18 October 2012

ICT rising star joins RMIT

Awarded one of only seven 2012 Vice-Chancellor Research Fellowships, computational intelligence expert Dr Kai Qin arrives at RMIT University with an enviable research record.

He has an extensive and highly cited publication record, as well as solid experience in applying academic research to industrial applications. 

"I first met Kai Qin back in 2006 at the SEAL'06 conference, when he was still a PhD student,” Dr Xiaodong Li, a Senior Lecturer with the School of Computer Science and IT (CSIT), said.

“Six years on, he has established himself as one of the rising stars in the field of Evolutionary Computation and Machine Learning and we are so delighted that he has joined our ECML group at CSIT.”

Dr Qin will also be involved in the Platform Technologies Research Institute.

Dr Li said: “Given that Kai has such an impressive publication track record, his arrival will boost significantly our capacity to carry out high-quality research.

“His publications are highly cited and he had a paper published in the 2009 IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation (ERA Rank A*) journal that just recently won the prestigious 2012 IEEE Computational Intelligence Society Outstanding Paper Award.”

In addition, a conference paper presented by Dr Qin at the 2012 Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (ERA Rank A) was nominated for the best paper award.

“I feel very proud and excited to obtain in the same year two such highly prestigious honours,” Dr Qin said.

“Most rewarding, however, is that, as one of seven recipients of the 2012 RMIT Vice-Chancellor Research Fellowship, I can now start my new job at RMIT, which is a world-famous university located in the world's most liveable city,” Dr Qin said.

“After working in many countries, I am attracted to settle down at RMIT to develop my long-term academic career.” Dr Qin has worked in China, Canada, Singapore and France.

“Based on RMIT's strong research support, sufficient research resources and the pleasant research atmosphere, I believe I can quickly establish outstanding research profiles and make substantial research contributions,” he said.

About Kai Qin

Kai (Alex) Qin received a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Southeast University (China) in 2001, and completed his PhD with the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the Nanyang Technological University (Singapore) in 2007. In 2005, Dr Qin visited the Illinois Genetic Algorithms laboratory at the University of Illinois (USA) for three months. From 2007 to 2009, he worked as a postdoctoral fellow in the Vision and Image Processing Lab at the University of Waterloo (Canada). From 2010 to 2012, he worked in the MISTIS Team at INRIA Grenoble Rhone-Alpes (France), first as a postdoctoral researcher and then as an expert engineer. His research interests include global optimisation, evolutionary computation, pattern recognition, image processing, computer vision, machine learning, remote sensing, biometrics and massively parallel computing.

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