Distinguished Lecture Series 2017/18 – Prof. Ponnuthurai Nagaratnam SuganthanProf. Ponnuthurai Nagaratnam Suganthan from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore visited the Department and delivered a Distinguished Lecture on “Non-iterative Learning Methods” on 6 June 2018. In the lecture, Prof. Suganthan presented similarities and differences among the main non-iterative learning methods developed over the last 20-25 years and extensive benchmarking studies of these methods using classification and forecasting datasets. The lecture was full of constructive interaction and well received.
Prof. Ponnuthurai Nagaratnam Suganthan (or P N 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 is an Editorial Board Member of the Evolutionary Computation Journal, MIT Press. He is an associate editor of the IEEE Trans on Cybernetics (2012 - ), 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. His research interests include swarm and evolutionary algorithms, pattern recognition, big data, deep learning and applications of swarm, evolutionary & machine learning algorithms. He was selected as one of the highly cited researchers by Thomson Reuters in 2015, 2016, and 2017 in computer science. He served as the General Chair of the IEEE SSCI 2013. He has been a member of the IEEE since 1990 and Fellow since 2015. He was an elected AdCom member of the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society (CIS) in 2014-2016.