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Dr Richard Neville (PhD, MSc, BSc, MIET (MIEE), CEng, MIEEE, IEEE CS, MINNS, MENNS, & MIEEE CIS (MIEEE NNS), Inventor, British Library Reader, KM, FM) - research

Research interests

Dr Richard Neville has worked in the area of Artificial Intelligence for over two decades. His research interest cover: Artificial Intelligence; Computational Intelligence; Fuzzy Logic; Neural Networks; Evolutionary Computing (Genetic Algorithms); Agents (Soft, Intelligent); Parallel Processing / Distributed processing; and Data mining. He has written approximatelyninty scientific papers in the area of neural networks, Genetic algorithms, Computational Intelligence and Advanced Devices.

If you decide to become one of my PhD students; during your PhD [or postdoctoral research] with me, I will mentor you by sequentially taking you through a thirty-six step research mentoring process over the three years; as well as you undertaking our doctoral graduate courses [the steps were evolved after years of interaction with (my) research students] . These steps really help you evolve to be a very good research scientist.
I will also mentor you in the following processes: Research Planning; Research Progression; Tabulation of Bibliography (tables and trees); Hypothesis development process; Hypothesis testing process; Basic Outline of How to Put Together a Paper; the general Process to Write a Paper; Advice on writing a research proposal [and full mentoring]; the Future-Backwards process; Style Guidelines; PhD examiners' questions; Guide to Punctuation; Setting Clear Goals

Academic Invitations

I have been invited to present international journal papers in international journals and special editions of IEEE Recent Research topics [1b]. I have also presented seminars in the course of my research at Brunel University {1997}, York University {1996}, UMIST {1996}, Hertfordshire University {1996}, Loughborough University {1999}, Hull University {1999} and Leicester University {2000}.  At all the above invited seminars/talks all expenses were paid.

Conference reviewing Chair

Conference Chair session @ IEEE IRI 2005: Neville chaired session(s) in the IEEE International Conference on Information Reuse and Integration, IEEE IRI-2005, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.  Conference history:  2003: Las Vegas, NV, USA; 2004, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; 2005: Las Vegas, NV, USA; IRI 2006: Waikoloa, Hawaii, USA; 2007 Las Vegas, NV, USA.

Invited Conference Chair session @ IEEE IEEE IJCNN’08, International Joint Conference on Neural Networks 2008,
 June 1-6, 2008, Hon Kong.  Session ID: O2B2H; Session Name: Connectionist Theory; Date: June 3; Time: 16:30 -18:30.

Member of the reviewer panel IEEE IJCNN: Reviewer for the IEEE International Joint Conference on Neural Networks (IEEE IJCNN).  Conference history: First IJCNN 1989 in Washington, D.C.; 1991 IJCNN in Singapore; IJCNN 1992 in Beijing, China; IJCNN 1992 in Beijing, China; First WCCI 1994 Orlando, Florida; WCCI 1998 in Anchorage, Alaska; IJCNN 1999 in Washington, D.C.; IJCNN 2000 in Como, Italy; WCCI 2002 in Honolulu, Hawai'I; IJCNN 2003 Jantzen Beach, Portland; IJCNN 2004 Budapest, Hungary; IJCNN 2005 Montréal, Québec, Canada; WCCI IJCNN’06 Vancouver, BC, Canada; IJCNN 2007 Orlando, Florida.  The Technical Program Committee (TPC) invite [R. Neville] to serve as a reviewer for the 2009 International Joint Conference on Neural Networks (IJCNN 2009) which took place in Atlanta, GA, June 14-19, 2009 (see  Neville has refereed papers for the journal over the period 2005 – to present.

Member of International Conference Natural Computation conference Program Committees: Neville is on the program committee of the International Conference Natural Computation (ICNC'05), in co-operation with IEEE CIS, INNS, ENNS and SPIE, held in China. The proceeding was published as an LNCS by Springer-Verlag.  Neville has refereed papers for the journal over the period 2005 – to present. 

Member of World Multi-Conference on Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics (SCI) conference referee panel: Neville is on the referees panel of the SCI is an international forum for scientists and engineers, researchers and, consultants, theoreticians and practitioners in the fields of Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics. It is a forum for focusing into specific disciplinary research, as well as for multi, inter and trans-disciplinary studies and projects. One of its aims is to relate disciplines fostering analogical thinking and, hence, producing input to the logical thinking.  Neville has refereed papers for the journal over the period 2005 – to present.

MAIN Research Interests

Research Thread 1: Hybrid-Portfolio selection
Developing our understanding of how to amalgamate and evolve combinations of CI sub-systems to solve the problem of “high-dimensionality, nonconvexity, and multimodality” [1]; the resolution of such computationally complex tasks is essential as “in the last few decades, it has become well understood that population based search methods like the evolutionary algorithms (EAs) are effective in exploring search spaces - by effectively exploring and exploiting the problem search space”. This work is predicated on the hypothesis that “Hybrid global and local search methodologies provide good search strategies and that Local optimization methods alone may not provide fast convergence to the global optimal solution,” [2].
[1] Bashir & Neville (BN) (2012), “A Hybrid Evolutionary Computation Algorithm for Global Optimization”.
[2] BN, "Hybrid Evolutionary Computation for Continuous Optimization".
Research Thread 2: Successful models: Symmetry, Neuroevolutionary
The systems level computational models of Symmetry in Recognition and Neuroevolutionary that tested (and supported) this hypothesis that “patterns can be classified by their symmetry
features” has been successfully extended in several ways [4, 5]; and symmetry as a means to “minimize state space has been embodied into a means to build a permutation-free search
space using a mapping based on combinadic numbers results” – it has been “demonstrated that it is possible to reduce massively redundant spaces to their unique points in a computationally efficient manner” [6].
[4] Holland & Neville (HN) (2009), “Classification of Handwritten Characters by their Symmetry Features”.
[5] HN (2009), “Position Invariant Optical Character Recognition through Symmetry Features”.
[6] Haflidason [One of Dr Neville’s PhD students] (2010) On The Significance Of The Permutation Problem In Neuroevolution.
Selection Hypothesis
My research students and I are also developing a programme of work which seeks to test the evolution, selection, development and testing hypothesis in models at multiple structural levels of description. Thus, we are working with Computational approaches, and compartmental model of single neurons, networks of neurons, and hybrid systems [1-6].
Methodological issues in modelling
This work at multiple levels has promoted investigation into methodological issues in modelling [1-6]. Most recently, presented at a multidisciplinary conference [1, 2], we are investigating the fundamental computations mediated by using techniques like the “crossover envelope” [7] and its generic anatomical context within the Hybrid-Portfolio domain.
[7] HN (2012), “Convergence Measurement in Evolutionary Computation using Price’s Theorem”.

Other Research Achievement 2

Member of the reviewer panel IEEE-TNN: IEEE Transactions of Neural Networks  – became a full time reviewer for TNN in 2003.  Journal published by IEEE.  Neville has partaken in many reviews and communications with IEEE-TNN Associate editors.  Neville has refereed papers for the journal over the period 2003 – to present. 
The journal is an internationally recognised and covers domains relating to artificial neural networks.

Dear Dr. R. Neville,

As the year 2010 draws to a close, I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank you for your support of the IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks in various capacities. I'm about to start my second year of service as the Editor-in-Chief of TNN. Needless to say, my first year as the Editor-in-Chief has been full of excitement and challenges. Transitioning this position from my predecessor to me went very smoothly during the months of September 2009 to January 2010. During the past year, we have 50+ associate editors handling roughly 600 new submissions (not counting resubmissions and revised submissions). The backlog of papers has been kept short over the last year. Currently, the average time between submission and first review is less than 100 days. The TNN on-line submission system
allows for a completely electronic processing of manuscripts from submission all the way to publication.

Please continue to submit your best new research results to the IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and also continue to help with timely and thorough reviews.

I wish you and your loved ones all the best for a happy holiday season, and a healthy and joyful 2011!

Derong Liu
IEEE TNN Editor-in-Chief

Other Research Achievement 3

Member of the reviewer panel Neurocomputing: Neville became a reviewer for Neurocomputing in 2008.  Journal published by Elsevier books and journals.  Neville has refereed papers for the journal over the period 2008 – to present.  Neurocomputing publishes articles describing recent fundamental contributions in the field of neurocomputing.  Neurocomputing theory, practice and applications are the essential topics being covered.

Member of the reviewer panel Journal of Intelligent & Fuzzy Systems : Applications in Engineering and Technology [International Journal].  Journal published by IOS Press.  Neville has refereed papers for the journal over the period 2005 – to present. 
The purpose of the Journal of Intelligent & Fuzzy Systems: Applications in Engineering and Technology is to foster advancements of knowledge and help disseminate results concerning recent applications and case studies in the areas of fuzzy logic, intelligent systems, and web-based applications among working professionals and professionals in education and research, covering a broad cross-section of technical disciplines. The journal will publish original articles on current and potential
applications, case studies, and education in intelligent systems, fuzzy systems, and web-based systems for engineering and other technical fields in science and technology.

Member of the reviewer panel International Journal of Neural Systems (IJNS) : Reviewer for the International Journal of Neural Systems (IJNS). Journal published by World Scientific Publishing. 
The International Journal of Neural Systems is a bimonthly peer-reviewed journal which covers information processing in natural and artificial neural systems. It publishes original contributions on all aspects of this broad subject which involves physics, biology, psychology, computer science and engineering. Contributions include research papers, reviews, short communications and Letters to the Editor.

Member of the reviewer panel IEEE Transactions: refereed a special issue on Associative Processors (1996):  Special Issue of IEEE Recent Research for cost-effective system solutions: Associative Processing and Processors .  Journal published by IEEE.  Special issues are published by the IEEE in specialised areas of high research activity, when no other IEEE transaction or IEEE publication covers the specific topics addressed by the special issue.


Other Research Achievement

Journal review panels:

Chair and member of reviewing panels: international journals and conferences.

Journal review panels:

Member of the reviewer panel Neural Networks : International Neural Networks Journal of the INNS .  Neville became a full time reviewer for NN in 2000.  Neville referee a number of articles a year for this journal .  Journal published by Pergamon (Elsevier Science).  Neville has refereed papers for the journal over the period 2000 – to present. 

Neural Networks is an international journal appearing nine times each year that publishes original research and review articles concerned with the modelling of brain and behavioural processes and the application of these models to computer and related
technologies. Models aimed at the explanation and prediction of biological data and models aimed at the solution of technological problems are both solicited, as are mathematical and computational analyses of both types of models. Neural Networks serves as a central, interdisciplinary publication for all researchers in the field and its editors represent a range of fields including psychology, neurobiology, mathematics, physics, computer science, and engineering.
Also a senior member of the INNS [email from Bruce Wheeler on the Wed 14/09/2011 16:43]:
“Dear Prof Neville,

Congratulations to your INNS Senior Member application!  The INNS Board of Governors has approved your application at the IJCNN meeting due to your academic achievements and good standing in the society.

On behalf of the Board, I wish for your continuing support to the society as a Senior Member, and look forward to your leadership in future INNS events.

You will receive a new Senior Member certificate shortly.

Sincerely yours,

Irwin King
VP for Membership, INNS”

Referee for international journals and international conferences

I am on the referee panel of several international journals:-

-   IEEE Transactions: refereed a special issue on Associative Processors – 1995 to 1996, and also the transactions on Neural Networks.

World Congress on Neural Networks for the International Neural Network Society, referring papers for the congress.

Neural Networks the INNS: International Neural Networks Journal; I normally referee 3-6 (2000/2001) then 6-12 (2001/2002) articles a year for this journal.  Three journal articles reviewed in 2003.  One journal article reviewed in 2005.

IEEE-TNN – IEEE Transactions of Neural Networks – became a full time reviewer for TNN (2003) – partook in many communications with IEEE-TNN Associate editor Professor Thomas Martinetz, Phone: 49 451 3909 586, Fax: 49 451 3909 545, & E-Mail:

IEEE-SMC - IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics (2008-present), Part A - ref URL: - contact: Prof. Mohammad Obaidat, -Reviewed: SMCA07-01-0011.

Journal of Intelligent & Fuzzy Systems: Applications in Engineering and Technology [International Journal], published by IOS Press, ISSN: 1064-1246, referring papers for the journal, 2005 – to present.

- 2004 – Invited (and accepted) to join the INTERNATIONAL COMPUTATIONAL INTELLIGENCE SOCIETY IJCI/IJSP (Journals ) Editorial/or Advisory Boards (event time Thu 04/12/2003 13:43).

The International Journal of Computational Intelligence, IJCI is a scholarly peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary, quarterly, international scientific journal focusing on theories, methods and applications in computational intelligence; artificial neural networks, fuzzy systems, evolutionary computation and hybrid systems.

Invited (and accepted) to join Neural Processing Letters referee panel- Neural Processing Letters is an international journal publishing research results and innovative ideas in all fields of artificial neural networks. Prospective authors are encouraged to submit letters concerning any aspect of the Artificial Neural Networks field including, but not restricted to, theoretical developments, biological models, new formal modes, learning, applications, software and hardware developments, and prospective researches.   - undertook two article reviews: 3/5/2007 and 8/8/2007.