Carlos A. Coello Coello
Computer Science Department
Cinvestav-IPN, Mexico City, Mexico
Title: An Introduction to Evolutionary Multi-Objective Optimization and Some of Its Applications in Smart Cities

Abstract: In this talk, I'll provide a general overview on the use of evolutionary algorithms for solving problems having two or more (normally conflicting) objectives (the so-called multi-objective optimization problems). The talk will describe, from a historical perspective, the most representative research that has been conducted in this area, with a particular emphasis on algorithmic developments. In the final part of the talk, some sample applications of multi-objective evolutionary algorithms in smart cities will be provided.


BIO: Carlos Artemio Coello Coello received a PhD in Computer Science from Tulane University (USA) in 1996. He is a pioneer in an area that is now known as “evolutionary multi-objective optimization”. His research has mainly focused on the design of new multi-objective optimization algorithms based on bio-inspired metaheuristics. He currently has over 450 publications which, according to Google Scholar, report over 32,200 citations (with an h-index of 69). He is currently Full Professor with distinction (Investigador Cinvestav 3F) at the Computer Science Department at CINVESTAV-IPN in Mexico City, Mexico. Dr. Coello is associate editor of several journals, including the two most important in his area (IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation and Evolutionary Computation). He is also an IEEE Fellow for his "contributions to multi-objective optimization and constraint-handling techniques". He has received several awards, including the National Research Award (in 2007) from the Mexican Academy of Science (in the area of exact sciences), the 2009 Medal to the Scientific Merit from Mexico City's congress, the Ciudad Capital: Heberto Castillo 2011 Award for scientists under the age of 45, in Basic Science, the 2012 Scopus Award (Mexico's edition) for being the most highly cited scientist in engineering in the last 5 years and the 2012 National Medal of Science in Physics, Mathematics and Natural Sciences from Mexico's presidency (this is the most important award that a scientist can receive in Mexico). He is also the recipient of the prestigious 2013 IEEE Kiyo Tomiyasu Award, "for pioneering contributions to single- and multiobjective optimization techniques using bioinspired metaheuristics".  

His current research interests are: evolutionary multi-objective optimization and constraint-handling techniques for evolutionary algorithms.

Richard Bellingham
Director Strathclyde Institute of Future Cities
University of Strathclyde
Glasgow, Scotland (UK)

BIO: Richard Bellingham is Director for the Institute for Future Cities at University of Strathclyde, Senior Research Fellow in smart sustainable cities and energy policy, Fellow of the Energy Institute, former Deputy Director of Fraser of Allander Economic Research Institute and former Head of Energy Policy for Scottish Government.

The Institute for Future Cities aims to improve the quality of human life across the world through innovative research that enables cities to be understood in new ways, and develop novel approaches for the ways we live, work, learn and invest in cities. The Institute works in partnership with cities, business and government globally in areas such as sustainability, resilience, wellbeing, and smart cities

Richard contributed to Glasgow's successful £24 million TSB Future Cities Demonstrator Bid and is leading creation of the City Observatory.  The new City Observatory is drawing together urban data to allow cities to be seen in new ways and effective solutions created for urban issues.  Richard wrote the Sustainable Glasgow strategy - working with city and businesses to develop low-carbon solutions to make Glasgow one of Europe’s most sustainable cities.  He is also European coordinator for the STEP UP EU programme – working with Glasgow, Gothenburg, Riga, and Ghent to create integrated urban sustainability plans.

Richard also has extensive experience of delivering large and complex ICT systems as Head of e-Government Policy, Head of Digital Inclusion and Head of Corporate ICT Strategy for the Scottish Government – and has over 15 years’ experience of advising Ministers in a wide range of policy areas, working with national and international organisations.