The research groups at the University of Birmingham and University of Leiden, lead by Professor Xin Yao and Thomas Back respectively, will focus on the theoretical and algorithmic strands. Honda Research Institute and NEC lead by Professor Bernhard Sendhoff and Dr Zhao Xu respectively, will focus on the application strand. This multidisciplinary team has innovation at heart and our mission is to train a cohort of highly skilled Early Stage Researchers in Machine Learning and Optimisation to address challenges in product design and engineering.
CERCIA@ University of Birmingham (UoB) is a world leader in nature-inspired computation (especially evolutionary computation) and its application. Its expertise include evolutionary computation, ensemble learning and search based software engineering. CERCIA@UoB is the overall coordinator of the ECOLE project.
It employs two ESRs and supervises PhD studies of four ESRs. The supervisors involved include Xin Yao, Leandro Minku, Peter Tino, Ata Kaban and Shuo Wang.
NEC Laboratories Europe GmbH will provide opportunities for ESRs to participate in Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence research, help the ESRs better understand the industrial demands and applications, and supervise the ESRs to produce cutting-edge technologies with industrial impact.
They will be responsible for dedicated topics within project seminars and workshops as well as hosting a summer school.
Honda Research Institute Europe GmbH is the European office of the three globally well-established fundamental research institutes of Honda. It focuses on the research of intelligent system technologies for “a sustainable and joyful society by creating innovations that harmonize technology, nature and people.” It won the prestigious IEEE Computational Intelligence Society Outstanding Organization Award for its leadership and innovative work in this field.
The Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science (LIACS) is a center of excellence for multidisciplinary research and education in computer science and artificial intelligence (AI).
LIACS concentrates on the study of artificial intelligence, machine learning and data science, with a strong foundation in core computer science. Research programmes include Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, Big Data Mining, Natural Computing, Optimisation and Multiple-Criteria Decision Making.
All ESRs will have access to LIACS’ vibrant research and education environment and the institute’s modern office and computing facilities, including with the two computing clusters that it hosts for ESRs to carry out CPU-intensive research work.
ESR1: Thiago Rios, (Brazil)
ESR2: Sneha Saha, (India)
ESR3: Sibghat Ullah, (Pakistan)
ESR4: Duc Anh Nguyen, (Vietnam)
ESR5: Jiawen (Fay) Kong, (China)
ESR6: Stephen Friess, (Germany)
ESR7: Gan Ruan, (China)
ESR8: Giuseppe Serra, (Rome, Italy)