IEEE VIC CIS Talk on Women Led Research in Computational Intelligence

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Category: Distinguished Lecturer Program (DLP)

Title: Women Led Research in Computational Intelligence
Speaker: Prof Alice E. Smith (IEEE Distinguished Speaker, IEEE Fellow), Auburn University, AL, USA
Time: 12.00 – 1.30 pm (AEST) Tuesday 25th June 2024
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  • Date: 25 Jun 2024
  • Time: 12:00 PM to 01:30 PM
  • All times are (UTC+10:00) Canberra
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Prof Alice Smith of Auburn University


Women Led Research in Computational Intelligence

This talk will give a current overview of some of the exciting and impactful research endeavors in computational intelligence by women led investigative teams from around the world.  The work is taken from the 2022 landmark volume Women in Computational Intelligence: Key Advances and Perspectives on Emerging Topics,  The 34 authors of this book are nearly all women and represent thirteen countries across five continents.  All chapters are authored by IEEE Women in Computational Intelligence members except the first chapter which is a professional biography of computer pioneer Admiral Grace Hopper by Jill S. Tietjen, an esteemed author on women and technology. 

The book is structured into four main sections of Intelligence, Learning, Modeling, and Optimization.  The primary technical methods include artificial neural networks, evolutionary and swarm computation, and fuzzy logic and systems.  The wealth of applications can be seen throughout the nineteen chapters within this volume.  These include natural language processing, intelligent tutoring, autonomous systems, digital pathology, intrusion detection, and energy management.  The talk will highlight a sampling of these research chapters, explaining the importance and novelty of the work described.

A unique part of this book is the biographies of the authors which include information concerning their beginnings and advancement in computational intelligence research along with advice for those considering this field and its possibilities.  The talk will also give some short videos from these authors on their experiences with computational intelligence and their career advice to those getting started.  The aim of this talk to celebrate the contributions of women in CI and to inspire future generations of CI scholars through a lens of diversity and inclusion.


ALICE E. SMITH is the Joe W. Forehand, Jr. Distinguished Professor of the Industrial and Systems Engineering Department at Auburn University and has a joint appointment with the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering.  Dr. Smith’s research focus is analysis, modeling, and optimization of complex systems with emphasis on computation inspired by natural systems.  She holds one U.S. patent and several international patents and has authored more than 200 publications which have garnered over 18,000 citations, an H Index of 53, and an i10 Index of 133 (Google Scholar).  Dr. Smith is on the top half of the List of Top 2% of Scientific Researchers worldwide compiled by Stanford University based on publishing impact.  She is the editor of Women in Computational Intelligence: Key Advances and Perspectives on Emerging Topics ( and Women in Industrial and Systems Engineering: Key Advances and Perspectives on Emerging Topics ( Several of her papers are among the most highly cited in their respective journals including the most cited paper of Reliability Engineering & System Safety and the 4th most cited paper of IEEE Transactions on Reliability.  Dr. Smith is the Editor in Chief of INFORMS Journal on Computing and an Area Editor of Computers & Operations Research.  Dr. Smith is a Life Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), a Fellow of the Institute for Operations Research and Management Science (INFORMS) and the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE), and a senior member of the Society of Women Engineers, a member of Tau Beta Pi, and a Registered Professional Engineer.  She is a current IEEE Distinguished Lecturer. She was a keynote speaker at the IEEE SSCI Conference (2023) and at the IEEE World Congress on Computational Intelligence (2018). 

Address:Auburn University, , Auburn, United States

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