Michael J. Watts

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I grew up in the small town of Waimate in South Canterbury, New Zealand. I received the degree of Bachelor of Science with First Class Honours in Information Science from the University of Otago in 1996, and a PhD degree, with a focus on artificial neural networks, evolutionary algorithms and data mining from the same department in 2004.

From 2000 to 2004 I was a senior teaching fellow in the Department of Information Science, University of Otago. As part of my duties I coordinated and taught courses in computational intelligence, data processing and data mining at second, third and fourth year level. Some of the lectures I presented are available here.

From 2004 to 2007 I was a post-doctoral fellow in the National Centre for Advanced Bio-Protection Technologies at Lincoln University, New Zealand. There I developed methods using computational intelligence and data mining to predict the invasiveness of insect pests and crop diseases.

From 2007 to 2009 I was a post-doctoral fellow in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Sydney, Australia, where I developed methods using computational intelligence and data mining to predict the spatial distribution of the Australian plague locust.

From 2010 to 2012 I was a research fellow in the Global Ecology Group at the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Adelaide, Australia, where I carried out research in ecological modelling.

I am currently the Academic Head of Programme, Information Technology at AIS in Auckland, New Zealand. Apart from my management duties, I have also taught database, business intelligence (including data mining and data warehousing), information security and run workshops on programming in PHP and C++.

I am a Senior Member of the IEEE and I am currently serving on several committees of the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society. These committees are the Social Media Subcommittee, the Standards Committee, CIS University Curricula Subcommittee and the Neural Networks Technical Committee.

I have written or contributed to more than eighty publications in international conferences and journals, in the fields of computational intelligence, bioinformatics, and ecological informatics / ecological modelling. I am currently serving on the editorial board of IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems, and the Springer journals Soft Computing and Evolving Systems. I also run a blog on computational intelligence and a site on evolving connectionist systems. Much of the software I develop for my research is freely available here.

My complete academic curriculum vitae is available as a PDF here. My Google Scholar citations profile is available here (current h-index 17).

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