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Yao Xin


Chair Professor

Department of Computer Science and Engineering

Research Interests
1.Evolutionary Computation
2.Machine learning
3.Computational Intelligence
4.Meta-heuristic Optimisation
5.Search-based Software Engineering
6.Real-world Applications

 

Employment History

Jan. 2003 – : Director of The Centre of Excellence for Research in Computational Intelligence and Applications (CERCIA), the University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT, UK.

 

Apr. 1999 – : Chair of Computer Science, School of Computer Science, the University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT, UK. (Deputy Head from August 2000 to February 2004 and from August 2004 to August 2007.)

 

Jan. 1999 – Mar. 1999: Associate Professor in the School of Computer Science, University College, The University of New South Wales (UNSW), Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA), Canberra, ACT 2600, Australia.

 

July 1995 – Dec. 1998: Senior Lecturer in the School of Computer Science, University College, UNSW, ADFA, Canberra, ACT 2600, Australia.

 

Sept. 1992 – June 1995: Lecturer in the School of Computer Science, University College, UNSW, ADFA, Canberra, ACT 2600, Australia.

 

Aug. 1991 – Aug. 1992: CSIRO Post-Doctoral Research Fellow (Equivalent to Lecturer Level B) in the Knowledge-Based Systems Group, CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation) Division of Building, Construction and Engineering, PO Box 56, Graham Road, Highett, Victoria 3190, Australia.

 

Aug. 1990 – July 1991: Post-Doctoral Fellow (Equivalent to Lecturer Level A) in the Computer Sciences Laboratory, Research School of Physical Sciences and Engineering, Australian National University, Canberra, ACT 0200, Australia. The Computer Sciences Laboratory is now in the Research School of Information Sciences and Engineering.

 

Oct. 1989 – July 1990: Lecturer in the Department of Computer Science and Technology, University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), Hefei, Anhui 230027, P. R. China. (USTC is the only university affiliated with the Chinese Academy of Sciences. It used to adopt a five-year undergraduate program for all BSc and BEng students until 2004.)

 

Nov. 1985 – Sept. 1989: Associate Lecturer in the Department of Computer Science and Technology, USTC, Hefei, Anhui 230027, P. R. China.

 

Education Background

Feb. 1986 – May 1990: PhD student in the Department of Computer Science and Technology, USTC, Hefei, Anhui 230027, P. R. China. My thesis won the President’s Award of the Chinese Academy of Sciences for Outstanding Thesis in November 1989, which was competed nationally.

 

July 1982 – Oct. 1985: MSc by research student in the Mainframe Architecture Laboratories of the North China Institute of Computing Technology (NCI) in the then Ministry of Electronic Industry of China, Beijing 100083, P. R. China.

 

July 1978 – June 1982: BSc student in the Department of Computer Science and Technology, USTC, Hefei, Anhui 230027, P. R. China. I completed the five-year programme in four years.

 

Mar. 1978 – July 1978: Full-time student in the Special Class for the Gifted Young, USTC, Hefei, Anhui 230027, P. R. China. There were only 21 students in the class selected from all over China.

 

Selected Awards and Honors

1.1/1/2015 - 31/12/2017: IEEE Computational Intelligence Society Distinguished Lecturer.
2.August 2015: IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation Outstanding 2013 Paper Award (bestowed in 2015): •
U. Bhowan, M. Johnston, M. Zhang and X. Yao, “Evolving Diverse Ensembles using Genetic Programming for Classification with Unbalanced Data,” IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary
Computation, 17(3):368-386, June 2013.
3.2013: 2013 IEEE Computational Intelligence Society Evolutionary Computation Pioneer Award.
4.1 October 2012 - 30 September 2017: Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award.
5.31 October 2013: The Hsue-Shen Tsien International Distinguished Scientists Lecturer, Chinese Association of Automation, Beijing, China.
6.2013: The ICI Prize for the Best Paper published in Transactions in 2012:
S. He, H.J. Cooper, D.G. Ward, X. Yao and J.K. Heath, “Analysis of premalignant pancreatic cancer mass spectrometry data for biomarker selection using a group search optimizer,” Transactions of the Institute of Measurement and Control,34(6):668-676, August 2012
7.2012: Awarded “1000 Talent Programme” Scholar by the Chinese Government.
8.June 2011: IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks Outstanding 2009 Paper Award (bestowed in 2011):
H. Chen, P. Tino and X. Yao, “Probabilistic Classification Vector Machines,” IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks, 20(6):901-914, June 2009.
9.July 2010: IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation Outstanding 2008 Paper Award (bestowed in 2010):
S. Y. Chong, P. Tino and X. Yao, “Measuring Generalization Performance in Co-evolutionary Learning,” IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation, 12(4):479-505, August 2008.
10.5 July 2010: 2010 BT Gordon Radley Award for Best Author of Innovation (Finalist):
P. R. Lewis, P. Marrow and X. Yao, “Resource Allocation in Decentralised Computational Systems: An Evolutionary Market-Based Approach,” Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems, 21(2):143-171, September 2010.
11.June 2010: Inaugural University Award for Excellence in Doctoral Research Supervision, University of Birmingham, UK.
12.2 November 2010: Distinguished “Leon the Mathematician” Lecturer at Department of Informatics, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece.
13.2003 – : IEEE Fellow.
14.2003 – 2013: IEEE Computational Intelligence Society Distinguished Lecturer.
15.August 2007 – 2011: Fellow of British Computer Society.
16.8-12 July 2009: Best Paper Award in the Theory track at the 2009 Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference, 8-12 July 2009, Montreal, Canada:
P. Rohlfshagen, P. K. Lehre and X. Yao, “Dynamic evolutionary optimisation: An analysis of frequency and magnitude of change,” In Proceedings of the 2009 Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference, pp.1713-1720, 2009.
17.2005 – 2007: Cheung Kong Scholar (Changjiang Chair Professor), awarded by the Chinese Ministry of Education, tenable at the University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui, China. 
18.28 October 2005: Sterling Hou Lecturer, University of Missouri - Columbia, Columbia, MO 65211, USA.
19.2001: The 2001 IEEE Donald G. Fink Prize Paper Award for the paper entitled: “Evolving artificial neural networks,” Proceedings of the IEEE, 87(9):1423-1447, September 1999. (A prestigious IEEE-wide paper award.)
20.Nov. 1989: The President’s Award of the Chinese Academy of Sciences for Outstanding PhD Thesis.
21.Aug. 1988: The Outstanding Player in the National Men’s Basketball Competition for Postgraduate Students.

 

Selected Publication

1.M. N. Omidvar, X. Li, Y. Mei and X. Yao, ''Cooperative Co-evolution with Differential Grouping for Large Scale Optimization,'' IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation, 18(3):378-393, June 2014.
2. H. Chen, P. Tino and X. Yao, ''Probabilistic Classification Vector Machines,'' IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks, 20(6):901-914, June 2009.
3. J. He and X. Yao, ''Drift Analysis and Average Time Complexity of Evolutionary Algorithms,'' Artificial Intelligence, 127(1):57-85, March 2001.
4. Y. Liu and X. Yao, ``Ensemble learning via negative correlation,'' Neural Networks, 12(10):1399-1404, December 1999.
5. X. Yao, Y. Liu and G. Lin, ``Evolutionary programming made faster,'' IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation, 3(2):82-102, July 1999.

Research Fields

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