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Dr Sandy Brownlee

Admin Responsibilities

I serve the academic community in a number of ways...

Divisional seminars

Together with Wen-shin Lee, I coordinate seminars for the Division. Please get in touch if you'd like to invite someone or present something! You can see the list of upcoming seminars here.

Impact Champion

I support the Division in developing and accelerating real-world impact from our research. As part of this, I led one of our impact case studies for REF2021 on industrial optimisation. If you're in CSM at Stirling and your research has made (or could make) some impact outside of academia, I'd like to hear from you!


I coordinate the COSMOS series of tutorials within the division. These are for staff and students in Computing and Maths to share skills with each other on a variety of topics. Please get in touch if you have any suggestions for sessions (either as a speaker or listener).

Event organisation, and conference participation

Co-chair, Heuristic Optimization stream at EURO 2021

Co-chair, Special Session on Genetic Improvement of Software at WCCI 2020

Co-chair, Workshop on Genetic Improvement of Software at GECCO 2020

Academic chair for the SICSA PhD Conference 2019

Chair, SICSA Pre-EC Day 2019

Real world transportation workshop, funded by SICSA, 16 January 2015.

Conferences attended: IEEE CEC 2005,2008,2009,2010,2014,2020; GECCO 2007,2008,2011,2012,2014-2021; IEEE SSCI 2011; IBPSA BSO 2012; EMO 2013; PATAT 2014; UKCI 2016; PPSN 2016; OR 2017; ICSE 2021; EURO 2021.



Conferences (including IEEE CEC, GECCO, ECTA, EvoCOP, MOD, LOD, PPSN, UKCI, BSO)

Journals including:

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Brief CV

Lecturer (2018-2022), Senior Lecturer (2022-), Computing Science and Mathematics, University of Stirling
Research in optimisation, machine learning and data science. Teaching in computing science on both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.

Senior Research Assistant, Computing Science and Mathematics, University of Stirling, 2013-2018
Airport operations optimisation, mostly focused on ground movement (taxiing) and uncertainty. Dynamic adaptic software engineering, focused on automatic improvement of parameters and code to improve speed, fix bugs, and decrease power consumption. Feature based approaches to optimisation.

Research Associate, Civil & Building Engineering, Loughborough University, 2010-2013
Applying multi-objective evolutionary algorithms to optimisation of buildings. Highlight of the project was the granting of a software licence to IES Ltd for integration of our optimisation algorithm into their commerical building simulation suite.

Software Engineer, ODS-Petrodata Ltd, Aberdeen, 2008-2010
Development of a distributed data management system and tools to support market analysts for internal use within the company.

PhD, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, 2005-2009
Explored the role of fitness modelling in estimation of distribution algorithms. Link to Thesis

Awards, accreditation and titles

SFELTE Fellow, and Fellow of the HEA

Visiting Fellow, Loughborough University

Academic duties and participation

Editorial Board Member: Complex & Intelligent Systems (Springer) 2020-

Editorial Board Member: CivEng (MDPI) 2020-