Professor Ferrante Neri

Job: Professor of Computational Intelligence Optimisation

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 2078570




Research group affiliations

Centre for Computational Intelligence

Publications and outputs 

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Key research outputs

F. Neri, C. Cotta, P. Moscato, Handbook of Memetic Algorithms, Studies in Computational Intelligence, Springer, Vol. 379, 2012.

F. Caraffini, F. Neri, G. Iacca, A. Mol, “Parallel Memetic Structures”, Information Sciences, Elsevier, Volume 227,  pages 60-82, April 2013.

E. Mininno, F. Neri, F. Cupertino, D. Naso, “Compact Differential Evolution”, IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation, Volume 15, Issue 1, pages 32-54, February 2011.

F. Neri, E. Mininno, “Memetic Compact Differential Evolution for Cartesian Robot Control”, IEEE Computational Intelligence Magazine, Volume 5, Issue 2, pages 54-65, May 2010.

F. Neri, V. Tirronen, “Recent Advances in Differential Evolution: A Review and Experimental Analysis”, Artificial Intelligence Review, Springer, Volume 33, Issue 1, pages 61-106, February 2010.

Research interests/expertise

  • Optimisation Algorithms
  • Memetic Computing
  • Differential Evolution
  • Particle Swarm Optimisation
  • Large Scale Problems.

Areas of teaching

Optimisation Algorithms

Algebra and Discrete Mathematics

Courses taught

IMAT2405 Introduction to Artificial Intelligence and Mobile Robotics.

IMAT1201 Connected Devices.

Membership of external committees

Emergent Technologies Technical Committee, IEEE Computational Intelligence Society, 2014-today, Member.

Task Force on Memetic Computing, IEEE Computational Intelligence Society, 2011-today, Chair.

Task Force on Differential Evolution, IEEE Computational Intelligence Society, 2012-today, Vice-Chair.

Forthcoming events

IEEE SSCI 2014, Orlando, USA
Symposium on Differential Evolution
Workshop on Memetic Computing

Conference attendance

Recent and forthcoming invited talks:

“Understanding Differential Evolution”, 16-19 April 2014, Singapore, IEEE SSCI, Keynote Talk

“Selecting and Combining the Memes in Optimisation”, 19-21 December 2013, Chennai, India, SEMCCO 2013, Keynote Talk

“Towards Automatic Design in Memetic Computing”, 26-28 December 2013, Roorkee India, SocPros2013, Keynote Talk.

Current research students

Fabio Caraffini 1st Supervisor

Antonio Lopedote 1st Supervisor

Externally funded research grants information

“Algorithmic Design Issues in Memetic Computing”, 1/9/2009-31/8/2014 Academy Research Fellowship, Academy of Finland, PI.

Internally funded research project information

“High Performance Computing Facilities”, Research Capital Investment Funding, 1/1/2013-31/12/2013 coPI, with Dr. Simon Rees.

“Computational Intelligence Automatic Optimisation (CIAO)” , Fully Funded PhD Student, 1/10/2013-30/9/2016, coPI, with Dr. Lorenzo Picinali.

Professional esteem indicators

Editorial member of Memetic Computing, International Journal of Organizational and Collective Intelligence, Journal of Engineering, Design and Technology, and International Journal of Information Science and Computer Applications.

Reviewer of more than 20 journals including International Journal on Neural Systems, IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation, IEEE Computational intelligence Magazine, Information Sciences, Applied Soft Computing.

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