Prof. Andries Engelbrecht
Prof. 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 Professor in Computer Science at the University of Pretoria, and serves as Head of the department. He holds the position of South African Research Chair in Artificial Intelligence, and leads the Computational Intelligence Research Group. His research interests include swarm intelligence, evolutionary computation, neural networks, artificial immune systems, and the application of these paradigms to data mining, games, bioinformatics, finance, and difficult optimization problems. He has published over 300 papers in these fields and is author of two books, Computational Intelligence: An Introduction and Fundamentals of Computational Swarm Intelligence.
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 Systmes, the Swarm Intelligence Journal, and Engineering Applications of Artificial Intelligence. He was co-guest editor of special issues of the IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation and of 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.