization: Metaheuristics and Bayesian optimization. It will then discuss ways of improving the ability of metaheuristics to cope with noise, and how Bayesian optimization can be used to take into account uncertainty about the input parameters of the simulation model. The seminar concludes with two application examples in the area of traffic light control and scheduling..