General Chair
Local Chair
Electronic Media Chair & Local Organizer
Local Organizer
Local Organizer
Local Organizer

Business Committee

Business Committee
Business Committee

Organizer Biographies

Krzysztof Krawiec, General Chair

Krzysztof Krawiec is an Associate Professor in the Institute of Computing Science at Poznan University of Technology, Poland. His primary research areas are genetic programming, semantic genetic programming, and coevolutionary algorithms, with applications in program synthesis, modeling, pattern recognition, and games. Dr. Krawiec co-chaired the European Conference on Genetic Programming in 2013 and 2014, GP track at GECCO'16, and is an associate editor of Genetic Programming and Evolvable Machines journal.

Francisco Chicano, Editor-in-Chief

Francisco Chicano is Associate Professor in the Department of Languages and Computing Sciences of the University of Malaga, Spain. He has a degree in Computer Science (2003) and Physics (2014) and a PhD in Computer Science (2007). His research interests and publications include the application of theoretical results to the design of new search algorithms and operators for combinatorial optimization and the application of metaheuristic algorithms to software engineering problems (Search-Based Software Engineering). He has served as Program Chair in the EvoCOP conference, as Track Chair in GECCO and is in the editorial board of Evolutionary Computation (MIT Press), Journal of Systems and Software, Engineering Applications of Artificial Intelligence and ACM Transactions on Evolutionary Learning and Optimization.

Bilel Derbel, Local Chair

Bilel Derbel is an associate Professor, having a habilitation to supervise research (Maître de Conférences HDR), at the Department of Computer Science at the University of Lille, France, since 2007. He received his PhD in computer science from the University of Bordeaux (LaBRI, France) in 2006. In 2007, he spent one year as an assistant professor at the university of Aix-Marseille. He is a permanent member and the vice-head of the BONUS ‘Big Optimisation aNd Ultra-Scale Computing’ research group at Inria Lille-Nord Europe and CRIStAL, CNRS. He is a co-founder member of the International Associated Lab (LIA-MODO) between Shinshu Univ., Japan, and Univ. Lille, France, on ‘Massive optimisation and Computational Intelligence’. He has been a program committee member of evolutionary computing conferences such as GECCO, CEC, EvoOP, PPSN, and a regular journal reviewer in a number of reference journal in the optimisation field. He is an associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Systems Man and Cybernetics: Systems. He co-authored more than fifty scientific papers. He was awarded best paper awards in SEAL'17, ICDCN'11, and was nominated for the best paper award in PPSN'18 and PPSN'14. His research topics are focused on the design and the analysis of combinatorial optimisation algorithms and high-performance computing. His current interests are on the design of adaptive distributed evolutionary algorithms for single- and multi-objective optimisation.

Nadarajen Veerapen, Electronic Media Chair & Local Organizer

Nadarajen Veerapen is an Associate Professor (maître de conférences) at the University of Lille, France. Previously he was a research fellow at the University of Stirling in Scotland. He holds a PhD in Computing Science from the University of Angers, France, where he worked on adaptive operator selection. His research interests include local search, hybrid methods, search-based software engineering and visualisation. He is the Electronic Media Chair for GECCO 2020 and has served as Publicity Chair for GECCO 2019 and as Student Affairs Chair for GECCO 2017 and 2018. He has previously co-organised the workshop on Landscape-Aware Heuristic Search at PPSN 2016, GECCO 2017-2019.

Sébastien Verel, Local Organizer

Sébastien Verel is a professor in Computer Science at the Université du Littoral Côte d'Opale, Calais, France, and previously at the University of Nice Sophia-Antipolis, France, from 2006 to 2013. He received a PhD in computer science from the University of Nice Sophia-Antipolis, France, in 2005. His PhD work was related to fitness landscape analysis in combinatorial optimization. He was an invited researcher in DOLPHIN Team at INRIA Lille Nord Europe, France from 2009 to 2011. His research interests are in the theory of evolutionary computation, multiobjective optimization, adaptive search, and complex systems. A large part of his research is related to fitness landscape analysis. He co-authored of a number of scientific papers in international journals, book chapters, book on complex systems, and international conferences. He is also involved in the co-organization EC summer schools, conference tracks, workshops, a special issue on EMO at EJOR, as well as special sessions in indifferent international conferences.

Arnaud Liefooghe, Local Organizer

Arnaud Liefooghe is an Associate Professor (Maître de Conférences) at the University of Lille (France) since 2010. He is a member of the CRIStAL research center (UMR 9189, Univ Lille, CNRS, EC Lille) and of the Inria Lille - Nord Europe research center. He is also the co-director of the International Associated Laboratory MODŌ between Shinshu University (Japan) and the University of Lille (France). He received his PhD in computer science from the University of Lille (France) in 2009. In 2010, he was a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Coimbra (Portugal). His main research activities deal with the foundations, the design and the analysis of stochastic local search heuristic algorithms, with a particular interest in multiobjective optimization. He co-authored more than fifty scientific papers in international journals, book chapters and international conferences. He was awarded a best paper award at EvoCOP 2011 and at GECCO 2015. He co-organized two summer schools on EC, the ThRaSH 2012 workshop, a special issue on EMO at EJOR, and special sessions or workshops at EURO 2012, MCDM 2013, LION 2013, CEC 2015 and 2017, as well as GECCO 2017. He has been a program committee member of more than twenty international conferences such as CEC, EMO, EvoCOP, GECCO, PPSN, and a regular journal reviewer from more than ten international journals. Recently, he served as a program chair for EvoCOP 2018 and 2019, and as a proceedings chair for GECCO 2018.

Omar Abdelkafi, Local Organizer

Business Committee Biographies

Peter A. N. Bosman, Business Committee

Peter A. N. Bosman is a senior researcher in the Life Sciences research group at the Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) (Centre for Mathematics and Computer Science) located in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Peter was formerly affiliated with the Department of Information and Computing Sciences at Utrecht University, where also he obtained both his MSc and PhD degrees in Computer Science, more specifically on the design and application of estimation-of-distribution algorithms (EDAs). He has (co-)authored over 90 refereed publications on both algorithmic design aspects and real-world applications of evolutionary algorithms. At the GECCO conference, Peter has previously been track (co-)chair (EDA track, 2006, 2009), late-breaking-papers chair (2007), (co-)workshop organizer (OBUPM workshop, 2006; EvoDOP workshop, 2007; GreenGEC workshop, 2012-2014), (co-)local chair (2013) and general chair (2017).

Darrell Whitley, Business Committee

Darrell Whitley is a Professor of Computer Science at Colorado State University. He served as the Chair of the International Society of Genetic Algorithm from 1993 to 1997, and as the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Evolutionary Computation from 1997 to 2003. He was Chair of the Governing Board of ACM SIGEVO from 2007 to 2011. He was named an ACM Fellow in 2019 for his contributions to the field of genetic and evolutionary computation.