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, fundamentals of programming, 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 serving on several committees of the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society. These committees are the Social Media 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, Evolving Systems and Complex and Intelligent 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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