• School of Engineering and Applied Science, Aston University

      B4 7ET Birmingham

      United Kingdom

    Accepting PhD Students

    PhD projects

    I am going to be co-supervising with Dr Alina Patelli a new PhD project, Transfer Learning Solutions for Intelligent Transportation. I am happy to take on new PhD students interested in various aspects of artificial intelligence.

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    Biography

    I am a Reader in Computer Science at Aston University, also Director of Research Degree Programmes in the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences.

    I joined Aston as a lecturer in Computer Science in January 2006. During my time at Aston, I served as Associate Dean for Postgraduate Programmes between Aug 2017- May 2020 and Head of Computer Science in the period Aug 2016- May 2017.

    Previously, I held research positions at the Institute for Computer Science and Control, Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Budapest, Hungary. At the same time I lectured in Artificial Intelligence at various levels for the Eötvös Loránd University and the Dennis Gábor University in Budapest. 

    Between 2001 and 2003 I was a lecturer in Computer Science at the University of Birmingham, where I lectured in Artificial Intelligence and Human Computer Interaction.

    Research Interests

    My research interests are in the broad area of Artificial Intelligence Techniques. More specifically, I am interested in computational intelligence, theory and applications of genetic programming and evolutionary computation. I am also involved in evolutionary art, where the personal aesthetic preference is modelled and followed by evolutionary methods. Additionally, I am interested in data mining for engineering, design and health areas. More recently, I have started contributing to social learning and trust in AI.

    Teaching Activity


    I am Programme Director for the MSc Artificial Intelligence and MSc Artificial Intelligence with Business Strategy programmes.

    Currently I am teaching on a variety of Artificial Intelligence modules for BSc final year undergraduate and MSc students: Computational Intelligence at both BSc and MSc level, Machine learning, Professional Literature Study, Research Methods and Professional Practice at MSc level. I am additionally teaching System and Software Analysis to second stage degree apprentices. I am also supervising BSc final year and MSc projects and am coordinating the project for the MSc Artificial Intelligence with Business Strategy programmes.


    Previously I have taught modules on Computational Reasoning and Communication Skills, Introduction to Artificial Intelligence, Software Lifecycle and Design, Interaction Design at BSc levelProfessional Skills in Computing at MSc level.

     

     

     

    Qualifications

    • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA), 2019
    • Aston ExCL, 2010
    • Aston Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, 2007
    • PhD in Informatics, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, summa cum laude, 2001
    • MSc in Next Generation of Computers, Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania, 1996
    • MSc with Distinction in Computer Science, Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania, 1995 (top student of the year)

    Employment

    • Since August 2018: Reader in Computer Science, College of  Engineering and Physical Sciences, Aston University
    • August 2012-July 2018: Senior Lecturer in Computer Science, School of  Engineering and Applied Science, Aston University
    • 2006 – July 2012: Lecturer in Computer Science, School of  Engineering and Applied Science, Aston University
    • 2003 – 2006: Senior Researcher, Computer and Automation Research Institute, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary
    • 2001 – 2003: Lecturer in Computer Science, University of Birmingham
    • 1996-2001: Researcher, Computer and Automation Research Institute, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary 

    Membership of Professional Bodies

    British Computer Society

    Contact Details

    Phone number: 0121 204 3456

    Email: a.ekart@aston.ac.uk

    Room number: MB 211J

    External positions

    Guest editor for Special Issue of the IEEE Transactions on Games journal on Evolutionary Computation for Games

    2021 → …

    Partner Editor for Evolutionary Computation, Springer Nature Computer Science

    2021 → …

    Associate Editor, International Journal of Virtual and Augmented Reality

    2017 → …

    Editorial Board Member, Genetic Programming and Evolvable Machines journal

    2012 → …

    Keywords

    • QA76 Computer software
    • computer art
    • evolutionary computation
    • genetic programming
    • artificial intelligence
    • data mining

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