Dr Fabio Caraffini

Job: VC2020 Lecturer in Computer Science

Faculty: Technology

School/department: School of Computer Science and Informatics

Research group(s): Centre for Computational Intelligence (CCI)

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

T: +44 (0)116 2078404

E: fabio.caraffini@dmu.ac.uk

W: https://sites.google.com/site/facaraff/

Social Media: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Fabio_Caraffini


Personal profile

I am a VC2020 Lecturer in Computer Science at De Montfort University (DMU) and a  Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. My teaching activity is oriented towards Mathematical Analysis whilst  my research is mainly about Metaheuristic Optimisation and its application to Robotocs, Embedded Systems,  Image Processing and Data Mining. I am an Engineer in Electronics (BSc, University of Perugia 2008) and Telecommunications (MSc, University of Perugia 2011) and a Dr in Computer Science (De Montfort University, 2014) as well as in Mathematical Information Technology (University of Jyväskylä, 2016). 

Research group affiliations

Publications and outputs 

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Key research outputs

  • F. Caraffini, F. Neri, G. Iacca, and A. Mol. Parallel memetic structures. Information Sciences 227(0):60 – 82, 2013
  • F. Caraffini, F. Neri, and L. Picinali. An analysis on separability for memetic computing automatic design. Information Sciences, 265(0):1 – 22, 2014
  • A. Kononova, D. W. Corne, P. De Wilde, V. Shneer, and F. Caraffini. Structural bias in population-based algorithms. Information Sciences
  • G. Iacca, F. Caraffini, and F. Neri. Multi-strategy coevolving aging particle optimization. International Journal of Neural Systems, 24(01):1450008, 2014
  • G. Iacca, F. Caraffini, and F. Neri. Memory-saving memetic computing for path-following mobile robots. Applied Soft Computing, 13(4):2003 – 2016, 2013

Research interests/expertise

Computational Intelligence Optimisation:

  • Memetic computing
  • Differential evolution
  • Large scale optimisation
  • Structural bias in optimisation algorithms

Areas of teaching

  • Computational Intelligence Optimisation
  • Algebra
  • Mathematical Analysis (Calculus)


  • Certificate in Research Supervision (CRS)
  • Beginning to teach in Higher Education
  • PGCertHE (Distinction)
  • Fellow of the Higher Eduction Academy (FHEA)

Courses taught

IMAT2800 AI and Modelling

IMAT2605 C++ for Games Programmers

IMAT1203 Mathematical Methods and Models

IMAT1901 Quantitative Methods

IMAT1204 Foundations and Algebra

Honours and awards

IEEE CIS Student Travel Grant 2013, 500 USD

Membership of external committees

  • Task Force on Memetic Computing, IEEE Computational Intelligence Society, 2012 today, Member.

Membership of professional associations and societies

  • IEEE, 2012 today
  • IEEE CIS, 2012  today

Forthcoming events

Conference attendance

  • UKCI 2012, 5th-7th September 2012, Edinburgh, UK, author and presenter
  • IEEE SSCIS 2013, 16th-19th April 2013, Singapore, author and presenter
  • IEEE SSCI 2014, 9th-12th December 2014, Orlando, Florida,  co-chair and author

Current research students

Mr Talib Zaid Mazyoud Alshehh
Mr Raymond Moodley

Externally funded research grants information

  • TUCEP Fund for International Intern-ships, May-Sep 2011, 2500 EUR
  • Grant for Computing and Mathematical Sciences (COMAS), Jyväskylä, January-June 2012, 10250 EUR
  • PhD bursary, De Montfort university, July - June 2014, 26000 GBP
  • Laxton Bequest and Consolidated Travel Funds 2013, De Montfort University, 800 GBP.
  • Grant for Computing and Mathematical Sciences (COMAS), Jyväskylä, January-June 2015, 10250 EUR

Professional esteem indicators

Program committee member of international conferences such as IEEE SSCI, IEEE CEC, IEEE WCCI and reviewer of high-impact journals such as International Journal on Neural Systems, Integrated Computer-Aided Engineering, IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics and Information Sciences.

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