Emma Hart

Emma Hart

Prof Emma Hart



Prof. Hart gained a 1st Class Honours Degree in Chemistry from the University of Oxford, followed by an MSc in Artificial Intelligence from the University of Edinburgh. Her PhD, also from the University of Edinburgh, explored the use of immunology as an inspiration for computing, examining a range of techniques applied to optimisation and data classification problems. 

She moved to Edinburgh Napier University in 2000 as a lecturer, and was promoted to a Chair in 2008 in Natural Computation. She is active world-wide in the field of Evolutionary Computation, for example as General Chair of PPSN 2016, and as a Track Chair at GECCO for several years. She has given keynotes at EURO 2016 and UKCI 2015, as well as invited talks and tutorials at many Universities and international conferences. She is Editor-in-Chief of Evolutionary Computation (MIT Press) from January 2016 and an elected member of the ACM SIGEVO Executive Board. She is also a member of the UK Operations Research Society Research Panel.




Advisory panels and expert committees/witness

  • Elected to the Executive Board of the ACM Special Interest Group SIGEVO
  • Appointed to the UK Operational Research Society Research Panel
  • Re-elected to EPSRC peer review college
  • Invited to co-lead SICSA Research Theme on Artificial Intelligence
  • Invited to join the IEEE CIS Evolutionary Computation Technical Committee for 2012
  • Member of Royal Society delegation of UK scientists in UK-Russia Frontiers of Science Symposium (Kazan)
  • Royal Society’s International Networks Committee


Media Activity

  • FOCAS project featured in EU FET newsletter
  • The PerAda project hosted a public debate "Emotion as Interface" at Edinburgh International Science Festival, chaired by Emma Hart, with panel guests Prof Kevin Warwick, Prof Nikola Serbedzija, ad Dr Jenny Tillotson


Research Degree External Examining

  • PhD Examiner: Manchester Metropolitan
  • PhD examiner, University of Nottingham
  • PhD Examiner: University of Hong Kong
  • PhD Examiner: University of Aberytwyth
  • PhD Examiner: University of York
  • PhD at the University of Cardiff, in the School of Computer Science and Informatics
  • PhD external examiner at Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • PhD examiner at the University of York
  • PhD Examiner: Swinburne University of Technology, Australia
  • PhD Examiner University of Edinburgh
  • PhD Examiner University of YorK (Computer Science)
  • PhD Examiner University of Kent Canterbury
  • Phd External Examiner Queen Mary University


Invited Speaker

  • Keynote Speaker at 28th European Conference on Operational Research in Poznan in July 2016
  • AHDB Smart Agriculture Conference (Invited Speaker)
  • University of Stirling: Research Seminar
  • University of Nottingham Research Seminar
  • Invited Speaker: Women@GECCO workshop, GECCO 2015
  • Keynote: 15th UK Conference on Computational Intelligence (UKCI 
  • Inivited Talk: Mathematical Modelling of Wind Risk, Arcachon, France. Optimisation for Forestry
  • Invited Seminar: University of Aberystwyth: Seminar, Life Long Learning in Optimisation
  • Invited Talk: Tecnologico de Monterrey, Mexico


Fellowships and Awards

  • Leverhulme Research Fellowship


Conference Activity

  • General Chair of PPSN 2016, Edinburgh
  • Program Chair of the ninth IEEE International Conference on Self-Adaptive and Self- Organizing Systems (2015)
  • Track Chair. Real-World Applications of Optimisation at GECCO 2015 (ACM)
  • Track Chair: Artificial Immune Systems and Biological and Medical Applications, Genetic & Evolutionary Computation Conference, GECCO 2016
  • Track Chair: Artificial Immune Systems at GECCO 2014, an ACM SIGEVO Conference.
  • Technical Chair of Bionetics 2011, York, UK
  • Technical Chair BioNETICS 2009, Avignon
  • Workshop Chair, Real-World-Optimisation @ GECCO 2013
  • Workshop Chair: 2nd Awareness workshop at IIEEE SASO 2012 : Challenges for Achieving Self-awareness in Autonomic Systems
  • Chair of Workshop in Self-Organisation in Pervasive Adaptive Systems, at IEEE SASO 2010, Budapest. 28th September 2010
  • General Chair: 9th International Conference on Artificial Immune Systems at Edinburgh Napier
  • Workshop co-chair: ALIFE 2016, 2nd Workshop on Steering Complex Systems (Cancun, Mexico)
  • Workshop co-chair: Steering Complex Adaptive Systems, ECAL 2015: 12th International Conference on Artificial Life
  • Workshop Chair: IEEE SASO, 2nd Workshop on Fundamentals of Collective Systems, London,
  • Workshop Chair: • ECAL 2013, 1st Workshop on Fundamentals of Collective Systems, Italy
  • Co-chair and organiser, Dagstuhl Seminar on Artificial Immune Systems, 2011
  • Workshop Chair: IEEE SASO 2011, 1st Workshop on Self-Awareness in Autonomic Computing USA
  • Technical chair of IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computing (CEC), 2009
  • Track Chair: Complex Systems @ GECCO 2017


Editorial Activity

  • Associate Editor of the Journal of Evolutionary Computation (MITPress)
  • Editor-in-Chief of Evolutionary Computation (MIT Press)
  • Editor of the ACM SIGEVO newsletter
  • Editorial Board: International Journal Metaheuristics
  • Guest Editor: Special Issue of J. Evolutionary Intelligence on Aspects of Artificial Immune Systems
  • Guest Editor: Scalable Computing: Practice and Experience (Special Issue on Collective Adaptive Systems)
  • Guest Editor: Swarm Intelligence: (Special Issue on Artificial Immune Systems) 2010


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