Artificial Intelligence researcher named IEEE Fellow

Professor Mengjie Zhang from the School of Engineering and Computer Science has been awarded the status of Fellow by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) for his contributions to evolutionary learning and optimization methodologies.

The IEEE is the world’s leading professional association for advancing technology, and the status of Fellow is given in recognition of a member’s outstanding record of accomplishments. Less than 0.1 percent of voting members are recognised with the status of Fellow in any given year.

Professor Zhang said he was delighted to receive the news of his elevation to the status of fellow.

“It is a great honour to receive this recognition from the IEEE. I am proud to accept the nomination and elevation, and am thankful to my colleagues and my students at the University for their support.”

Professor Zhang is a leading researcher in artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning and big data—particularly in evolutionary computation and learning. In addition to his research and teaching he is also the Associate Dean (Research and Innovation) for the Faculty of Engineering.

Professor Zhang is an active member of the IEEE professional community. Since 2014 he has chaired three IEEE technical committees, including the Intelligence Systems and Applications Technical Committee which he still chairs, and is editor or associate editor of more than 10 major international journals in his field, including IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation and IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics.

In June 2019 Professor Zhang, as General Co-chair, will host the, 2019 IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation, the largest international conference on Evolutionary Computation at Victoria University of Wellington.

Professor Mike Wilson, Pro Vice-Chancellor of the Faculties of Science, Engineering, and Architecture and Design, said he was delighted to hear of Professor Zhang’s success in this promotion.

“It is well deserved, international recognition for Professor Zhang’s research and achievements, and a reflection of the calibre of research staff at the University. Victoria University of Wellington is quickly becoming a global hub for research into AI, and it is the research and leadership of people such as Professor Zhang that is enabling this.”

Read more about Professor Zhang’s research here.

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