He is Professor in Computational Intelligence with the Department of Computer Science, University of Surrey, UK. He is also a Finland Distinguished Professor awarded by TEKES, Finland, and Changjiang Distinguished Visiting Professor appointed by Ministry of Education, China. His main research interests include evolutionary optimization of complex systems, such as surrogate-assisted evolutionary optimization, multi-objective optimization, dynamic optimization, and their applications to various real-world problems including aerodynamic design optimization (e.g., turbine engines, aircraft fuselage, high-lift wings and race vehicles), design of liquefied natural gas terminals, and industrial processes.
He is an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation and IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics, and an Editorial Board Member of Evolutionary Computation (MIT). He is currently an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer and Vice President for Technical Activities of the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society.
He was a co-organiser of the Workshop on Learning, Adaptation and Approximation in Evolutionary Computation at GECCO’2003 in Chicago and GECCO 2002 in New York. He has also organized special sessions on surrogate-assisted evolutionary optimizations at many conferences.