Research Team

Working with Us

If you are interested in our research areas and open research projects, please contact any of the staff whose interests match your own. For admission into VUW's postgraduate programme, please refer to our section on Postgraduates Study for details. The details for funding and other scholarship sources are also available there.


  • Prof Mengjie Zhang (Professor, Group Leader) - Genetic Programming, Particle Swarm Optimisation, Evolutionary Computer Vision, Multi-Objective Optimisation, Data Mining and Machine Learning, Transfer Learning, Bioinformatics
  • A/Prof Will Browne (Associate Professor) - Learning Classifier Systems, Machine Learning, Applied Cognitive Systems
  • Dr Hui Ma (Senior Lecturer) - Databases, Evolutionary Web Service Composition, Evolutionary Combinatorial Optimisation
  • Dr Aaron Chen (Senior Lecturer) - Evolutionary Reinforcement Learning, Learning Classifer Systems, Evolutionary Programming, Differential Evolution, Distributed systems, Multiagent Coordination.
  • Dr Bing Xue (Senior Lecturer) --- Particle Swarm Optimisation, Genetic Programming, Feature Selection and Dimensionality Reduction, Evolutionary Image Analysis, Transfer Learning.
  • Dr Yi Mei (Lecturer) - Evolutionary Scheduling and Routing, Differential Evolution, Evolutionary Feature Selection
  • A/Prof Peter Andreae (Associate Professor) - Genetic Programming, Evolutionary Feature Selection and Construction.
  • Dr Xiaoying Sharon Gao (Senior Lecturer) - Web Intelligence, Text Mining, Evolutionary Data Mining
  • Harith Al-Sahaf (Postdoctoral Fellow) --- Genetic Programming, Image Analysis
  • Dr Yanan Sun (Postdoctoral Fellow) --- Genetic Programming, Deep Neural Networks for Image Analysis
  • Dr Su Nguyen (Postdoctoral Fellow) - Genetic Programming, Job Shop Scheduling.
  • Dr Mark Johnston (Senior Lecturer) - Genetic Programming, Operations Research, Evolutionary Multi-Objective Optimisation
  • Dr Ivy (I-Ming) Liu (Associate Professor) --- Evolutionary Feature Selection, Statistics, Categorical Data Analysis
  • Dr Ramesh Rayudu (Senior Lecturer) - Ant Colony Optimisation, Fuzzy Systems, Neural Networks, Machine Learning and Data Mining, Electronics Optimisation and Processing
  • Dr Lifeng Peng (Senior Lecturer) - Bioinformatics, Cellular Metabolism and Metabolic Engineering
  • Harith Al-Sahaf (Postdoctoral Fellow, Oct 2016 -- Oct 2018) Genetic Programming for Image Analysis
  • Bianca Grizhar --- Artificial Intelligence, Commercialisation
  • Dr Yu Xue (Visiting Researcher, Aug 2016 -- Aug 2017) -- Evolutionary Computation, Feature Selection, Adaptive Search
  • Dr Muhammad Iqbal (Postdoctoral Fellow, 2015-2016) - Evolutionary Image Analysis, Learning Classifier Systems, Genetic Programming
  • Dr Kourosh Neshatian (Research Fellow/BuildIT Postdoctoral Fellow, Mar 2010 -- May 2012) - Genetic Programming, Classification, Feature Ranking and Selection, Dimension Reduction
  • Dr Rohitash Chandra (Postdoctoral Fellow, Jan 2012 -- June 2012) -- Bioinformatics
  • Dr Toktam Ebadi (Research Scientist, Sep 2010 -- April 2012 ) - Learning Classifier Systems, Image Classification
  • Dr Jingxuan Wei (Visiting Researcher, Oct 2010 -- Oct 2011) -- Particle Swarm Optimisation, Evolutionary Multiobjective Optimisation
  • Dr Ignas Kukenys (Researcher, Sep 2010 -- Feb 2011) -- Learning Classifier Systems
  • Dr Ammar Mohemmed (Research Fellow, Oct 2007 -- Feb 2010) - Particle Swarm Optimisation


  • Prof Carlos Coello Coello: Evolutionary Multi-Objective Optimization using Hybrid Approaches, 14 - 16 Aug, 2017
  • Pro. Emma Hart, Edinburgh Napier University. Visitor, 14-29 Jan 2017
  • Pro. Gary Yen, Oklahoma State University, USA. Visitor, 9-13 Dec 2017
  • Pro. Jun Wang, City University of Hong Kong. Visitor, 23-25 Nov 2016
  • Dr Grant Dick, University of Otago. Visitor, 2-8 July 2016
  • Professor Hisao Ishibuchi, Osaka Prefecture University, Japan. Visitor, 15 - 18 June, 2016
  • Dr Xiaodong Li, RMIT University, Australia. Visitor, 2-9 May, 2016
  • Prof Carlos Coello Coello: Recent Results and Open Problems in Evolutionary Multiobjective Optimization: talk-wellington-2015.pdf, 3 - 5 Sep, 2015
  • Dr Andy Song, RMIT University, Australia. Visitor, Oct - Nov 2015
  • Prof. KC Tan National University of Singapore, Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transcations on Evolutionary Computation, 03-05 June 2015
  • Dr Jianbin Ma, College of Information Science and Technology, Agricultural University of Hebei, Baoding City, Hebei Province, China, Decemeber 2014 -- December 2015
  • Prof Yongsheng Gao: Vision Perception for Environmental Informatics Details can be seen here 27/11/2015
  • Kevin Korb: The Evolution of Utility, Or Why Is Sex Fun? 10/12/2014
  • Dr Yi Mei School of Computer Science and Information Technology, RMIT University, 7-14 June 2014, His Talk: DECOMPOSITION FOR L ARGE S CALEC APACITATED ARC ROUTING P ROBLEM
  • Prof Yaochu Jin. Professor of Computational Intelligence, Department of Computing, University of Surrey, 10 Feb 2014
  • Dr Kai Qin. School of Computer Science and Information Technology, RMIT University, 8-20 Dec 2013
  • Prof Hussein Abbas. University of New South Wales @ADFA. 29 Nov 2013.
  • Dr Grant Dick. Deputy Head of Department, Information Science, University of Otago. 20 Oct - 18 Nov 2013.
  • Prof Garry Greenwood. Editor-in-Chief, IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation. Portland State University, USA. Visitor, 5-9 September 2013. Seminar: Introduction to Evolutionary Game Theory.
  • Prof Zeng-Guang Hou, The State Key Lab of Management and Control for Complex Systems, the Institute for Automation, Chinese Academy of Sciences. Visitor, 2-5 June 2013.
  • Prof Philip Yu. IEEE Fellow, ACM Fellow. University of Illinois at Chicago. Visitor, 13-15 April 2013. Seminar: On Mining Big Data.
  • Prof Chengqi Zhang. University Technology Sydney, Australia. Visitor, 13-15 April 2013. Seminar: Research Center Development and Experience.
  • A/Prof Ben Niu. Shenzhen University, China. Visitor, 21 Jan - 18 Feb 2013.
  • Dr Edilson Delgado-Trejos, Institute of Geological Nuclear Sciences (GNS), NZ. Visitor, 21 September 2012. His Talk: Effective Representation of Physiological Systems and Training for Pattern Recognition.
  • Prof Jean Nezan, INSA REnnes, France. Visitor, 26 June 2012.
  • Dr Xiaodong Li, RMIT University, Australia. Visitor, 1-6 May, 2012. His Talk: Advances in PSO
  • A/Prof Lin Shang, Nanjing University, China. Visitor, 8 Feb - 28 April, 2012
  • Prof KC Tan, IEEE Distinguished Lecturer, National University of Singapore. Visitor. 1-7 December 2011.
  • Prof De Xu, Institute of Automation, Chinese Academy of Sciences. Visitor. 7 December 2011.
  • Dr Andy Song, RMIT University, Australia. Visitor, 10 August - 9 December 2011.
  • Dr Grant Dick, University of Otago. Visitor, 4-5 August 2011, 3-5 May 2012.
  • Prof Jing Liu, Xidian University, China. Visitor, 23 August - 19 September 2011.
  • Prof Xinghuo Yu, IEEE Fellow, IEEE Distinguished Lecturer, RMIT University, Australia. Visitor, 25-26 March 2011.
  • Prof Yang Gao, Nanjing University, China. Visitor, 28 Feb - 3 March, 2011
  • A/Prof Lin Shang, Nanjing University, China. Visitor, 28 Feb - 3 March, 2011
  • Prof Xin Yao, IEEE Fellow, IEEE Distinguished Lecturer, University of Birmingham, UK. Visitor, 16-19 Nov 2010

Current Thesis and Research Project Students

Below is a list of out current (and incoming) research thesis and project students. You can also check our completed research students and their projects.