Yanan Sun

Postdoctoral Fellow School of Engineering and Computer Science

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I received the Ph.D. from the College of Computer Science, Sichuan University in June, 2017 (supervisor: Dr. Zhang Yi). From Aug. 2015 to Feb. 2017, I studied at the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Oklahoma State University, U.S.A. as a jointly Ph.D. student (supervisor: Dr. Gary G. Yen). Currently, I am a Postdoc Research Fellow at the Evolutionary Computation Research Group, School of Engineering and Computer Science, Victoria University of Wellington (supervisor: Drs. Mengjie Zhang and Bing Xue).

Research Interests

  • Deep Neural Networks for Unsupervised Representation Learning,
  • Many-objective Evolutionary Algorithms, and
  • Evolving Deep learning.

Selected Publications

  • Yanan Sun, Gary G. Yen, Zhang Yi, "Evolving Unsupervised Deep Neural Networks for Learning Meaningful Representations". IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation. DOI:10.1109/TEVC.2018.2808689.
  • Yanan Sun, Gary G. Yen, Zhang Yi, "IGD Indicator-based Evolutionary Algorithm for Many-objective Optimization Problems". IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation. DOI:10.1109/TEVC.2018.2791283.
  • Yanan Sun, Gary G. Yen, Zhang Yi, "Improved Regularity Model-based EDA for Many-objective Optimization". IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation. DOI:10.1109/TEVC.2018.2794319.
  • Yanan Sun, Gary G. Yen, Zhang Yi, "Reference line-based Estimation of Distribution Algorithm for many-objective optimization". Knowledge-Based Systems, 2017, 132: 129-143. DOI:10.1016/j.knosys.2017.06.021.
  • Yanan Sun, Hua Mao, Yongsheng Sang, Zhang Yi, "Explicit guiding auto-encoders for learning meaningful representation". Neural Computing and Applications, 2017, 28(3): 429-436. DOI:10.1007/s00521-015-2082-x.
  • Yanan Sun, Hua Mao, Quan Guo, Zhang Yi, "Learning a good representation with unsymmetrical auto-encoder". Neural Computing and Applications, 2016, 27(5): 1361-1367. DOI:10.1007/s00521-015-1939-3.
  • Yanan Sun, Gary G. Yen, Zhang Yi, "Global View-based Selection Mechanism for Many-objective Evolutionary Algorithm", Proceedings of IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation 2017, Donostia-San Sebastián, Spain (Oral presentation). DOI:10.1109/CEC.2017.7969343.
  • Yanan Sun, Gary G. Yen, Hua Mao, Zhang Yi, "Manifold Dimension Reduction Based Clustering for Multi-objective Evolutionary Algorithm", Proceedings of IEEE Evolutionary Computation 2016, Vancouver, Canada (Oral presentation). DOI:10.1109/CEC.2016.7744269.
  • Yanan Sun, Bing Xue, Mengjie Zhang, Gary G. Yen, An Experimental Study on Hyper-parameter Optimization for Stacked Auto-Encoders, Evolutionary Computation (CEC), 2018 IEEE Congress on. In review.
  • Bin Wang, Yanan Sun, Bing Xue, Mengjie Zhang, Evolving Deep Convolutional Neural Networks by Variable-length Particle Swarm Optimization for Image Classification, Evolutionary Computation (CEC), 2018 IEEE Congress on. In review.
  • Yanan Sun, Bing Xue, Mengjie Zhang, A Particle Swarm Optimization-based Flexible Convolutional Auto-Encoder for Image Classification[J]. arXiv preprint arXiv:11712.05042, 2017.
  • Yanan Sun, Bing Xue, Mengjie Zhang, Evolving Deep Convolutional Neural Networks for Image Classification[J]. arXiv preprint arXiv:1710.10741, 2017.

Academic Activities

  • Reviewer of IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation,
  • Reviewer of IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics,
  • Reviewer of IEEE Transactions on Emergent Topics in Computational Intelligence
  • Reviewer of Image and Vision Computing,
  • Reviewer of Applied Soft Computing
  • Reviewer of Natural Computing
  • Reviewer of International Journal of Systems Science: Operations & Logistics,
  • Reviewer of CEC2017 and CEC2018,
  • Reviewer of Third IEEE International Conference on Information Science and Technology (ICIST 2013),
  • Reviewer of Seventh IEEE International Conference on Cybernetics and Intelligent Systems (CIS) and the 7th IEEE International Conference on Robotics, Automation and Mechatronics (IEEE CIS & RAM 2015),
  • Reviewer of 28th International IEEE Conference on Tools with Artificial Intellignece (IEEE ICTAI 2016),
  • The Third International Conference of Young Computer Scientists, Engineers and Educators (ICYCSEE 2017) PC member,
  • The 11th International Conference on Simulated Evolution and Learning (SEAL 2017) PC member,
  • The 10th International Conference on Advanced Computational Intelligence (ICACI 2018) PC member, and
  • Member of IEEE and IEEE Computational Intelligence Society.

Research Projects

  • Multimedia Data Extraction and Evaluation System, Science and Technology Innovation Program of Sichuan Province, 2016-2017. (PI)
  • Massive Video Retrieval System Based on Deep Learning, Science and Technology Innovation Program of Sichuan Province, 2014-2015. (PI)
  • Non-deterministic Probability Model Learning Based on Model Detection, National Natural Science Foundation of China, 2014-2016.
  • Study on The Technique of Preoperative Prediction of Cranio-maxillofacial Surgery, National Natural Science Foundation of China, 2014-2016.

Updated at 20 Feb. 2018