Professor Nikola Kasabov is the Foundation Director of KEDRI, and a Chair of Knowledge Engineering at the School of Computer and Information Sciences at AUT, Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand, Fellow of the New Zealand Computer Society and a Fellow of IEEE. He holds an MSc and PhD from the Technical University of Sofia. His main research interests are in the areas of intelligent information systems, soft computing, neuro-computing, bioinformatics, brain study, speech and image processing, data mining and knowledge discovery.
University of Adelaide, Australia
Zbigniew Michalewicz received the Master of Science degree from the Technical University of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland, in 1974; the Ph.D. degree from the Institute of Computer Science, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, in 1981, and the D.Sc. degree in Computer Science from the Polish Academy of Science in 1997. He is currently Emeritus Professor of Computer Science at the University of Adelaide, Australia. He is also a Professor with the Institute of Computer Science, Polish Academy of Sciences, the Polish-Japanese Institute of Information Technology, Warsaw, and the State Key Laboratory of Software Engineering, Wuhan University, Wuhan, China. He is also associated with the Structural Complexity Laboratory, Seoul National University, South Korea. Zbigniew Michalewicz is the Chief Scientific Officer at Complexica (www.complexica.com), a leading provider of software applications that harness the power of Artificial Intelligence and big data to improve the effectiveness of sales & marketing activities. For many years his research interests were in the field of evolutionary computation. He published several books, including a monograph Genetic Algorithms + Data Structures = Evolution Programs (3 editions, a few translations, over 20,000 citations, source: Google Scholar), and over 300 technical papers in journals and conference proceedings that are cited widely (50,000 citations, source: Google Scholar). Other books include Adaptive Business Intelligence and How to Solve It: Modern Heuristics (both published by Springer, Berlin, 2006 and 2004, respectively), Puzzle-based Learning (Hybrid Publishers, Melbourne, 2008), Winning Credibility: A Guide for Building a Business from Rags to Riches (Hybrid Publishers, Melbourne, 2007), where he described his business experiences over the last years.
Zbigniew Michalewicz was one of the editors-in-chief of the Handbook of Evolutionary Computation and the general chairman of the First IEEE International Conference on Evolutionary Computation held in Orlando, June 1994. In December 2013 Zbigniew was awarded (by the President of Poland, Mr. Bronislaw Komorowski) the Order of the Rebirth of Polish Polonia Restituta – the second highest Polish state decoration civilian for outstanding achievements in the field of education, science, sports, culture, arts, economy, national defence, social activities, the civil service and the development of good relations with other countries.