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Mengjie Zhang (Meng)

BE, ME (AUH), PhD (RMIT), SMIEEE, MACM
Professor of Computer Science
Evolutionary Computation Research Group
School of Engineering and Computer Science
Email: Mengjie.Zhang@ecs.vuw.ac.nz
Phone: +64 4 463 5654
Fax: +64 4 463 5045


Room: CO 355 Postal Address


Research Interests

My main area of interest is artificial intelligence, particularly

  • Evolutionary Computation (Genetic Programming, Particle Swarm Optimisation, Evolutionary Multi-Objective Optimisation, etc.)
  • Evolutionary Computer Vision and Image Analysis
  • Machine Learning and Data Mining
  • Bioinformatics (Working with Dr Lifeng Peng in Biology)


Research Projects, Funding and Scholarships

  • I am working on several research projects.
  • I have been awarded the following research fundings:

    • Genetic programming for dynamic flexible job shop scheduling. Marsden Fund of New Zealand, 2016-2019. Grant: $550,000. (PI)
    • A Novel Framework for Optimised Ensemble Classifier. Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Project (DP160102639). 2016-2018. Grant: $270,000. (AI, with Brijesh Verma)
    • Distributed data-intensive service composition. Marsden Fund of New Zealand, 2016-2019. Grant: $300,000. (Mentor, with Hui Ma)
    • Genetic Programming for Job Shop Scheduling. Marsden Fund of New Zealand, 2013-2016. Grant: $520,000. (PI)
    • Anomaly Detection in Crowded Scenes using Particle Swarm Optimization and Genetic Programming. Overseas Collaboration Funding with State Key Lab in Software Engineering at Nanjing University. 2014-2016. Grant: $30,000 RMB. (Overseas PI)
    • Study on Bacterial Colony Optimisation Based on Quorum Sensing Mechanism. National Natural Science Foundation of China (International Collaboration). 2012-2013. Grants: $15,000 RMB. (Overseas PI).
    • Conditional outlier detection in Massive Data (using rough sets, granular computing, evolutionary computation techniques). National Natural Science Foundation of China. 2012-2015. Grant: $550,000 RMB. (Co-PI).
    • Feature Manipulation Based on Evolutionary Computation and Rough Sets Methods. Overseas Collaboration in State Key Lab in Software Engineering at Nanjing University. . 2011-2013. Grant: $40,000 RMB. (Co-PI)
    • Toward Optimal Offspring Selection in Genetic Programming. BuildIT Postdoctoral Fellowship Award, New Zealand. 2009-2011. Grant: $138,435. (PI)
    • Genetic Programming for Classification Tasks. Marsden Fund of New Zealand, 2009-2012. Grant: $465,000. (PI)
    • Predictive Difficulty Measures in Genetic Programming based on Complex Networks. International Mobility Fund, New Zealand., 2011. Grant: $8050. (NZPI. Overseas PI: Jing Liu)
    • Novel Program Structures and Search Algorithms in Genetic Programming, Marsden Fund of New Zealand, 2006-2008. Grant: $140,000. (PI)
    • Identification of Authors in Chinese Email, Natural Science Fundation of Hebei Province, China, 2006-2008. Grant: $50,000. (with Guifa Teng)
    • Machine Learning for Speech Recognition, New Economy Research Fund, 2001-2004. (with David Crabbe, etc.) Grant: $330,000.


    • Novel Genetic Programming Techniques for Object Recognition. University Research Fund, Victoria University of Wellington, 2015-2016. Grant: $29,834.14. (PI)
    • Evolutionary Computation for Feature Selection in Large-Scale Data Mining. University Research Fund, Victoria University of Wellington, 2016. Grant: $21,413.14. (with Bing Xue)
    • Evolutionary Dimensionality Reduction. Research Establishment Grant Victoria University of Wellington, 2016. Grant: $10,000. (with Bing Xue)
    • Statistical Grouping and Evolutionary Algorithms for Large Scale Classification. University Research Fund, Victoria University of Wellington, 2013-2014. Grant: $42,574. (PI)
    • PSO and Rough Sets for Feature Reduction in Classification. University Research Fund, Victoria University of Wellington, 2012-2013. Grant: $31,976. (PI)
    • Novel Particle Swarm Optimisation Techniques for Image Analysis. University Research Fund, Victoria University of Wellington, 2010-2011. Grant: $30,000. (PI)
    • Learning Classifier Systems for Feature Manipulation and Image Processing. University Research Fund, Victoria University of Wellington, 2010-2011. Grant: $25,000. (with Will Browne)
    • Novel PSO Topologies and Search Algorithms for Pattern Classification. University Research Fund, Victoria University of Wellington, 2009-2010. Grant: $25,000. (PI)
    • Evolutionary Multiple-criterion Optimization for Visual Object Detection. University Research Fund, Victoria University of Wellington, 2009-2010. Grant: $20,000. (with Mark Johnston)
    • Particle Swarm Optimisation for Image Recognition. University Research Fund, Victoria University of Wellington, 2008-2009. Grant: $38,239. (PI)
    • Simplification and Class Imbalance in Genetic Programming. University Research Fund, Victoria University of Wellington, 2008-2009. Grant: $22,580. (with Mark Johnston)
    • Genetic Programming for Image Recognition, University Research Fund, Victoria University of Wellington, 2007. Grant: $48,000. (PI)
    • Program Representations in Genetic Programming, University Research Fund, Victoria University of Wellington, 2005-2006. Grant: $45,500. (PI)
    • Genetic Programming for Multiclass Classification, University Research Fund, Victoria University of Wellington, 2004-2005. Grant: $25,000. (PI)
    • Novel Genetic Programming Techniques for Image Recognition Tasks, University Research Fund, Victoria University of Wellington, 2004. Grant: $12,200. (PI)

  • PhD Sholarships: Good students (GPA of A- or above) with publications can apply for the following scholarships: Contact me if you want to do a PhD in my research areas and want to get a scholarship.

  • BSc/BE (COMP/SWEN/NWEN) Hons Projects/Summer Research Sholarships (by 15 Feb 2015) --- For Domestic students only:
    • My research grants can support several summer research scholarships/assistants (during Oct 2015 to Feb 2016) and BSc/BE (COMP/SWEN/NWEN) Honours projects in 2016.
    • Applicants are expected to have a A- or above for COMP307, and have strong programming skills in Java/C/C++.
    • If you want to gain work experience in summer or want to do an Honours project in 2016, please contact me.


Current and Past Research Students

You can also find a list of recent thesis/project students and their theses here.


Selected Publications

A number of selected publications can be viewed here. Some technical reports can be found here.


Genetic Programming Research Packages

  • Tree-based Genetic Programming research package for classification at Victoria University (VGP): Download Manual

  • Linear Genetic Programming research package at Victoria University (VUWLGP): Download Manual


Upcoming Conferences and Journal Special Issues

  • Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO 2016)

  • Special Session on Evolutionary Computer Vision for 2016 IEEE Congress on World Congress on Computational Intelligence ( IEEE WCCI 2016).

  • EvoStar 2016 , including EuroGP2016, EvoCOP 2016, EvoIASP2016, etc.

  • The 28th Australasian Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AI 2015)

  • The 29th International Conference Image and Vision Computing New Zealand (IVCNZ 2015)


Teaching

In 2014, I will be teaching the following courses:


Administration

  • Associate Dean (Research and Innovation), Faculty of Engineering.
  • Deputy Head of School, the School of Engineering and Computer Science.
  • Chair of the Research Committee, Faculty of Engineering and School of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Representative of Faculty of Engineering at FGR Board
  • Representative of Faculty of Engineering at the University Scholarships Committee

Professional Activities


Personal Interests

  • Playing table tennis, Chinese chess
  • Watching soccer, tennis matches