• School of Engineering and Applied Science, Aston University

      B4 7ET Birmingham

      United Kingdom

    Accepting PhD Students

    PhD projects

    I am happy to take on new PhD students interested in various aspects of artificial intelligence research.

    Personal profile

    Biography

    I am a Professor in Computer Science at Aston University, specialising in Artificial Intelligence. I am 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, and Research Methods and Professional Practice at MSc level. I am also supervising BSc final year and MSc projects.

     

    Previously I have taught modules on Computational Reasoning and Communication Skills, Introduction to Artificial Intelligence, Machine learning, Software Lifecycle and Design, Interaction Design at BSc level, Professional 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 2022: Professor in Computer Science, College of  Engineering and Physical Sciences, Aston University
    • August 2018- July 2022: 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: [email protected]

    Room number: MB 211J

    External positions

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

    2021 → …

    Partner Editor for Evolutionary Computation, Springer Nature Computer Science, Springer Publishing

    2021 → …

    Associate Editor, International Journal of Virtual and Augmented Reality, IGI Global

    2017 → …

    Editorial Board Member, Genetic Programming and Evolvable Machines journal, Springer

    2012 → …

    Keywords

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

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    • Contributors to the aesthetic judgement of 3D virtual sculptures

      Easton, E., Bernardet, U. & Ekart, A., 3 Apr 2024, ARTECH '23: Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Digital and Interactive Arts. Olivero, L. F., Olivero, L. F., da Veiga, P. A., Araujo, A. B., Dourado, P. & da Silva, B. M. (eds.). ACM, 9 p. 24. (ACM International Conference Proceeding Series).

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    • Estimating the Limits of Organism-Specific Training for Epitope Prediction

      Ashford, J., Ekárt, A. & Campelo, F., 1 Jan 2024, 4th Workshop on Artificial Intelligence and Big Data vs. Pandemics: at 2023 IEEE International Conference on Bioinformatics and Biomedicine (BIBM). IEEE, p. 4195-4202

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    • Modelling Individual Aesthetic Preferences of 3D Sculptures

      Easton, E., Bernardet, U. & Ekárt, A., 29 Mar 2024, Artificial Intelligence in Music, Sound, Art and Design - 13th International Conference, EvoMUSART 2024, Held as Part of EvoStar 2024, Proceedings. Johnson, C., Rebelo, S. M. & Santos, I. (eds.). Springer, p. 130-145 16 p. (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics); vol. 14633 LNCS).

      Research output: Chapter in Book/Published conference outputConference publication

    • Predictive World Models for Social Navigation

      Oguzie, G., Ekárt, A. & Manso, L. J., 1 Feb 2024, Advances in Computational Intelligence Systems, Contributions Presented at the 22nd UK Workshop on Computational Intelligence. Naik, N., Jenkins, P., Grace, P., Yang, L. & Prajapat, S. (eds.). Springer, p. 53–64 13 p. (Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing (AISC)).

      Research output: Chapter in Book/Published conference outputConference publication

    • Guest Editorial: Special Issue on Evolutionary Computation for Games

      Schrum, J., Liu, J., Browne, C., Ekárt, A. & Gallagher, M., 17 Mar 2023, In: IEEE Transactions on Games. 15, 1, p. 1-4 4 p.

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