Best paper award for School academics

Two academics from the School of Computing have won a best paper award at the Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO 2013).

Fernando Otero and Alex Freitas’ paper entitled ‘Improving the Interpretability of Classification Rules Discovered by an Ant Colony Algorithm’, was the winner of the conference’s Ant Colony Optimization and Swarm Intelligence track.

The paper was shortlisted by the Track Chairs, Editor in Chief, and the Conference Chair, and chosen as the winner by secret ballot of the GECCO attendees after the papers had been presented at the conference.

Fernando said: “It is a great accomplishment to have your work recognised by the community and I am delighted to receive this prestigious award. This paper is part of our longstanding research on ant colony classification algorithms; the design and application of evolutionary and swarm intelligence algorithms to classification problems is one of our major research areas.”

The conference, which was held in Amsterdam in early July, is the largest conference in this field.