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Dr Sandy Brownlee

Admin Responsibilities

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

Programme Director, AI and Big Data MSc

I am currently leading on these two popular MSc programmes. If you have an enquiry about these, please email or For any other communications, click on my name at the bottom of this page to see my details.

Event organisation, and conference participation

Co-chair, Evolutionary Computation and Explainable AI workshop at GECCO 2022-3

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/workshops attended: IEEE CEC 2005,2008,2009,2010,2014,2020; GECCO 2007,2008,2011,2012,2014-2022; IEEE SSCI 2011; IBPSA BSO 2012; EMO 2013; PATAT 2014; UKCI 2016; PPSN 2016; OR 2017; ICSE 2021; EURO 2021. Dagstuhl on EDAs, theory and applications 2022.



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: Algorithms (MDPI) 2023-

Editorial Board Member: CivEng (MDPI) 2020-