Prof. Emma Hart
Emma is Director of the Centre for Emergent Computing, part of the Institute for Informatics and Digital Innovation at Edinburgh Napier University. The Centre comprises of approximately 12 staff (academic, research staff and PhD students) who are mainly concerned with bio-inspired computation. Prof. Hart has previously been co-Investigator on EPSRC project on Hyper Heuristics and was also co-investigator on an EPSRC network in Artificial Immune Systems ARTIST. She was also CoI of a European Project SIGNAL in which she led work developing immune-inspired algorithms for robot control and on an EU Coordination Action PERADA in Pervasive Adaptation (2008-2011). She currently is CoI of another European project on Self-Aware Systems in which she leads a workpackage on Community Building. She has published widely in the field of AIS, in Hyper-Heuristics, and in Optimisation and also has a strong background in Evolutionary Computing. Recently, she has collaborated with other researchers in the CEC on a number of papers regarding optimisation of vehicle routing with regard to minimising CO2 emissions. She currently supervises two PhD students who work in the area of optimisation, one with respect to vehicle routing and the other applying hyper-heuristic approaches to bin-packing. Prof. Hart has an established reputation in this field. She has published widely in both heuristic optimisation and Artificial Immune Systems. She is an Associate Editor of Journal Meta-Heuristics and has significant experience of both conference and workshop organisation in the field of AIS. e.g she was General Chair of ICARIS 2010 and Technical Chair of IEEE CEC in 2009. She has recently been invited to give a tutorial on Artificial Immune Systems at GECCO 2012, one of the major international conferences in the area, and co-organised a Dagsthul Seminar on AIS in 2011.
The CEC has a strong track record in the field of Optimisation. Previous projects coordinated by the Centre include the EU funded Meta-Heuristics, and DREAM (Distributed Resource Evolutionary Computing) and NEWTIES (on cultural evolution). Prof Ben Paechter of the CEC organised the first International Timetabling Competition in 2008; the CEC also runs the EvoSTAR conference series, a large international event consisting of 4 colocated conferences on Evolutionary Computing. Centre members also participate in commercial activities. The Centre itself is one of 5 Centres under the research umbrella of the Institute for Informatics and Digital Innovation which provides active support for Research and Commercialisation Activities. IIDI enjoys the full-time support of a Business Development Manager to engage in commercial opportunities, a Finance Administrator and a Beowulf cluster specifically available for research.
Kevin Sim is a researcher who works in the field of hyper-heuristics and problem-classification algorithms, and works with Prof. Hart on a large national grant on hyper-heuristics. He is also co-chair of a workshop at Evo-Star 2013 called EvoIndustry.