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IEEE Computational Intelligence Society UKRI Chapter United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland


If you are interested in being involved in chapter committees please contact Damien Coyle


Chair: Prof Damien Coyle

Vice-chair: Dr Ke Chen

Past-chair: Prof Leslie Smith

Secretary: TBD

Treasurer: Prof Damien Coyle

England Representative: Dr Simon Coupland  

Northern Ireland Representative: Dr Ammar Belatreche

Rep. of Ireland Representative: Dr Sean McCloone

Scotland Representative: TBD

Wales Representative: TBD

Women in CI Research Representative: Dr Keeley Crockett

Industrial Liaison: Dr David Elizondo

GOLD Representative: Mr Snaider Corrillo 

Student Representative: Mr Stephen Matthews 

Chair & Treasurer
Damien Coyle

Prof Damien Coyle
School of Computing and Intelligent Systems,

University of Ulster @ Magee,
Derry, N. Ireland, BT48 7JL, UK.


Tel: +44 (0)28 7167 5170

Fax: +44 (0)28 7137 5470

Email: dh.coyle@ulster.ac.uk
URL: http://isrc.ulster.ac.uk/dcoyle/contact.html

Damien Coyle is a Professor of Neurotechnology at the School of Computing and Intelligent Systems and is developing neurotechnology to enable movement-free communication for the physically impaired. These developments are underpinned by research in computational intelligence, bio-signal processing, computational neuroscience, neuroimaging and brain-computer interface (BCI) applications.

Damien is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and teaches at both at undergraduate and postgraduate level in computer science and engineering and supervises a number of PhD students. 

Damien studied at Ulster, graduating as a Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics and Computing with first class honours in 2002 and with a PhD in intelligent signal processing for BCI applications in 2006. He joined the School as Lecturer (2006-2012), becoming Senior Lecturer (2012-2013), Reader (2013-2014) and Professor (2015). Previously an Ulster University Distinguished Research Fellow, Damien has won a international research awards including the 2008 IEEE Computational Intelligence Society (CIS) Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award and the 2011 International Neural Network Society (INNS) Young Investigator of the Year Award and was recently shortlisted for the 2015 Annual International BCI Research Awards. He was a Royal Academy of Engineering/The Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellow in 2013 and is currently a Royal Academy of Engineering Enterprise Fellow 2016.

Damien is a founding member of the International BCI Society, a Senior member of the IEEE and chairs the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society (CIS) (UKRI chapter) which was awarded best and outstanding chapter awards from the IEEE region 8 and the IEEE CIS in 2012 and 2013, respectively.


Leslie Smith

Prof Leslie Smith

Department of Computing Science,

University of Stirling,
Stirling FK9 4LA, Scotland

Tel: +44 (0)1786 467435

Fax: +44 (0)1786 464551
Email: l.s.smith@cs.stir.ac.uk

URL: http://www.cs.stir.ac.uk/~lss/


Professor Leslie Smith (SMIEEE 2004) is Professor of Computing at the University of Stirling (and will be Head of the Department of Computing Science and Mathematics there (again) from 1 August 2008). He is head of the Computational Intelligence Research group.

His research interests are in spiking neural networks, learning rules for spiking networks, early auditory processing and neuroinformatics. He has been at Stirling since 1984 (and as Professor since 2000). He reviews for umpteen journals, including IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks, and for several grant awarding authorities, including the UK EPSRC. He is also a member of the Society for Neuroscience, and the Acoustical Society of America.

K Chen

School of Computer Sciencer> University of Manchester
Manchester M13 9PL, U.K.

Tel: +44 (0)161-306-4565
Fax: +44 (0)161-275-6204
Email: chen@cs.manchester.ac.uk
URL: www.cs.man.ac.uk/~kechen/

Dr. Ke Chen is a member of the academic staff of the School of Computer Science at The University of Manchester. He does research and teaching in computer science and computational cognitive systems. His main research interests lie in pattern recognition, machine learning and machine perception. He has been in the current post since 2003. He was with The University of Birmingham, Peking University, The Ohio State University, Kyushu Instititue of Technology and Tsinghua University. He was also a visiting researcher at Microsoft Research Asia and a visiting professor at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University during 2000-2001.

He has served on several editorial boards of academic publications, e.g., an associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and the category editor of Pattern Recognition of Scholarpedia. He was the technical program chair of the first International Conference on Natural Computation (2005) and has served as a member of technical program committees for numerous international conferences, e.g. IJCNN (2003 and 2007) and CogSci (2006-2008). He is now the chair of Intelligent Systems Applications Technical Committee (ISATC) and a member of Neural Networks Technical Committee (NNTC) and Data Mining Technical Committee (DMTC), IEEE Computational Intelligence Society (IEEE CIS). He was the chair of task force on Audio and Speech Processing of NNTC (2004-2007) and task force on Biometrics and Multimedia of ETTC (2005 and 2006), IEEE CIS. He was a recipient of several academic awards including NSFC Distinguished Principal Young Investigator Award (2001) and JSPS Research Award (1993) and an invited keynote speaker in ICONIP (2001).

England Rep.
Simon Coupland

Dr Simon Coupland
Centre for Computational Intelligence ,
DeMonfort University ,

Leicester, UK


Tel:+44 (0) ....

Fax:+44 (0) ...


Dr Simon Coupland is a Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Computational Intelligence at De Montfort University. His main research interest is uncertainty management, in particular in the application of type-2 fuzzy logic systems to a range of problems. He was general chair of UK-CI 2008 Workshop co-chaired special sessions on type-2 fuzzy logic at several FUZZ-IEEE and IPMU conferences. He was joint winner of the British Computer Society 2008 Machine Intelligence Competition and winner of the 2007 (awarded in 2010) IEEE Transactions on Fuzzy Systems Outstanding Paper Award.

Northern Ireland
Leslie Smith

Dr Ammar Belatreche

School of Computing and Intelligent Systems,

University of Ulster @ Magee,
Derry, N. Ireland, BT48 7JL, UK.


Tel: +44 (0)28 7137 5185

Fax: +44 (0)28 7137 5470

Email: a.belatreche@ulster.ac.uk
URL: http://isrc.ulster.ac.uk/Staff/ABelatreche



Dr. Ammar Belatreche is a lecturer at the School of Computing and Intelligent Systems and a member of the Intelligent Systems Research Centre at the University of Ulster. He has obtained an ‘Ingéniorat d’Etat’ degree in Computer Science from Institut National d’Informatique (INI, currently Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Informatique) and a PhD in computer science from the University of Ulster. His research focus is on design and application of bio-inspired adaptive systems, in particular, computing and learning with biologically plausible neural networks (spiking neural networks) and their applications in computer vision, biometrics, speech recognition, prediction and pattern recognition. He is a member of IEEE CIS (Computational Intelligence Society) and INNS (International Neural Network Society). He has served as a program committee member and reviewer for several international conferences and journals.

Rep. of Ireland

Dr Sean McLoone
Department of Electronic Engineering National University of Ireland Maynooth, Maynooth, Co. Kildare, Ireland.

Tel: +353 (0)...
Fax: +353 (0)...
Email: sean.mcloone@eeng.nuim.ie
URL: www.eeng.nuim.ie/~semcloone/

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Dr Keeley Crockett is a Senior Lecturer in Computing in the School of Computing, Mathematics & Digital Technology at Manchester Metropolitan University.  She gained a BSc Degree (Hons) in Computation from UMIST in 1993, and a PhD in the field of machine learning from the Manchester Metropolitan University in 1998 entitled "Fuzzy Rule Induction from Data Domains". She also obtained a P.G.C.E from the University of Huddersfield in June 2000.

Women in CI Rep
Damien Coyle

Dr Keeley Crockett

School of Computing, Mathematics & Digital Technology,

Manchester Metropolitan University,

Manchester, M15 6BH


Tel: +44 (0) 161 247 1541


Email: keeley_crockett@btinternet.com
URL: http://www.scmdt.mmu.ac.uk/research/

Her main research interests include the areas of fuzzy decision trees, rule induction, applications of fuzzy theory, biologically inspired algorithms, and data mining. She is author or co-author of more than 45 papers published in specialized journals and congress proceedings. She has also co-authored an international undergraduate text book on Database Systems in 2008.

She is a member of the Intelligent Systems Group which has established a strong international presence in its research into Conversational Agents and Adaptive Psychological Profiling including an international patent on "Silent Talker". She is a knowledge engineer and founding member of Convagent Ltd, a company set up in collaboration with Manchester Metropolitan University, which provides business rule automation with natural language interfaces using conversational agents. She is also a member of the IEEE CIS Task Force on Computational Intelligence in the Market Place.

She is a committee member of the IEEE Women into Computational Intelligence Society and a full member of the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society She is also a full member of the Institute of Educational Assessors. Currently (appointed January 2010) she is the IEEE CIS travel grants administrator and an IEEE Mentor.

Industrial  liaison

Dr David Elizondo

Centre for Computational Intelligence ,
DeMonfort University ,

Leicester, UK


Tel:+44 (0) 116 207 8471

Fax:+44 (0) 116 207 8471

Email: delizondo@dmu.ac.uk
URL: www.dmu.ac.uk/faculties/technology/ about/contact/staff/staff_david_elizondo.jsp 

David Elizondo is a senior lecturer in the Division of Artificial Intelligence & Computer Modelling at De Montfort University (Directions from Train Station to DMU). After completing his BA in Computer Science from Knox College , Galesbourg, Illinois, USA, he worked as a software engineer/lab manager for a latinoamerican agronomical research and teaching institute based in Costa Rica ( CATIE ). This institute, through a Swiss project, sponsored him to do a MS in Artificial Intelligence at the Department of Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Computing of the University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, USA. After this he obtained a PhD in computer science from the University of Strasbourg , France in cooperation with the Swiss Dalle Molle Institute for Perceptual Artificial Intelligence (IDIAP). He then worked for Neuvoice, formerly Neural Systems, a spin off company of the University of Plymouth , UK. As a senior researcher he worked in the development of an intelligent monitoring system for the petroleum industry. This system was based on neural network techniques. Later, he worked as a software architect for ACTERNA, an international company which supplies software/hardware solutions to telecom companies. He was part of the team developing QMS, a quality of service management system for leased lines. In parallel to this work, he was a part time lecturer at the University of Plymouth where he taught database, and data structures and algorithms.


Mr Snaider Corrillo

School of Computing and Intelligent Systems,

University of Ulster @ Magee,
Derry, N. Ireland, BT48 7JL, UK.

Tel:+44 (0) 28 713 75409      

Fax:+44 (0)

Email: carrillo_lindado-s@email.ulster.ac.uk
URL: http://isrc.ulster.ac.uk/Staff/SCarrillo/  

Mr. Carrillo received a BEng (Hons) in Electronics from the Universidad del Norte, (Barranquilla - Colombia) in 2006 and a MSc in Electronics Engineering (With a Magna Cum Laude Distinction) from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, (Bogotá - Colombia) in 2008. Mr. Carrillo worked as a research assistant in the Department of Electronics Engineering at Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, (Bogotá - Colombia), from July 2006 to June 2008. During the summer of 2008, he did a summer internship in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Delaware (Newark - USA). Afterward, he was appointed Lecturer in the Department of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering at the Universidad Autónoma del Caribe (Barranquilla - Colombia). In September 2009, Mr. Carrillo received a Vice-Chancellor’s Research Scholarship (VCRS) to start attending the University of Ulster to pursue his PhD in Computer Science. Mr. Carrillo is developing his research project at the Intelligent Systems Research Centre, where he joined the Nanoelectronics Research Team to work on dedicated hardware architectures for spiking neural networks. His research interests relate to: System and Network on Chip (SoC and NoC), Embedded Systems, GPGPUs, and Computer Arithmetic. Mr. Carrillo received a Magna Cum Laude distinction in his master degree and he was the winner of the Best Paper Award in the 9th International Conferences on Evolvable Systems (ICES 2010). Mr Carrillo is also a member of the IEEE CIS GOLD (graduates of the last decade) subcommittee (2010/2011) and the IEEE CIS UKRI chapter GOLD representative (2010/2011).



Student Rep
Damien Coyle

Mr Stephen Matthews
Centre for Computational Intelligence,

De Monfort University,

Leicester, UK


Tel: +44 (0)116 207 8408


Email: sgm@dmu.ac.uk

URL: http://www.tech.dmu.ac.uk/~sgm/

Mr. Stephen Matthews received the B.Sc. (Hons) degree in Computer Science in 2006 and the M.Sc. degree in Computational Intelligence and Robotics in 2007, both from De Montfort University. He is currently studying for a PhD in the Centre for Computational Intelligence (CCI) at De Montfort University under the supervision of Dr. Mario Gongora and Prof. Adrian Hopgood. His research focuses on the use of Evolutionary Computing and Fuzzy Logic for Rule Mining in Dynamic Environments,
supported by EPSRC DTA funding.

He has previously worked for a spin-out company from the CCI before embarking upon the PhD. He is co-chairing a special session at HAIS-2011 conference on fuzzy rule discovery based on evolutionary computing.


He is a member of the IEEE CIS GOLD (graduates of the last decade) subcommittee.