Keynote Speakers

Ponnuthurai Nagaratnam Suganthan

Ponnuthurai Nagaratnam Suganthan received the B.A. degree, Postgraduate Certificate and M.A. degree in Electrical and Information Engineering from the University of Cambridge, UK in 1990, 1992 and 1994, respectively. After completing his PhD research in 1995, he served as a pre-doctoral Research Assistant in the Dept. of Electrical Engineering, University of Sydney in 1995–96 and a lecturer in the Dept. of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, University of Queensland in 1996–99. He moved to NTU in 1999. He was an Editorial Board Member of the Evolutionary Computation Journal, MIT Press (2013 – 2018) and an associate editor of the IEEE Trans on Cybernetics (2012 – 2018). He is an associate editor of Applied Soft Computing (Elsevier, 2018 -), Neurocomputing (Elsevier, 2018 -), IEEE Trans on Evolutionary Computation (2005 -), Information Sciences (Elsevier, 2009 -), Pattern Recognition (Elsevier, 2001 -) and Int. J. of Swarm Intelligence Research (2009 -) Journals. He is a founding co-editor-in-chief of Swarm and Evolutionary Computation (2010 -), an SCI Indexed Elsevier Journal. His co-authored SaDE paper (published in April 2009) won the “IEEE Trans. on Evolutionary Computation outstanding paper award” in 2012. His former PhD student, Dr Jane Jing Liang, won the IEEE CIS Outstanding PhD dissertation award, in 2014. IEEE CIS Singapore Chapter won the best chapter award in Singapore in 2014 for its achievements in 2013 under his leadership. His research interests include swarm and evolutionary algorithms, pattern recognition, forecasting, randomized neural networks, deep learning and applications of swarm, evolutionary & machine learning algorithms. His publications have been well cited (Google Scholar Citations: ~34k). His SCI indexed publications attracted over 1000 SCI citations in a calendar year since 2013. He was selected as one of the highly cited researchers by Thomson Reuters every year from 2015 to 2018 in computer science. He served as the General Chair of the IEEE SSCI 2013. He is an IEEE CIS distinguished lecturer (DLP) in 2018-2020. He has been a member of the IEEE (S’91, M’92, SM’00, Fellow’15) since 1991 and an elected AdCom member of the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society (CIS) in 2014 – 2016.

Benjamin Doerr


Benjamin Doerr is a senior researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Computer Science and a professor at École Polytechnique and Saarland University. He received his diploma (1998), PhD (2000) and habilitation (2005) in mathematics from Kiel University. His research area is the theory both of problem-specific algorithms and of randomized search heuristics like evolutionary algorithms. Major contributions to the latter include runtime analyses for evolutionary algorithms and ant colony optimizers, as well as the further development of the drift analysis method, in particular, multiplicative and adaptive drift. In the young area of black-box complexity, he proved several of the current best bounds. He is a member of the editorial boards of Journal of Complexity, Theoretical Computer Science, RAIRO-Theoretical Informatics and Applications, Information Processing Letters, Evolutionary Computation, Natural Computing, and Artificial Intelligence. Together with Anne Auger, he is an editor of the book “Theory of Randomized Search Heuristics”.

Ashok Deshpande

Ashok Deshpande, Founding Chair Berkeley Initiative in Soft Computing (BISC) – Special Interest Group (SIG) – Environment Management Systems (EMS) holds a PhD degree in Engineering and Technology. Dr. Deshpande was Deputy Director, National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI) /CSIR. He is Visiting Professor in Indian Institute of Technology Mumbai India and Adjunct Professor College of Engineering Pune India, and NIT Silchar. He teaches Probability and Statistics and Fuzzy Sets and Fuzzy logic with Applications. Professor Ashok has over 4 decades of R&D experience and has over 120 publications in the Journals of international repute/conferences. In the past, Dr. Ashok was WHO Adviser, Common Wealth Science Council Resource Scientist, World Bank Project Director for the studies on Probabilistic Risk Assessment for Chemical Process industry. He also organized a Workshop as WHO Adviser in 5 countries on Unaccounted for Water Management and also assisted Danish International Development Authority (DANIDA) as a Project Advisor. More importantly, Professor Lotfi Zadeh, the founder of fuzzy logic, after listening to many seminar talks, asked Professor Ashok Deshpande to be the Chair of Berkeley (BISC)-(SIG)-(EMS). He is also guest faculty at the University of California Berkeley and visiting scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, CA. Professor Deshpande has organized worshop / delivered talks on Fuzzy Sets and Fuzzy logic with Applications in 25 countries, so far. This include: UIC Chicago, UBC Canada, LTU Sweden and many more. Dr. Deshpande has a passion and mission to propagate the use of fuzzy logic nationally and internationally. At present, his all doctoral students work only on fuzzy logic related topics. Professor Ashok Deshpande is deeply interested in Indian classical music.